Los Angeles, CA -- The nation’s Black radio stations are at the edge of their seats, waiting to see if empty DJ booths and dusty equipment will be their fate. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) authored a piece of legislation that could put many Black radio stations out of business. The Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848) will enforce a royalty fee for broadcasting non-subscription or free transmissions.
Karen Slade, general manager at local radio station KJLH, says the bill would definitely hit Black radio hard.