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Our Mission

The New York State Broadcasters Association is committed to ensuring that local radio and television stations can serve their communities. Whether providing daily news, entertainment, or extensive coverage during emergencies, local broadcasters provide critical information to their listeners and viewers. The policy positions taken by the New York State Broadcasters Association reflect this fundamental objective. As the original wireless communications system, broadcasters are rapidly developing new digital platforms. Digital radio, mobile DTV, and new broadcast applications are just a few of the new platforms that we use to serve our local communities. We want to ensure that all New York citizens–rich and poor–urban and rural–maintain access to local broadcasters across all platforms including, over-the-air with an antenna, on multichannel video providers such as cable, satellite systems, and new wireless systems.

Radio and Television Are Vital to New York’s Economy

Local broadcasting is essential to job creation and the economic health of the Empire State and to job creation: Radio and television stations account for $81.96 billion in direct, indirect, and simulative economic activity in New York State. This translates to more than 160,000 jobs across the state.

Local Broadcasting Reaches All New Yorkers

More than 93 percent of all New Yorkers turn to radio broadcasts at least once a week. Broadcast television programming outdistances all other forms of video programming. Nearly all of the top 100 rated shows on cable and other services were “television broadcast shows.” More than 1.25 million New Yorkers rely exclusively on an antenna to receive local television service.

Local Broadcasting Provides a Vital Communications Link during Emergencies

Unlike other communications systems, such as cellular telephones, cable, and satellite services–which often fail during emergencies–local radio and television stations remain on the air during emergencies to provide life-saving information. As FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate noted during Tropical Storm Irene, local broadcasters are the best sources of information during emergencies.

We have worked closely with FEMA, the New York State Government, New York City, and counties across the state to develop a state-of-the-art emergency alert system.


The legislation (S.2999) would require stations to obtain permission before using the “persona” of a deceased personality in any advertising or commercial programming. This legislation would dramatically increase the costs of various programs and promotional announcements.

Broadcasters Public Service Efforts