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Apr 3 2012 - 11:00pm

Oakland Local: "Local nonprofits get green light to launch community radio stations"

By: Barbara Grady 04/04/2012

Community groups that want to use the airwaves to reach local audiences suddenly have a new opportunity, thanks to some esoteric rulings by the Federal Communications Commission in late March.

Mar 30 2012 - 2:48pm
March 28th, 2012 | by Nan Rubin

My greatest personal satisfaction in a long public broadcasting career has come from building a radio station from scratch. Flipping the switch and filling that empty space on the radio dial with brand new sounds for the very first time — nothing can match it.

I’m close to social security age now, but signing my first station on the air in 1975 was one of the biggest thrills of my life

Mar 26 2012 - 10:00am

Meet RadioSpark, a new online community where groups that want to start a station and those that want to support them can connect.

Thinking about starting a station? Looking to volunteer and support a station? Sign up and connect with others working in your area. Are you an engineer or a lawyer with services to offer? This is the perfect place to let groups know about skills and availability.

Mar 22 2012 - 11:00pm

Nieman Journalism Lab: "New FCC rules offer a “historic opportunity” for low-power community FM radio"

By 03/23/2012

Mar 21 2012 - 11:00pm

All Gov: "FCC Opens Radio Airways to Small, Nonprofit Local Stations"

By: David Wallechinsky 03/22/2012

Mar 21 2012 - 11:00pm

Free Speech Radio News: "FCC opens up more space for low-power FM stations"


Mar 21 2012 - 11:00pm

Knight Ceter for Journalism in the Americas: "FCC rulings clear way for first new urban community radio stations in U.S. in decades"

By: Summer Harlow, 03/22/2012

Mar 21 2012 - 11:00pm

Radio Survivor: "Reactions to the FCC’s LPFM ruling"

by Paul Riismandel

Mar 19 2012 - 10:35am

FCC Decision Opens Radio Airwaves for Communities Nationwide
New rules create opportunities for hundreds of new community radio stations

March 19, 2012

Washington, DC-- In a victory for communities nationwide, today the Federal Communications Commission announced that the agency will open the airwaves for community radio. To make room for a new wave of local stations, the FCC will clear a backlog of over six thousand pending applications for FM translators, which are repeater stations that rebroadcast distant radio stations. The decision will allow for the first new urban community radio stations in decades.

"Today the FCC has opened the door for communities to use their own local airwaves, and that will be transformative," said Brandy Doyle, Policy Director for the Prometheus Radio Project. "We commend the Commission staff for the care and diligence they have shown. We also wish to thank Chairman Genachowski, Commissioner McDowell, and particularly Commissioner Clyburn and her hardworking staff for their efforts on behalf of communities."

The announcement concludes the first hurdle in implementing the Local Community Radio Act, passed by Congress in 2010 after a decade-long grassroots campaign. The FCC is on track to accept applications for new Low Power FM (LPFM) stations nationwide as early as Fall 2012. Community groups are gearing up to apply for the licenses, which will be available only to locally-based non-profit organizations.

Mar 16 2012 - 10:25am

Revolution on the Radio

Zoë Carpenter
March 12, 2012

Nearly two months after Occupy Wall Street set up camp in Lower Manhattan, the New York Times public editor wrote about the challenge presented by the movement’s “difficult, sprawling story.” To journalists, editors and readers he asked,  “How should the New York Times cover this movement that resembles no other in memory?”

Read the full story at The Nation...