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September 29, 2008
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NAB Applauds HD Radio Bill

--Legislation introduced by Rep. Markey to benefit radio's 235 million weekly listeners--

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of Broadcasters today welcomed bipartisan legislation that would boost consumer access to free, over-the-air HD Radio. The Radio All Digital Channel Receiver Act, H.R. 7157 was introduced Saturday by House Telecommunications Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey (D-MA) and is co-sponsored by Reps. Lee Terry (R-NE), Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX), Greg Walden (R-OR), Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Dan Burton (R-IN).

"NAB salutes the leadership of Chairman Markey and a bipartisan group of lawmakers for sponsoring this important bill that will boost the integration of HD Radio in satellite radio receivers, including those installed in automobiles," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "In addition to providing 235 million weekly listeners with entertainment and music programming, free local radio stations have a long tradition of serving as a lifeline during times of crisis. This legislation will extend and enhance these services as radio stations embrace our digital future."

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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


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