Posts Tagged ‘LPFM’

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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Jon Stewart: Fox saw Obama’s Q&A as ‘against the narrative’


Blair lied to public and misled parliament in build-up to Iraq War

NPR finds right-wing crank to spit on Zinn’s grave from FAIR

The creed of objectivity killed the news by Chris Hedges

Law would keep FCC off low-power radio from 10th Amendment Center


Supreme Court decision does not lift restrictions on nonprofits

Has the Democratic Party traded principles for power? from NOW

Dem ad slams GOP candidate as ‘architect of voter suppression’

What libertarians & the left have in common from Antiwar Radio


Obama doing another Q&A, with Senate Democrats Wed AM

Obama ignores another of his own pledges, increases drug war budget

Defying China, Obama to meet with Dalai Lama from AFP

Large percentage of GOP thinks president is racist, socialist, non-citizen


Short on cash, Wikileaks suspends operations from CNET

Everybody forgets readers when bashing news aggregators

Celebrity doppelganger Facebook photos could violate terms

Reuters pulls ‘backdoor’ tax hikes story from Raw Story

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Leaked UN report: Copenhagen cuts would lead to 3C temperature rise

Chilcot Iraq Inquiry: The establishment goes to work from Media Lens

Army specialist jailed for stop-loss hip hop song from Courage to Resist

Add 56,000 new contractors to 30,000 new troops for Afghanistan


LPFM passes the House by Candace Clement; Hannah Sassaman reflects

Shield law, anonymity, defining journalism from FindLaw

New ratings system for radio changes the game from NY Times

AT&T tells FCC it loves the idea, not the rules of net neutrality from Wired

Morgan Stanley: Mobile Internet market will be twice desktop size by 2012

FAIR to PBS: Don’t abandon hard-hitting journalism


Op-ed: Copenhagen & the empire’s new clothes by Amy Goodman

Op-ed: White House as helpless victim on heath care by Glenn Greenwald

Op-ed: The Courage to say no by Naomi Klein

Op-ed: Ruined Senate health bill unsupportable by Keith Olbermann

Op-ed: ‘Party of No’ blocks debate on Sanders’ real reform by John Nichols


Bush officials emailed bogus rumor blaming Gore for Bin Laden escape

Armey lashes out at Maddow after canceled National Press Club speech

Maddow strikes back at Dick Armey’s nonsensical attack

Police shoot US student’s laptop upon entry to Israel from Haaretz

Ed Schultz to Obama: ‘Your base thinks you’re nothing but a sellout’

Lawmakers push new Buy American bill

Chris Matthews trashes netroots from Think Progress

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Big news from Prometheus Radio… Time to call your Senators! UPDATE: Free Press has an easy way to email your Senators to tell them to vote in support of community radio.

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.

Following the recommendations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the House of Representatives voted to remove technical restrictions Congress placed on low power radio in 2000 at the request of commercial broadcasters. These restrictions have kept low power radio out of the top 50 radio markets, which reach over 160 million Americans. (more…)

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Radio Tower at Prometheus Radio barnraising

LPFM: Senate Commerce Committee unanimous on Local Community Radio Act

LPFM: FCC shuts down folksy station in Stayton, OR

Protesting students barricade doors at UCLA

Senate Judiciary Committee fails to approve shield law bill from Variety

Former Dubya spokesperson Dana Perino named to Broadcast Board of Governors

Smart grids drag utilities into the swamp of online privacy from Ars Technica

Kicking people off the web not enough in S. Korea from TechDirt

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7 of the most inspiring videos on the web from Mashable

Low-Power radio and what the media won’t tell you

Cuban bloggers abducted and beaten from CPJ

Comcast-NBC deal: Equivalent of Godzilla swallowing 30 Rock

Child protection or censorship in Kentucky?

Media Democracy Day: Independent media’s moment

Hillary’s dope deal from At Largely

Colorado lawmakers ready bills to curb medical marijuana

Solutions in search of a medical marijuana problem

Jayson Blair address Journalism Ethics Institute

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LPFM bill passes House subcommittee 15 to 1 from Prometheus Radio

Boise Community Radio federal grant match fundraising begins

KYRS Spokane going full-power with federal grant

Browser is new iPod, mobile app is new CD from Media Futurist


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Free Press supports FCC in case against Comcast

Cloud computing: IBM corporate email undercuts Google

Local radio is a grassroots effort for California LPFM

America’s PR revolution: Outraged denial by David Sirota


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The first day, Thursday, I spent quality travel time with Karen Toering of Reclaim the Media and Angela Ballantyne of UW Communication Studies. We arrived at the airport early in the morning, before the storms started kicking up.

Then I caught up with Nathan James of Media and Democracy Coalition, who is live-blogging the conference. I’m having JavaScript problems for some reason, so here is the link: http://phasetransitions.blogspot.com/

I was able to speak on mic with Robert McChesney of Free Press and Marc Cooper of Consumer Federation of America. Listen for this and more fresh audio on Digital Crossroads Friday June 13th and 20th.

The academic symposium was pretty cool. I attended some research presentations. I think my favorite was “Sustaining Independent Media” featuring Cynthia Cotti on LPFM licenses as agents of localism, Jessica Clark & Tracy Van Slyke on measuring media impact, Adam Davis looking at the political economy of Current TV, Caroline Nappo on the significance of librarianship for media reform. I’m hoping to have all these awesome graduate student folks on Digital Crossroads soon.

Then I caught a swim at the Hyatt and a nap.

Go to freepress.net/conference and Free Speech TV to watch events of the conference as they happen.


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Craig Aaron, Communications Director of Free Press, was a guest on my radio show Friday May 30th.

LISTEN HERE to the interview on its own. Or LISTEN HERE to the interview within the context of the entire show, which focused more broadly on international press freedom.

Time flies when two verbose media activists get chattin’… Craig and I cover:

Resolution of Disapproval (regarding FCC ownership regulations)

Local Community Radio Act (regarding expansion of Low-Power FM licenses)

Internet Freedom Preservation Act (regarding network neutrality)

Pentagon propaganda pundits

and the Media Reform Conference… June 6-8 in Minneapolis… which you can tune into live as it happens on the Free Press website and on Free Speech TV.

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Today’s show featured an interview with Pete Tridish of Prometheus Radio Project.

Listen to the interview and the entire show HERE.

Also, I read through news articles and blog posts for an update on the FCC’s spectrum auction, which concluded this week, including calls for an investigation by the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition.

Plus, check out Nathan James’ blogĀ Phase Transitions and Net Squared who are helping great grassroots media organizations take on some cool new projects.

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My friends at Prometheus Radio Project invited me to come to Washington, DC and participate in LPFM Lobbying Day 2008. Roughly 30 community radio advocates from around the country gathered in DC Monday and Tuesday to let our elected officials know about the Local Community Radio Act. Introduced by John McCain and Maria Cantwell, the bill would authorize the Federal Communications Commission to expand access to new radio station licenses to over a thousand community groups. The LPFM bill has already passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee and has bipartisan support in the House, with 70 co-sponsors currently.

LPFM is low-power radio, run by legally licensed stations at 100 watts or less. For the equivalent wattage of a bright light bulb, communities can broadcast news, music and public safety information for several miles in all directions. Hundreds of these stations already exist, but the broadcast industry convinced Congress back in 2000 that “interference” from the little guys would make static and negatively impact the big guys, and everything got put on hold.

kennard_siepr_stanford.gif William Kennard, Carlyle Group

Former FCC Chairman William Kennard famously called this argument a “smokescreen.” And in 2003, at a cost of more than $2 million to the taxpayers, MITRE completed a comprehensive study proving Kennard, Prometheus Radio, and hundreds of community organizations right. The MITRE study results mean simply that for five years Congress has been holding the FCC back from creating new community radio stations.

February 26th I met with staffers for Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray in their offices, accompanied by Joel Kelsey, policy advocate at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. After our morning appointments, I took off on my own to the House offices of Rep. Rick Larsen (Everett, Bellingham and Northwest Washington) and Rep. Brian Baird (Olympia and Southwest Washington).

cantwell-print-quality.jpg Maria Cantwell, Washington’s 2nd woman senator

Senator Cantwell is very strong on media ownership issues, speaking via video at the FCC hearing in Seattle last November, standing up for our privacy by denying telecoms immunity for warrantless wiretaps, and co-authoring the LPFM bill that is gaining momentum. My meeting with her senior policy advisor Michael Daum was very educational, and ultimately very encouraging. He pointed out that whoever wins the Presidency, McCain, Obama, or Clinton will be supportive of this bill. If we can push this forward sooner, would Bush sign it into law if the 110th Congress passes HR 2802 and S 1675?

My next meeting, accompanied by Joel from Consumers Union who will be a guest on Digital Crossroads in the coming weeks, was with Jason Park, legislative assistant to Senator Patty Murray. If you live in Washington, please shoot Jason an email and let him know you support S 1675 and thank him for Senator Murray’s support of local and diversity media. [jason_park at murray.senate.gov]

I also spent time in the offices of Congressman Rick Larsen and Congressman Brian Baird. If you are represented by Larsen, contact Michael Dabbs [michael.dabbs at mail.house.gov] and if you live in Baird’s district, contact James Ward [james.ward at mail.house.gov]. Let me know if you want more ideas on what to say, otherwise let them know you value local, community media and think it is about time for Congress to empower the FCC to grant more LPFM licenses to non-profit community groups.

I also spent time on the 8th floor of the FCC speaking with staffers of Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps and a staffer of Chairman Kevin Martin about the impacts of community radio. I also met two members of Irish Parliament, including John Cregan, Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He will be a guest on an upcoming Digital Crossroads as well.

Right now, click over to Expand LPFM, email your elected representatives (wherever you may live) and make your voice heard.

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My guest on Friday Feb. 22nd Digital Crossroads at Noon is Tom Voorhees, from Whidbey Island. Check out his projects on the web HERE and HERE. We’ll talk about the legislative agenda as I head to DC this weekend to lobby Congress as well as this exciting legal unlicensed low power AM radio project LCR 1610AM.


Tom Voorhees is the guy with the great mustache behind the rack! The other chap is George Springer, the head of operations at Langley Community Radio 1610AM. Here are some good links for learning more about low power AM:

AM transmitter used at LCR 1610AM

Automation system used for programming

What they use to get a signal to LCR 1610AM translators over the web

More community radio startup info

and Prometheus Radio Project, 0f course…

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dressed sharp, with sport coat, scarf, Merck Records hat and fresh sneaks -photos by James Brennaman

January 30th I testified in front of the Washington state legislature. The House committee on Technology, Energy and Communications was considering House Joint Memorial 4028, a bill introduced by Representatives Bob Hasegawa and Deb Wallace, condemning the Federal Communications Commission’s decision in December to expand newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership and the process that the FCC followed in delivering their decision.

More than 1000 folks from around the northwest participated in the FCC’s final hearing on media ownership at Seattle’s Town Hall in November, demanding no further consolidation. A month later, the Republican FCC majority moved ahead, deregulating despite public outcry. Though it is a non-binding resolution, HJM 4028 asks the U.S. Congress to work in a nonpartisan manner to pass the Media Ownership Act.

Only two members of the public signed up to speak on the rainy Wednesday afternoon. I represented the public interest perspective and Mark Allon, the head of Washington State Association of Broadcasters represented the industry perspective. (KAOS is a paid member of WSAB.) We were brought up together to the front of room, and we seated ourselves in front of microphones facing the committee.


“fix the broken policymaking process, ensure public airwaves reflect America’s diverse local communities”

I was dressed sharp, with a sport coat, scarf, Merck Records hat and fresh sneaks. Mr. Allon was dressed conservatively, like the majority of suits on a given day at the Capitol. I’ve been to hearings at the Washington state capitol before, but this was my first time testifying. Mr. Allon invited me to speak first. I introduced myself, and identified KAOS radio and Olympia Film Society as two organizations that receive my volunteer efforts. I also asserted that I was speaking on behalf of the membership of Seattle-based nonprofit Reclaim the Media, then began with a preface.

“Whereas, freedom of speech and freedom of the press in America are protected by the Bill of Rights. Americans have a fundamental right to redress grievances with the federal government. The Federal Communications Commission is tasked with regulating our airwaves in the public interest.”

I knew that at least some members of the committee were following me at this point, and operated with the assumption I was connecting. I moved on.

“I believe the FCC should always strive to gather public testimony, study reliable academic and professional research and regulate transparently based on real input. Former FCC chair Michael Powell said infamously at a scripted convention speech in 1998 that the night after we was sworn in as a commissioner at the FCC he waited throughout the night for ‘the angel of the public interest’ to visit him. He said, ‘I waited all night, but she did not come.'”

At the delivery of this punch line of sorts, a couple committee members seemed amused. I felt encouraged, and continued.

“The studies commissioned during the Bush administration, first under chairman Powell and now under chairman Martin, have been ignored when legislative action could expand low-power community radio FM service and suppressed when news coverage could expose the hypocrisy of the current leadership’s nefarious agenda.”

The committee chairman interjected at this point, telling me that I need to watch my words, because we shouldn’t use the committee testimony to impugn. I assured him I understood, though under different circumstances I might have insisted that there is plenty of very public evidence to back up what I was saying. Nevertheless, I continued.

“To give chairman Martin some credit, this year he commissioned studies he knew he would like. Those haven’t been covered up.”

A couple more nervous laughs emanated from the committee, but I was feeling shaken, and out of place.

“Given the state of the studies and the response to reports, and considering the FCC’s practice of… OK I’m going to skip this part.”

This brought a surprising outburst of laughter from the committee. I was going to say the FCC has been privately notifying favored lobbyists of rules and hearings, but it didn’t matter. I was beginning to sense the committee was already on board. So I hit them with the goods.

“It is fundamental that Americans seize our opportunities to testify in front of the FCC commissioners, their staff, the media and the public, whenever we can get an opportunity. On November 9th I was one of more than 1000 members of the public who turned out to oppose further media consolidation. Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire and Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna as well as elected state and federal legislators from both parties including Representaive Hasegawa implored the FCC not to deregulate!

Please pass the Joint Memorial 4028 and send a clear message representing Washington. We need to fix the broken policymaking process and help ensure the public airwaves reflect America’s diverse local communities.”

I also pointed out that the Media Ownership Act passed the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously in December and then Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Dave Reichert introduced the bill in the House in December as well. At the end of my testimony the chairman thanked me, saying it was very good.

Ironically, despite making a very strong case, Mr. Allon referred to one of the studies recently commissioned by FCC chairman Kevin Martin. I had already primed the committee to reject it. I felt like Mr. Allon was not expecting to have an articulate college student speaking against him, and when he finished, he left. After a brief recess, the committee returned and voted unanimously to support HJM 4028 and the passing of the Media Ownership Act by Congress.

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