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Items concerning the Northwest Community Radio Network

KRAB co-founder Jeremy Lansman to speak at conference

Community broadcasting pioneer Jeremy Lansman will speak about the history of community radio networking in the northwest as part of our upcoming summit. Lansman cofounded Seattle's legendary KRAB radio in 1962 (with Lorenzo Milam and Gary Margason), and went on to launch numerous other independent stations across the country from St. Louis to Kasilof. Portland's KBOO, which Lansman helped get on the air in 1968, is the region's last remaining member of the "KRAB Nebula," a community radio network in whose footsteps we are now trying to walk.

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Regional community radio networking. What's it all about?

Community Radio Networking: A Regional Approach in the Northwest

The challenges facing community radio in today's media landscape are substantial and numerous.

Community radio stations, including the many noncommercial stations operated by college and high school students, lack both the resources of commercial stations and the network support of NPR-affiliated public stations. Yet in many cases, these stations are providing their communities with unique and high-quality services. Community radio is one of the last true wilderness areas of broadcasting, where young people, local artists and citizen journalists can experiment as they redefine and reinvent good radio. Community radio embraces, rather than marginalizes, public affairs and cultural programs focused on social justice issues, or the particular concerns of youth, immigrants, working people, women and people of color. Community radio is also home to some of the most inquisitive and courageous journalism being produced today.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey