The Impact

Less Music

A performance tax could not only reduce the variety of music you hear on the radio, but your favorite station might be forced off the air. Other stations might be less willing to take a chance on playing new music or unknown artists.

Less Information in Times of Crisis

In times of crisis, radio stations provide a lifeline. During a severe storm or other natural disaster, stations are first informers, providing emergency updates to listeners around the clock. Even when wireless connections and cell phone service goes down, radio remains on the air, keeping you safe.

Less Help in Times of Need

Radio stations generating $6 billion in public service annually, providing news coverage, community information and free airtime to help spotlight local charities, disaster relief efforts and important social issues.

If a performance tax were imposed, stations' ability to serve their communities during times of crisis and their public service efforts could be impacted.

Fewer Jobs

If you're one of the nearly 1 million Americans whose jobs are affected by the radio industry, your livelihood could be in jeopardy.

Find out how local radio contributes to every state’s economy and supports their communities’ public service efforts.


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