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Local radio stations voice concerns over pay to play


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Local radio stations are voicing their concerns over a proposed performance tax that is being discussed in Congress.

The Bill would force radio stations to pay record labels and performers a fee for using their music on air.

Right now, radio stations pay royalties to the writers, but do not pay the artist. The artist, however, gets free promotion from the radio play.

Mix 96.1 General Manager Jim Coloff says if the Bill was passed he would have some tough decisions to make.

"In our situation I've calculated what might be our fees and it would certainly impact us to the tune of several employees at least one employee and if you look at every radio station in the country and at least one employee that's about 1200 people who would be out of work," said Coloff.

Senator Charles Grassley made a statement regarding this issue. He says he opposes high fees on Iowa's radio and televisions stations and at this time the Bill has yet to be considered by the full Senate.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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