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August 20, 2012
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Rep. Nadler's Draft Legislation Targeting Local Radio

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) circulating discussion draft legislation that would negatively impact local radio stations across America, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"NAB strongly opposes Rep. Nadler's draft bill, which fails to recognize the unparalleled promotional value of local radio airplay and which would kill jobs at America's hometown radio stations. We continue to support private, company-by-company negotiations that are driven by the free market, as was reflected by the recent deal between Clear Channel and Big Machine Label Group. We're pleased that 177 House members and 22 U.S. Senators agree that America's local radio stations should not be subjected to job-killing performance tax legislation that would divert millions of dollars to offshore record labels."

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