Sample Letter to Congress-person or Senator

Below is a let­ter for you to cus­tomize to send to your Sen­a­tor or Con­gress per­son:

Dear Representative_____,
Dear Sen­a­tor ___,

(In this first para­graph, intro­duce your­self and say that you reside in their dis­trict.  If you are a radio pro­fes­sion­al, men­tion that too.)

I want my local radio back because I care about my com­mu­ni­ty. Radio is the only com­mu­ni­ca­tions infra­struc­ture that reach­es every­one, young and old, rich or poor. It has the poten­tial to unite cities and jump-start new music move­ments, char­i­ties and small busi­ness­es.

Not too long ago, you and I would have heard radio sta­tions com­pet­ing for our atten­tion with the best pro­gram­ming that they could cre­ate. Today they are under­staffed, auto­mat­ed, and life­less. Some try to blame the Inter­net, but the down­siz­ing of radio occurred before the Inter­net came to promi­nence.

Radio became vul­ner­a­ble when the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Act of 1996 opened the flood­gates to con­sol­i­da­tion. Our local cul­tures and economies are suf­fer­ing with­out the nur­tur­ing pres­ence of local com­mer­cial radio. Please help Amer­i­ca take back the diverse voice that it lost when these local­ly-owned sta­tions were forced into cor­po­rate groups. I urge you to enact leg­is­la­tion to undo the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Act pro­vi­sions that con­sol­i­dat­ed radio.

Respect­ful­ly,

your name here

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