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Forum Post: FCC decision strikes critical blow to right-wing radio dominance

Posted 5 years ago on March 22, 2012, 8:13 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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These [new, low power] stations can only be licensed to non-profit organizations, and you can only have one per customer,” Brandy Doyle, policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project, told Raw Story. “That way we won’t have these big corporate chains and media networks that are taking over the rest of the media landscape moving in on low power FM service. These stations have to be local, and they have to be independent. This clears the way for a real transformation of the FM dial.”

Instead of slowly grinding down thousands of repeater station applications that leave no room for community radio, the FCC essentially threw most of those applications away by limiting who can apply, how many filings a single entity can make, and which markets can consider new repeaters — all of which frees up the regulatory body to examine applications for new community stations. The regulatory agency still gave some deference to corporate broadcasters, however, by allowing them one shot at revising their applications to fit the new guidelines.

That means “as early as this fall, as in 2012, there will be opportunities for local community groups to plan and start their own independent radio stations,” Doyle said. “This is what we’ve fought for [over] more than a decade, and the FCC has opened the door to that.” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/20/fcc-decision-strikes-critical-blow-to-right-wing-radio-dominance/

Good news, yeah?



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[-] 3 points by jph (2652) 5 years ago

I would like to see more local community radio,. it is an accessible media that is relatively simple to produce, making it easy for anyone with a community of listeners to stay connected with them.

I will admit that 99.9% of my audio listening comes from the net. I suppose most community stations will also stream to the net as well.

[-] 0 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 5 years ago

Yes! It would be great to have access to music that isn't Pop, Rock, Rap, or Country on the radio. I wonder how much it would cost to start a large-scale broadcast station?

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5838) 5 years ago

Good Post

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago


[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5838) 4 years ago

We will continue to get the truth out there.

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 5 years ago

Yes indeed, if this is true, awesome news. Time for Occupy Radio :)

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago


[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 5 years ago

what it means is that most of the radio you listen to right now will go off the air.. they cant afford to stay in operation as a 'non profit' this will force people to start to have to pay for sirius and others. why would you think that any government agency would do anything helpful?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

Aw...........you mean that the major corporations that make premade tapes of music are doomed?




[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33040) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

The FCC doing something laudable ?


I'm waiting for the other shoe.

But will remain cautiously hopeful.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

I hate to say it but I'm kind of waiting as well.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (33040) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

We can always hope for the best. Perhaps it is a start to a waking conscience and responsibility, a re-dedication to the job?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

lol.............wait.......lol..................wait.....can't breathe.

Ok.......yeah........that's asking a bit much.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33040) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

OK......ok.........I will be the 1st to admit that I like to dream and that I like nice dreams. Still happy to provide some humor in these very trying times.


[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

Well, it sounded great and I did so want to go there. I almost did and then 2 seconds later I remembered that the historical pattern dictates the other direction. :)

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33040) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

But then again this is what we "are" working for a healthy governing body in a properly functioning system. It is nice to see something happening and hope that it is for the right reason. That is why I am here and it is why we must own the system and never let go of it. ~[:-])

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

I strongly agree.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (33040) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

It is part of my philosophy - Hope for the Best and Plan for the Worst - That way you can always take pleasure in good things that happen and not get caught flat footed if bad things happen.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

Now see. My philosophy is expect the worst and that way if good things happen then it is a truly momentous occasion.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33040) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

You are much to hard on your self. But I can see how that also works. You are a strong individual.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 4 years ago

lol Thanks DKA. :D

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33040) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

"YOU" are most certainly welcome.