Listen Up! Northwest - Who's Involved?

The Northwest Community Radio Network

Listen Up! Northwest is the first production of the Northwest Community Radio Network, a groundbreaking regional collaboration that serves as a community media infrastructure for greater story-reach, skill-sharing, support, mentorship, and solidarity. The communities of this diverse bio-region share much in common, and yet we rarely hear each others’ stories. Listen Up! Northwest shares these stories –- of indigenous rights, immigrants rights, environmental issues, gender justice, criminal justice reform, food security, and communications rights –- to further regional awareness and cooperative solutions.

Reclaim the Media initiated a day-long roundtable conversation among 16 regional community radio stations in 2005, coinciding with the Grassroots Media Convergence in Bellingham, WA. Participants were enthusiastic about developing a Northwest Community Radio Network, and in September 2006, RTM organized a weekend-long summit to continue and expand the conversation, and to find consensus on a common vision. Over 150 registered participants, representing over 30 different radio stations and production groups took part in the process. Participants included community radio pioneer Jeremy Lansman, Ursula Ruedenberg (Pacifica) and Pete Tridish (Prometheus Radio Project). In both gatherings, participants expressed strong interest in a regional public affairs program. Listen Up! Northwest is the first product of that vision.

Managing Producer & Host - Yuko Kodama

The program's managing producer is Yuko Kodama, a skilled host and editor with over 15 years' experience in community radio production in the Northwest, Japan and Indonesia. Yuko has access to studio resources at KBCS-FM in Bellevue, WA (thank-you KBCS!). She is also working collaboratively with a group of advisory producers who form part of the NW Community Radio Network's original steering committee, including Robin Carneen (NAMAAPAH First People's Radio, Mt. Vernon, WA), Rip Robbins (KSVR, Mt. Vernon, WA), Leigh Robartes (KRFP, Moscow, ID), Mary Katherine Rountree (Missoula, MT), Peter Graff (KBCS, Bellevue, WA), Bruce Wirth (KSER, Everett, WA), Gavin Dahl (KAOS, Olympia, WA), Frieda Werden (Women's International News Gathering Service, CJSF, Burnaby, BC), Jeremy Lansman (Anchorage) and others.

Executive Producers - Jonathan Lawson and Susan Gleason

Executive Producers Jonathan Lawson and Susan Gleason also bring years of experience in community radio to the project. Together, they produced Reclaim the Media's popular Media and Democracy Radio Features in 2002-2003, broadcast on a variety of community radio stations and webcasts nationwide. Jonathan has hosted music shows and produced radio features at several community radio stations over the past twenty years. Susan was a co-founder and outreach director for the Earth on the Radio Works, producers of the award-winning "Earth on the Air" (1990-1993) radio magazine, distributed nationwide on 90 radio stations. She hosted music and public affairs program for four years at WMPG-Portland, ME, where she chaired the station's board and produced features for the award-winning public affairs program, "Big Talk." Susan helped found the Voice of Vashon community radio webcast in 2000. Together, Susan and Jonathan have also produced features for KBCS and IMC-Radio.

Reclaim the Media

Based in Seattle, Reclaim the Media is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to pursuing a more just society by transforming our media system and expanding the communications rights of ordinary people through grassroots organizing, education, networking and advocacy. We envision an authentic, just democracy characterized by media systems that inform and empower citizens, reflect our diverse cultures, and secure communications rights for everyone. We advocate for a free and diverse press, community access to communications tools and technology, and media policy that serves the public interest. Three broad themes guide our projects:

 • We work to change media policy at the local and federal level, so that the structure of our media favors the public interest, rather than a powerful elite.
 • We teach media literacy education because we all need to understand how news can be shaped by journalistic habits and by powerful commercial and political interests.
 • We support community media because we cannot entrust our history, our cultures and our democracy to the consolidated media empires alone. More ...

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