September 30, 2022; washington d.c.— This week, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced S. Res. 813, a resolution honoring the unique role of public music radio stations in the public media system. This bipartisan resolution marks October 26, 2022 as Public Radio Music Day and expresses appreciation for local public radio music stations and their service to listeners and musicians in all 50 U.S. states and territories. U.S. Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced House Companion H. Res. 1306, in July, which garnered 12 additional bipartisan co-sponsors before the House left for the October recess.
“Public radio music stations offer their audiences a unique listening experience, from showcasing local artists to educating listeners and engaging with local communities,” said Senator Roy Blunt. “Millions of people enjoy all that public radio music radio has to offer every day and I hope that future generations will have the same opportunity. I am proud to present this bipartisan resolution to mark Public Radio Music Day and celebrate public radio’s contributions to the arts, education and culture.”
“Public radio provides entertainment, education and vital information in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Radio stations like WDDE in Dover showcase the best of our creative communities and emerging artists in Delawares and to radio listeners of the whole world”, said Senator Chris Coons. “I am proud to present this bipartisan resolution to recognize October 26 as Public Radio Music Day and celebrate the impact public music stations have on artists and fans.”
The noncomMUSIC Alliance will host the third annual event focused on the theme “Discovering the Sound of Local Communities” with public radio music stations across the country. The commemorative celebration highlights the return of public radio stations to producing local live concerts and music discovery events for their communities across all genres. Each week, more than 25 million American listeners tune into local non-commercial radio stations to discover, learn and enjoy musical selections, artists and genres that are – in many cases – only available on public radio.
“When I was in middle school, I loved working at my college radio,” said Representative Mary Gay Scanlon. “Public radio stations are an incredible source of entertainment and education, providing listeners in the United States with a gateway to the world. The diversity of their innovative programming is an unprecedented public service that I am proud to celebrate with this resolution designating October 26, 2022, as Public Radio Music Day.”
“Public radio provides an important service to our communities and in the lives of Americans across the country,” said Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to join my colleagues in bringing forward a resolution to recognize October 26 as Public Radio Music Day, and I am pleased to support our local radio stations as they continue to provide a strong educational and cultural value throughout the United States.”
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Shana Armstrong, [email protected], 202-853-6220
Head of Communications and Engagement, Government and External Affairs, NPR
About the noncomMUSIC Alliance: The noncomMUSIC Alliance, with more than 125 partner public radio stations, celebrates the role of local non-commercial, non-profit public radio in connecting artists with the communities that appreciate and support their music. Established in 2018, the main purpose of the Alliance is to bring together diverse non-commercial music constituencies, amplify their voices and inform others – especially public decision-makers – of the need to support the role of public radio in local communities across the United States.