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Jeff Abrams of Boise Community Radio and Lupito Flores of KYRS Spokane have teamed up to make the case for financial support of independent, noncommercial radio projects like theirs for the latest newsletter from Social Justice Fund.

Here is an excerpt:

After lifting a decade-long application freeze, the FCC has recently awarded a wave of noncommercial broadcast licenses for grassroots organizations to establish new locally programmed, community-based radio stations across the country. These groups now have a powerful opportunity to use the ubiquitous nature of radio to re-connect communities – giving citizens their voice back and establishing new resources as indispensable as any city park, library or firehouse. Among other benefits, these new facilities will empower listeners and nonprofit groups by expanding awareness and mobilization capacity on local issues such as freedom of speech, women’s issues, cultural identity, arts and humanities, public health, environment, disability awareness, social welfare, and public governance.

Many new licensees have also recently received federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce to build these facilities. However, these awards are generally tied to a 25% local matching funds requirement.

Read the complete piece at the Social Justice Fund website.

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Prometheus takes the show on the road

LPFM strategies across the South from Prometheus Radio

Exploring the power of participatory radio in the Deep South

Raleigh’s racist radio from No Warning Shots Fired

Baton Rough Progressive Network gets their radio license back

LPFM: Light at the end of the tunnel? from Reclaim the Media

LPFM bill poised for passage from Prometheus Radio

KYRS children’s program wins Chase Youth award

Building hope from outside in, reaching inmates through the airwaves

The spectrum buy back plan and radio from Inside Music Media

CRB approves settlement for royalty rates for ‘new subscription services’

Broadcasters enter into consent decrees for fines on public inspection files

The time to rethink your spot load is now from Ross on Radio

Political pundit David Pakman, age 25, has 65 affiliates for his radio show

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My half-hour special on one of the most fun events of SXSW 2010 aired today on KRFC community radio. SpokesBuzz was a showcase for 6 bands from Fort Collins, CO and was a huge success in terms of audience and exposure.

Candy Claws kids don matching bandanas

I interviewed a bunch of musicians including Shane from Wire Faces, the dudes from The Northern Way, Elena from Fierce Bad Rabbit, and a bunch of kids from Candy Claws. You’ll also hear SpokesBUZZ creator Dani Grant and the guys behind Project Save Rock & Roll – Bruce and JB.

Download or stream THIS FILE.

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Huge crowd checks out Candy Claws

I recorded several interviews at the Fort Collins music showcase called SpokesBUZZ on Friday afternoon. Huge crowds saw Northern Colorado artists for the first time at The Wave on 6th Street. The audio will air on KRFC Wednesday March 24th and then be available here on my blog.

Organizer Dani Grant with volunteer Anny Randel

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Check out my SXSW Music Festival Mixtape, all artists from this year’s lineup.

You can download it or just stream it. Smaller MP3 here. Larger WAV here.

SXSW Music Festival Mixtape tracklist-

Ocote Soul Sounds “Divinorum”
The xx “Islands”
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “How Long Do I Have to Wait For You”
Zion I “Radio”
Kimya Dawson “Loose Lips”
Broken Social Scene “Anthems For a 17-Year Old Girl”
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “Left Behind”
Califone “Ape-like”
Finn Riggins “Hraka”
Dengue Fever “Mr. Orange”
Brownout “Ayer y Hoy”
Josh Martinez “Touch Your Body” (Live in Bozeman, MT)
Blue Scholars “Hello”
Pretty Lights “Double Love”
Breakestra “Gettin’ To It”
Grupo Fantasma “Rico Tumbao”
Brownout “Tell Her She’s Lovely”
Tobacco “Tape Eater”
Dosh “Public Domain Kind of Thing”
Daedelus “Back Doorbell”
Ernest Gonzales “Etchasketch Trees” (Yppah remix)
School of Seven Bells “Prince of Peace”
Oy “The Kitten”
The Texas Tornadoes “Una Mas Cerveza”

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Check out my new SXSW Dance Party Mixtape, featuring artists from this year’s lineup. (2 more installments coming soon. Check back.) You can download it or just stream it. The smaller MP3 is HERE. The larger WAV is HERE.

SXSW Dance Party Mixtape tracklist-

DJ Jester “Secret Love Intro”
Yppah “Gumball Machine Weekend” (Mexicans with Guns remix)
Neon Indian “Laughing Gas”
Balkan Beat Box “Joro Boro remix”
Zion I “DJ DJ”
Lazer Sword “Gucci Sweatshirt remix”
Daedelus “Fair Weather Friends” (Death Set remix)
Antipop Consortium “Volcano”
Hudson Mohawke “Polkadot Blues”
Blue Scholars “New People”
Flying Lotus “1983” (Daedelus remix)
Neon Indian “Terminally Chill”
Dam Funk “Let’s Take Off (Far Away)”
Madlib “Third Ear”
Nice Nice “Uh Oh” (Caural remix)
Yacht “I Love a Computer”
Truckasauras “Up, Up, Down, Down, L, R, L, R”
Oy “Snake” (Mexicans with Guns remix)

You can read my guide to the entire 4 nights of SXSW music showcases HERE.

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TOP STORIES

UN investigator cites US neglect of homeless from Project Censored

Prometheus Radio asks supporters to prod Senate on LPFM

Just 2 in 5 adults now say they read a daily newspaper

Obama: I’m a big believer in network neutrality

US MILITARISM

Obama proposes largest ‘defense’ budget since WWII from Slate

Obama defies pledge, increases nuke weapons budget by Stephen C Webster

Speaker Pelosi: Include defense pork in spending freeze from Daily Kos

US accelerating missile ‘defense’ in Gulf from AFP

MEDIA POLICY

FCC’s Stuart Benjamin on C-SPAN Communicators

Obama proposes spectrum fee that would generate $5B from B & C

UN agency calls for global cyber war treaty, driver’s license for web users

Netflix to FCC: Scary loophole in net neutrality from Ars Technica

ENTERTAINMENT ECONOMICS

Free Speech Radio News = our favorite radio show from Radio Survivor

Disney looking to sell what’s left of Miramax from Media Decoder

Steve Jobs: Google’s ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra is bullshit from Gizmodo

Twitter followers are worth less than a penny each on eBay from TechCrunch

DISSENTING OPINION

Paul Krugman: Fox News is ‘deliberate misinformation’ from FDL

Glenn Greenwald: Accused must have fair trials from Antiwar Radio

TARP has increased risk of economic crisis: Watchdog

College newspaper turns against phone-tampering conservative activist

ECO HEALTH

Future of self help: Mind/Body or Mind/Butt? from Huffington Post

Where things stand on Copenhagen Accord from Grist

Argentina’s president: Pork better for sex than Viagra from Alternet

Messaging that can save the clean energy bill from Grist

FURTHER READING

Pat Tillman cover-up focus of new Sundance documentary

Palestinians get $15M private equity fund from Haaretz

‘Ellie Light’ regrets damage to Obama, blasts right-wing ‘conspiracy theorists’

Outcry over Blair’s refusal to apologize could spell disaster for PM Brown

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