WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 25, 2023) – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed yesterday, S. Res. 425, a bipartisan resolution honoring the incomparable service of public radio music stations to American audiences across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Mike Braun (R-IN), the resolution marks October 25, 2023, as Public Radio Music Day, thus recognizing the impact of public radio music stations to local artists, listeners, and communities nationwide. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives also recognized this day through a bipartisan resolution.
“Public radio fills rooms, offices, and spaces throughout the U.S. with entertainment, education, and life-saving information,” said Senator Coons. “Delaware is home to creative communities and emerging artists that rely on radio stations like WDDE in Dover to showcase their talents to radio listeners across the world. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution to recognize October 25 as Public Radio Music Day and celebrate the impact of public music stations on artists and fans.”
“Public radio stations provide an important platform for local artists in Texas and across the country,” said Senator Cornyn. “Public Radio Music Day celebrates the indispensable role these stations play in promoting talent from the Lone Star State and honoring Texas’ rich music history.”
Public Radio Music Day celebrates the contributions public radio music stations make to the arts and culture of local communities, including artist discovery and music education. The fourth annual event, held by the noncomMUSIC Alliance, will focus on the theme of “Building Community Through Music” with public radio music stations across the country. Participating stations will host local live events and performances, special programming, exclusive artist interviews, and curated playlists. More than 25 million Americans listen to noncommercial music stations each week and connect with new music, genres, and artists in their local communities.
To learn more about Public Radio Music Day and local events occurring near you, visit our website here.
About the noncomMUSIC Alliance
The noncomMUSIC Alliance, with more than 150 partner public radio stations, celebrates noncommercial, nonprofit, local public radio’s role in connecting artists with the communities that enjoy and support their music. Established in 2018, the Alliance’s primary aim is to bring diverse noncommercial music constituencies together, amplify their voices, and inform others – particularly public policy makers – about the need to support public radio’s role in local communities across the United States. To learn more about the noncomMUSIC Alliance, please visit noncomMUSIC.org.
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Communications and Engagement Manager, Government & External Affairs, NPR