community-based, non-corporate, participatory media
This 12:42 min radio story features the voices of Low Power Radio Enthusiasts in Immokalee, Florida; Opalousas, Louisiana; and Ely, Minnesota. It also features interviews with the Prometheus Radio Project and Western Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle.
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Seven years ago, the Federal Communications Commission recognized the need for more diverse programming on the airwaves and allowed for the licensing of new Low Power FM radio stations. This new broadcasting window was immediately closed due to lobbying by powerful commercial radio interests. Educational institutions, labor unions, churches, towns, and community groups seeking to start Low Power radio stations have faced restrictive license requirements that limit community access to the airwaves. The Local Community radio act, approved last week by the Senate Commerce committee, should ease these restrictions and allow for hundreds of new non-commercial stations.