Mike Doyle defends Girl Talk at a 2007 congressional hearing
He's a professed fan of Earth Wind & Fire and Steely Dan, but nevertheless Mike Doyle is becoming something of a hero to the indie rock world.
The Forest Hills congressman publicly defended world-renowned Polish Hill mashup artist Girl Talk/Gregg Gillis against copywright attacks in 2007. Today he's quoted up high in a story by Pitchfork (the Readers Digest of the indie set, known for its much-derided music ratings) on his Local Community Radio Act, which will allow for hundreds of nonprofit-run local radio stations on the FM dial.
"I'm a strong believer that the passage of this bill is going to make it possible now for a lot of small, community-type programming to make it onto the airwaves: independent musicians, people that are doing good work in their communities," says one of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), just hours after speaking on the House floor against health care repeal. (Doyle has previously come to the defense of constituent Gregg Gillis, better known as mash-up artist Girl Talk.) "We're going to stay on top of the FCC to make sure that good people and good groups are getting these licenses."