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Witnesses Slated for ‘Future of Audio’ Hearing

FM chip, media ownership caps, royalties likely to be discussed

Representatives from several facets of radio and related industries are slated to testify on Capitol Hill Wednesday on “The Future of Audio.”

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairs the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and scheduled the hearing.

Lawmakers will hear from representatives from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the RIAA, National Music Publishers’ Association, Pandora, CTIA and CEA.

Representing radio will be Commonwealth Broadcasting President/CEO Steve Newberry; Newberry is on the executive committee of the NAB board and past chair of both the radio board and the joint board.

Emmis Communications President/CEO Jeff Smulyan has been invited to testify as well.

Radio’s quest to get an FM chip embedded or activated in mobile devices is expected to be discussed, as well as media ownership limits, music royalties and low-power FM.