Rock Hall of Fame picked wrong side in performance tax fight

07/16/2010 | Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's stand in support of the music industry-backed radio performance fee could end up hurting artists by weakening local radio -- their "number one promotional partner," according to Christine Merritt, president of the Ohio Broadcasters Association. "How many artists in the Rock Hall were first discovered by their fans on the radio?" Merritt writes. "As Ohio native Gary LaVox of Rascal Flatts said during the 2007 Country Music Awards, 'Country radio, thank you so much for being our mouthpiece. You know what we do means nothing if it never gets played, and no one gets to hear it.' Some might go so far as to ask: Without local radio, would there be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?' "

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