Yes We Can: It's Time to Expand Community Radio

Reclaim the Media:

Low-power community radio has been unfairly constricted for eight years, mainly because big radio doesn't want competition from small-scale local, noncommercial stations - stations which broadcast local community voices and local music choices.

This is it! Both the House and Senate could vote on the Local Community Radio Act as soon as this week (as supporters work to get it onto a crowded legislative agenda). The bill will expand low-power FM community radio across the country, dramatically increasing the public's access to the airwaves.

That means that now--Today--is the time for you to express your support for community radio. Call your Representative's office and ask to speak to the staff person who covers telecom issues. The LPFM Action Page will tell you where they stand on the bill. Then call your Senators too! 

Either by phone or on voicemail, tell the Congressional staffer something like:

"I am a constituent of [Politician X] and I am calling to urge him/her to support the Local Community Radio Act, HR1147 and S592, which will expand local radio choices, and create new opportunities for local media in our community. Can I count on [Politician X] to help get this bill passed?"

Even if your Representative or Senator supports the bill, your call will remind them to make sure our bill gets decided this week. It only takes 5 minutes, so call now!

Reclaim the Media, Prometheus Radio Project and other groups have been working together for years to expand community radio, and we are nearly there!. If you've ever made a call to a legislator backing community radio, please make one more today! And if you've never called, let this be your first time!

For additional background information visit

Here's where our Northwest Congressmen and Senators currently stand: Call your Representative today! (Not from the Northwest? Find your Representative here.)


Jay Inslee [D, WA-1]
Jim McDermott [D, WA-7]
Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R, WA-5]
Sen. Maria Cantwell [D]

not cosponsoring:
Rick Larsen [D, WA-2] call (360) 733-4500
Brian Baird [D, WA-3] call (360) 695-6292
Doc Hastings [R, WA-4] call (509) 543-9396
Dave Reichert [R, WA-8] call (206) 275-3438
Norm Dicks [D, WA-6] call (253) 593-6536
Adam Smith [D, WA-9] call (253) 896-3775
Sen. Patty Murray [D]


David Wu [D, OR-1]
Darlene Hooley [D, OR-5]

not cosponsoring:
Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3] call (503) 231-2300
Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4] call (541) 465-6732
Greg Walden [R, OR-2] call (541) 776-4646


not cosponsoring:
Bill Sali [R, ID-1]
Michael Simpson [R, ID-2]

not cosponsoring:
Donald Young [R, AK-0]

article originally published at Reclaim the Media.

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