Oct 8 2015 - 3:36pm

October 9, 2015

Prometheus Radio Project sparks community radio in the Twin Cities

Nov 11 2014 - 5:48pm

November 14, 2014

New book examines Prometheus activists and the fight for Low Power FM

Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

Nov 14 2013 - 1:05pm


November 14, 2013

FCC Announces Additional Extenstion to the Low Power FM Deadline:

Applicants Now Have Until Nov. 15, 2013 3pm EST

WASHINGTON, DC - Shortly before today's 6pm EST deadline for submitting the Low Power FM application, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced they would extend the deadline yet again until November 15, 2013 at 3:00PM EST. The extension was granted due to difficulties that many applicants experienced while trying to submit their applications today.

Nov 4 2013 - 6:10pm

November 15, 2013

Low Power FM Application Window is Closed:
Prometheus Radio Project Helps Thousands to Seize the Airwaves

WASHINGTON DC -- On November 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed the 2013 Low Power FM Application window that allowed for new community radio stations to be licensed.  Nonprofit groups, public safety organizations and Indian Tribes applied for Low Power FM (LPFM) stations on the FCC website. Applications were due by 3pm EST on November 15.

The deadline for this filing window was previously amended two times. The original filing window was slated to be October 15-29, 2013, but was postponed and then extended due to the government shutdown in October. The new deadline was moved to November 14, 2013 6:00pm EST, but as that deadline approached, technical difficulties on the FCC's website prohibited applicants from filing their forms. To allow for access to the site and database, the FCC extended the deadline to November 15, 2013 3:00pm EST.

Oct 1 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATE: 10/18/2013 5:40pm EST : Prometheus has just received confirmed reports from the FCC that: "the deadline for filing Form 318 applications for new Low Power FM stations will be extended from October 29, 2013 until November 14, 2013 6:00pm EST."  The FCC will also reschedule a webinar that had been cancelled during the shutdown for October 24, 2013. More information on this webinar (and others that Prometheus has planned) will be released as we have confirmed registration links.


Sep 11 2013 - 3:15pm


Thank you so much for your support of our campaign! Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $6,000 which will help our technical and engineering team provide direct support to fledgling community radio stations through materials and resource creation and one-on-one application trouble-shooting. 

Prometheus has been able to provide the kind of support we do because people have believed in our vision of a world in which the media is not a means to limit democratic participation, but a way for communities and movements to express themselves and struggle for justice. We imagine a nationwide community radio infrastructure made up of hundreds of independent, locally-orientated stations, part of a global movement to put media in the hands of the people. With your help over the last month (and for some of you - over the last 15 years!) we are getting closer to that moment. 

Jun 18 2013 - 11:48am

June 17, 2013

Contact: Julia Wierski, Development & Communications Director at Prometheus Radio Project, jwierski [at] prometheusradio.org, 215.727.9620 x 545

FCC Launches Nationwide Application Process for Community Radio:
Prometheus Radio Project Offers Support for Groups to Get on Air

Dec 5 2012 - 4:40pm

FCC anuncia la primera oportunidad
para pequeñas estaciones de radio comunitarias en 12 años

La primera oportunidad para las pequeñas estaciones de radio comunitarias en 12 años llegara en octubre de 2013. Prometheus Radio Project ayudará a los grupos sin fines de lucro para solicitar licencias.

30 de noviembre 2012

Nov 29 2012 - 2:49pm

First opportunity for small community radio stations in 12 years coming in October 2013
Prometheus Radio Project will help nonprofit groups to apply for licenses

November 30, 2012

Washington DC -- Today the Federal Communications Commission announced that for the first time in more than a decade, community groups nationwide will soon be able to start small, local radio stations. Nonprofit organizations, schools, Indian Tribes and public safety agencies can apply for Low Power FM (LPFM) stations in October 2013. For the first time ever, the agency will allow these noncommercial stations in urban areas. 

The news is long-awaited by the Prometheus Radio Project and its supporters, who led the grassroots coalition that pushed Congress to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2010. The law expanded community radio by directing the FCC to make more channels available nationwide, reversing an earlier law that relegated stations to rural settings. The FCC implemented the law by creating more flexible rules on where new stations can be located. 

“Finally, communities without a voice on the airwaves will have a chance to control their own local media,” said Brandy Doyle, Policy Director for the Prometheus Radio Project. "Thanks to the significant step forward today, we will see a wave of new radio stations that better reflects the diversity of our country.”

The 800+ low power stations already on the air are run by nonprofit groups, colleges, churches, and emergency responders. Many, such as the Oregon farmworker station KCPN, offer local programming in languages other than English, often hard to find on the radio dial. KPCN, also known as Radio Movimiento, plays Spanish-language news and information, organizes voter registration drives, and plays traditional and contemporary music.

Mar 26 2012 - 11:00am

Meet RadioSpark, a new online community where groups that want to start a station and those that want to support them can connect.

Thinking about starting a station? Looking to volunteer and support a station? Sign up and connect with others working in your area. Are you an engineer or a lawyer with services to offer? This is the perfect place to let groups know about skills and availability.