Post date: Feb 4 2010 - 4:00am

The Low Power Radio Movement Brings Community to Locals


By Rebecca Greenfield


Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010

As she hauls in a box of dusty Motown records, the DJ formerly known as Condom Lady situates herself inside the WPEB studio preparing for her Saturday afternoon radio show. This week she’s featuring musical selections from a box she found on the side of the road, supplemented by a discussion on needle safety. The Condom Lady began her career illegally as a West Philadelphia radio pirate. Now, 11 years later, she no longer has to broadcast out of vans, avoid the Federal Communications Commission or answer to her old name. Due to the success of the Low Power FM movement, she can legally operate out of West Philadelphia’s WPEB 88.1 and use her real name: Diane Fleming-Myers.

Post date: Feb 1 2010 - 4:00am

February 1st, 2010 by Paul Riismandel

On Friday the FCC’s Media Bureau quietly announced that it adopted an order to allow FM stations broadcasting a digital HD signal to increase their power levels up a maximum of 10% of the power of their main analog signal. While the National Association of Broadcasting and iBiquity have been agitating for this change for quite some time, it’s the backing of National Public Radio and its engineering report on the matter that was the likely tipping point.


Post date: Jan 7 2010 - 6:44pm

Today there are close to 1000 more noncommercial, locally-programmed community radio stations on the air in the US than a decade ago. The reason for this is the low-power FM radio service created by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000. While Congressional intervention cut the new service off at the knees at the end of that year, the creation of LPFM is an important event that provided crucial recognition for the value of hyper-local community radio.

Post date: Dec 16 2009 - 4:00am

Diane Foglizzo
Campaign Coordinator
Prometheus Radio Project
Cell: (202) 297-9195

December 16, 2009
Washington, DC - The Local Community Radio Act passed the House of Representatives Wednesday evening with a resounding voice vote and now moves to the Senate. The bill will open the airwaves for hundreds of new non-commercial stations across the country, bringing low power radio to urban areas for the first time.

Post date: Jul 14 2009 - 3:00am
Prometheus moves radio legislation in Washington. 

By Daniel Denvir
Cory Fischer-Hoffman is not the sort of person who comes to mind when you hear the word “lobbyist.” Before landing a job at the West Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project, the 26-year-old activist was working in the farmworker and welfare rights movements.
Post date: Jun 13 2008 - 11:34pm

By Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff | June 12, 2008

There is no address on the door or banner on the nondescript walls to identify TOUCH 106.1 FM, a small radio station based in Dorchester that touts itself as the fabric of the black community.

But two agents from the Federal Communications Commission found their way to the Grove Hall basement last year by tracking the station's signal. The agents warned the founder, Charles Clemons, that he has been breaking the law since going on air in early 2006 without a license.

Post date: May 14 2008 - 3:00am
West Philly residents are starting a community station to wake up the neighborhood.
by Will Dean
Published: May 14, 2008

On a bright and clear Saturday in April, about 10 activists, artists and volunteers gather in front of an old storefront at 52nd and Hazel. Just a few months ago the building was a single room littered with bits of wood, old carpets and other pieces of junk left over from previous inhabitants. Now three distinct rooms are taking shape, and all that clutters the floor are pieces of drywall, PVC pipes, nails, hammers and other construction supplies.

Post date: Apr 8 2008 - 1:09am
By Kevin McKenzie
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Sunday, April 6, 2008

When the "Hurricane Elvis" windstorm of 2003 left some Germantown residents in the dark for days, a radio station programmed by city government could have kept them informed.

Post date: Apr 2 2008 - 7:00pm

The Chicago Independent Radio Project fights to provide Chicago with an independent voice on the airwaves.

By Laura Pearson
Is Greater Than
April 2008
The story of the Chicago Independent Radio Project, although it is still being written, is one of the most inspiring lemons-into-lemonade tales I’ve encountered in a while. I don’t mean to reduce the efforts of this nonprofit organization to a simple feel-good story—a huge amount of work has gone into CHIRP since it launched in August 2007, and a great deal of work remains. But in a time where so many independent outlets—from alt-weeklies to bookstores to record labels to radio stations—face intense challenges, CHIRP has emerged as a community-focused force to be reckoned with.