Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 24, 2009




Detroit Free Press:

Oh, Sagat, where art thou? I've been thinking a lot about a question he asked in his 1994 club classic, "Funk Dat": "Why is it that every time I turn on the radio, I hear the same five songs 15 times a day for three months?" That lyric is as relevant to me today as it was when I was in my 20s. I've been thinking about it as I follow the big radio fight over U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. and the Performance Rights Act. That legislation proposes, among other things, to compensate artists for songs played on the radio. Station owners and activists say it's a tax that they might not be able to afford, and that might put them out of business. They recently held a Save Black Radio rally to protest the legislation. Oh, my. How about Save the Listener? We've been listening to the same five songs 15 times a day for three months for years, and somewhere the listener has gotten lost... How about saving the radio listeners? (Sun, 5/24)







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