Pardon the Interruption, Forum Protecting Wireless Mics, Held July 29; Harvey Fierstein Among Speakers
By Michael Gioia
Theatre Communications Group has partnered with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and The Broadway League to represent theatres in a coalition of performing arts organizations, religious institutions and professional sports leagues taking part in Pardon the Interruption: a Capitol Hill Forum, which is held July 29 from noon-2 PM at the Rayburn House Office Building in Hearing Room 2322 in Washington, DC.
Pardon the Interruption supports the protection of wireless microphones from the threat of interference posed by the reorganization of the broadcast spectrum and a new generation of electronic devices.
The office of congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-1) will host testimonials about the pivotal role of wireless microphones in the U.S. economy and culture from Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, representatives from Broadway, not-for-profit theatres, mega-churches and major league sports.
Pardon the Interruption, according to press notes, "will raise awareness of the valuable contributions that wireless microphones make in enabling theatre, amusement park, convention center, museum and religious concert performances."
The discussion will also spotlight congressman Rush's new bill, HR___: The Wireless Microphone Users Interference Protection Act of 2013. This act will encourage Federal Communications Commission to maintain several interference protection mechanisms: two safe-haven channels for wireless microphones, access to a database that provides interference protection and eligibility for a Part 74 license allowing for the flexibility needed in these important sectors.
"We're pleased to partner with congressman Rush as well as our fellow theatre service organizations A.R.T./New York and the Broadway League to protect the use of wireless microphones," said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG, in a statement. "These protections are essential to ensure the quality and safety of performances, so that theatres may continue contributing to the cultural and economic vitality of the communities they serve."
"The Broadway community is delighted that so many representatives of the live performance industry have come together to show support for this bill. This is a complicated issue and we applaud representative Rush's leadership and recognition that the spectrum auctions will affect hundreds of thousands of people who earn their living in live entertainment," added Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League. "It is imperative that we protect theatre's wireless systems from the threat of interference and we hope that our leaders will see that Representative Rush's proposal would allow us to continue entertaining America, and generating billions of dollars for our cities, while still allowing for extensive growth in the technology industry."
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