Politic365

 
 


Policy

1:30pm March 29, 2013

Interested in Social Justice & Radio Ownership? Listen Here!

radio

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 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. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers. For additional information about Politic365, please visit http://politic365.com/about/.




 
 

 
AlmaA (1)

Rep. Alma Adams + @RepByrne to Lauch First #HBCU Caucus in Congress

There’s a Bike Caucus There’s a Tea Party Caucus. There’s a Chicken Caucus. Now, finally, thanks to new Black Caucus member Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Alabama Republican Bradley Byrne, there will be a Congress...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
15343671563_12fbd31bf0_h

A new class of criminals: when will police quit being above the law?

By Joe Maestas During the past few years, our news media has been full of reports of incidents where citizens are being subjected to beatings, assaults, and shootings by a new class of criminals.  What is the most disturbing a...
by Guest Contributor
0

 
 
MCCon

CBC Members Watch Lynch Vote from Senate Floor, Greet McConnell

Lynch Confirmed 56-43: Nine female members of the Congressional Black Caucus were on the Senate floor as the Senate completed the historic vote to confirm the first Black female Attorney General in history.  In a unexpectedly ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
1

 

Advertisement
 
march1

56-43: Did Brothers for Loretta Lynch Mtg. with Key Republican Win YES Vote?

56-43. A group of African American men marched to Capitol Hill yesterday to support the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. Lynch was finally confirmed today after 166 days by a vote of 56-43.  Surprisingly, ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
14721716270_51103c890e_k

Loretta Lynch confirmed, becoming first Black female Attorney General

Loretta Lynch has been confirmed by a vote of 56-43 to become the nation’s Attorney General. She will succeed former attorney general Eric Holder. Lynch was nominated for the position in November, but Lynch waited longer ...
by Adriana Maestas
1

 




One Comment


  1. [...] Interested in Social Justice & Radio Ownership? Listen Here! – Politic365 [...]



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>