As NPR spokesperson, Andi Sporkin noted, "This decision penalizes public radio stations for fulfilling their mandate, it penalizes emerging and non-mainstream musical artists who have always relied on public radio for visibility, and ultimately it penalizes the American public, whose local station memberships and taxes will be necessary to cover the millions of dollars that will now be required as payment. On behalf of the public radio system, NPR will pursue all possible action to reverse this decision, which threatens to severely reduce local stations' public service and limit the reach of the entire music community."
Where is commercial radio amidst this difficult situation? While public radio and NPR have a great deal to lose because of these rate hikes, so do commercial broadcasters, many of whom have begun to build up substantial streaming audiences. Everyone in radio needs to step up and be heard.