Broadcasters Make Their Voices Heard on Capitol Hill
This week, over 600 broadcasters from around the country converged on Washington DC for NAB’s annual State Leadership Conference. Apart from a full day of educational training and legislative updates, the broadcasters in attendance were there to face to face with the 100 Senators and 435 Representatives who work on Capitol Hill in order to make them aware of the impact that local broadcasters have on their constituents. Georgia’s broadcasting delegation included market leaders from across state.
Despite the severe winter weather, broadcasters came out on top. In the following video, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives speak on the importance and power of Local Broadcasting.
Georgia’s Hank Johnson (4th District) submitted the following comments for the record:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to formally recognize the contribution of broadcasters across the country and from my home state of Georgia. Every community is impacted by broadcasters, the individuals who have dedicated their lives to disseminating important information by radio and television. As north Georgia prepares for snow, ice and sleet today and tonight – broadcasters are my constituents’ go-to source for the latest on road conditions, power outages and school closings. We turn to broadcasters first- whether we are in our cars listening to the radio, or watching the news on television at home.
There are over 500 local radio and television stations in Georgia. In 2014 alone, local radio and television stations in Georgia produced over 50,000 hours of original over-the air news programming, representing an increase from 2013. Broadcasters have created over 85,000 jobs in Georgia and the radio and television industry had an economic impact on Georgia of over $39 billion in 2012.
Thank you to all of the Georgia broadcasters who contributed their time to the NAB and the GAB this week. Your voices were heard and your impact has been felt.
Additional coverage of the week’s events can be found below: