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During Pandemic, Broadcasters Provide Critical Mental Health News and Resources

During Pandemic, Broadcasters Provide Critical Mental Health News and Resources

Local broadcasters across the country are providing mental, physical and emotional support resources to their viewers and listeners to help ease the strain of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stations are playing a critical role in keeping their communities active, engaged and connected every day

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Radio Stations Provide Important Hub for Community Togetherness

Broadcasters Provide Financial Assistance to Community Members in Need

As stay-at-home practices continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, local radio stations are providing listeners with a valuable connection to the community and to each other even when self-isolating.

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Broadcasters Provide Financial Assistance to Community Members in Need

Broadcasters Provide Financial Assistance to Community Members in Need

Local broadcasters are providing financial and job search assistance to their viewers and listeners to help ease the economic pressures heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stations are highlighting local job openings, giving checks to furloughed workers and more.

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Broadcasters Spotlight and Support Frontline Workers

Broadcasters Spotlight and Support Frontline Workers

Local broadcasters across the country have played a leading role in honoring healthcare professionals and other frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Television and radio stations are airing profiles, raising money and bringing awareness to the essential services these workers are providing.

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Radio Stations Act Quickly to Cover the COVID-19 Pandemic

Radio Stations Act Quickly to Cover the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States, radio stations across the country moved quickly to focus their programming on news, emergency information and resources related to the crisis. We spoke to Renee Nash, director of News and Public Affairs at WHUR-FM Washington, D.C., about how daily life at a local radio station has changed in the wake of the coronavirus.

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Broadcasters Support Students and Celebrate Graduates During COVID-19 Crisis

Broadcasters Support Students and Celebrate Graduates During COVID-19 Crisis

Local broadcasters across the country have stepped up to help students continue their educations from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Television and radio stations are providing additional educational content, answering questions about the pandemic and even helping graduating seniors celebrate their accomplishments.

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Broadcasters Combat Hunger in Communities Nationwide

Broadcasters Combat Hunger in Communities Nationwide

Local radio and television stations across the country are playing a leading role in ensuring the most vulnerable members of their communities don’t go hungry as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. Stations are raising money and collecting goods for food banks nationwide to support the needs of their listeners and viewers during the ongoing crisis.

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FDR's Radio 'Fireside Chats' Kept Americans Informed and Connected

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In uncertain times, Americans have always turned to their local radio stations for news and a sense of community. Perhaps the most well-known example of radio bringing listeners together during a crisis is President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s iconic fireside chats.

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Broadcasters Connect Communities to Local Leaders

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local radio and television stations are serving surging audiences with the breaking news, emergency updates and public health information they need. In special programming events, broadcasters across the country have hosted town halls to connect their communities with leadership to help them understand the crisis.

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During Pandemic, Local Radio Provides News, Comfort and Connection

For decades, Americans have turned to radio for breaking news and emergency information during uncertain times. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, listeners are again tuning in to their local stations for news that is helping them keep safe but also for the human connection that radio provides.

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Across the Country, Broadcasters Support Local Businesses

As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the economy across the country, local broadcasters are using their unique relationships with their communities to support the small businesses and workers who need them most.

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Local Broadcasters Play an Integral Role in Coronavirus Response

The COVID-19 pandemic presents our nation and our world with an unprecedented crisis. Across the country, local radio and television stations have stepped up to guide their communities through this challenging time. In addition to the locally focused news and updates that are vital to your community, broadcasters are providing public service announcements and health education, support and promotion for local businesses and positive stories about people coming together.

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Westwood One's 'First Light' Features a Radio Interview from Space

Radio can reach listeners all the way from space. Astronaut Christina Koch granted an exclusive radio interview while aboard the ISS, demonstrating the connecting power of radio.

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Meet the Woman Who Revolutionized African-American Radio

If you turned on the radio in 1975, you’d probably hear “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain and Tennille or Frankie Valli’s “My Eyes Adored You.” But not on WHUR during the late-night hours. That year, Cathy Hughes, the general manager of Howard University’s radio station, invented the “Quiet Storm” radio format — a late night show featuring a mix of rhythm and blues, soul and jazz, often hosted by a DJ with a soothing, baritone voice. The format quickly grew in popularity, becoming a mainstay on more than 480 stations across the country.

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Local Broadcasters Promote Digital-Age News Literacy

Local Broadcasters Promote Digital-Age News Literacy

n a deluge of 24/7 information, how can Americans know which facts to trust? The E.W. Scripps Company is helping to create a more informed electorate with a national public awareness campaign on the importance of news literacy and the role of the free press in American democracy.

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Help Us Celebrate World Radio Day

Help Us Celebrate World Radio Day

Whether it’s a cherished song that brings back memories or a championship sports game, radio has the ability to bring people together, even when they’re miles apart. For 100 years, radio broadcasts have crossed towns, cities and countries to bring us the sense of kinship we’ve come to expect from stations invested in our communities.

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Journalists Fight Disinformation with Accurate Reporting

Journalists Fight Disinformation with Accurate Reporting

In communities across the country, broadcasters provide Americans’ most trusted news. This is especially important during an election year, when evaluating the accuracy of news is vital on the national, state and local levels. Broadcasters are renewing their commitment to fact-checking and using innovative new tools to combat the constantly changing methods of disinformation.

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Radio’s Integral Role in Fostering Democracy

Radio’s Integral Role in Fostering Democracy

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember the impact his words had on millions around the world. Broadcast stations across the country, covered Dr. King’s speeches, most notably, of course, “I Have A Dream,” delivered on August 28, 1963, at the March on Washington.

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Broadcasters Team Up to Fight Stigma

Broadcasters Team Up to Fight Stigma

The Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, the Rhode Island governor's office and its agencies and BH-LINK launched an unprecedented mental health awareness campaign and broadcast special, “It’s OK Not To Be OK.”

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Unique Collaboration Leads to Powerful Investigative Journalism

Unique Collaboration Leads to Powerful Investigative Journalism

The University of Maryland Howard Center for Investigative Journalism joins forces with the university's Capital News Service and PBHS NewsHour for a story about "juvenile lifers," who remain in prison without parole.

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Local Broadcasters: Carrying the Mantle of investigative Journalism

Local Broadcasters: Carrying the Mantle of investigative Journalism

Minneapolis' KSTP-TV uncovers a University of Minnesota professor's questionable spending.

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When Fires Rage Radio Rules

When Fires Rage Radio Rules

LA's Newsradio KNX is playing a vital role in covering California's wildfires and keeping residents informed 24/7.

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News Sports, Weather and Entertainment: Broadcasters Deliver Value

News Sports, Weather and Entertainment: Broadcasters Deliver Value

Local TV stations across the country are delivering critical programming that viewers rely on. If you watch TV with an antenna, you get all of this for free. If you rely on a pay-TV provider, your cable or satellite company compensates the station so they can resell the most popular chanels to their customers.

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STELAR Keeps Communities in the Dark

STELAR Keeps Communities in the Dark

The outdated law prevents rural Americans from getting the investigative news they rely on.

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Is the News You're Getting the News You Need?

Three Ways Radio and TV Stations #BroadcastGood

Broadcasters nationwide support their communities with volunteer work and hard-hitting investigations.

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Is the News You're Getting the News You Need?

Is the News You're Getting the News You Need?

Broadcasters supply vital information to their communities every day, but the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) prevents that news in some rural areas from reaching those who need it. Read on to see how the areas impacted by this outdated bill are being kept in the dark and why we need to end STELAR.

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LA's NBC4 Investigate Sparks Juvenile Justice Reform

Outdated Satellite TV Law Denies Rural Communities Critical Information

Rebecca Howell has lived in the same house in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for 42 years — and she’s never seen rain and flooding like the community experienced earlier this year. The deluge washed the rocks out of a sinkhole in her yard. As the rain came down and rivers and streams overflowed, reporters at WBKO stayed on the air, helping community members stay safe. Yet, Bowling Green residents who subscribe to DirecTV were denied access to these critical updates because the satellite provider does not offer local broadcast news to every community.

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LA's NBC4 Investigate Sparks Juvenile Justice Reform

LA's NBC4 Investigate Sparks Juvenile Justice Reform

When NBC4 investigative reporter Lolita Lopez sat at a sparsely attended meeting of Los Angeles county officials last March, one number jumped out at her: 343 percent. A subsequent investigation by Lopez exposed high uses of pepper spray on teens at detention facilities.

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Satellite Law Hurts Rural Viewers

Satellite Law Hurts Rural Viewers

What is the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) and how does it keep many rural viewers from accessing the critical news and weather updates their local TV stations provide? Read on to learn which areas of the country are impacted and why this outdated bill should expire as Congress intended.

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Meet the Woman Who Revolutionized African-American Radio

Meet the Woman Who Revolutionized African-American Radio

From inventing the Quiet Storm format to providing a platform for black on-air and musical talent, Hughes has made what African American audiences want to hear her No. 1 priority throughout her long and storied career.

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How Broadcasters Strengthen Their Cities

How Broadcasters Strengthen Their Cities

Reporters are dedicated to improving their communities — from joining efforts to revitalize downtown urban centers to uncovering a multi-million-dollar loophole in the education system. Here are just some examples of broadcast stations stepping up to make their cities an even better place to call home.

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Where Broadcast Meets Podcast

Where Broadcast Meets Podcast

From true-crime shows to daily news updates, radio and TV stations are in consumers’ ear buds.

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Native American Radio Keeps Listeners Safe and Informed

Native American Radio Keeps Listeners Safe and Informed

Over-the-air broadcasts provide critical information in areas without broadband internet.

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Univision Legend Shares Why Spanish-Language Media Is Vital to Viewers

Univision Legend Shares Why Spanish-Language Media Is Vital to Viewers

For more than three decades, María Elena Salinas informed viewers about breaking news from her desk at Univision. She conducted countless interviews with high-profile politicians and celebrities, bringing breaking local and national news to millions of viewers across the country. Last week, instead of speaking to viewers from behind a camera, Salinas talked with Americans directly through a Twitter chat about the critical role Spanish-language broadcasters play in communities nationwide.

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Three of the Biggest Broadcast Stories of 2018

Every day, millions of Americans turn to their local radio and TV broadcasters for news, information and high-quality journalism. The stories aired on these stations reflect — and shape — the national conversation, illustrating the concerns of Americans nationwide .

The National Association of Broadcasters’ “Last Year in America” report dives into these trends, highlighting important issues in communities across the country.

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Five Ways Broadcasters Support Their Communities

From hard-hitting investigations to supporting neighbors in need, broadcasters are bedrocks in towns and cities nationwide.

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Serving Families Raising Children with Special Needs

Across the country, local TV and radio stations spotlight the challenges families face raising the nearly three million American children with special needs. Broadcasters also highlight — and often partner with — the countless organizations that provide vital support to these children and their families.

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Broadcasters Stand With Veterans

Broadcasters Stand with Veterans

From hard-hitting investigations to community service events, broadcast stations nationwide are standing with service members.

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Covering Politics in Your Community and Across the Country

In the runup to November’s midterm elections, broadcasters nationwide are reporting on the issues and candidates on the ballot, so you can make informed decisions on Election Day. In addition to hard-hitting investigations and daily campaign coverage, radio and TV stations are hosting debates.

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This Telemundo 47 Reporter Gets Results for Her Community

Telemundo 47 consumer reporter Liz González protects New York’s consumers from scams and bad actors.





Health Care Scares

Reporters across the country are diving into our nation’s health care system, exposing dangerous conditions in ambulances and hospitals and providing support to those facing medical crises.

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Phoenix Broadcasters Expose Corruption at Nonprofit

In a six-month period, a Phoenix-based nonprofit, Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID), filed more than 1,700 lawsuits against local businesses, claiming their parking lots did not comply with the requirements laid out in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). An in-depth investigation by ABC15, though, uncovered AID wasn’t necessarily acting altruistically as it filed suit after suit.

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How a Reporter’s One Query Helped Expose Abusive Teachers

In 2016, Scott MacFarlane and the News 4 Washington I-Team, used the list to expose a gaping hole in the education system that allowed abusive educators to remain in classrooms, even ones who had pleaded guilty to sexual assault. The ongoing investigative series documenting these cases, “Slipping Through the Cracks,” has won three Emmys and spurred D.C., Maryland and Virginia to reform their teacher licensing practices.

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A Single Call Led Atlanta Broadcaster to Police Corruption

The call came in to Atlanta’s WXIA about a year ago. An anonymous source, a police officer, shared bombshell allegations with an assignment editor, who passed them along to Brendan Keefe, an investigative reporter at Atlanta’s WXIA, a TEGNA station. The source described the corruption he witnessed at the Roswell Police Department, which had a reputation as a well-run department in a well-healed, low-crime suburb of Atlanta.

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Broadcasters All-In During Florence: 'We are Fighting for You'

Radio and TV broadcasters across North and South Carolina and Virginia play a critical role as “first informers” in their towns, working nonstop during Hurricane Florence to deliver the information their communities need to stay safe during and in the aftermath of the storm and subsequent flooding. They braved harsh, dangerous conditions as they provided a lifeline to their neighbors.

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Showing They Care

More than 400,000 American children live in foster care because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Reporters at local TV and radio stations help to ensure their stories are told and that the foster care system works correctly, giving kids the protection and support they need.

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The Story Behind the Story

For over a year, broadcast TV group Raycom’s four-person investigative team, led by Lee Zurik, sifted through reams of data and conducted countless interviews. They had a single mission: to identify the nation’s most prolific opioid prescribers. The result of their steadfast reporting was “Licensed to Pill,” a six-part docu-series on the consequences of opioid over-prescription, the health care providers prescribing the drugs and their financial relationship with the pharmaceutical companies that produce opioids.

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Did You Watch the Radio Last Night?

What started out as a webcam experiment six years ago has evolved into a fully functioning mini- television station for Bonneville International’s KSL News Radio team in Salt Lake City. In addition to listening to their favorite radio talk shows, thousands of community members monthly now watch them as well on the KSL website, mobile app and social platforms.

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While Fires Blaze, Broadcasters Keep Communities Safe

As the devastating Carr fire spread into Redding, California late last month, local news stations were lifelines for residents desperately seeking information. Reporters provided live updates while the fire ravaged the area, destroying homes and forcing evacuations. During the peak of the Carr fire, KRCR News Channel 7 and KHSL Channel 12, produced 230 hours of continuous live coverage on television.

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The States of Addiction

Throughout 2017, Hearst Television stations explored the effects of the opioid epidemic on communities across the country as part of the “State of Addiction” initiative. The initiative combined local and national resources, to give viewers a sense of the severity of the crisis. Many Hearst TV stations ran multiple stories each month exploring the epidemic and its effects on communities and to identify outreach efforts to connect people in need with resources to help.

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Something in the Air

The air we breathe doesn’t hold much weight on our thoughts, but it does on our health. Local TV and radio stations contribute pivotal information to their communities on air quality threats and precautions and provide people with information on how to detect and decrease air pollutants.

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NextRadio

The New Age of Radio

Emmis Communications’ Paul Brenner leads the NextRadio project, an app that allows Android phone users to listen to FM radio, without being connected to the internet or using data. Thanks to the radio industry’s commitment – and a hundred-million-dollar investment – more than one million listeners use the app each month to listen to music, sports and news. We talked with Paul about how NextRadio works, why it matters and what comes next.

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How KJLH Has Become a Lifesaver in the L.A. Community

Eighteen years ago, Los Angeles radio station KJLH held its first Women’s Health Expo in a small church. In late April, thousands of women attended this year’s expo at the Long Beach Convention Center.

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For Broadcasters, Local News is Just Part of Their Story

Broadcasters' commitment to their communities was highlighted during Service to America Week, but the important work by these dedicated professionals never stops. It’s visible every day in the stories stations report and produce, and in the community service projects they support.

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Hidden No More

Megan* was a straight-A student. She regularly attended church with her family, enjoyed playing the guitar and dreamed of becoming a musician one day. On a dating website, she met a man with connections to a music producer. But instead of helping to launch her music career, he lured her into a life of sex work. Megan was trapped, having sex with strangers for money, night after night.

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Broadcasters Help Cut Through the Smoke of West Coast Fires

All along the West Coast last fall, broadcasters donned protective gear, used drones and helicopters and risked their lives to keep their communities informed about wildfires.

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Standing with Those Who Serve

Across the nation, local reporters are supporting veterans through incisive investigations and community fundraising efforts.

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In the Eye of the Storm

As Hurricane Harvey approached Houston, residents evacuated or hunkered down, preparing for days of rain. Broadcasters, though, prepared for days of non-stop reporting, aimed at keeping community members as safe as possible during the storm.

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A Walk in the Woods

America’s National Parks are not only magnificent, they’re also the gatekeepers to some of the country’s most incredible stories. Whether they are accounts of visitors, untold parts of our history or tales of heroism, these landmarks are part of the fabric of who we are. And local broadcasters give you a front row seat to it all. Coming off of National Parks Week, we’ve rounded up some of the best reporting on National Parks from across the country.

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Never Worry About a Broadcast Bill

Imagine having free, on-demand access to news, sports and your favorite music and shows. Thanks to broadcasters, you already do.

Today, with just an antenna, Americans can get free, over-the-air broadcasts of a diverse set of programs. The same antenna gives them access to local and national news, as well as emergency weather alerts, helping everyone to stay safe during deadly storms and intense wildfires.

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Troubled Waters: Local Reporters Tackle a Matter of Public Health

Most Americans take access to clean water for granted. But in some communities across the country, residents don’t have that luxury. It’s in these places that local radio and TV stations play an important role as a reservoir of vital information. Broadcasters are there to help people stay safe when the water supply is contaminated.

Reporting from stations in Detroit, Miami and the nation’s capital shows the passion and dedication reporters from across the country bring to covering this critical issue.

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The Faces of an Epidemic: Community Broadcasters on the Opioid Crisis' Victims

Across the country, broadcasters are helping communities respond to the opioid epidemic and remember its victims.

The statistics are staggering: Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. More than 2 million Americans are now addicted to some kind of opioid.

Local broadcasters are telling the stories behind those statistics, showing the epidemic's toll on individuals and families.

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How Broadcasters Serve Their Communities

More than 2.47 million American jobs depend on broadcasting, and the local broadcast radio and television industry - and the businesses that depend on it - generate $1.17 trillion annually for the nation's economy.


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