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We are building a better, more democratic media one new radio station at a time.

In 2013, we helped more than one thousand community groups and nonprofits nationwide apply for a one-time chance to build a brand new community radio station. These new stations, called Low Power FM stations, are coming to rural towns and big cities thanks to the Local Community Radio Act. Now, with your help, we are making sure that these new voices get on the air.

Who is building new stations?

Over then next several years, hundreds of these new non-commercial radio stations will go on the air in the US. These new non-commercial stations feature diverse voices and views: broadcasting independent local news, local music and arts, and compelling programming that is absent from the profit-driven airplay of corporate media.

Why Radio?

Radio is easy to produce and basically free to use. While most of the conversation about technology today revolves around the Internet, far more people in the US listen to AM and FM radio every week than have access to broadband Internet. And unlike the World Wide Web, radio stations are places where people meet face-to-face, where local communities come together to make media about local issues that matter to them.

What role will you play in getting them on the air?

Prometheus is on the ground in communities across the country, working with grassroots groups who want to use the media to create a more democratic society. Your financial support helps us build a better media. 

 

 

Prometheus is building the future of community radio. Join us.

 
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The Radio Papers
The Radio Papers
The Radio Papers
The Radio Papers
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From KRAB to KCHU: Essays on the Art and Practice of Radio Transmission

The earliest writings of the noted radio eccentric and broadcasting pioneer, Lorenzo Wilson Milam. These essays first appeared in the program guides of KRAB (Seattle), KDNA (St. Louis), KTAO (Los Gatos), and KCHU (Dallas).These are revealing descriptions of the pleasure and pain of running a broadcast operation for the community. Included are chapters on volunteers, listeners, ratings (or "anti ratings"), music, and the sheer, glorious poetry of operating a broadcast station with a spirit of joy, rather than greed. Illustrated with many early photographs of the pioneering days of radio. -- From The Publisher

The Original Sex and Broadcasting
The Original Sex and Broadcasting
The Original Sex and Broadcasting
The Original Sex and Broadcasting
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A Handbook on Starting a Radio Station for the Community

Sex and Broadcasting gives an overview of what it takes (or at least what it took in the '60s and '70s -- the technology and regulation of radio have changed significantly since the book was published) to start up a station and to give it purpose. Milam was one of the early pioneers in radical, community based non-commercial broadcasting. He formed the KRAB Nebula of stations that originally competed with Pacifica for the far left of public radio. At times the book reads like a Yippie manifesto, but when Milam starts talking about the power of radio, one cannot help but be swayed. -- Excerpted from a review by T.C Ross

 
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