Apr 22 2005 - 3:00am
Prometheus Unbound
Transcript from On The Media (onthemedia.org) - April 22, 2005
(you can also listen to the broadcast from WNYC)

BOB GARFIELD: This is On the Media. I'm Bob Garfield.

BROOKE GLADSTONE: And I'm Brooke Gladstone. During the '90s, scores of pirate radio broadcasters took to the air across the country. Many of them said they were engaged in civil disobedience against commercial stations that had abandoned community service and federal regulators who let it happen. When the FCC cracked down on the Philadelphia station Radio Mutiny, the pirates decided to become players. They re-invented themselves as the Prometheus Radio Project and helped lobby for new community radio licenses. Now, hundreds of those stations are on the air, and Prometheus is at work in Washington to create even more. Rick Karr has a profile of the group.

Mar 21 2005 - 4:00am
In Southwest Florida, a low-power radio station gives voice to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers’ union dedicated to ending exploitation at the hands of fast food franchises and other corporations. As Promethean Hannah Sassaman relates, thanks to LPFM, “Regular CIW meetings that used to draw 40 workers now routinely draw hundreds.” 
 
Jun 26 2004 - 12:18am
W. Phila.'s Prometheus Radio Project was a leader in challenging relaxed FCC media-ownership rules
By Harold Brubaker
The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2004

Vindicated.

That's how activists at West Philadelphia's Prometheus Radio Project say they felt yesterday after a U.S. appeals court told the Federal Communications Commission to rewrite aspects of its year-old relaxed media-ownership rules.

Oct 30 2003 - 4:00am
by Makani Themba-Nixon & Nan Rubin
The Nation
October 30, 2003
 
Nearly forty years ago, a few determined civil rights activists at the United Church of Christ and the NAACP in Jackson, Mississippi, decided to take on the treatment of blacks by the television news. They drew a straight line from the racism they faced on the streets to the racism they faced in their living rooms when they turned on the TV. So they monitored newscasts at two local stations in Jackson. After determining that the stations were utterly failing to serve their African-American audiences, the activists filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission. And when they didn't like what the FCC had to say, they took the commission to court, where they won. Big time.
Sep 1 2003 - 3:00am


Q&A with Pete Tridish of the Prometheus Radio Project 


Laurie Kelliher
Assistant Editor
Columbia Journalism Review
September/October 2003
 

Pete Tridish first became involved in radio as a pirate broadcaster in 1996. He is now the technical director of the Prometheus Radio Project, a nonprofit organization providing legal, technical, and organizational support to low-power FM stations (see "Low Power, High Intensity" in the September/October 2003 issue). Prometheus has played a significant role in the struggle by community groups to establish low-power radio stations - a struggle that has involved the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters, and National Public Radio. Prometheus operates with a staff of three out of a church basement in Philadelphia. Their work has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the List Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the MacArthur Foundation. Tridish spoke with Laurie Kelliher, a CJR assistant editor.

Jun 21 2003 - 3:00am
A non-profit group in Opelousas, Louisiana, sets up a low power FM station during a 3-day barnraising. The station’s predominantly zydeco format showcases one of the many American cultural traditions pushed to the margin of the public airwaves as a result of media consolidation.  
 
Jan 29 1999 - 4:00am

In January 1999, the FCC proposed relaxing restrictions on LPFMs, a move opposed by major telecom lobbying groups. The FCC acted in response to approximately 13,000 inquiries in 1998 “from individuals and groups expressing interest in starting [LPFM] stations.” Meanwhile, the National Association of Broadcasters claimed that the new LP signals will interfere with the signals of existing stations and impede the transition to digital radio.

Jan 10 1999 - 10:25am
Seeing More Chance for F.C.C. Support, Advocates of Low-Power Stations Share Advice
By Edward Lewine
New York Times
January 10, 1999

The pirate radio operators, two Haitian guys from Brooklyn, looked nervous. The operators - Michel Limontas off Radio Inetercontinental (88.9 FM) in Midwood and Frantz Gourgue of Radio NaGo (89.3 FM) in Flatbush - had been operating unlicensed, low power stations for two years . In November, agents of the Federal Communications Commission told them to shut down. The pirates complied, for fear, they said, of being fined or having their equipment confiscated, but they were eager to get back on the air. So they called the Prometheus Radio Project, a group dedicated to helping unlicensed community radio stations. On Tuesday, Prometheus called a meeting at the Center for Constitutional Rights, at Broadway and Bond Street in Manhattan, to put the broadcasters in touch with First Amendment lawyers.