For immediate release
September 12, 2000
Siriol Evans, NPR
202-414-2300
sevans@npr.org
David Noble, IAAIS
412-488-3944
risdavid@frontiernet.net

Joint Statement from NPR and International Association of Audio Information Services Low Power FM Legislation

National Public Radio® (NPR®) President and CEO Kevin Klose, and International Association of Audio Information Services President Ben Martin issued the following statement today -

Last week, Senator Rod Grams introduced The Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000, S. 3020. This bipartisan legislation takes a balanced approach by providing for immediate Low Power FM (LPFM) licensing while safeguarding existing stations and their vital radio reading services for the blind from interference until further testing can be conducted. We have supported The Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000 since its introduction in the House as H.R. 3439, and continue to do so. We urge prompt Senate action on this legislation.

We have consistently affirmed our belief that LPFM can co-exist in a complementary, compatible way with America's public radio stations and radio reading services in the future. It is especially important to protect the radio reading services that serve more than a million regular listeners, and radio translators now bringing public radio to millions of Americans in rural areas.