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What the press, media, and internet news services are saying about LPFM

The following sites may be accessed to read how journalists and writers are commenting about LPFM and the variety of initiatives throughout the country. We choose to highlight these articles because they offer real projects and real communities engaged in LPFM endeavors. Do let us know about other articles and columns to post here. There are also a number of radio discussions whose transcripts can be obtained. We don't know how all of this archival stuff works, some of it is free, some sites charge for the entire article. Some archival material is available ad infinitum, and still other content gets bumped off at regular intervals.

We also know that some stories originate from wire services (i.e. Associated Press stories, or Hispanic Link which is carried on the LA Times/Washington Post Syndicate) and via syndicated columnists like Molly Ivens who wrote a fine piece some months ago. It is evident that the same story will surface in several places throughout the country and in on-line newspapers. Keep us posted!

All Things Considered: Radio interviews with five of first 255 grantable LPFM stations, and other initiatives.
The Jan. 15, 2001 edition of All Things Considered features interviews with LPFM station organizers in Rockland, Maine, the Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop in Atlanta, a Hmong community project in Fresno, CA, an Inupaiq Eskimo LPFM in Point Hope, Alaska, whale communications in San Juan Island in Washington, and a zydeco music project in Lousiana. Go to this link and scroll about half way down the page to listen to the audiostream of the story. Noah Adams is the interviewer of the piece that runs about 12 minutes long.
All Things Considered

Asian Reporter: Microradio: Offering a kaleidoscope of community programming
by Pamela Heckinger describes how microradio could serve communities and comments by FCC Commissioner William Kennard.
Asian Reporter

MSNBC.com: Fighting over the Airwaves
Special interests angle to squelch free speech, diversity by MSNBC technology writer Brock N. Meeks talks about the 'mugging' in Washington D.C. of LPFM by a Halloween coalition of commercial broadcasters.

Salon.com: Big Radio Bites Back
A description of the current machinations by national broadcasters, lobbyists, and members of Congress to sneak in a rider in budget appropriations.

Oregon Considered: Low Power FM
A brief report about three potential LPFM stations for Portland, comments by Robert Chase of the United Church of Christ and Erik Nicholson of a local farmworkers union. Oregon Public Radio's management acknowledges support for LPFM in spite of NPR opposition.
Oregon Public Radio

Z Magazine: Monopolies, NPR, & PBS: An Interview with Robert McChesney
In depth conversation between McChesny, Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of "Rich Media, Poor Democracy", published by University of Illinois Press, and David Barsamian of Alternative Radio.
Z Magazine

MediaFile: The Transistor Triangle
An analysis by Ben Clarke of the corporate control of the airwaves and lack of Congressional response for citizen's rights, among other articles in this newsletter published by the Media Alliance, San Francisco.

Revolutions Per Minute: The Airwaves
Here's an even crazier idea: What if radio airwaves were placed in the public trust? Oops, forgot - they already are...begins this article by Keith Harris in Minneapolis.
Revolutions Per Minute

The Nashua Telegraph: Program receives 28 applicants for FM Stations A profile by reporter David Brooks about the groups in New Hampshire who were among almost 500 nationwide who applied in the second window. Nashua Telegraph.
The Nashua Telegraph

Decatur Herald Review: Workshop offers advice for radio hopefuls
Follow-up article to the Decatur workshop noted above.

Decatur Herald Review: Community groups can learn how to operate their own stations
Brief article on the July workshop held at the Decatur Public Library by the Prometheus Project, American for Radio Diversity

Twin Cities Post-Bulletin: Workshop to offer help with low-power radio license application
Brief interview with Glenn Austin of the Twin Cities-based Americans for Radio Diversity
Twin Cities Post-Bulletin

The New York Times: Religious Groups are Pushing hard to Go on the Air with Low-Power Radio Stations
If a significant number of applicants for LPFM are religious conservatives, how can Congressional Republicans be against LPFM? Offers various perspectives on the issue.
The New York Times

San Francisco Examiner: Static over FCC plans to give little guy a voice
A litany of creative projects and reasons California folks want LPFM: Blue Ox School of the Traditional Arts for at-risk youth, Reedley Chamber of Commerce for local issues, politics and talent; Visalia-based Foodlink in Tulare County, American River Folk Society, and the Sonoma County Center for Peace and Justice, among others: how groups plan to share frequencies, plus credit to the pirate pioneers who have pushed LPFM for years.
San Francisco Examiner

FOX News: FCC Plan for Low-Power Radio Proceeds Under Attack from Industry
A brief response to the nearly 800 submissions in the first round of applications.
FOX News

Associated Press: Indigo Girls, lawmakers push for low-power FM radio
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers voice their support with Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Kerrey (D-Neb), Paul Wellstone (D-MN) among others, during a news conference, saying that LPFM would inject diversity into monochromatic airwaves.
Associated Press

The Chronicle Of Philanthropy: Making Airwaves for Charity: Non-profit groups battle over new, low power radio service
Gives a heads up to local charitable trusts and foundations about LPFM, highlights potential projects with the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, Noah's Ark Baptist Church in Naples, Florida, among others. May not be available on-line, but you can access the page and request a copy:
The Chronicle Of Philanthropy

Current, the Public Telecommunications Newspaper: Low Power, High Hopes: Non-profits envision a future for LPFM
Offers LPFM project ideas by a latino youth group in Des Moines, Iowa, Haitians in New York, the Prometheus Project, the Newtown Florist Club in Gainesville, GA; Sun City in Vistoso, Arizona, the Jewish outreach organization Project Genesis.

New Orleans Gambit Weekly: Running Interference
Louisiana Music Commission chaired by Ellis Marsalis advocates for LPFM, more debate info
New Orleans Gambit Weekly

Washington Post: Political Static May Block Low Power FM
In spite of anti-LPFM campaign, Mount Pleasant Broadcasting Club plans low power FM station in Washington D.C. to reach Spanish speaking community; articles offers background on LPFM debate
Washington Post

Ft. Worth Star Telegram: In the Air: For Martin High, radio was the communication answer
High school student explains how radio works for a mega-high school
Ft. Worth Star Telegram

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