Post date: Apr 13 2010 - 3:00am

“Welcome to WPEB 88.1FM, the first station on your dial,” radio host Shirley Randelman says into her microphone. “You’re listening to Community Action Magazine, bringing you all the updates on what’s going on in the community and keeping it very real and personal.” 

Randelman, whose show airs on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on West Philadelphia Educational Broadcasters (WPEB), says her’s is one of many programs broadcast on the local station. “We talk about things that are happening in the community especially where it deals with business, advocacy and education. We cover a whole potpourri of information,” she says.

Post date: Mar 23 2010 - 3:00am

Court will begin hearing legal challenges to FCC's 2008 rule change, sets briefings to begin May 17
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/23/2010

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated its stay of the media ownership rules and set a briefing schedule beginning May 17.

Back in December, the court gave the FCC and backers of its position three weeks to explain why it should not lift the years-long stay on the commission's media ownership rule rewrite and start hearing the legal challenges.

The court has now decided to proceed with the case despite FCC requests that it allow the commission to review the rules first.

Post date: Mar 22 2010 - 3:00am

March 22, 2010 by Radio-Info News

The Senate has reported S. 592 out of committee and put the “Local Community Radio Act” on the calendar for
action. It’s the same bill that has already passed the House, and LPFM advocates such as the Prometheus Radio
Project believe they’re only “a few steps away” from having a law that provides for many hundreds of new Low
Power FMs.

Post date: Mar 22 2010 - 3:00am

S. 592, the Local Community Radio Act, has officially been placed on the Senate Legislative
Calendar, meaning it is now poised for a floor vote. According to Prometheus Radio Project, the major force behind
the service, the only step after a Senate vote is the application of a Presidential signature.

Post date: Mar 22 2010 - 3:00am

March 22nd, 2010 by Paul Riismandel

While health care reform has seemed to dominate the Congress for all of 2010 thus far, community radio enthusiasts have been waiting for action on the Senate version of the Local Community Radio Act. The House passed its version back in mid-December and now the full Senate is set to take up their bill during the spring term, although the exact date is still up in the air.

If passed the Act would restore low-power community radio to the standards the FCC originally set for the service when it was created. These standards were made stricter by Congress at the behest of the National Association of Broadcasters via a last-minute addition to an omnibus budget bill at the very close of 2000. As a result many of the country’s largest radio markets with dials too full for new full-power stations were also deprived of the chance to have new low-power community stations. Now the hope to realize the full potential of LPFM is greater than it’s been since December, 2000.

Post date: Mar 21 2010 - 3:00am

By Betsey Piette
Published Mar 21, 2010 9:00 PM

A spirited program addressing the tactics used by corporate media to undermine Black radio was held in Philadelphia March 9. It was attended by activists already involved in efforts to stem this tide and others concerned over how to keep peoples’ news and culture alive and thriving.

Post date: Mar 12 2010 - 4:00am
By Andalusia Knoll
March 12, 2010

People across Latin America and the United States are increasingly turning to community media as a tool of resistance.  Examples include women in Oaxaca, Mexico, who led a take-over of corporate and state media outlets amid their media blackout of a popular rebellion, and the Coalition of Immokalee workers station Radio Conciencia  that broadcasts details about farm workers rights to migrant laborers in Florida.

Post date: Mar 1 2010 - 4:00am

Jenna Greene, Corporate Counsel, March 01, 2010


For Richard Wiley, it's a Dr. Frankenstein scenario.

As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Wiley in 1975 led the agency in creating a ban on companies owning a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same market. Now, as counsel to the Newspaper Association of America, the founding partner of Washington's Wiley Rein is a leader in a decadelong fight to kill it.

Post date: Feb 25 2010 - 4:00am

February 25, 2010 by Halimah Marcus

Lately, I have seen an increase in the popularity of sharing personal stories on the radio. Public radio programs like This American Life (distributed by Public Radio International and aired on many National Public Radio stations nationwide), have demonstrated to a general audience the one-to-one potential of radio. As an avid listener of this program, I find that the intimate nature of the stories makes it easy to forget how many intermediaries there are between myself and those speaking; a producer, an interviewer and all the staff and decision makers at NPR and PRI.