Reclaim the Radio Airwaves! Low Power Legislation in the works...

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From our ACME partner colleagues at Prometheus Radio Project -

Local low-power community radio is one of the cornerstones of a vibrant and democratic 21st century media culture. We've started our own (legally licensed) station - WMRW at 95.1 fm - here in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

But legislation expanding LPFM's reach and status is essential.

Get involved, and support Prometheus! If you haven't yet met Hannah (a firecracker) and Pete Tridesh (the same) - make sure you look them up on the dial or at a media conference near you.

Happy Monday,


Dear Supporters of Community Radio:

Greetings from the Prometheus Radio Project! It's a big week for Senate
Bill 1675 and House Bill 2802, the Local Community Radio Act of 2007,
and the fight to expand low power FM radio! Many of you have called or
met with your legislators, or are getting ready to do so, and to ask
them to cosponsor a bill to bring community radio to the whole USA.
Because of the noise we are making around the country -- demanding new,
local, low power FM radio station licenses in our cities and smaller
communities -- important media sources are covering the issue, and
spreading the word that the time is now to expand low power FM.

Bill Moyers, who has covered the impact of media consolidation and a
lack of accountable local voices on American communities for years, is
broadcasting a special on low power FM and media -tonight-, August 24th!
Stay tuned for news and analysis from the FCC, from journalist Rick
Karr, and from your allies here at the Prometheus Radio Project. Watch
a summary of the special on media issues here -- -- and watch a clip of the
LPFM segment here -- -- and
forward to your friends, so they can become as passionate as you are
about low power FM radio, and work with you to get your legislators to
cosponsor the Local Community Radio Act of 2007.

Not only is low power FM radio taking to national TV -- but also -- the
paper of record of middle Tennessee -- the Tennessean --
-- has just written a huge editorial about low power FM -- asking
Tennessee Congressmembers to work to expand it!

"Now is the time to act," say the editors of the Tennessean. They
continue, "Since the airwaves belong to the public, it follows that
the airwaves should reflect all aspects of the public. This bill would
go a long way toward that goal, and deserves full support."

This article was paired with other great editorials from Free Press, and
from strong low power FM leaders, WRFN-LP
(, Pasquo, Tennessee!

We have to take advantage of this momentum. Write your Congressmember
now to tell them how important low power FM radio is to you -- and tell
them to cosponsor House Bill 2802 -- the Local Community Radio Act of
2007 -- which would expand low power FM all across Tennessee and beyond!

You can read the bill here:

Our friends at Consumers' Union have set up a great webtool that can
help you write a letter today:

Or write a letter or make a call through our allies at Free Press:

Get background on low power FM at, or
sign the petition at too!

Thanks for calling your Congressmembers, and sending this note far and
wide! Stay tuned for more updates on this battle in the next weeks --
as we work together to expand low power FM to communities nationwide!

Hannah Sassaman
Prometheus Radio Project

P.S. Email with 'Remove' in the subject
line to be removed from this list -- and forward widely to spread the

P.P.S. Read the articles that appeared in today's Tennessean in support
of LPFM:

Editorial: Legislation would restore radio's community presence

Ginny Welsch: Local issues shouldn't be shut out in process

Joseph Torres: Congress should help unique local stations


hannah sassaman

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