Musicians push royalties as broadcasters gather in Las Vegas

A founding member of "The Supremes," a Broadway conductor and stage actor tried to get the attention of broadcasters on the Las Vegas strip today.

The performers held a press conference to push the Performance Rights Act, which would require broadcasters to pay royalties to singers, bands and other performers whose songs air on the radio. Broadcasters are in Las Vegas this week for their annual trade show.

Mary Wilson of "The Supremes" and Keith Thompson and Rick Faugno of the Las Vegas production of "Jersey Boys," were at the press conference at the Greek Isle Hotel & Casino.

Representatives from musicians' unions were also there.

National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith said in his keynote speech yesterday that radio stations shouldn't be held responsible for compensating artists that have been left out in the cold by the recording industry. 

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