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Jun 22 2010 - 10:47am

By Halimah Marcus and Jonathan Lawson
Special to The Times

PEOPLE are sometimes surprised when Jeff Hoyt tells them his Vashon Island community organization has waited 10 years to start a radio station. Radio? What about podcasts, what about the Internet?

"We viewed starting an Internet station as strapping on a life preserver and treading water until we could get a low-power FM radio station," said Hoyt.

Hoyt's group, Voice of Vashon, runs a locally focused Web radio stream, as well as a tiny microtransmitter offering travel information to car passengers waiting at the island's ferry dock. The past decade has been something of a waiting game for Voice of Vashon. When the Federal Communications Commission first distributed low-power FM (LPFM) licenses in 2000, Hoyt was one of thousands who applied. However, like many others, the Vashon application was thrown out on a technicality.

Jun 16 2010 - 3:00am

Killing the messenger: The takedown of an Orlando radio pirate

from Orlando Weekly

By Justin Strout

Jun 14 2010 - 3:56pm

By JOHN BLOCH - Published: June 8, 2010

In the May 26 edition of Seven Days, Sen. Patrick Leahy publicly expressed his support for S. 592, the Local Community Radio Act, a piece of legislation that will increase the diversity of voices on our nation's radio airwaves. This bill will lift limitations on Low Power FM radio, and create hundreds of low-power community radio stations across Vermont and the whole country. As the president of the board of directors of ORCA Media Inc., Montpelier's public access station, I am keenly aware of the implications of this legislation, and I commend the senator for his strong stand on this issue: community media has long served, and will continue to serve, the people of Vermont with the local programming and diverse perspectives that are so critical to the health of our communities. The senator's recent assurance to the Seven Days writer that this long-overdue legislation expanding community media resources "will pass soon" is welcome (and local) news.

Jun 14 2010 - 3:46pm

By Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director of Media Alliance

The news is full of the lack of news. Everywhere pundits, commentators, and academics mourn the death of the crusading journalism of the fourth estate. My own organization, Media Alliance, was founded in 1976, in the heady days following the Watergate scandal that ended a presidency. Movie stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman portrayed the Washington Post reporters who tracked an obscure break-in to the upper reaches of the White House. The film now seems like an antique, a dinosaur in an age when the off-the-cuff comments of long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas garner more attention than her interrogations of presidents.

Jun 10 2010 - 2:41pm

Community station to serve 78,000 residents in Hudson Valley

Hudson, NY--This September, Prometheus Radio Project and WGXC will hold Prometheus's 12th community radio barnraising. Radio barnraisings are weekend-long radio and movement-building events. Individuals from the local community, participatory media advocates, and artists from around the country will converge in Hudson, NY to share ideas, experiences, and skills in the launching of WGXC's full power community radio station.


Jun 9 2010 - 2:02pm

Article published Jun 8, 2010

In the May 26 edition of Seven Days, Sen. Patrick Leahy publicly expressed his support for S. 592, the Local Community Radio Act, a piece of legislation that will increase the diversity of voices on our nation's radio airwaves. This bill will lift limitations on Low Power FM radio, and create hundreds of low-power community radio stations across Vermont and the whole country. As the president of the board of directors of ORCA Media Inc., Montpelier's public access station, I am keenly aware of the implications of this legislation, and I commend the senator for his strong stand on this issue: community media has long served, and will continue to serve, the people of Vermont with the local programming and diverse perspectives that are so critical to the health of our communities. The senator's recent assurance to the Seven Days writer that this long-overdue legislation expanding community media resources "will pass soon" is welcome (and local) news.

Jun 4 2010 - 11:26am
Phayul[Tuesday, June 01, 2010 20:12]
His Holiness unveils Tashi Delek 90.4 FM at TCV School, June 1, 2010
His Holiness unveils Tashi Delek 90.4 FM at TCV School, June 1, 2010

Dharamsaala, June 1 - The first Tibetan community FM radio ‘Tashi Delek 90.4 FM’ was launched Tuesday at Upper Tibetan Children's Village school by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who began a two day teaching on Buddhism here for around 2200 Tibetan youth from five countries.

Today’s teaching of His Holiness marked the first live programme aired on the frequency. The annual teaching, requested by Buddhism Introductory Committee of Dharamsala (BICD), is the fourth since it was started in 2007.

The radio program which boasts to be the first licensed Community Radio Station (CRS) in the Indian Himalayan region will be aired on 90.4 megahertz.

“It is an honor for Tibetan Children’s Village that we have His Holiness the Dalai Lama to inaugurate our Radio station today” said Tsewang Yeshi, President of Tibetan Children's Village school. “The purpose of this Radio station is to serve the local Tibetan and Indian communities, educating them about health and social issues and at the same time providing information and entertainment.”

students learn at the radio station under its manager Kalsang Tsewang/file photo
students learn at the radio station under its manager Kalsang Tsewang/file photo

The radio station is currently staffed by a station manager with content contribution from 6 students and 5 staff volunteers who have received short-term training in reporting, anchoring and broadcasting.

“I have always been fascinated by the role of radio broadcasting in building up a community” said Tenzin Dadon, a ninth standard student of the school. “The opportunity to serve the community while in school through radio technology is very encouraging.”

Tashi Delek 90.4 FM is aired out of a relay station especially built in the school auditorium of the Tibetan Children’s Village school.

The radio station which is the first of its kind in the exile Tibetan community is currently run with donated equipment and funds from donors. "We have received equipment like used recorders and microphones and we very much appreciate people to donate old and used equipment for our station," station manager Kalsang Tsewang told phayul.

May 28 2010 - 3:09pm

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has recently given public support for S. 592: The Local Community Radio Act--and said that it will pass soon!

May 26 2010 - 12:18pm
by Joshual Breitbart
May 25, 2010
 

"Infection in our Health Care System," an hour-long investigation by Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) into the local impacts of the healthcare crisis, premiered May 18 on PhillyCAM, the new public access cable station serving the people of Philadelphia.

May 26 2010 - 11:50am

May 21, 2010: Prometheus Radio Project has submitted an application for review to the FCC, asking the full commission to review the Media Bureau's decision to allow FM stations to increase power on HD Radio signals.

Prometheus says the Media Bureau acted "without consideration of any of the substantive concerns and recommendations submitted by Prometheus and other affected parties," and that the bureau's failure to address those arguments was "arbitrary and capricious."