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Get on the air in your community – The Local Community Radio Act 2011

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Good news for those who want to set up community broadcast stations and “get on the air”.

January 24, 2011

The New Year ushered in a new era for community radio.  President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law, allowing for the biggest expansion of community radio stations in U.S. history and allowing low-power, neighborhood based stations to broadcast in urban areas for the first time. Hundreds of groups waiting for radio stations were ecstatic at the news.

A day later, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission pledged “swift action to open up the dial for these new stations.” In the coming months, the FCC will be working to develop the rules for an application window for new radio licenses, which could happen as early as November 2011.

Just in the past few weeks, Prometheus has been contacted by hundreds of groups wanting to start a station, adding to the many hundreds who have been waiting and advocating for more radio licenses for ten years.  Prometheus is planning a nationwide campaign to help groups apply for licenses and is seeking donations, volunteers, and partners from media and social justice organizations to assist with outreach. Learn how to get involved.

Passage of the Local Community Radio Act marks the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S., and represents the power when grassroots groups, media advocates, and policymakers join forces to overcome corporate opposition to media diversity. 

After building political will for ten years, this team effectively mobilized thousands of people to contact key Senate offices in the final weeks before passage. Hundreds then called the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the lobby group that had been blocking the bill’s progress by convincing Senators to put secret holds on it. They urged former Senator Gordon Smith, President of the NAB to stop pulling strings to kill the bill. But when radio advocates received little response, they chose to take more colorful action..

Resources:

Read the story – http://prometheusradio.org/node/2445
You can find all the info here – http://prometheusradio.org/
Low Power FM Equipment Guide – https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/prometheus_equipment_guide.pdf

The History and Future of Hyper-Local Radio

A great resource – find radio stations that you can hear in the proximity of a zip code, city, state, or world radio.  Shows frequency, call sign, distance, estimated signal strength, and city.  Also includes streaming audio stations.  If you need to find an unused frequency for your in-house FM audio distribution this site can make some recommendations for your area.  Radio Locator – http://radio-locator.com/

Professional FM Transmitters – http://www.hllyelectronics.com/professional-fm-transmitter.html

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Written by frrl

January 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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