Last week’s Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon brought together broadcaster’s from across the state and FCC leaders as well. The Capacity crowd of 330 saw the best in our profession. FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was recognized as our 2019 “New Yorker of the Year”. The Lockport native recognized the importance of local broadcasting.
“In my tenure at the Commission, I hopefully have distinguished myself as someone who listens attentively to the problems and issues facing broadcasters and tries to find workable solutions. From the local ones, like illegal “pirate radio stations”, to the higher profile ones, like children’s programming reform, to the broader ones, like the seismic shift in the video marketplace, part of my focus has been to reduce the overall regulatory burden on broadcasters, as is demanded by the FCC. This means eliminating any and all unnecessary requirements that impinge on broadcasters’ ability to serve their local communities, be it in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, the Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks, the greater New York City metro area, or elsewhere in this great state, or any other state, for that matter. Your government should not mandate obligations that impose undue costs and require inordinate time to comply when a regulation has far outlived its usefulness in the modern marketplace. There are also smarter ways to do things, including taking advantage of new technologies, in those instances in which our rules cannot be eliminated or remain useful.”
Thank you Commissioner O’Rielly. We were honored to recognize your efforts.
To see Commissioner O’Rielly’s full remarks click HERE.
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