• Campaign Overview
  • Interview Breakdown
  • Media Advisory
  • Interview Schedule
  • Map of Coverage
Campaign Overview

Dates: Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spokesperson: Ray LaHood, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary & Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania

Topic: The fifth annual Infrastructure Week (May 15-19, 2017) highlighted the pressing need for more investment in America’s infrastructure systems. Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, co-chairs of Building America’s Future, a bipartisan group of the nation’s top officials, were available for interviews to discuss the need to dedicate more federal funding to help rebuild the country’s transportation, water, technology and energy infrastructure systems. Mr. LaHood and Mr. Rendell joined forces to send lawmakers one collective message: It’s #TimeToBuild.

Strategy: Lyons PR targeted national radio programs, including both politically conservative and progressive, as well as shows focused on business and the economy.

Results: In all, Lyons PR’s efforts garnered over 3,000 airplays and 19 million gross impressions.

Number of Radio Interviews
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Interview Breakdown
Outlet Show Market Media Type Broadcast Date(s) Airings Gross Impressions Live or Taped
Dial Global Networks The Bill Press Show National Talk 05-11-2017 104 560,000 LIVE


* LaHood portion begins at 1:06:00.

Sirius XM Ch. 124 Steele and Ungar National Talk 05-11-2017 1 1,200,000 LIVE

Westwood One The Jim Bohannon Show National Talk 05-12-2017 240 1,282,850 LIVE
American Public Media Marketplace National National 05-16-2017 49 1,200,000 Taped
National Public Radio Here and Now National NPR 05-16-2017 900 3,700,000 Live-to-tape
Sirius XM Ch. 124 The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley National Talk 05-16-2017 1 1,200,000 LIVE
Westwood One The Stephanie Miller Show National News 05-16-2017 64 2,500,000 LIVE

WHYY-FM Newscasts Philadelphia, PA NPR 05-17-2017 4 140,000 Taped
Sirius XM Ch. 125 The David Webb Show National Newstalk 05-16-2017 1 1,002,000 LIVE

Bloomberg Radio Bloomberg Markets AM National Business 05-16-2017 250 1,788,100 LIVE
Fox News Radio Network Kilmeade and Friends National Newstalk 05-16-2017 125 312,500 LIVE
NBC News Radio/iHeartRadio Newscasts National News 05-18-2017 1850 4,625,000 Taped
Media Advisory

It’s #TimeToBuild Bipartisanship Efforts Underway to Build America’s Future

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell available to discuss the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation, water, technology and energy systems during Infrastructure Week (May 15-19)

WHAT:          TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE, 5- to 8-minutes each

WHO:             Secretary Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

                        Governor Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania Governor

WHEN:          Tuesday, May 16th, 2017; 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ET

WHY:             There are a few issues that bind politicians together in this fractious political environment. Addressing the nation’s crumbling infrastructure is one item both sides of the aisle can agree on – it needs to be fixed and it needs to be fixed now.  Infrastructure Week (May 15-19) is a rare time when both political parties, the business and labor communities, and leaders at all levels of government will come together with one collective message:  It’s #TimeToBuild.

America’s infrastructure is crumbling, inefficient, and inadequately designed to meet 21st century needs. Failing infrastructure has an enduring impact on quality of life and the economy. It costs hardworking families and businesses through wasted time and fuel, higher prices for goods, vehicle repairs, lost work hours due to power or water disruptions and drained disposable income.

Twenty-first century challenges require 21st century solutions.  During Infrastructure Week, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood and former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell, co-chairs of Building America’s Future, will be available to highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, job creation, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe – and to encourage citizens to get involved.

Building America’s Future recommends:

  • A $2 trillion in infrastructure investment between now and 2025 to close the investment gap. If we fail to close that gap, we will undercut our standing in the global economy, endangering 2.5 million American jobs, $3.9 trillion in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and $7 trillion in business losses.
  • Increase investment at all levels of government and private sector: Solving our infrastructure problems requires public funding, coupled with innovative financing mechanisms. Build America’s Future recommends increasing from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent of U.S. GDP by 2025.
  • Utilizing new approaches, materials and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is resilient and sustainable. Emerging technologies and shifting social, environmental and economic trends – autonomous vehicles, distributed power generation and storage, for example – should inform the development of new infrastructure to assure long-term utility. And research and development will help to modernize and extend the life of infrastructure, expedite overhauls and promote efficiencies

“In order to get the country on the best path forward we need a strong vision and a long-term infrastructure strategy,” states Secretary LaHood.  “We must create incentives for cities and regions to collaborate on the most efficient ways to leverage public investments with private sector dollars. We need to reward innovations by offering competitive grants to take ideas from pilot projects to widespread adoption.”

“What we do, or fail to do, now is not about the past — it is about our future,” agrees Gov. Rendell. “Building America’s Future is optimistic about the possibilities, now and in the decades to come, and will continue to encourage visionary leadership that ensures America’s place as the world’s technological leader and preeminent global economic power.”

During Infrastructure Week 2017, there is no better time to take to social media to tell lawmakers that it’s #TimeToBuild.  Listeners can also go to www.infrastructureweek.org/participate to find ways on how they can contribute during the week.


About Building America’s Future: Building America’s Future Educational Fund is a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life. Founded by former Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, BAF Ed Fund boasts a politically diverse membership of state and local elected officials from across the nation. BAF Ed Fund seeks to advance a new national vision for infrastructure investment that strengthens our cities and rural communities, focuses on economic growth and global competitiveness, job creation, and environmental sustainability. In addition, we embrace a wide definition of infrastructure – from roads and bridges to water and sewer systems, energy systems, buses, trains, ports, airports, levees, dams, schools and housing.

Suggested Questions:

  1. It seems like there’s a lot of momentum behind the investment in infrastructure more than ever before. Are you feeling optimistic?
  2. What do our listeners need to know about the current state of infrastructure in our country?
  3. Why is Infrastructure Week so important in highlighting infrastructure issues across the board?
  4. In terms of priorities, what are Building America’s Future recommendations?
  5. How will investing in infrastructure create jobs?
  6. How can local governments work with federal agencies to help improve their infrastructure home needs?
  7. How can our listeners get involved in the movement?
  8. Where can our listeners go to learn more information?


Interview Schedule

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time (E.T.) Station Format Market Host Live or Taped
8:00 a.m. (30 mins) “The Bill Press Show,” Dial Global Networks TK National Bill Press LIVE
6:25 p.m. (15 mins) “Steele and Ungar,” SiriusXM CH. 124 TK National Michael Steele & Rick Ungar LIVE
10:00 p.m. (30 mins) “The Jim Bohannon Show,” Westwood One TK National Jim Bohannon LIVE

Monday: Monday, May 15, 2017

Time (E.T.) Station Format Market Host Live or Taped
2:15 p.m. (15 mins) “Marketplace,” American Public Media NT National Tom Scheck Taped
2:45 p.m. (15 mins) “Here and Now,” National Public Radio NPR National Jeremy Hobson Live-to-tape

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time (E.T.) Station Format Market Host Live or Taped
8:35 a.m. (15 mins) “The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley,” Sirius XM Ch. 124 TK National Tim Farley LIVE
9:30 a.m. (10 mins) The Stephanie Miller Show N National Stephanie Miller LIVE
9:45 a.m. (10 mins) WHYY-FM NPR Philadelphia, PA Tom MacDonald Taped
10:05 a.m. (10 mins) “David Webb Show,” Sirius XM Ch. 125 NT National David Webb LIVE
10:45 a.m. (15 mins) “Bloomberg Markets AM,” Bloomberg Radio BN National Pimm Fox LIVE
11:05 a.m. (10 mins) “Kilmeade and Friends,” Fox News Radio Network NT National Brian Kilmeade LIVE
11:15 a.m. (10 mins) NBC News Radio/iHeartRadio N National Jared Schaefer Taped
Map of Coverage