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Activists Pave Way for Thousands of New Community Radio Stations

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Last week, a federal court in Philadelphia threw out a 2008 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that allowed one media company to own a newspaper and broadcast outlets in the same city.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 1:50 pm

"The Local Community Radio Act mandates that the FCC expands community radio and ensures that channels are available," Doyle said. "In the third circuit, we've been fighting for community radio for a long time, more than ten years, but in the meantime these media moguls have been getting bigger and bigger and taking up more space in the market, taking away channels from independent media."

The new rules proposed by the FCC set guidelines for dealing with a backlog of 6,500 applications for FM translators, which bounce radio signals from beyond the reach of main stations. The backlog dates back to 2003, when 12,000 applications were filed in a single action, many of them by big media companies. A Prometheus Project petition prompted the FCC to freeze the applications until the passage of the Local Community Radio Act set standards ensuring low-power and community radio applicants will get a fair share of access to FM translators.

FCC officials say their new rules are based on community needs.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 1:51 pm

Stand up and shout Hooray! Finally, one for the good guys.

pam w (139)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 1:52 pm
THIS IS BIG! BIG! Thanks for the news here, Kit!

Susan L (150)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 2:20 pm
YAY - and a big Hooray! This is great news.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 3:50 pm
Yes, finally an FCC without the Corporatist in full anti-citizens keep um stupid mood.

Mary L (132)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 3:55 pm
Sorry it's a cynical day here. I'll believe it when it actually starts happening and the "citizens" are really individuals and not straw horses for the media monster.

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 4:09 pm

I do understand, Mary but this could be great news and the tiny beginning of a new reality. Real journalists will be "flocking" to these stations. An opportunity to address real issues and not just those dictated by the corporate masters.

as s (201)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 4:19 pm
I want a station! How do I get one? Thanks Kit

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 4:38 pm

Ummm, Jed if you were Eric Cantor you could just hold your breath till you got what you want. Thank goodness however you are not Eric Cantor, so the next best thing is to find a man/woman with a million dollars or a million men/women with a dollar.

Terry King (113)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 5:25 pm
Rupert isn't going to like this one bit!

Terry King (113)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 5:28 pm
Jed... If you buy a station, I'll send you a dollar!

Mike S (86)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 5:37 pm
Excellent news Kit, and I'll throw in a dollar Jed. Thanks for the post.

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 5:51 pm

Jeez, guys that's an old joke, dontcha get it? Let me help you innocents - a woman can look for a man with a million dollars or a million men with a dollar, you poor sweet babies.

Terry, please do remind me to shed tears for Rupert Murdouche.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 6:46 pm
I love it!

Akin Adelakun (21)
Friday July 15, 2011, 4:03 am

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Friday July 15, 2011, 8:49 am
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Elena Avram (14)
Friday July 15, 2011, 9:48 am
Good news

Rhonda B (7)
Friday July 15, 2011, 12:33 pm
Adorable kitten Elena Avram. Now, what I would like to see is a community radio station that played Southern gospel and bluegrass music but did not preach conservative politics and fundamentalist religion. It seems to be impossible to find a progressive church even that embraces traditional music. However, WRFG the community station in Atlanta did have some bluegrass shows even though most of its lineup was liberal. It was unusual.

Roger G (148)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:12 pm

Mary T (178)
Friday July 15, 2011, 6:10 pm
Good news, Thanks
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