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Oct 12 2000 - 10:08am
The Public Interest
By Ralph Nader
October 2000


The airwaves belong to the people. Yet the U.S. government gives them away to television and radio broadcasters for free, and demands virtually nothing in return.

Sep 13 2000 - 12:15am

NPR has recieved hundreds of calls, letters, and emails with people telling them that they are furious about their role in killing LPFM. Good job everyone! The NPR ombudsman recently wrote a reply to all this which you can see at this site. Keep the mail coming, especially to your local NPR station. National NPR claims that it's policy is driven by the affiliates, so make sure that your affiliate isn't your local NPR affilate that is behind NPR's despicable stand!

NPR has persuaded key Democratic legislators to co-sponsor legislation that would gut the FCC's proposed low power FM service. These Senators and Representatives would have supported low-power FM but for a multi-million dollar intensive lobbying campaign by NPR and the National Association of Broadcasters.

Jun 13 2000 - 12:16am

By pete tridish, in the Summer of the Year 2000. First Published in the Resist Newsletter

In late 1996, myself and four activist friends launched Radio Mutiny, an all-volunteer, non-commercial, anti-profit pirate radio station in West Philadelphia. We were tired of orchestrating elaborate media stunts for the sake of getting a 5 second mention on the news, tired of the endless prattle of corporate apologists and the soundbite assembly line of commercial and public radio, tired of the market-research driven playlists on the music stations. We saw that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 would open the fl,oodgates for media giants to buy up thousands of local radio stations. We knew that this would decimate what was left of local radio and reduce the public trust of the nations airwaves to an aetherial strip mall. Inspired by the radio rebels of El Salvador and microradio pioneers Steven Dunifer and Mbanna Kantako, we decided that we were ready to face fines, searches and possible jail-time at the hands of the federal government to take back a chunk of the publics airwaves for our neighborhood.

May 12 2000 - 10:21am

NAB/NPR attempt to dupe congress on interference

May 2000

On January 26th 2000, the Federal Communications Commission voted to create a new low power FM service. The new rules allow small non-profit groups, libraries, churches and community organizations to apply for licenses to operate simple, inexpensive local radio stations. Such groups used to be able to get local radio licenses in the early days of FM. In the early 1960s, there were thousands of non-commercial community radio stations. Since a policy change in 1978 urged by NPR, community radio licenses have been nearly impossible to get.

Dec 16 1999 - 12:19am

And why do people hate low power FM stations?

By Bennett Z. Kobb

WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 1999 -- Now that Digital Radio Express (DRE) has joined USA Digital Radio (USADR), the number of proponents competing for the U.S. Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) standard has been reduced to two -- USADR and Lucent Digital Radio.

Jul 9 1999 - 10:06am

Following is a column by Ralph Nader urging the Federal Communications Commission to authorize the operation of non-commercial low-power FM radio stations.

Ralph Nadar Supports Low-power FM
July 9, 1999
By Ralph Nader
Ever wonder why radio generally has become so canned, flat and insipid, bereft of local news, stuffed with commercials, mercantile values and the same old, tired junk, not to mention the downright offensiveness of Howard Stern and the other shock jocks?
Jan 29 1999 - 4:00am

In January 1999, the FCC proposed relaxing restrictions on LPFMs, a move opposed by major telecom lobbying groups. The FCC acted in response to approximately 13,000 inquiries in 1998 “from individuals and groups expressing interest in starting [LPFM] stations.” Meanwhile, the National Association of Broadcasters claimed that the new LP signals will interfere with the signals of existing stations and impede the transition to digital radio.

Jan 10 1999 - 10:25am
Seeing More Chance for F.C.C. Support, Advocates of Low-Power Stations Share Advice
By Edward Lewine
New York Times
January 10, 1999

The pirate radio operators, two Haitian guys from Brooklyn, looked nervous. The operators - Michel Limontas off Radio Inetercontinental (88.9 FM) in Midwood and Frantz Gourgue of Radio NaGo (89.3 FM) in Flatbush - had been operating unlicensed, low power stations for two years . In November, agents of the Federal Communications Commission told them to shut down. The pirates complied, for fear, they said, of being fined or having their equipment confiscated, but they were eager to get back on the air. So they called the Prometheus Radio Project, a group dedicated to helping unlicensed community radio stations. On Tuesday, Prometheus called a meeting at the Center for Constitutional Rights, at Broadway and Bond Street in Manhattan, to put the broadcasters in touch with First Amendment lawyers.

Dec 3 1997 - 4:00am
by April Rosenblum
University City Review
Editor's Note: Everyone interviewed for this article is identified only by his or her "radio name," in order to honor his or her requested anonymity.