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Rehr Calls on Radio to ‘Keep the Pressure On’

Anticipates a multiyear fight over performance royalty issue.

David Rehr says several thousand broadcasters responded to NAB’s call to action and submitted comments to the FCC highlighting their efforts to provide local service and programming.

He made the estimate during a keynote address at the 2008 Conclave Learning Conference, where Rehr, the president/CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, also updated and expanded on strategies he outlined earlier this year for radio and the NAB to pursue.

He also promised to continue aggressive opposition to what NAB calls a performance tax on radio.

“We will not let down our guard,” Rehr said. “The momentum of our pro-radio, anti-performance tax resolution is strong.” That fight, he said, will be “a multiyear effort,” and he called on attendees to ask elected officials to cosponsor the “Local Radio Freedom Act,” H. Con. Res. 244 and S. Con. Res. 82.

“Momentum is on our side,” Rehr said. “The House sponsors of the performance tax bill have admitted that they do not have the support to move this legislation this year. But we must keep the pressure on.”

Read the text of Rehr’s speech.