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November 14, 2014

New book examines Prometheus activists and the fight for Low Power FM

Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

Dec 18 2013 - 1:19pm

Nonprofits Hear Opportunity in the Sound of Low-Powered Radio Waves
By Anne Eigeman

The homepage of Prometheus Radio Project, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit working to build “participatory radio as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression” provides this quick update for supporters: “The government shutdown is over and the low power FM filing window is OPEN.” Because the FCC set the program application deadline for the LPFM program for 10/29 before the shutdown went into effect, it’s now unclear whether that date will be bumped back, but because the organization expects strong interest from community groups nationwide, they add, “as the situation evolves, we will keep you posted.”

Dec 18 2013 - 1:16pm

To Fix Our Political System, Nonprofits Must Push for More Open Media
By Vincent Stehle

No matter how distressing it was to watch the federal government grind to a halt this month, it has been encouraging to hear a growing chorus of foundation and nonprofit leaders call for intensive efforts to fix our broken government.

But we won’t make any progress on that goal until we change the way media and politics intersect, so it’s time for everyone in philanthropy to make that a high priority of their advocacy.

Dec 18 2013 - 1:10pm

Roots, Radio and Social Change: Why Low Power FM Radio is About You
By Betty Yu

Media watchdog group Free Press’s recent infographic reveals how media corporations are using shell companies to evade the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ownership rules and gobble up local TV stations across the US. It’s another sobering reminder that we are facing some of the biggest threats to media democracy and free speech in our country’s history. The acceleration of media consolidation and unfair restrictions on community radio and TV have narrowed already limited access to the airwaves for local voices, especially women and communities of color. People of color make up over 36 percent of the US population, but own just over seven percent of radio licenses and three percent of TV licenses.

Jul 11 2013 - 12:00am

This Year’s Best-Kept Secret: The Next Generation of Community Radio
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire. That’s why the prospect of 1,000 new community radio stations in the United States, for which the Federal Communications Commission will accept applications this October, is so vital and urgent.

Jun 27 2013 - 7:28pm

Posted by Carolyn Silveira
June 27, 2013

I haven't been hearing much about this from the good ol' mainstream media. Have you? Shocking! But now, thanks to a historic FCC decision, a chunk of our media is being delivered back into the hands of the citizens. The question is: what are we going to do with it, folks?

In this video you're going to find out:

1:05 — exactly who is going to benefit from this change

Jun 27 2013 - 7:22pm

By Jamilah King
June 25, 2013

We talk often about the oversights of corporate-driven media, how it underrepresents communities of color or misrepresents them entirely. But after a long 15-year battle at the Federal Communications Commission, non-profit organizations and community groups may be on the verge of putting a dent in that corporate agenda.

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Jun 13 2013 - 9:26am

Radio, Not the Internet, Might be the Future of Local News
October 9, 2012
By Tanveer Ali

In the age of the Internet, the biggest opportunity in localized programming may come from a much older medium: the radio.

Jun 6 2013 - 12:00am

Attention Non-Profits: Here's Your One-Time Chance to Build Progressive Media This Year
Annoyed that the Kochs may buy up your media? Here’s how your own organization can capture a spot on the airwaves.
By Alyssa Figueroa

From being a space to organize social justice movements to providing listeners with life-saving information, low power FM (LPFM) radio stations have given thousands an opportunity to strengthen their communities.