Post date: Jun 26 2004 - 12:18am
W. Phila.'s Prometheus Radio Project was a leader in challenging relaxed FCC media-ownership rules
By Harold Brubaker
The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2004

Vindicated.

That's how activists at West Philadelphia's Prometheus Radio Project say they felt yesterday after a U.S. appeals court told the Federal Communications Commission to rewrite aspects of its year-old relaxed media-ownership rules.

Post date: Dec 22 2003 - 12:11am
The Dominion
BY Janna Graham
December 22nd, 2003

PHILADELPHIA -- I was working for CHMA Radio in Sackville, NB when I first heard about the Prometheus Radio Project in West Philadelphia. Apparently a radio pirate named Pete TriDish had mobilized low-power radio supporters in an attempt to challenge the Federal Communication Commission's ban on new low power stations. Hiding out in an attic for 2 years, clandestine Radio Mutiny beamed through West Philly neighborhoods shaking a modulated fist at the FCC, the media regulatory body in the United States. Community radio advocates claim preferential treatment is given to multi-million dollar Big Media owners while low power, community-based FM hopefuls are forced to broadcast illegally or not at all. In 1998, the FCC literally kicked down the studio door and seized Radio Mutiny's transmitter. As the FCC dismantled what was Philadelphia's only volunteer-run, community radio station, Prometheus Radio Project emerged from the cinders.

Post date: Oct 30 2003 - 4:00am
by Makani Themba-Nixon & Nan Rubin
The Nation
October 30, 2003
 
Nearly forty years ago, a few determined civil rights activists at the United Church of Christ and the NAACP in Jackson, Mississippi, decided to take on the treatment of blacks by the television news. They drew a straight line from the racism they faced on the streets to the racism they faced in their living rooms when they turned on the TV. So they monitored newscasts at two local stations in Jackson. After determining that the stations were utterly failing to serve their African-American audiences, the activists filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission. And when they didn't like what the FCC had to say, they took the commission to court, where they won. Big time.
Post date: Sep 1 2003 - 3:00am


Q&A with Pete Tridish of the Prometheus Radio Project 


Laurie Kelliher
Assistant Editor
Columbia Journalism Review
September/October 2003
 

Pete Tridish first became involved in radio as a pirate broadcaster in 1996. He is now the technical director of the Prometheus Radio Project, a nonprofit organization providing legal, technical, and organizational support to low-power FM stations (see "Low Power, High Intensity" in the September/October 2003 issue). Prometheus has played a significant role in the struggle by community groups to establish low-power radio stations - a struggle that has involved the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters, and National Public Radio. Prometheus operates with a staff of three out of a church basement in Philadelphia. Their work has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the List Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the MacArthur Foundation. Tridish spoke with Laurie Kelliher, a CJR assistant editor.

Post date: Jun 21 2003 - 3:00am
A non-profit group in Opelousas, Louisiana, sets up a low power FM station during a 3-day barnraising. The station’s predominantly zydeco format showcases one of the many American cultural traditions pushed to the margin of the public airwaves as a result of media consolidation.  
 
Post date: Jun 15 2003 - 12:09am

Grassroots Radio Stations and Media Deregulation:

Why It Matters, and What We Have to Do to Stop It

(published by the Prometheus Radio Project and the FCC Workshop at the Grassroots Radio Convention, June 15, 2003)

 -- What is deregulation?  Deregulation happens when a federal regulatory commission, like the Federal Communications Commission, decides to throw out or revise the rules, which limit how many properties a company can own in a particular field.  The phone companies, energy companies in many states, water companies, and now, media companies have all benefited from deregulation.

Post date: Sep 13 2000 - 12:15am

NPR has recieved hundreds of calls, letters, and emails with people telling them that they are furious about their role in killing LPFM. Good job everyone! The NPR ombudsman recently wrote a reply to all this which you can see at this site. http://www.npr.org/inside/ombudsman/010125.html Keep the mail coming, especially to your local NPR station. National NPR claims that it's policy is driven by the affiliates, so make sure that your affiliate isn't your local NPR affilate that is behind NPR's despicable stand!

NPR has persuaded key Democratic legislators to co-sponsor legislation that would gut the FCC's proposed low power FM service. These Senators and Representatives would have supported low-power FM but for a multi-million dollar intensive lobbying campaign by NPR and the National Association of Broadcasters.

Post date: Jun 13 2000 - 12:16am

By pete tridish, in the Summer of the Year 2000. First Published in the Resist Newsletter

In late 1996, myself and four activist friends launched Radio Mutiny, an all-volunteer, non-commercial, anti-profit pirate radio station in West Philadelphia. We were tired of orchestrating elaborate media stunts for the sake of getting a 5 second mention on the news, tired of the endless prattle of corporate apologists and the soundbite assembly line of commercial and public radio, tired of the market-research driven playlists on the music stations. We saw that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 would open the fl,oodgates for media giants to buy up thousands of local radio stations. We knew that this would decimate what was left of local radio and reduce the public trust of the nations airwaves to an aetherial strip mall. Inspired by the radio rebels of El Salvador and microradio pioneers Steven Dunifer and Mbanna Kantako, we decided that we were ready to face fines, searches and possible jail-time at the hands of the federal government to take back a chunk of the publics airwaves for our neighborhood.