Airwaves Clear Slightly for Community Radio

 Jan. 16, 2012 9:56 AM ET
Airwaves clear slightly for community radio

MITCH STACY, Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mild-mannered community activist Albert Knighten found himself in handcuffs last month when police and federal agents raided his home and shut down a pirate radio station he operated out of a spare bedroom. Supporters say his bare-bones operation filled an important niche in a predominantly black section of Fort Myers, a community whose residents often feel overlooked and underserved by commercial radio.

The retired Navy air traffic controller, now facing a felony charge of operating the station without a license, is front and center in the efforts of a national community radio advocacy group to highlight a law that clears more space on crowded radio dials and gives low-power operators the first opportunity in more than a decade to get licensed. Read the full story . . .