Tell the Senate: Last Chance to Expand Community Radio Nationwide!

We’re almost there!! Call your Senator NOW and ask them to make sure they expand community radio to your neighborhood!

For 10 years, a movement of pastors and firefighters, civil rights groups and musicians have fought to put media in the hands of our communities in the form of low power FM (LPFM) radio stations.  

Your Senator can bring a station to your community – but only if we get the Senate to pass this legislation now, before Congress ends!  Read below to take action.

LPFM stations saved lives after Hurricane Katrina and have put hundreds of churches, schools, and community groups on the air. In an era when big media puts out pop hits instead of local news, these stations represent the best of our democracy. A bipartisan majority of Senators and Congressmembers are just one step away from passing a bill that could bring them to your town – they could do it as soon as this week!

But one big media lobby, the National Association of Broadcasters, could kill our chances for our own local neighborhood stations, even though groups on the right and the left all want LPFM.

The NAB has blocked the Local Community Radio Act – a bill that would expand low power FM radio to thousands of communities nationwide – by asking Senators to secretly hold it up. And time is running out to pass it this year – Congress could be over in days!

Senators on the right and left are trying to make sure this bill passes – make sure your Senator is one of them!  Call your Senators now or call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to find your Senators and ask them to expand community radio!

You can say something like:

Hi, my name is ________, and I'm a radio listener living in YOUR TOWN, YOUR STATE. We want low power FM radio in our community so we can put local voices on the air and protect our community in times of crisis.  Please work hard to ensure the Local Community Radio Act, S592 passes this year!

Feel free to leave a voicemail if you can't get through -- then email us back at info@prometheusradio.org to let us know you called.

The NAB tried to kill low power FM radio in 2000, then claimed that tiny radio stations would interfere with big ones 50 times their size. They convinced Congress to keep low power FM out of most communities until the FCC could prove there was room for low power FM everywhere. That proof is out, but the NAB is ignoring it. They're trying to use their political influence to keep the airwaves all to themselves. And radio matters: Twice as many people get their news from talk radio as from the TV evening news -- on all three networks combined.

Communities with low power FM stations have local artists, real political debate, and emergency broadcasts with truly local information. We can't let one big lobby group kill one of our last chances to own our own airwaves.  We must tell our Senators to be brave and work now to expand LPFM!

Our Senators need to hear from us now, before it is too late!  Click here to call your Senators now or call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to find your Senators and ask them to expand community radio by passing S 592!  Email us to let us know how your calls went at info@prometheusradio.org. 

Just a few companies own our media, and diversity is long overdue. Rebuilding our economy and winning justice for our neighbor depends on real debate getting out there. If we stop the NAB from killing low power FM and get our Senators to expand it, we can build thousands of independent radio stations in our communities. And every independent voice means we're one step closer to making our society the best it can be.

Thanks for joining us for this fight!

Electromagnetically yours,

The Prometheus Radio Project