WASHINGTON—Two broadcasters-turned-congressmen have established a new bipartisan caucus to represent the interests of local broadcasters in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
Congressmen Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) and Brendan F. Boyle (D-Pa.) announced the formation of the Congressional Broadcasters Caucus and explained in a press release that this “caucus will be a resource to educate members of Congress about broadcast-related issues and the importance of local radio and television stations to tens of millions of Americans.”
Rep. Emmer previously co-hosted a morning talk show on Minneapolis station KTLK(AM), and Rep. Boyle analyzed Notre Dame football and basketball games on the radio during college.
Through this endeavor, Emmer explained he hopes to “further the conversations about how to support” the broadcast industry.
The announcement also quoted former senator and broadcaster, and now National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith, who said the new “caucus will serve an important role” by fulfilling its mission of discussing and solving issues of importance to the broadcast community.