The NAB just got a little help from its friends on Capitol Hill. Republican Minnesota Congressmen Tom Emmer (pictured here) and Democrat Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania have formed a new Congressional Broadcasters Caucus. Both Congressmen are former broadcasters.
Emmer co-hosted a morning talk show on KTLK-AM in Minneapolis. In college, Boyle was an analyst for the radio broadcasts of Notre Dame football and basketball games on WNDU.
The caucus will educate members of Congress about broadcast-related issues and the importance of local radio and television stations to Americans.
“As a former radio show host, I have seen firsthand the impact that local broadcasts can have on the community. When they get in their cars every morning to head to work, we’re the voice that starts their day. When they return home every evening, local stations provide updates on the day’s events. Local broadcast journalism informs and connects our communities. I am proud to co-chair this important caucus and further the conversations about how to support this vital industry,” said Congressman Emmer.
“I am proud to co-chair this caucus,” said Congressman Boyle. “The broadcast community plays an incredibly important role in many of our own neighborhoods. From hazardous weather updates to the latest news on health issues, our national broadcast community uses the airwaves to keep our country safe and our economy moving forward.”