Post date: Aug 1 2013 - 12:00am

Under New FFC Regulations, Prometheus Radio Project Helps Bring Community Radio to Philadelphia Community Building
By Christine Fisher

The struggle to get community radio off the ground and onto the airwaves has been decades long, but supporters have made major strides in recent years, and now, for the first time, Philadelphia-based community radio groups have the opportunity to get on air.

Post date: Jul 11 2013 - 12:00am

This Year’s Best-Kept Secret: The Next Generation of Community Radio
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire. That’s why the prospect of 1,000 new community radio stations in the United States, for which the Federal Communications Commission will accept applications this October, is so vital and urgent.

Post date: Jun 27 2013 - 7:28pm

Posted by Carolyn Silveira
June 27, 2013

I haven't been hearing much about this from the good ol' mainstream media. Have you? Shocking! But now, thanks to a historic FCC decision, a chunk of our media is being delivered back into the hands of the citizens. The question is: what are we going to do with it, folks?

In this video you're going to find out:

1:05 — exactly who is going to benefit from this change

Post date: Jun 27 2013 - 7:22pm

By Jamilah King
June 25, 2013

We talk often about the oversights of corporate-driven media, how it underrepresents communities of color or misrepresents them entirely. But after a long 15-year battle at the Federal Communications Commission, non-profit organizations and community groups may be on the verge of putting a dent in that corporate agenda.

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Post date: Jun 26 2013 - 12:00am

Radio Daze
Groups launch efforts for local bandwidth
By Jessica Leigh Lebos

When the Federal Communications Commission announced last week that the airwaves are open, the people were listening.

Thanks to the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, groups around the country have the opportunity to create their own low-power FM community radio stations for the first time in over a decade. Qualified non-profits, educational institutions and Native American tribes are eligible, and thousands are expected to fill the FCC inbox with applications, due October 29, 2013.

Post date: Jun 13 2013 - 9:26am

Radio, Not the Internet, Might be the Future of Local News
October 9, 2012
By Tanveer Ali

In the age of the Internet, the biggest opportunity in localized programming may come from a much older medium: the radio.

Post date: Jun 6 2013 - 12:00am

Attention Non-Profits: Here's Your One-Time Chance to Build Progressive Media This Year
Annoyed that the Kochs may buy up your media? Here’s how your own organization can capture a spot on the airwaves.
By Alyssa Figueroa
 

From being a space to organize social justice movements to providing listeners with life-saving information, low power FM (LPFM) radio stations have given thousands an opportunity to strengthen their communities.

Post date: May 14 2013 - 12:00am

Prometheus Radio Project’s 10-year ‘pirate radio’ battle to open airwaves
This October, community groups and nonprofits across the country will have a onetime opportunity to apply for a radio license to run their own radio station. More than a decade in the making, this national moment can be traced back to the work of a seven-person nonprofit right in Center City: The Prometheus Radio Project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Juliana Reyes / staff

This October, community groups and nonprofits across the country will have a onetime opportunity to apply for a low power FM license to run their own radio station.

This is especially significant in cities, like Philadelphia, because it’s the first time in 30 years that the Federal Communications Commission has opened up the airwaves in urban markets — airwaves that are largely monopolized by corporations like Clear Channel, which owns about 850 radio stations in the U.S.

More than a decade in the making, this national moment can be traced back in part to the work of a seven-person nonprofit right in Center City: The Prometheus Radio Project. It’s a part of their “Reclaim the Airwaves” movement.

Post date: May 9 2013 - 12:00am

How to Get a Piece of the FM Dial
By Maren Tarro

— Thirteen years ago the Federal Communications Commission opened up the airwaves to small FM broadcasters, giving nonprofit groups a voice amid the megawatt cacophony of broadcast corporations.

Low-power FM stations—100 watts or less—were at first relegated to rural areas so as not to disrupt signals from full-power stations. They’re able to reach listeners within their community (generally within a 2- to 10-mile range) for reasonable start-up costs. The signing of the Local Community Radio Act in 2011 allowed LPFM to be expanded to more urban areas, but the window of opportunity is narrow and rare.

In October, the FCC will be accepting license applications for new stations, and local activist Autumn Chacon is touring the Southwest with Prometheus Radio Project to spread the word about LPFM. The Compass caught up with Chacon to chat about LPFM and Saturday’s workshop at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice.