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Jul 23 2011 - 12:00am
Hannah Sassaman
Jul 12 2011 - 1:32pm
Prometheus Press Release

WASHINGTON DC-- On Tuesday morning the Federal Communications Commission proposed rules to create opportunities for low power FM (LPFM) radio in urban areas, bringing community radio to millions of Americans for the first time. Tuesday’s proposal is the FCC’s first step towards implementing the bipartisan Local Community Radio Act.

“I am delighted to see that the FCC is moving forward to carry out legislation I championed for so many years. This is a major victory for community radio, and I urge the FCC to license as many LPFM stations as possible," said Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA), lead cosponsor of the Local Community Radio Act, which directs the FCC to expand low power radio opportunities and ensure that channels are available for new stations.

Jul 8 2011 - 11:01am

Brandy Doyle speaks with Democracy Now! about the appeals court reversal of the FCC attempt to further deregulate U.S. media.

Jul 7 2011 - 4:23pm
Ruling represents second historic victory for Prometheus Radio Project this year
Prometheus Press Release

PHILADELPHIA – On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its long-awaited verdict in Prometheus Radio Project v. the Federal Communications Commission, rejecting the FCC’s attempt to further deregulate media ownership. The Court threw out FCC rules that would have allowed one company to own a newspaper and broadcast stations in the same market. The Court also upheld the FCC’s other limits on local broadcast ownership, and agreed with Prometheus and other public interest groups that the FCC failed to consider the impact of its rules on women and people of color.

"We won on almost every point. This decision is a vindication of the public's right to have a diverse media environment,” said Andrew Jay Schwartzman of Media Access Project, who argued the case on behalf of Prometheus.

This is the second major victory this year for the Prometheus Radio Project, whose ten-year effort to pass legislation expanding community radio succeeded when President Obama signed the bipartisan Local Community Radio Act into law on January 4. The law will result in thousands of new community radio stations, and the FCC will be accepting applications for stations as early as next summer.

Mar 3 2011 - 11:57am

Pirate radio's roots run deep in the political history of modern Libya. On the first of September, 1969, more than forty years ago, an army officer not yet thirty years old went on the airwaves of Radio Benghazi to announce that he and a small band of fellow military officers had staged a bloodless coup ending the 17 year reign of the octogenarian King Idris; the young officer's reading of what was called "Communique No. 1" is captured in a recording lodged in the Internet Archive:

Feb 23 2011 - 11:08am

 Prometheus Staffer Brandy Doyle participated in a panel discussion at New America Foundation (NAF) on Community Media: A Full Spectrum Future.  Details about the event and a link to the video transcript can be found here.


Feb 8 2011 - 9:27pm

There has been a great flurry of press on passage of the Local Community Radio Act.  Here is a compiled list:

Jan 30 2011 - 3:59pm

After three years of grassroots, volunteer labor, WGXC: Hands-On Radio is set to begin broadcasting on the strongest non- commercial signal in Columbia and Greene counties

By Josh Potter

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Jan 25 2011 - 12:02am

Low-Power FM Radio to Gain Space on the Dial

Jan 24 2011 - 10:00pm

The New Year ushered in a new era for community radio.  President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law, allowing for the biggest expansion of community radio stations in U.S. history and allowing low-power, neighborhood based stations to broadcast in urban areas for the first time. Hundreds of groups waiting for radio stations were ecstatic at the news.

A day later, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission pledged "swift action to open up the dial for these new stations." In the coming months, the FCC will be working to develop the rules for an application window for new radio licenses, which could happen as early as November 2011.

Just in the past few weeks, Prometheus has been contacted by hundreds of groups wanting to start a station, adding to the many hundreds who have been waiting and advocating for more radio licenses for ten years.  Prometheus is planning a nationwide campaign to help groups apply for licenses and is seeking donations, volunteers, and partners from media and social justice organizations to assist with outreach. Learn how to get involved.