Jul 8 2011 - 11:01am

Brandy Doyle speaks with Democracy Now! about the appeals court reversal of the FCC attempt to further deregulate U.S. media.

Feb 23 2011 - 11:08am

 Prometheus Staffer Brandy Doyle participated in a panel discussion at New America Foundation (NAF) on Community Media: A Full Spectrum Future.  Details about the event and a link to the video transcript can be found here.

 

Jan 25 2011 - 12:02am

Low-Power FM Radio to Gain Space on the Dial

Oct 14 2010 - 11:07am

As Congress takes a break to run for re-election, the press is spotlighting LPFM and the Local Community Radio Act which is still struggling to make its way through the Senate.

Let's Expand Low-Power FM
Houston Chronicle, October 2, 2010

Earlier this summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Local Community Radio Act, which would expand LPFM to many more communities. The Senate is now considering the bill (SB 592) ... From the Third Ward to the Heights, from Montrose to Denver Harbor and Acres Homes, we could sure use LPFMs in our neighborhoods. They put church groups, immigrant voices and local policy debates on the air. Independent music and culture thrive there, and studios are a gathering place for neighbors. LPFM stations do more than provide relief in times of crisis, though this is a vital service as well.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7228828.html

The History and Future of Hyper-Local Radio
Atlantic Monthly, October 5, 2010

Part of what is so interesting about media made by community members is its potential to challenge what we think radio "is." Our present-day understanding of radio has to a great degree crystallized around the massive network configuration -- both commercial and noncommercial, like National Public Radio. Yet LPFM shows that technology's contours can shift over time based on ongoing renegotiation between players like regulators, corporations, advocates and everyday citizens. Far from being a moribund medium, radio can have an alternate future -- one that actually reawakens long-forgotten debates that were "settled" shortly after the dawn of broadcasting.

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/10/the-history-and-future-of-hyper-local-radio/64058/

May 17 2010 - 3:00am

Huffington Post

(This is a guest blog from the Prometheus Radio Project, a long-time ally and friend in media justice).

The FCC is coming to Silicon Valley. The famously old-school agency will make an unlikely visit to the high tech mecca, asking if "legacy media" (radio, television, and newspapers) even matter in the Internet age. More specifically, the FCC will ask an expert panel whether we still need the media ownership rules designed to protect democracy by preventing media monopolies and consolidation.

Gathering at Stanford University on Friday, May 21, media execs will claim that in the age of blogging and Twitter, we have millions of news sources to choose from. In this utopia of media diversity, everyone is a journalist and every point of view can be heard. According to big media, if the FCC wants to help out, they should forget about local ownership limits and just finish the job of deregulation.

Jan 7 2010 - 6:44pm

Today there are close to 1000 more noncommercial, locally-programmed community radio stations on the air in the US than a decade ago. The reason for this is the low-power FM radio service created by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000. While Congressional intervention cut the new service off at the knees at the end of that year, the creation of LPFM is an important event that provided crucial recognition for the value of hyper-local community radio.

Aug 1 2007 - 3:00am
Attorney and human rights activist Efia Nwangaza called on Prometheus and others to help launch WMXP-LP in Greenville, SC, in 2007, featuring programming alternatives for the area’s underserved African-American population. After losing building permits due to maneuvering by a nearby commercial station, a low-power antenna was erected in a local community activist’s back yard.
Jun 27 2006 - 9:25pm

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Lawmakers, Regulators Face Key Decisions on Future of Media Ownership, Internet, Public Access, Low Power Radio


Lawmakers and regulators in Washington are in the midst of making a number of decisions that could affect the nation's media ownership laws, the future of the Internet, public access television and the expansion of low power FM radio stations. We speak with Hannah Sassaman of the Prometheus Radio Project which successfully sued the FCC three years ago in an effort to block the new media ownership rule changes. [includes rush transcript] Lawmakers and regulators in Washington are in the midst of making a number of decisions that could affect the nation's media ownership laws, the future of the Internet, public access television and the expansion of low power FM radio stations.


Aug 17 2005 - 12:28am

Low power radio stations may not have Clear Channel's candlepower, but what they lack in wattage they make up in commitment.

American Prospect
By Alyson Zureick
August 17, 2005


Its an unusually hot August afternoon in small-town Florence, Massachusetts, and a ragtag group has gathered under a tent behind the Florence Community Center. Theyre participants in the 10th annual Grassroots Radio Conference, and theyve come from all over the country to build a new low-power community radio station for the area.