|For Immediate Release
August 21, 2012
Manassas, VA- National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), America’s pre-eminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators, expressed concern with draft legislation authored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that would place a new and unwarranted burden on many Christian radio broadcasters.
“This proposed legislation would be a crushing blow to many Christian radio stations,” asserted Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB. “Moreover, I respectfully suggest to Rep. Nadler that it is fundamentally flawed as it rests on the faulty premise that all the value in radio airplay of music flows to broadcasters – an assumption refuted by reason and experience.”
Musicians receive free airplay by radio, boosting recognition and sales of their work. However, advertisers, sponsors, program syndicators pay for placement on radio because of the substantive benefits they receive from over-the-air (OTA) carriage. The demonstrable value of radio airtime is ignored by many advocates of a new OTA performance tax.
Dr. Wright continued, “NRB would welcome a more coordinated collaboration with Christian music artists in order to both preserve Christian radio and to benefit the music of those artists.”
About NRB The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members.Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About the NRB Convention The annual NRB Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications.The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations.NRB 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2-5, 2013. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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