Radio Free Palmer gets goahead from FCC

Congratulations to the folks at Radio Free Palmer who will be the newest addition to Alaska's low-power radio landscape. This from the Anchorage Daily News:

If fundraising goes well, the station could be up and running by 2009 although group organizers say 2010 is a more conservative estimate. Radio Free Palmer takes its name from the World War II-era broadcasts of Radio Free Europe, which broadcast CIA-approved news stories behind the Iron Curtain. But this group has a smaller focus -- to broadcast community news and locally picked music.

Radio Free Palmer, formed in April 2005, has already been broadcasting Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly meetings and a few other public meetings via its Web site, www.radiofreepalmer.org. A handful of interviews and other podcasts are also available.

Organizers say they want the community to direct future programming available online and over the airwaves.

"People came together because they felt a need for more local news, information, weather checks, sports, local music, local problem-solving and other important public safety needs that a community station can meet.

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