And it let members of Congress in on the tribute to the ongoing "love affair" between the two businesses. The recording industry traditionally provides broadcasters with content, and broadcasters traditionally provide the recording companies with free promotion. NAB’s ad on the topic was run in all the popular Capitol Hill rags, including "Roll Call," "The Hill," and "Politico."
The ad quotes the many praises broadcasters have received over the years from both musicians and record company executives, and is designed to head off attempts on the Hill to legislate a new performance royalty on top of the composition royalties broadcasters already pay to organizations like BMI and ASCAP.
As in many broadcast legislative issues, this battle does not break down on party lines. Attempting to add the fee are Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate, and Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Howard Berman (D-CA) in the House. A bipartisan group in the House, now numbering 148 members, is supporting an equally bipartisan pair of sponsors, Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Conaway (R-TX) and their Local Radio Freedom Act.