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Jul 1 2008 - 7:42pm

By Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff | June 12, 2008

There is no address on the door or banner on the nondescript walls to identify TOUCH 106.1 FM, a small radio station based in Dorchester that touts itself as the fabric of the black community.

But two agents from the Federal Communications Commission found their way to the Grove Hall basement last year by tracking the station's signal. The agents warned the founder, Charles Clemons, that he has been breaking the law since going on air in early 2006 without a license.

Jul 1 2008 - 7:21pm

KEVIN KRIEDERMANN

'I was washing the dishes when I heard that [Independent Communications Authority of South Africa] Icasa had given us the licence," says Karen Thorne, station director of Cape Town Television (CTT), which received its free-to-air licence on April 25. "I had thought I would throw everything in the air, but I remember it being an anticlimax. I'm not sure why. I've been working on community television for 15 years, so when it finally happened, it almost didn't seem real."

The mother of three must ensure that the channel is ready to broadcast from August 1, no small task when you consider that her full-time staff is only starting at the beginning of July and she's still looking for a marketing and advertising sales manager. "Our core funding is only coming through at the end of the month, so the time line between when the money arrives and when we're obliged to be on air is horrifying. All the work has fallen on a handful of hapless volunteers."

Jun 16 2008 - 7:18pm

Our view: If KKRN successfully sprouts, it will be a priceless asset.

What is the honest homegrown voice of the Shasta County foothills?

Hard to say. It's a lot country, a little hippie, a little Indian. It's certainly independent and opinionated enough that we're talking not about one voice, but a lively party with guests shouting at each other across the room.

Whatever it is, it will soon be amplified and broadcast for anyone with an FM radio.

Jun 13 2008 - 11:34pm

By Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff | June 12, 2008

There is no address on the door or banner on the nondescript walls to identify TOUCH 106.1 FM, a small radio station based in Dorchester that touts itself as the fabric of the black community.

But two agents from the Federal Communications Commission found their way to the Grove Hall basement last year by tracking the station's signal. The agents warned the founder, Charles Clemons, that he has been breaking the law since going on air in early 2006 without a license.

May 26 2008 - 7:29pm

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Reporters at student-run Yarmouk FM in Jordan address community issues brought to their attention by their listeners.

May 26 2008 - 7:23pm

By Annette John-Hall
Inquirer Columnist

Scroll through my playlist of old-school jazz and progressive soul and you'll see two of my favorite artists: Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, brilliant yet underrated singer-songwriters whose '70's anthem, "It's Your World," reminded us that we could "be what we wanna be."

So imagine my surprise when start-up coordinator Mbali Umoja selected the Scott-Heron/Jackson classic to launch WPEB (88.1 FM), West Philly's newest community radio station.

If you live in the section of West Philly between University City and Cobbs Creek, chances are you can catch WPEB, which is currently broadcasting with a one-watt transmitter but has the capacity to go to 10.

May 26 2008 - 7:14pm

Kalinga Seneviratne
23 May 2008

Dhaka: For 15 years the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) campaigned for the introduction of community radio in the country, only to be turned down by successive, democratically-elected governments.

Ironically, in March, it was a military-installed government that announced readiness to issue community radio licenses under a two-year pilot scheme.

After releasing the guidelines for the establishment and licensing of community radio stations on March 12, the government formed three separate committees to process applications from community radio operators.

By the end of April some 178 applications had been received by the information ministry.

BNNRC

May 14 2008 - 3:00am
West Philly residents are starting a community station to wake up the neighborhood.
by Will Dean
Published: May 14, 2008
 

On a bright and clear Saturday in April, about 10 activists, artists and volunteers gather in front of an old storefront at 52nd and Hazel. Just a few months ago the building was a single room littered with bits of wood, old carpets and other pieces of junk left over from previous inhabitants. Now three distinct rooms are taking shape, and all that clutters the floor are pieces of drywall, PVC pipes, nails, hammers and other construction supplies.

May 5 2008 - 5:42pm

Boise Community Radio is almost a real radio station.

The online-only station was granted a permit to broadcast by the Federal Communications Commission last week, but its broadcast area is in Caldwell and the station might only be heard within a 25-mile radius.

Still, Boise Community Radio officials aren't letting that detail get them down.

May 5 2008 - 5:40pm

By Elizabeth Wilson--Record-Bee staff

LAKE COUNTY -- Lake County Community Radio (LCCR) launched as an official station Sunday, and despite a rocky two week "trial start," founder and General Manager Andy Weiss says since mid-April, "everything has been going swimmingly" at the station.

"We had to go off the air for a few days in that testing period, but that wasn't much of a surprise we were working out the kinks, and that was what we expected," Weiss said.

KPFZ 88.1 has been a 12-year-long effort previously the station broadcast on low-power to limited pockets of the community between 2001 and 2005.