This video illustrates the irreplaceable and indispensable role that local radio and television broadcasters play as “first informers” during times of emergency. It was being circulated by NAB Monday to Capitol Hill and FCC offices as a reminder of the value of local radio and TV in a lifeline situation. Watch the video, then learn more here.
More and more states are considering legislation that would help broadcasters stay on-air during an emergency. Illinois and Nevada have passed such laws. The efforts are backed by state broadcasting groups and a suggestion has been floated for a federal law or rule raising the status of broadcasters in emergency situations.