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Nov 4 2013 - 6:10pm

November 15, 2013

Low Power FM Application Window is Closed:
Prometheus Radio Project Helps Thousands to Seize the Airwaves

WASHINGTON DC -- On November 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed the 2013 Low Power FM Application window that allowed for new community radio stations to be licensed.  Nonprofit groups, public safety organizations and Indian Tribes applied for Low Power FM (LPFM) stations on the FCC website. Applications were due by 3pm EST on November 15.

The deadline for this filing window was previously amended two times. The original filing window was slated to be October 15-29, 2013, but was postponed and then extended due to the government shutdown in October. The new deadline was moved to November 14, 2013 6:00pm EST, but as that deadline approached, technical difficulties on the FCC's website prohibited applicants from filing their forms. To allow for access to the site and database, the FCC extended the deadline to November 15, 2013 3:00pm EST.

Oct 1 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATE: 10/18/2013 5:40pm EST : Prometheus has just received confirmed reports from the FCC that: "the deadline for filing Form 318 applications for new Low Power FM stations will be extended from October 29, 2013 until November 14, 2013 6:00pm EST."  The FCC will also reschedule a webinar that had been cancelled during the shutdown for October 24, 2013. More information on this webinar (and others that Prometheus has planned) will be released as we have confirmed registration links.


Sep 30 2013 - 12:00am

Why LPFM Is Good for Radio
by Sanjay Jolly

Sanjay Jolly is the policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project.

This October, just a few days away, the FCC will open a filing window for non-commercial, low-power FM stations that could result in an unprecedented expansion of community radio. Since LPFM reemerged more than a decade ago, some 800 low-power FM stations have sprung up across the country, and that number could double or triple over the next few years.

LPFM is good for radio. The opportunities that it presents, especially now that restrictions keeping LPFM out of large and medium cities have been lifted, should inspire radio professionals and enthusiasts to actively support its expansion.

Sep 11 2013 - 3:15pm


Thank you so much for your support of our campaign! Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $6,000 which will help our technical and engineering team provide direct support to fledgling community radio stations through materials and resource creation and one-on-one application trouble-shooting. 

Prometheus has been able to provide the kind of support we do because people have believed in our vision of a world in which the media is not a means to limit democratic participation, but a way for communities and movements to express themselves and struggle for justice. We imagine a nationwide community radio infrastructure made up of hundreds of independent, locally-orientated stations, part of a global movement to put media in the hands of the people. With your help over the last month (and for some of you - over the last 15 years!) we are getting closer to that moment. 

Aug 29 2013 - 12:00am

Community Radio Movement Prepares for Liftoff
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | News

Rahwa Habte wants to start a community radio station in near Seattle. Habte is an activist working for OneAmerica, a group that formed after 9/11 in response to hate crimes and discrimination against Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, and now advocates for immigrant and civil rights across the state of Washington. Habte and OneAmerica know that a radio station would give immigrants and refugees something commercial radio can't - the ability to strengthen their communities by having their own voices on the airwaves. But until this year, launching a community-run radio station in an urban area would have been nearly impossible to do without breaking the law.

Aug 7 2013 - 12:00am

A Chance to Start Listening Locally
Low-power FM radio levels the playing field of ideas and culture.
By Sanjay Jolly

The world of radio is experiencing a shake-up.

Aug 1 2013 - 12:00am

Under New FFC Regulations, Prometheus Radio Project Helps Bring Community Radio to Philadelphia Community Building
By Christine Fisher

The struggle to get community radio off the ground and onto the airwaves has been decades long, but supporters have made major strides in recent years, and now, for the first time, Philadelphia-based community radio groups have the opportunity to get on air.

Jul 11 2013 - 12:00am

This Year’s Best-Kept Secret: The Next Generation of Community Radio
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire. That’s why the prospect of 1,000 new community radio stations in the United States, for which the Federal Communications Commission will accept applications this October, is so vital and urgent.

Jun 27 2013 - 7:28pm

Posted by Carolyn Silveira
June 27, 2013

I haven't been hearing much about this from the good ol' mainstream media. Have you? Shocking! But now, thanks to a historic FCC decision, a chunk of our media is being delivered back into the hands of the citizens. The question is: what are we going to do with it, folks?

In this video you're going to find out:

1:05 — exactly who is going to benefit from this change

Jun 27 2013 - 7:22pm

By Jamilah King
June 25, 2013

We talk often about the oversights of corporate-driven media, how it underrepresents communities of color or misrepresents them entirely. But after a long 15-year battle at the Federal Communications Commission, non-profit organizations and community groups may be on the verge of putting a dent in that corporate agenda.

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