Farmworker organization launches new radio station in Bridgeton, NJ

Radio CATA antenna

December 22, 2015

Prometheus Radio Project builds new low power FM station with CATA, farmworker organization in New Jersey

BRIDGETON, NJ-- A new Spanish-language community radio station operated by the farmworker organization CATA is now on the air at 102.5-FM in Cumberland County, NJ. The mission of the new Low Power FM radio station, known as RadioCATA, is to "provide a service of information, entertainment and education to unite the Latino community in the struggle for human rights." Prometheus worked with CATA staff and volunteers to install the antenna, broadcast equipment and to train volunteers in its operation.

CATA is a migrant farmworker organization that is governed by and comprised of migrant workers and farmworkers who are actively engaged in the struggle for better working and living conditions. CATA's mission is to empower and educate farm workers through leadership development and capacity building.

CATA is not the first farmworker organization to use community radio as an organizing tool. Prometheus worked with the Coalition of Immoklee Workers to build WCIW-LP in 2003 in Southwest Florida, and with PCUN, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, to build KPCN-LP in 2006 in Woodburn, Oregon.