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Prometheus Joins Us to Discuss Community Radio and Internet - Community Broadband Bits Episode 61

The Prometheus Radio Project is an impressive grassroots organization that has successfully opened the radio airwaves to communities after big corporations had effectively locked up unused radio channel for years. Prometheus Policy Director Sanjay Jolly joins us for Episode #61 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast.

Our conversation ranges from the recent history of pirate radio to the many years of actions and organizing that led to the 2010 Local Community Radio Act. Local groups have an opportunity this fall to apply for licenses to broadcast - a capacity that would well complement a community owned Internet network.

The struggle for community radio has many parallels to community owned Internet networks, particularly the right of people to communicate without a few massive corporations acting as gatekeepers, mediating our broadcasts. Additionally, community radio advocates had to fight through years of junk science and misinformation hiding the plain fact that powerful broadcasters simply didn't want to face competition from locally owned stations. Seems familiar.

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This show is 20 minutes long and can be played below on this page or subscribe via iTunes or via the tool of your choice using this feed.

Listen to previous episodes here. You can can download this Mp3 file directly from here.

Thanks to Break the Bans for the music, licensed using Creative Commons.

Prometheus Radio Project Offering Webinar April 9th

Here at MuniNetworks.org, we encourage the idea of local communication, via broadband or any other medium. Naturally, we are fans of low power radio, owned and operated by independent groups, rather than more stations owned by a few communications giants, seemingly located all over the radio dial.

The Prometheus Radio Project has been working with communities since 1998 to advocate for democracy in radio and aid in local control of the media. They will be hosting a webinar, Expand Community Radio: National Campaign Update, on Monday, April 9th, at 4 pm EST, to update, educate, and support local groups interested in the possibilities of low power radio. Register ASAP

From their email announcement:

The Prometheus Radio Project is coordinating a broad coalition of groups to get the word out and help hundreds of groups apply for, build, and sustain stations nationwide. Over the past year, we have built a campaign plan and significant infrastructure to support community groups and nonprofits wanting stations. Meet civil rights groups, labor, environmental, indigenous, immigrants, LGBT, faith groups and more - the 99% - who are gearing up to build stations.

The Promethus Radio Project was instrumental in the FCC's decision to clear the airwaves for community radio, allowing for the largest expansion of community radio in US history. Now, Prometheus wants to assist groups interested in community radio as they prepare for the licensing process. In addition to the upcoming webinar, they provide additional training and information.

If you can't make the call, but want to play a part, please email Danielle Chynoweth at danielle@prometheusradio.org. Enjoy!

Community Radio Video

Before communities were building broadband networks, many had local radio stations.  Now most radio stations are owned by massive companies far from the community -- but this is a key moment for expanding local, low-power radio.  Watch this video to learn more and how you can help.

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