Did you miss this excellent Op-Ed piece by Nancy Sinatra in the New York Times? I know I did. Here’s the link.

This is yet another reason to support the Performance Rights Act going through Congress right now. Nancy’s father, Frank Sinatra, the greatest singer/performer of the 20th century, was a vehement advocate of this bill. All those wonderful songs we associate with Sinatra’he didn’t write them. Whenever they’re played on the radio, his estate gets nothing. When he was alive, nada also.

The National Association of Broadcasters is being investigated now regarding those horrible lobbying commercials they’re playing on certain radio stations. I’ll have more on that tomorrow. In the meantime, read Nancy. These boots are made for walkin’ over conglomerate radio.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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