Future of Radio, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, October 24, 2007   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the statement of W. Russell Withers, Jr.: "Broadcasters are not asking for total deregulation. Our message is simple: We must have reasonable rules that reflect the current competitive radio environment. With reasonable rules, we can have a vibrant industry that will continue to provide the service that our local communities expect--whether that's lifeline service in times of emergency, or entertainment and informational programming every day. Some will argue that the changes to the broadcast ownership rules adopted in the 1996 Telecom Act have not served the public interest, but they forget that at least part of the reason that you, here in Congress, directed the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] to make those changes, was because the fragmented broadcast industry--particularly for radio-- was in serious trouble. In the early 1990s, the FCC reported that more than half of all stations were losing money, and almost 300 stations had gone silent. You can't serve the public interests with no service. Since 1996, however, numerous studies have shown that the changes within local broadcast markets, especially among radio stations, have enhanced the diversity of programming offered by local stations, and another study demonstrated that localism is still alive and well, despite the rule changes. There are more radio stations today in the United States than at any time in our history." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Maria Cantwell, Daniel K. Inouye, Brron L. Dogan, Claire McCaskill, Olympia J. Snowe, John E. Sununu, Mac McCaughan, Carol Pierson, Dana Davis Rehm, S. Derek Turner, W. Russell Withers Jr., Tim Westergren, and Gordon H. Smith.

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S. Hrg. 110-1117; Senate Hearing 110-1117
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