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Jun 11 2004 - 12:37am
Christian Science Monitor
By Michael B. Farrell
June 11, 2004

FLORENCE, MASS. Surrounded by machine parts and cobwebs, Jackie Scalzo and David Gowler stand on the loose floorboards of the old sewing-machine factory turned warehouse here, where they intend to build a nonprofit low-power radio station.

Dec 22 2003 - 12:11am
The Dominion
BY Janna Graham
December 22nd, 2003

PHILADELPHIA -- I was working for CHMA Radio in Sackville, NB when I first heard about the Prometheus Radio Project in West Philadelphia. Apparently a radio pirate named Pete TriDish had mobilized low-power radio supporters in an attempt to challenge the Federal Communication Commission's ban on new low power stations. Hiding out in an attic for 2 years, clandestine Radio Mutiny beamed through West Philly neighborhoods shaking a modulated fist at the FCC, the media regulatory body in the United States. Community radio advocates claim preferential treatment is given to multi-million dollar Big Media owners while low power, community-based FM hopefuls are forced to broadcast illegally or not at all. In 1998, the FCC literally kicked down the studio door and seized Radio Mutiny's transmitter. As the FCC dismantled what was Philadelphia's only volunteer-run, community radio station, Prometheus Radio Project emerged from the cinders.

Oct 30 2003 - 4:00am
by Makani Themba-Nixon & Nan Rubin
The Nation
October 30, 2003
Nearly forty years ago, a few determined civil rights activists at the United Church of Christ and the NAACP in Jackson, Mississippi, decided to take on the treatment of blacks by the television news. They drew a straight line from the racism they faced on the streets to the racism they faced in their living rooms when they turned on the TV. So they monitored newscasts at two local stations in Jackson. After determining that the stations were utterly failing to serve their African-American audiences, the activists filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission. And when they didn't like what the FCC had to say, they took the commission to court, where they won. Big time.
Sep 1 2003 - 3:00am

Q&A with Pete Tridish of the Prometheus Radio Project 

Laurie Kelliher
Assistant Editor
Columbia Journalism Review
September/October 2003

Pete Tridish first became involved in radio as a pirate broadcaster in 1996. He is now the technical director of the Prometheus Radio Project, a nonprofit organization providing legal, technical, and organizational support to low-power FM stations (see "Low Power, High Intensity" in the September/October 2003 issue). Prometheus has played a significant role in the struggle by community groups to establish low-power radio stations - a struggle that has involved the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters, and National Public Radio. Prometheus operates with a staff of three out of a church basement in Philadelphia. Their work has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the List Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the MacArthur Foundation. Tridish spoke with Laurie Kelliher, a CJR assistant editor.

Jun 21 2003 - 3:00am
A non-profit group in Opelousas, Louisiana, sets up a low power FM station during a 3-day barnraising. The station’s predominantly zydeco format showcases one of the many American cultural traditions pushed to the margin of the public airwaves as a result of media consolidation.  
Jun 15 2003 - 12:09am

Grassroots Radio Stations and Media Deregulation:

Why It Matters, and What We Have to Do to Stop It

(published by the Prometheus Radio Project and the FCC Workshop at the Grassroots Radio Convention, June 15, 2003)

 -- What is deregulation?  Deregulation happens when a federal regulatory commission, like the Federal Communications Commission, decides to throw out or revise the rules, which limit how many properties a company can own in a particular field.  The phone companies, energy companies in many states, water companies, and now, media companies have all benefited from deregulation.

Jun 13 2003 - 10:48am

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it is denying a variety of media corporations' requests for an appeal on a case dealing with the further deregulation of the American media system. This decision upholds an earlier ruling by the Third District Court of Appeals that dismissed the FCC's revised ownership rules as irrational and against the public interest.

Jun 4 2003 - 12:31am
Since the Federal Communications Commission approved of low power FM licenses three years ago, only two low power stations have been established in Acadiana.

R. Reese Fuller / Staff Writer
The Times of Acadiana
Posted on June 4, 2003

Mike Levier and Gervis Williams are sitting at a table across from one another in a lavender room of the Southern Development Foundation offices in Opelousas. There is a control board between them, two computers and three microphones. A pair of Kenwood speakers hangs from the wall.

Feb 8 2002 - 11:00pm

Reprinted from Reuters
Feb 8 2002 7:09PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court Friday struck down as unconstitutional a law that barred an unlicensed radio broadcaster from ever obtaining a license for a low-power FM radio station or being involved with a station.

Dec 28 2000 - 12:57am
December 28, 2000

The federal government recently approved 19 Alaska applications for new low-power, noncommercial FM radio licenses.

A number of school, church, tribal, community and other groups around the state will use the stations for what they believe are gaps in local radio programming and to reach underserved audiences.