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Radio stations line up against 'music tax'

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Radio stations are fighting legislation before Congress that would force them to pay more to play music.

Some leaders in the recording industry are pushing a proposal for a performance tax that radio stations would have to pay for airing music. Those in the radio industry say the tax would devastate small radio stations and new artists because stations won't want to take a risk on artists they don't know.

"What's going to happen is the big artists are going to get richer, and the smaller artists are going to get poorer particularly Christian radio is talking about the fact that they just can't afford to pay anything more than what they're paying now," said Kurt baker of WOBB-FM. 

There's a campaign against the proposed tax called "Save your Radio". On their website, you can find more information on the tax and how to support free radio.

Click HERE for the radio station's website

 

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