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Mar 26 2012 - 11:00am

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 23 2012 - 12:00am

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

By 03/23/2012

Mar 22 2012 - 12:00am

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

By: David Wallechinsky 03/22/2012

Mar 22 2012 - 12:00am

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

by Paul Riismandel

Mar 22 2012 - 12:00am

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 22 2012 - 12:00am

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


Mar 19 2012 - 11:35am

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 - 11:25am

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...

Feb 13 2012 - 5:09pm

From the Tucson Citizen by 

 on Feb. 13, 2012



On Saturday, I attended a meeting sponsored by the Prometheus Radio Project, a group that helps non-profit organizations start their own community radio stations. Had you heard of Low Power FM Radio Service? I hadn’t. I didn’t even know local groups could operate their own radio stations.

I learned at the meeting that the airwaves, managed by the FCC, were originally given to broadcasters to responsibly serve the people. As with many aspects of life in America in 2012, radio stations generally focus on corporate profits, not the common good. (To me, the important questions are, ‘How much profit is enough? Shouldn’t a line be drawn when greed tramples serving the people?’) The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed for massive mergers and now TV and radio policies and programs are controlled by a few large corporations. What if you could be an independent voice? How would you use your airtime to make a difference for the people you serve?

Jan 16 2012 - 5:09pm

 Jan. 16, 2012 9:56 AM ET
Airwaves clear slightly for community radio