Low Power FM Radio

July 14th, 2009


In a shifting media landscape, the way we get our news is changing. More people go online to listen to podcasts and read blogs, as opposed to accessing traditional news sources.

The platform for telling your story is changing too. Even as corporate media such as daily newspapers and broadcast outlets shrink their news staff, public access to the airwaves is diminishing. For community organizations who never had big pr or advertising budgets, the challenge of getting one’s story out is even greater.

The need to preserve the public space left on the air is more critical than ever. One channel community organizations can use–besides the one you’re watching–is Low Powered FM radio.

On this episode of Community Media and You, we’ll talk with Silvia Rivera and Mitchell Szczepanczyk about Low Power radio options. Silvia is general manager of Radio Arte a bi-lingual community based radio station serving the Pilsen area. Mitchell is the creator of Chicago Media Action, a group dedicated to broadening independent radio in Chicago.

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