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Feb 12 2006 - 10:32am

June 24, 2004

In a lengthy decision of over 200 pages, the Third District Court today told the Federal Communications Commission that its attempts to further deregulate the American media system are unjustified. The court determined that the FCC relied on "irrational assumptions and inconsistencies" in determining the new cross-ownership caps, and ordered them to make a new decision that takes seriously their duty to regulate media to preserve the public interest.

Feb 12 2006 - 10:30am

West River,
Southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland
(February 15-18th, 2002)


WRYR FM 97.5, one of the first of the controversial new low power FM (LPFM) radio stations, will take to the Maryland airwaves in mid February. The debut of the station will take place during a conference of low power radio supporters, licensees, and station applicants.

Jan 24 2006 - 9:26am
Prometheus and CIW Partner on Radio Barnraising
November 25, 2003

Contact: Damara Luce, 239.822.2979, Pete Tridish 215.605.9297

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Launches Multi-Lingual Community Radio Station
Nationally Recognized Farmworker Organization to Have a Voice of Its Own

IMMOKALEE, FLORIDA --The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), in partnership with the Prometheus Radio Project, will launch its new worker-run radio station (WCTI-FM) on Sunday evening, December 7th, following a 3-day media conference. In the spirit of neighbors pulling together to put up a new building, CIW and Prometheus organizers will gather hundreds of Low Power FM Radio applicants, journalists, radio engineers, students, lawyers, musicians, and activists from across the U.S. to raise the antenna mast, finish the studio, and flip on the station switch!

Aug 18 2005 - 12:36am
By Clea Simon
Boston Globe
August 18, 2005

Pete Tridish believes in giving power to the people. As founder of the Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project, he's been helping community groups license and build their own low-power radio stations since 1998. Most recently, he midwifed the launch of Valley Free Radio, as Northampton's WXOJ (103.3 FM) calls itself.

Aug 17 2005 - 12:28am

Low power radio stations may not have Clear Channel's candlepower, but what they lack in wattage they make up in commitment.

American Prospect
By Alyson Zureick
August 17, 2005

Its an unusually hot August afternoon in small-town Florence, Massachusetts, and a ragtag group has gathered under a tent behind the Florence Community Center. Theyre participants in the 10th annual Grassroots Radio Conference, and theyve come from all over the country to build a new low-power community radio station for the area.

Jun 10 2005 - 7:54pm
Josh Sanburn
Cox News Service
June 10, 2005

For most of his working life, Jim Price has been helping others establish community radio stations in every state of the country. But now, as president of his own station in Ringgold, Ga., he could soon be out of a job.

May 15 2005 - 10:39pm

By Garrison Keillor
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 15, 2005

I am old enough to be nostalgic about radio, having grown up when it was a stately medium and we listened to "Journeys in Musicland" with Professor E.B. "Pop" Gordon teaching us the musical scale, and the gospel station brought us "Gleanings From the Word," with the whispery Reverend Riley trudging patiently through the second chapter of Leviticus, and at night there were Fibber and Molly and Amos and Andy and the Sunset Valley Barn Dance with Pop Wiggins ("Says here that radio's gonna take the place of newspapers. I doubt it. Y'can't swat a fly with a radio."), but I don't feel a hankering to hear any of it ever again.

Apr 22 2005 - 3:00am
Prometheus Unbound
Transcript from On The Media ( - 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


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.