Investments in Local Journalism Pay Off in Our Communities

By Ann Marie Cumming, Senior Vice President, Communications Over the past year and a half, America’s local radio and television stations have provided vital, trustworthy and lifesaving coverage of some of the biggest stories in recent memory. From the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine deployment to nationwide civil rights protests, the 2020 election to natural disasters … Continue reading Investments in Local Journalism Pay Off in Our Communities

Remembering 9/11

On the morning of September 11, 2001, broadcasters across the country brought the nation together to follow news of the 9/11 attacks. Over the 20 years since, local TV and radio stations have been honoring the date annually by bringing their communities together through stories, interviews and service work. "Doing my job and documenting it … Continue reading Remembering 9/11

Resources for Reporters during Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. For reporters covering suicides, reporting best practices can help to reduce suicide contagion. One study found that there was a 13% increase in deaths following celebrity suicides. Save.org and Cisco have joined forces to support journalists and content creators to reduce the risk of additional suicides by providing this tool … Continue reading Resources for Reporters during Suicide Prevention Month

Broadcasters Provide Emergency Coverage and Lead Relief Efforts During Hurricane Ida

When disaster strikes, broadcasters are a lifeline for their communities. With reporters on the ground to deliver updates during wall-to-wall coverage and deep ties to their communities to support relief efforts, local radio and TV stations provide unparalleled leadership. As Hurricane Ida moved up the east coast from Louisiana to New York this week, stations … Continue reading Broadcasters Provide Emergency Coverage and Lead Relief Efforts During Hurricane Ida

Local Radio and Television Stations Invest in Providing Trusted Journalism

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have looked to their local stations for breaking news updates and information they can trust to keep their families safe. Even with the ubiquity of streaming services and social media, viewers tuned in to their local radio and TV stations for the news that directly impacts their communities. And for … Continue reading Local Radio and Television Stations Invest in Providing Trusted Journalism

The Local Radio Freedom Act Continues to Gain Momentum

A growing number of legislators are supporting a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which signals members of Congress' opposition to any potential legislation that imposes new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for simply playing music, now has … Continue reading The Local Radio Freedom Act Continues to Gain Momentum

Big Tech is Costing Us Our Local News

Local television and radio stations work every day to bring Americans the news they need, whether it’s the daily traffic report, vital investigative journalism or breaking news during an emergency. Producing high quality, essential local journalism takes significant resources, and yet, advertising dollars that support local stations are shifting to technology platforms where misinformation and … Continue reading Big Tech is Costing Us Our Local News

Voices From The Field: Broadcasters Share How They Serve Their Communities

Broadcasters are first informers, news reporters, investigative journalists, public servants and innovators. We represent a free and open press, an essential pillar of our democracy. From the biggest moments that shape our lives to the stories that shine a light on the issues impacting our communities, broadcasters are there. Hear from broadcasters on what drives … Continue reading Voices From The Field: Broadcasters Share How They Serve Their Communities

WRLT-FM and the Partnership Between Local Radio and Artists

Radio has long served as the music industry’s go-to platform to introduce audiences to new music and artists. Tuned In Broadcasting’s WRLT-FM (LIGHTNING 100) in Nashville, Tennessee has demonstrated an extraordinary and on-going commitment to celebrating and promoting local musicians on-air and through special events. The station plays more unsigned local artists in daily rotation … Continue reading WRLT-FM and the Partnership Between Local Radio and Artists

Local Broadcasters Lead the Way for the National Month of Action

As a founding member of the COVID-19 Community Corps, NAB urged all local television and radio stations to kick off a national month of action on June 4, focusing on the goal of vaccinating 70% of adults across the U.S. by Independence Day. Local stations jumped into action, airing interviews with medical experts, answering questions via … Continue reading Local Broadcasters Lead the Way for the National Month of Action