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Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.001.0001

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Ninety Percent Community, 10 Percent Radio

Ninety Percent Community, 10 Percent Radio

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(p.190) Chapter Fifteen Ninety Percent Community, 10 Percent Radio
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Strategies for Media Reform
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Sanjay Jolly

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.003.0015

For the first decade of the 2000s, the Prometheus Radio Project led the fight in the United States for the Local Community Radio Act, a federal law. With its passage in 2011, local community organizations had the opportunity to apply for low-power FM (LPFM) radio licenses in what had the potential to be the largest expansion of community radio in the country’s history. In preparation for the LPFM application window in 2013, Prometheus informed and educated potential applicant groups through intensive networking, national tours, and press campaigns. In order to provide applicants with affordable and accessible assistance, we published detailed guides for how to complete the legal and technical portions of the LPFM application, hosted online tools that enabled applicants to find available frequencies and complete the application’s engineering studies, provided legal support via our networks of discount and pro bono attorneys, and organized a team of staff and volunteers that fielded thousands of inquiries from applicant groups. When the LPFM application window was held in fall 2013, more than 2,800 organizations submitted applications in fifty states and Puerto Rico, and of those, approximately 1,000 received support from Prometheus.

Keywords:   community radio, Local Community Radio Act, LPFM, media activism, media consolidation, Prometheus Radio Project, radio activism

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