Lamenting the fact that “commercial radio stations everywhere have been swallowed up by a handful of giant corporations, playlists have shrunk and local and independent acts have been drowned out,” Free Press activist Timothy Karr (MediaCitizen, 2/26/09) also lets us know that
the good news is that your rescue is at hand. On Tuesday, Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.) introduced a bipartisan bill that would pry open our radio airwaves for thousands of new stations, bringing independent acts…to the audiences they deserve….
The Local Community Radio Act would unleash the potential of new music for millions of listeners across the country. The bill tasks Washington with licensing thousands of Low Power FM radio stations….
There are about 800 low-power stations already on the air. They’re run out of college campuses, garages, backyard shacks and local churches, and aimed specifically at listeners in their surrounding neighborhood.
Beyond saving listeners from corporate stations’ “mind-numbing concoction of saccharine and aspartame,” some LPFM broadcasters “are providing local news and information that in more extreme cases has kept people alive.” Use the Free Press action page to demand your congressmember “help restore much needed diversity to our airwaves, bringing forth new voices and viewpoints that are often overlooked by large commercial broadcasters.”