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March 24, 2009

NAB Response to musicFIRST

WASHINGTON, DC -- NAB released a statement today in response to a press release issued by the musicFIRST Coalition, an organization backed by the Recording Industry Association of America. In their release, musicFIRST, which is seeking legislation in Congress that would require local radio stations to begin paying a new fee for music aired free to listeners, attempted to trivialize the cost-burden of the new fee on small market radio stations.

Responding to musicFIRST, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"NAB is delighted by the growing bipartisan opposition in Congress to RIAA's attempted fleecing of America's hometown radio stations. Five thousand dollars may not sound like a lot of money to a fat-cat foreign record label mogul from Paris, France. But in Paris, Texas, a $5,000 loss in revenue could threaten a station's ability to carry AMBER Alerts, emergency weather warnings, and high school football games."

NAB announced earlier today that nine additional lawmakers, including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (NY-15), have signed on to a bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives resolution opposing the introduction of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local radio stations. The growing chorus of support for The Local Radio Freedom Act now stands at 158.

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