Stevie Wonder Makes Case for Fair Treatment of Independent Radio Station Owners
We live in an age where technology and creativity are intersecting in ways like we have never seen before. The constant advent of new methods to create, record and distribute one’s own songs has allowed countless new artists to express themselves to the world in sharing their music and their words. People are discovering new talent in ways never thought of 10 years ago and new generations are being exposed to those who came before them with ease and access that my generation didn’t know growing up. (Can you remember hearing an album for the first time and then not being able to find it in a store? Today it’s a click away.)
Of course, as new technology comes in so much of our old technology goes out. They become museum pieces, like an 8-track or a Betamax. But some old technologies never go away. They are mainstays of our life, so embedded in the fabric of our daily routines that to forgo or replace them would seem not only distressing but confusing -- as in, “Why would I want to?”
A perfect example: radio.
SENATE COMMITTEE PUTS SANDY BILL A STEP CLOSER TO LAW.
Less than 24 hours after the House passed a bill that would give broadcasters federally designated “first-informer” status, the Senate Commerce Committee also gave its approval. The bill would ensure that station personnel can cross police lines and access studios and transmitter sites during an emergency situation.
The proposed Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act (S. 102)—otherwise known as the SANDy Act—failed to gain traction during the previous session of Congress, even though the bill easily passed the House by a 389-2 vote. But the tide has turned as congressional Republicans race to put as many bills on President Trump’s desk as quickly as they can. The bill was sponsored by Commerce Committee chair Sen. John Thune (R-SD) as well as a trio of lawmakers from hurricane-prone states, including Cory Booker (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (R-FL).