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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2008
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Majority of U.S. House Members Now Oppose RIAA Tax on Radio

--Major milestone reached as 219 members say no to record label levy--

WASHINGTON, DC – Four additional House members have voiced opposition to the recording industry-backed effort to levy a "new performance fee, tax, royalty or other charge" on local radio stations for music airplay. The Congressional opposition to the label-led campaign now stands at 219, representing a majority of the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives.

"Today's announcement sends a powerful message to foreign-owned record labels that Congress is not falling for their bogus campaign to blame local radio stations for their financial woes," said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. "NAB thanks those members of Congress who appreciate the fact that free radio airplay of music generates untold millions into the wallets of performers and record labels. We will continue to educate policymakers on the devastating impact this RIAA tax would have on America's hometown radio stations."

The additional opposition to a performance tax sought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) comes through the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 244). The newest lawmakers to co-sponsor the resolution, thereby opposing a performance tax, include Reps. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). A companion resolution, S. Con. Res. 82, has been introduced in the Senate and is supported by 13 senators.

"Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over the air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings," reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.

The Local Radio Freedom Act counters legislation supported by the RIAA that would require America's hometown broadcasters to compensate the foreign-owned record labels for radio airplay of music.

H. Con. Res. 244 currently has support from 219 House members, including:

Aderholt, Robert (R-AL)
Alexander, Rodney (R-LA)
Altmire, Jason (D-PA)
Akin, Todd (R-MO)
Andrews, Robert (D-NJ)
Arcuri, Mike (D-NY)
Bachmann, Michele (R-MN)
Bachus, Spencer (R-AL)
Baird, Brian (D-WA)
Barrett, Gresham (R-SC)
Barrow, John (D-GA)
Bartlett, Roscoe G. (R-MD)
Bean, Melissa (D-IL)
Berkley, Shelley (D-NV)
Berry, Marion (D-AR)
Biggert, Judy (R-IL)
Bilbray, Brian P. (R-CA)
Bishop, Rob (R-UT)
Bishop, Sanford (D-GA)
Blumenauer, Earl (D-OR)
Bonner, Jo (R-AL)
Boozman, John (R-AR)
Boswell, Leonard (D-IA)
Boustany, Charles W., Jr. (R-LA)
Boyd, Allen (D-FL)
Boyda, Nancy (D-KS)
Brady, Kevin (R-TX)
Braley, Bruce (D-IA)
Broun, Paul (R-GA)
Brown, Henry (R-SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny (R-FL)
Burgess, Michael (R-TX)
Burton, Dan (R-IN)
Butterfield, G. K. (D-NC)
Buyer, Steve (R-IN)
Calvert, Ken (R-CA)
Camp, Dave (R-MI)
Campbell, John (R-CA)
Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)
Capuano, Michael (D-MA)
Cardoza, Dennis (D-CA)
Carnahan, Russ (D-MO)
Carter, John A. (R-TX)
Carson, Andre (D-IN)
Castle, Michael (R-DE)
Chabot, Steven (R-OH)
Chandler, Ben (D-KY)
Clay, William Lacy (D-MO)
Cleaver, Emmanuel (D-MO)
Cole, Tom (R-OK)
Conaway, Mike (R-TX)
Costello, Jerry F. (D-IL)
Courtney, Joe (D-CT)
Cramer, Bud (D-AL)
Crenshaw, Ander (R-FL)
Cubin, Barbara (R-WY)
Cuellar, Henry (D-TX)
Culberson, John Abney (R-TX)
Davis, Danny K. (D-IL)
Davis, David (R-TN)
Davis, Geoff (R-KY)
Davis, Lincoln (D-TN)
Dent, Charles W. (R-PA)
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln (R-FL)
Diaz-Balart, Mario (R-FL)
Dicks, Norman D. (D-WA)
Drake, Thelma D. (R-VA)
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)
Doolittle, John T. (R-CA)
Edwards, Chet (D-TX)
Ehlers, Vernon J. (R-MI)
Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)
Emerson, Jo Ann (R-MO)
English, Phil (R-PA)
Etheridge, Bob (D-NC)
Everett, Terry (R-AL)
Fallin, Mary (R-OK)
Fattah, Chaka (D-PA)
Fortenberry, Jeff (R-NE)
Fortuno, Luis G. (R-PR)
Foxx, Virginia (R-NC)
Franks, Trent (R-AZ)
Garrett, Scott (R-NJ)
Gerlach, Jim (R-PA)
Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY)
Gingrey, Phil (R-GA)
Goode, Virgil H., Jr. (R-VA)
Granger, Kay (R-TX)
Graves, Sam (R-MO)
Green, Al (D-TX)
Green, Gene (D-TX)
Hall, Ralph (R-TX)
Hare, Phil (D-IL)
Hastings, Doc (R-WA)
Hayes, Robin (R-NC)
Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (D-SD)
Hill, Baron P. (D-IN)
Hobson, David L. (R-OH)
Hoekstra, Pete (R-MI)
Holden, Tim (D-PA)
Hulshof, Kenny (R-MO)
Hunter, Duncan (R-CA)
Israel, Steve (D-NY)
Johnson, Eddie B. (D-TX)
Johnson, Sam (R-TX)
Johnson, Tim (R-IL)
Jones, Stephanie Tubbs (D-OH)
Jones, Walter B. (R-NC)
Jordan, Jim (R-OH)
Kagan, Steve (D-WI)
Kind, Ron (D-WI)
King, Steve (R-IA)
Kingston, Jack (R-GA)
Kline, John (R-MN)
LaHood, Ray (R-IL)
Lamborn, Doug (R-CO)
Lampson, Nick (D-TX)
Larsen, Rick (D-WA)
Latham, Tom (R-IA)
Latta, Robert E. (R-OH)
LaTourette, Steve (R-OH)
Lewis, John (D-GA)
Lewis, Ron (R-KY)
Linder, John (R-GA)
LoBiondo, Frank (R-NJ)
Loebsack, Dave (D-IA)
Lucas, Frank D. (R-OK)
Lynch, Stephen (D-MA)
Mahoney, Tim (D-FL)
Manzullo, Donald A. (R-IL)
Marchant, Kenny (R-TX)
Matheson, Jim (D-UT)
Matsui, Doris (D-CA)
McCarthy, Carolyn (D-NY)
McCaul, Michael T. (R-TX)
McCotter, Thaddeus G. (R-MI)
McHenry, Patrick T. (R-NC)
McHugh, John (R-NY)
McIntyre, Mike (D-NC)
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R-WA)
Meeks, Gregory W. (D-NY)
Mica, John (R-FL)
Michaud, Mike (D-ME)
Miller, Candice (R-MI)
Miller, Gary G. (R-CA)
Mitchell, Harry E. (D-AZ)
Moore, Dennis (D-KS)
Moran, Jerry (R-KS)
Murphy, Chris (D-CT)
Musgrave, Marilyn N. (R-CO)
Myrick, Sue (R-NC)
Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX)
Nunes, Devin (R-CA)
Oberstar, James (D-MN)
Olver, John W. (D-MA)
Ortiz, Solomon (D-TX)
Pascrell, Bill, Jr. (D-NJ)
Paul, Ron (R-TX)
Payne, Donald M. (D-NJ)
Pearce, Stevan (R-NM)
Pence, Mike (R-IN)
Petri, Tom (R-WI)
Pitts, Joseph R. (R-PA)
Platts, Todd Russell (R-PA)
Poe, Ted (R-TX)
Pomeroy, Earl (D-ND)
Porter, Jon C. (R-NV)
Price, Tom (R-GA)
Pryce, Deborah (R-OH)
Rahall, Nick (D-WV)
Rangel, Charles B. (D-NY)
Ramstad, Jim (R-MN)
Rehberg, Dennis (R-MT)
Reyes, Silvestre (D-TX)
Reynolds, Thomas (R-NY)
Rodriquez, Ciro (D-TX)
Rogers, Harold (R-KY)
Rogers, Mike D. (R-AL)
Rogers, Mike J. (R-MI)
Roskam, Peter J. (R-IL)
Ross, Mike (D-AR)
Ruppersberger, Dutch (D-MD)
Ryan, Paul (R-WI)
Ryan, Tim (D-OH)
Scott, David (D-GA)
Sessions, Pete (R-TX)
Shea-Porter, Carol (D-NH)
Shimkus, John (R-IL)
Shuler, Heath (D-NC)
Shuster, Bill (R-PA)
Simpson, Mike (R-ID)
Sires, Albio (D-NJ)
Smith, Adrian (R-NE)
Smith, Christopher H. (R-NJ)
Souder, Mark E. (R-IN)
Space, Zack (D-OH)
Spratt, John (D-SC)
Stearns, Cliff (R-FL)
Stupak, Bart (D-MI)
Sullivan, John (R-OK)
Terry, Lee (R-NE)
Thompson, Mike (D-CA)
Thornberry, Mac (R-TX)
Tiahrt, Todd (R-KS)
Tiberi, Pat (R-OH)
Turner, Michael R. (R-OH)
Walberg, Tim (R-MI)
Walsh, Jim (R-NY)
Walden, Greg (R-OR)
Wamp, Zach (R-TN)
Weldon, Dave (R-FL)
Weller, Jerry (R-IL)
Westmoreland, Lynn (R-GA)
Whitfield, Ed (R-KY)
Wilson, Charlie (D-OH)
Wilson, Heather (R-NM)
Wilson, Joe (R-SC)
Wittman, Robert J. (R-VA)
Young, Don (R-AK)

On numerous occasions, both record label executives and artists have recognized the promotional value of free radio airplay. Such statements include:

"I have to thank... every DJ, every radio guy, every promotions guy, everybody who ever put up a poster for me and spread the word."

-- Alicia Keys, recording artist and Grammy winner, 2008 Grammy Awards, February 2008

"[R]adio remains the best way to get new music into the listeners' lives."

--Sony BMG Executive VP Butch Waugh as quoted in Radio & Records, January 11

"[R]adio is the conduit to the people, the voice of the format and the lifestyle's soundtrack."

--Sony BMG Nashville VP of Marketing Tom Baldrica, as quoted in Radio & Records, January 11

"Obviously, radio is probably the most important thing for a new rock band coming out. If you don't get yourself on the radio, then you won't draw bodies at the clubs and you won't sell records."

-- 'Another Animal' drummer Shannon Larkin, Drum Magazine, 2008

"Country radio, thank you so much for being our mouthpiece. You know what we do means nothing if it never gets played, and no one gets to hear it."

-- 'Rascal Flatts,' Vocal Group of the Year, Country Music Awards, 2007

"I can't even believe that this is real... I want to thank country radio. I'll never forget the chance you took on me."

-- Taylor Swift, Horizon Award (for best new artist), Country Music Awards, 2007

"I have yet to see the big reaction you want to see to a hit until it goes on the radio. I'm a big, big fan of radio."

-- Richard Palmese, Executive Vice President of Promotion, RCA, 2007

"Radio has proven itself time and time again to be the biggest vehicle to expose new music."

-- Ken Lane, Senior Vice President for Promotion, Island Def Jam Music Group, 2005

"It is clearly the number one way that we're getting our music exposed. Nothing else affects retail sales the way terrestrial radio does."

--Tom Biery, Senior Vice President for Promotion, Warner Bros. Records, 2005

"That's the most important thing for a label, getting your records played."

-- Eddie Daye, recording artist, 2003

"Radio helped me a lot. That's the audience. I can't see them, but I know they're there. I can't reach out and touch them with my hand, but I know they're there."

-- B.B. King, recording artist, 2002

"If a song's not on the radio, it'll never sell."

-- Mark Wright, Senior Vice President, MCA Records, 2001

"Air play is king. They play the record, it sells. If they don't, it's dead in the water."

-- Jim Mazza, President, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, 1999

"I am so grateful to radio. Their support has truly changed my life, and I hope they know how appreciative I am for that."

-- Jo Dee Messina, recording artist, 1999

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.

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