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 ___

(Intro­duce your­self and say that you are in their dis­trict in this para­graph, 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 every­body, 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 Tele­com Act pro­vi­sions that con­sol­i­dated radio.

Respect­fully,

your name here

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