09/15/2023 | Press release | Archived content
Washington, D.C.- Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) this week joined Representatives Mark Amodei (NV-02), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Jake Ellzey (TX-06) in introducing a bipartisan resolution to designate October 25, 2023 as Public Radio Music Day.
Every week, more than 25 million American listeners tune in to their local radio stations to discover and enjoy music selections - many of which are only available locally. Roughly 697 public radio music stations serve rural and urban communities alike in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
"When I was in college, I loved working at my university's radio station," said Rep. Scanlon. "Public radio stations are an incredible source of entertainment and education, providing listeners across the United States a gateway to the world. The diversity of their innovative programming is an unparalleled public service which I am proud to celebrate with this resolution designating October 25, 2023, as Public Radio Music Day."
"Once again, the wonders of public radio are on full display as we recognize the meaningful way in which it connects the American public to new music and genres," said Rep. Amodei. "It's only right that this contribution be recognized with an official Public Radio Music Day."
"Public radio showcases the unique sounds and styles of our communities, reflective of the incredible diversity of our nation,"said Rep. Blumenauer. "It is only fitting to celebrate these contributions with an official designation of Public Radio Music Day."
"Public radio has helped define generations. Since its inception, NPR has been a cornerstone of our country," said Rep. Ellzey. "It has grown alongside the United States, striving to keep the public informed and entertained. After all it's done for us, I am proud to join my colleagues in designating October 25th as Public Radio Music Day."
The resolution is cosponsored by Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC), Susie Lee (NV-03), Dwight Evans (PA-03), Donald Payne (NJ-10), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Joe Morelle (NY-25), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), and James McGovern (MA-02).
Find the full resolution text here.