Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Ft. Sumner Radio

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I feel VERY fortunate: I am one of only a small handful of Ft. Sumner citizens who can actually hear the community radio station in Portales, although they are SUPPOSED to have a translator here (I wonder if it's working? The GM of the station will get paid, whether we hear the station or not!)

I also manage, intemittantly, to receive all 3 PBS tv stations (Brought to you by the same people who are broadcasting community radio in the area) through an ANTENNA -- a real, rabbit ear antenna (albiet with yards of aluminum foil attached), through my digital conversion box I bought.

NOBODY in Ft. S. gets TV without Comcast or some dish contraption. I do. I don't care about other channels; I get 3 PBS stations and that's fine with me.

Shoot, the local library, from which I'm typing right now, doesn't even have their card catelogue back online, after several months!

Access to information is tricky out here.

Supporting local, community broadcasting, in ANY medium, is essential in rural areas.

Local Community Radio Act Would Increase Public Independent Media
Published 29 Sep 2008, 10:17 am

Listen to this segment
the entire program

If you are one of millions of Americans sickened by cookie cutter
commercial radio that assaults your ears with standardized "safe"
playlists, inane shock-jock-talk, and incessant aggressive ads, you may
want to urge your representatives in Congress to pass a new bill on local
community radio. In 2002 the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC,
began licensing what are called low-power FM stations - those that have a
small signal that fits in the empty spaces on your radio dial. Predictably
major commercial radio companies like Clear Channel fought this initiative
and its lobbyists pressured Congress into opposing the LPFM movement
saying that it would cause interference. But a 2006 study showed that no
such interference is caused by low power FM stations. Now Congress is once
more faced with the Local Community Radio Act which, if it is passed,
would expand LPFM across the country.

GUEST: Jonathan Lawson, Executive Director of "Reclaim the Media" and
organizer of the Northwest Community Radio Network.

Related Links

* Reclaim the Media
* Prometheus Radio Project
* The Local Community Radio Act Will Increase Local Voices, Choices
* H.R. 2802: Local Community Radio Act of 2007
* Support Low Power FM Radio

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