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Apr 14 2010 - 5:30pm

The deadline to apply for this position has passed.

Want to demystify media policy and help people gain a voice in FCC decisions? Prometheus is now accepting applications for a Research and Technology VISTA. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work with Prometheus's Policy Director to survey the regulatory landscape of community radio and to develop tools to involve low power radio advocates in FCC decision making. Applicatins are due May 2. For the full job description, and how to apply, continue reading.

Apr 13 2010 - 3:00am

“Welcome to WPEB 88.1FM, the first station on your dial,” radio host Shirley Randelman says into her microphone. “You’re listening to Community Action Magazine, bringing you all the updates on what’s going on in the community and keeping it very real and personal.” 

Randelman, whose show airs on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on West Philadelphia Educational Broadcasters (WPEB), says her’s is one of many programs broadcast on the local station. “We talk about things that are happening in the community especially where it deals with business, advocacy and education. We cover a whole potpourri of information,” she says.

Apr 6 2010 - 3:00am
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
April 5, 2010

CHAMPAIGN- On April 1, 2010, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) paid a quick visit to the Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall to speak about jobs, health care, and FutureGen, a coal project in Illinois.

Mar 23 2010 - 6:57pm

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Washington, DC-- The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to media justice on Tuesday, allowing a single company to own even more news outlets in a given community. In the latest news from the landmark Prometheus vs. FCC case, the Court has lifted a stay against the Federal Communications Commission. The stay had prevented the FCC from allowing a single media company to own a newspaper and broadcast TV station in the same market.

Mar 23 2010 - 3:00am

Court will begin hearing legal challenges to FCC's 2008 rule change, sets briefings to begin May 17
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/23/2010

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated its stay of the media ownership rules and set a briefing schedule beginning May 17.

Back in December, the court gave the FCC and backers of its position three weeks to explain why it should not lift the years-long stay on the commission's media ownership rule rewrite and start hearing the legal challenges.

The court has now decided to proceed with the case despite FCC requests that it allow the commission to review the rules first.

Mar 22 2010 - 3:00am

March 22, 2010 by Radio-Info News

The Senate has reported S. 592 out of committee and put the “Local Community Radio Act” on the calendar for
action. It’s the same bill that has already passed the House, and LPFM advocates such as the Prometheus Radio
Project believe they’re only “a few steps away” from having a law that provides for many hundreds of new Low
Power FMs.

Mar 22 2010 - 3:00am

S. 592, the Local Community Radio Act, has officially been placed on the Senate Legislative
Calendar, meaning it is now poised for a floor vote. According to Prometheus Radio Project, the major force behind
the service, the only step after a Senate vote is the application of a Presidential signature.

Mar 22 2010 - 3:00am

March 22nd, 2010 by Paul Riismandel

While health care reform has seemed to dominate the Congress for all of 2010 thus far, community radio enthusiasts have been waiting for action on the Senate version of the Local Community Radio Act. The House passed its version back in mid-December and now the full Senate is set to take up their bill during the spring term, although the exact date is still up in the air.

If passed the Act would restore low-power community radio to the standards the FCC originally set for the service when it was created. These standards were made stricter by Congress at the behest of the National Association of Broadcasters via a last-minute addition to an omnibus budget bill at the very close of 2000. As a result many of the country’s largest radio markets with dials too full for new full-power stations were also deprived of the chance to have new low-power community stations. Now the hope to realize the full potential of LPFM is greater than it’s been since December, 2000.