Post date: Nov 11 2014 - 5:48pm

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November 14, 2014

New book examines Prometheus activists and the fight for Low Power FM

Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

Post date: Nov 3 2014 - 3:13pm
Volunteers raise KMRD-LP's new mast and antenna on the crest of a hill high above Madrid, NM

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November 3, 2014

Post date: Dec 18 2013 - 1:19pm

Nonprofits Hear Opportunity in the Sound of Low-Powered Radio Waves
By Anne Eigeman

The homepage of Prometheus Radio Project, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit working to build “participatory radio as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression” provides this quick update for supporters: “The government shutdown is over and the low power FM filing window is OPEN.” Because the FCC set the program application deadline for the LPFM program for 10/29 before the shutdown went into effect, it’s now unclear whether that date will be bumped back, but because the organization expects strong interest from community groups nationwide, they add, “as the situation evolves, we will keep you posted.”

Post date: Dec 18 2013 - 1:16pm

To Fix Our Political System, Nonprofits Must Push for More Open Media
By Vincent Stehle

No matter how distressing it was to watch the federal government grind to a halt this month, it has been encouraging to hear a growing chorus of foundation and nonprofit leaders call for intensive efforts to fix our broken government.

But we won’t make any progress on that goal until we change the way media and politics intersect, so it’s time for everyone in philanthropy to make that a high priority of their advocacy.

Post date: Dec 18 2013 - 1:10pm

Roots, Radio and Social Change: Why Low Power FM Radio is About You
By Betty Yu

Media watchdog group Free Press’s recent infographic reveals how media corporations are using shell companies to evade the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ownership rules and gobble up local TV stations across the US. It’s another sobering reminder that we are facing some of the biggest threats to media democracy and free speech in our country’s history. The acceleration of media consolidation and unfair restrictions on community radio and TV have narrowed already limited access to the airwaves for local voices, especially women and communities of color. People of color make up over 36 percent of the US population, but own just over seven percent of radio licenses and three percent of TV licenses.

Post date: Dec 18 2013 - 12:40pm

TWiRT 186 - Prometheus Radio - LPFM (Click on the link to watch the interview)

The Prometheus Radio Project builds participatory radio as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression. Sanjay Jolly and Will Floyd join us on TWiRT this week. They work to demystify media policy and technology. Sanjay is Policy Director while Will is very much a Technical Guru.

Post date: Dec 18 2013 - 11:34am

El Centro Cultural de Mexico Seeks Funds to Build a Low Power FM Community Radio Station in Santa Ana!
By Gabriel San Roman

El Centro Cultural de México is currently in the beginning stages of starting up a low-power FM community radio station in Santa Ana. Hailed by the Weekly's Best Of 2013 issue as 'Best Community Space', the non-profit has hatched a number of grassroots organizations over the years, so why not shake up OC's frequencies too? With the Local Community Radio Act having been signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened a filing window from October 15-29 for free non-commercial, low-power FM radio licenses.

Post date: Sep 30 2013 - 12:00am

Why LPFM Is Good for Radio
by Sanjay Jolly

Sanjay Jolly is the policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project.

This October, just a few days away, the FCC will open a filing window for non-commercial, low-power FM stations that could result in an unprecedented expansion of community radio. Since LPFM reemerged more than a decade ago, some 800 low-power FM stations have sprung up across the country, and that number could double or triple over the next few years.

LPFM is good for radio. The opportunities that it presents, especially now that restrictions keeping LPFM out of large and medium cities have been lifted, should inspire radio professionals and enthusiasts to actively support its expansion.

Post date: Aug 29 2013 - 12:00am

Community Radio Movement Prepares for Liftoff
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | News

Rahwa Habte wants to start a community radio station in near Seattle. Habte is an activist working for OneAmerica, a group that formed after 9/11 in response to hate crimes and discrimination against Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, and now advocates for immigrant and civil rights across the state of Washington. Habte and OneAmerica know that a radio station would give immigrants and refugees something commercial radio can't - the ability to strengthen their communities by having their own voices on the airwaves. But until this year, launching a community-run radio station in an urban area would have been nearly impossible to do without breaking the law.

Post date: Aug 7 2013 - 12:00am

A Chance to Start Listening Locally
Low-power FM radio levels the playing field of ideas and culture.
By Sanjay Jolly

The world of radio is experiencing a shake-up.