WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to a study by the Phoenix Center on the promotional value that broadcast radio provides the recording industry, the following response can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:
"NAB is pleased that Congress has long rejected a job-killing fee on America's hometown radio stations while recognizing the unique promotional value that local radio provides record labels and performers. Every week, local radio jump-starts careers of new musicians and exposes 265 million listeners to legacy artists, all for free.
"Our stations are proud to be a primary platform for new music discovery, and NAB will strongly oppose RIAA-backed legislation that would transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from local radio to mostly offshore record labels."
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