“The Local Radio Freedom Act,” the NAB-backed resolution that opposes the introduction of “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on radio stations, now has nine more backers for the grand total of 135 House members from both sides of the partisan divide.
Via Jeffrey Yorke of Radio and Records:
NAB credits the latest signers to a recent article in which country singer Brad Paisley credited radio for helping his music and recording career. “I have so many friends out there,” Paisley said. “I think back over the years now, and it’s amazing how much of my life has been impacted by radio people.”
When this resolution was brought to Capital Hill at the 110th Congress it had picked up about 225 signatures. We can only hope that this kind of support continues to gather. The introduction of a fee structure runs counter to the business model created over the century or so of radio’s existence.
We would very much like to thank the following members of Congress for their support of this crucial resolution: Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Mike Arcuri (D-N.Y.), Steve Austria (R-Ohio), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), Marion Berry (D-Ark.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), John Culberson (R-Texas), Geoff Davis (R-Ky.), Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.), Charles Dent (R-Pa.), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash.)