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1:30pm March 29, 2013

Interested in Social Justice & Radio Ownership? Listen Here!

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Even though African Americans account for 13% of the population, did you know we only account for 7% of all radio licenses? Well, that number is about to change. Beginning October 2013, nonprofits, labor unions, schools, churches and community groups have the monumental opportunity to apply for free radio licenses through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build and operate FM community radio stations. On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law, The Local Community Radio Act of 2010. This law authorizes the FCC to license local low-power broadcasting in the FM broadcast band (LPFM). In addition, the law grants equal protection to community radio stations in regards to translator and booster stations.

For the first time ever, nonprofits and community organizations are able to apply for free FCC radio licenses in medium and large markets like Houston, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. For years, organizations have been able to use community radio to advocate for social justice issues within their community ranging from stopping crime to enhancing their educational systems.

Why community radio? Here’s why:

  • It is transformative for our communities.
  • It is affordable and accessible.
  • It allows us to build a strong, multimedia presence within the community.
  • It is a way to amplify local voices to share news, open dialogue about community issues, and introduce local talent.
  • It allows us to control the whole media package locally.

Still interested? If you fit the following requirements you may be able to apply.

  • You’re an organization registered with your state. (Must have an established articles of incorporation).
  • You’re a local organization within 10 miles of the proposed transmitter or your board members live with 10 miles of the proposed transmitter.
  • You have a budget of around $3k-$10k for on-going radio station costs including rent, utilities, staff, music licensing, equipment, and supplies.

One organization assisting others applying for FCC licenses is the Prometheus Radio Project. The Prometheus Radio Project is a non-profit organization that builds, supports, and advocates for community radio stations which empower participatory community voices and movements for social change. The project is assisting organizations by hosting webinars and trainings, preparing them for the application process, and providing resources and tools to start the radio stations. So if you’re an organization interested in making change through radio, go visit the Prometheus Radio Project today and make a difference in your community!

For more information: http://www.prometheusradio.org/start_station



About the Author

Charlyn Stanberry
Charlyn Stanberry
Charlyn Stanberry is an intern with Politic365. Charlyn was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL where she learned about politics and advocacy at an early age through her father's involvement with the National Urban League and NAACP. A recent law graduate, Charlyn is very passionate about minority issues and healthcare with plans to pursue a career in policy, compliance, and governmental affairs. Contact info: cmstanberry@gmail.com. Twitter: @cm_stanberry.




 
 

 
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