Grassroots Media

Banning saggy pants is the wrong conversation. Community radio is the right conversation

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Local lawmakers in Atlanta, Dallas and other cities pretend to address crime and destructive aspects of corporate-delivered youth culture by targeting the appearance of black youth --- with local ordinances to file or jail the wearers of sagging pants and exposed thong straps.

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Charting the limits of "community media"

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A review of the Benton foundation's "What's going on in community media?" report

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The great spectrum giveaway

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This October might be the last chance for local community radio stations to receive high-power licenses from the FCC.

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Low Power FM expansion comes before the Senate

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Senators Maria Cantwell and John McCain have introduced a Senate bill to authorize hundreds of local, noncommercial Low Power FM radio stations to communities across the country. A companion bill was introduced in the House. The Local Community Radio Act of 2007 would remove the artificial restrictions imposed on LPFM by a 2000 law passed at the urging of corporate radio giants and NPR, claiming that small community stations would interfere with the signals of larger stations. While these claims were debunked by a taxpayer-funded study in 2002, Congress has not yet acted on those results - denying many communities the opportunity to apply for LPFM stations.

If passed, this bill will pave the way for educational groups, nonprofits, unions, schools and local governments to launch new local radio stations across the country. Get additional details from the Prometheus Radio Project, and express your support for local radio by signing the online petition at ExpandLPFM.org.

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Punk Planet calls it quits

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Punk Planet co-editor Anne Elizabeth Moore sent this open letter announcing the closure of the well-loved magazine. Punk Planet is only the latest casualty of a recent period of hardships suffered by North American independent magazines since the demise of the Independent Press Association. Kitchen Sink and Clamor are other great publications which have had to call it quits.

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FCC orders Free Radio Olympia off the air

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Following a pair of cease-and-desist letters from the FCC, Olympia's Free Radio Olympia is off the air, at least temporarily. The station continues to broadcast its web radio stream and hopes to relaunch its broadcast from another location, continuing its "defiance of the government’s and industry’s unwarranted attempts to restrict and control access to the electromagnetic spectrum."

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