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Dec 12 2010 - 8:29pm

We’re almost there!! Call your Senator NOW and ask them to make sure they expand community radio to your neighborhood!

Dec 8 2010 - 12:54pm

The lame-duck Congress has a chance to restore the use of media for the public good.

Nancy Scola | December 8, 2010 | The American Prospect

The Local Community Radio Act, despite its eminent sensibility and bipartisan support (Sens. John McCain and Maria Cantwell were its original co-sponsors), remains mired in the Senate. The bill would give the Federal Communications Commission back the freedom to issue licenses for small, community-based radio stations operating at a strength of 100 watts. It floated around Capitol Hill for five years and passed the House by voice vote last December but is now trapped in that other chamber after a series of anonymous and semi-anonymous holds. As much as the Local Community Radio Act's failure to make it out of Congress is yet another example of a well-organized industry's outsized influence, the battle over low-power FM, or LPFM, represents a larger, decades-old struggle over whether government has an interest in cultivating an American media environment that serves the people, rather than one that simply advances the interests of big business.

Dec 5 2010 - 11:49pm

One call from you could stop a big corporate lobby group from killing the future of community radio.

For 10 years, a movement of pastors and firefighters, civil rights groups and musicians have fought to put media in the hands of our communities in the form of low power FM (LPFM) radio stations.

Nov 21 2010 - 2:56pm

After passing the House of Representatives almost a year ago, the Local Community Radio Act is stuck in the Senate, stalled by several anonymous holds placed by senators. If we can identify these senators and address their concerns before the end of the year, we will win! But with only weeks to go, we need everyone’s help in revealing these mystery senators.

Can you call your senators to ask if they have any concerns with the Local Community Radio Act, and let us know what you find out?

Nov 12 2010 - 4:30pm

This article was originally published in Monitoring Times magazine.

 

Nov 8 2010 - 3:45pm

Bisbee, Ariz. — In the hills surrounding Bisbee, a small radio station broadcasts music and news to the people living below.  If everything goes as planned, soon people in the outlying communities will be able to tune in as well.

The transmitter used by KBRP Radio Free Bisbee is currently located on the roof of the station.  Actually, it is in the bell-tower of the Central School Project, a closed school that houses the radio station.

The plan is to move the transmitter to the top of one of the mountains that overlook Bisbee, Warren and Naco, Ariz. and increase their potential audience from 6,000 to 15,000 people.

But…

Nov 8 2010 - 11:51am

 Monday, 08 June 2009

Court vindicates FCC's effort to save small stations from loss of channels

Oct 14 2010 - 11:07am

As Congress takes a break to run for re-election, the press is spotlighting LPFM and the Local Community Radio Act which is still struggling to make its way through the Senate.

Let's Expand Low-Power FM
Houston Chronicle, October 2, 2010

Earlier this summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Local Community Radio Act, which would expand LPFM to many more communities. The Senate is now considering the bill (SB 592) ... From the Third Ward to the Heights, from Montrose to Denver Harbor and Acres Homes, we could sure use LPFMs in our neighborhoods. They put church groups, immigrant voices and local policy debates on the air. Independent music and culture thrive there, and studios are a gathering place for neighbors. LPFM stations do more than provide relief in times of crisis, though this is a vital service as well.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7228828.html

The History and Future of Hyper-Local Radio
Atlantic Monthly, October 5, 2010

Part of what is so interesting about media made by community members is its potential to challenge what we think radio "is." Our present-day understanding of radio has to a great degree crystallized around the massive network configuration -- both commercial and noncommercial, like National Public Radio. Yet LPFM shows that technology's contours can shift over time based on ongoing renegotiation between players like regulators, corporations, advocates and everyday citizens. Far from being a moribund medium, radio can have an alternate future -- one that actually reawakens long-forgotten debates that were "settled" shortly after the dawn of broadcasting.

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/10/the-history-and-future-of-hyper-local-radio/64058/