Jun 9, 2005

Today, FMC organized a Capitol Hill event to promote the protection and expansion of LPFM. FMC is always doing that, but today was special because the Indigo Girls joined the cause, speaking on why community radio is important and playing a few of those tunes that make you "feel like a 15 year old girl again."

A new LPFM bill will be introduced in the House in the next couple of weeks, and it looks like there's going to be a good amount of bipartisan support behind it, in some part due to the Indigo Girls lending their fame to the issue.

At one point, the Girls asked the crowd to sing along, and boy did they. Reports of women with tears streaming down their faces were abundant. After the event, Amy and Emily trucked around Capitol Hill meeting with various congresspeople to garner support for LPFM, including Mary Bono, Louise Slaughter, Rep. Schakowsky, and Senator McCain (who also has a LPFM bill pending in the Senate).

I took some pictures.

Here's what Billboard Radio Monitor has to say:
The Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, performed to a packed room of about 150 congressional lawmakers, staffers and interest group representatives, gathered to hear the artists and to learn more about proposed legislation designed to expand Low Power FM’s reach across the country and to elevate the broadcast service’s status.

1 comment:

wharman said...

FYI: they played Closer to Fine, Yield, and Galileo.