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Radio group sends out S.O.S.


by Cami Mountain

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- A Wausau radio group sends out an S.O.S.

Midwest Communications is the parent company of radio stations like WIFC and WDEZ.

Station leaders want listeners to help stop a music performance fee being debated in Congress.  The bill is called H. R. 848 and would charge all radio stations for the music they play.  That money would go to record labels.

Thursday morning, for one hour, five of Midwest Communications stations stopped playing music to talk about the issue.  They call it 'Operation Save Our Stations.'

Chris Conley, Operations Manager for Midwest Communications says, "One of the things that is the biggest frustrations for us is the tax would go to the record labels. Three of the four biggest record labels are foreign owned.  So, it's tax money being collected by American broadcasters that literally goes, not only out of our community, but literally out of our country."

Station leaders want listeners to call local lawmakers like Senator Russ Feingold and Congressman Dave Obey.  Feingold voted in favor of the fee.  Obey is undecided on the issue and says he hasn't even read the bill.

Rep. Dave Obey, "I have the old fashioned idea that legislators should hear both sides on the issue before they make up their mind.  So, I have not sponsored the resolution blocking what they want to block."

For more information on H. R. 848 click on the link associated with this page.

Online Reporter: Cami Mountain

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