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.

Post date: Apr 16 2013 - 12:00am

A Local Group Aims to Reclaim Radio Airwaves.
by Amber Clay 16 April 2013

Prometheus Radio Project is a group for those who are alien to radio.

Prometheus is a nonprofit organization that helps build and support low-power FM stations, which function on 100-watts or lower and spans from a 3-to-10 mile radius. The range varies with the topography of the area; a signal will go further in a leveled or rural area. Julia Wierski, the director of development and communications at Prometheus, explained the process of LPFM radio stations.

Post date: Mar 1 2013 - 1:00am

Radio by and for the people
By Betty Yu and Steve Renderos

Community-driven radio has always played a significant role in winning the hearts and minds of people in movements for social change, economic justice and human rights. But the history of dramatic media consolidation in this country has made it extraordinarily difficult for all but an elite few to control their own media.

Post date: Jan 1 2013 - 1:00am

Savannah on the Air
Will 2013 Be the Year of Community Radio?
By Jessica Leigh Lebos

What would you do with your own radio show? Play your favorite local music? Spout political commentary?

Showcase community resources?

Savannahians could do all that and more if groups organize an effort to apply for one or more of 13 non–commercial, low–power radio signals coming available in the 31405 zip code later this year. There are also more signals available on the islands, Pooler and all over the country, thanks to the Prometheus Radio Project, a tiny non–profit based in Philadelphia. After 12 years of fighting for more non–commercial (i.e., non–corporate) stations, Prometheus celebrated victory in 2011, when President Obama signed a new version of the Local Community Radio Act that included a mandate to the Federal Communications Commission to allow more low–power stations on the FM dial.

Post date: Dec 17 2012 - 1:00am

Posted: December 17, 2012 - 11:53pm | Updated: December 18, 2012 - 1:02am
By Bill Dawers

Signed into law in January 2011, the Local Community Radio Act mandates that the Federal Communications Commission issue licenses for hundreds of new noncommercial radio stations across the U.S.

These will be low-power FM stations operated by nonprofit entities – including 501(c)3 groups, schools and religious organizations. Applications are due in October 2013.

A diverse group of about 20 Savannah area residents gathered on Sunday evening at Trinity United Methodist Church to hear Jeff Rousset of the Prometheus Radio Project talk about the possibility for new local stations.

Post date: Jun 11 2012 - 12:00am

Published in Current, June 11, 2012
By Mike Janssen

Advocates for low-power FM are readying for a push to add hundreds of the mini-stations to the country’s airwaves as the FCC lays the groundwork for a filing window for LPFM applications, the first in more than a decade.

Post date: Apr 4 2012 - 12:00am

Oakland Local: "Local nonprofits get green light to launch community radio stations"

By: Barbara Grady 04/04/2012

Community groups that want to use the airwaves to reach local audiences suddenly have a new opportunity, thanks to some esoteric rulings by the Federal Communications Commission in late March.