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Dec 18 2013 - 1:19pm

Nonprofits Hear Opportunity in the Sound of Low-Powered Radio Waves
By Anne Eigeman

The homepage of Prometheus Radio Project, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit working to build “participatory radio as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression” provides this quick update for supporters: “The government shutdown is over and the low power FM filing window is OPEN.” Because the FCC set the program application deadline for the LPFM program for 10/29 before the shutdown went into effect, it’s now unclear whether that date will be bumped back, but because the organization expects strong interest from community groups nationwide, they add, “as the situation evolves, we will keep you posted.”

Dec 18 2013 - 1:16pm

To Fix Our Political System, Nonprofits Must Push for More Open Media
By Vincent Stehle

No matter how distressing it was to watch the federal government grind to a halt this month, it has been encouraging to hear a growing chorus of foundation and nonprofit leaders call for intensive efforts to fix our broken government.

But we won’t make any progress on that goal until we change the way media and politics intersect, so it’s time for everyone in philanthropy to make that a high priority of their advocacy.

Dec 18 2013 - 1:10pm

Roots, Radio and Social Change: Why Low Power FM Radio is About You
By Betty Yu

Media watchdog group Free Press’s recent infographic reveals how media corporations are using shell companies to evade the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ownership rules and gobble up local TV stations across the US. It’s another sobering reminder that we are facing some of the biggest threats to media democracy and free speech in our country’s history. The acceleration of media consolidation and unfair restrictions on community radio and TV have narrowed already limited access to the airwaves for local voices, especially women and communities of color. People of color make up over 36 percent of the US population, but own just over seven percent of radio licenses and three percent of TV licenses.

Dec 18 2013 - 12:40pm

TWiRT 186 - Prometheus Radio - LPFM (Click on the link to watch the interview)

The Prometheus Radio Project builds participatory radio as a tool for social justice organizing and a voice for community expression. Sanjay Jolly and Will Floyd join us on TWiRT this week. They work to demystify media policy and technology. Sanjay is Policy Director while Will is very much a Technical Guru.

Dec 18 2013 - 11:34am

El Centro Cultural de Mexico Seeks Funds to Build a Low Power FM Community Radio Station in Santa Ana!
By Gabriel San Roman

El Centro Cultural de México is currently in the beginning stages of starting up a low-power FM community radio station in Santa Ana. Hailed by the Weekly's Best Of 2013 issue as 'Best Community Space', the non-profit has hatched a number of grassroots organizations over the years, so why not shake up OC's frequencies too? With the Local Community Radio Act having been signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened a filing window from October 15-29 for free non-commercial, low-power FM radio licenses.

Nov 14 2013 - 1:05pm


November 14, 2013

FCC Announces Additional Extenstion to the Low Power FM Deadline:

Applicants Now Have Until Nov. 15, 2013 3pm EST

WASHINGTON, DC - Shortly before today's 6pm EST deadline for submitting the Low Power FM application, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced they would extend the deadline yet again until November 15, 2013 at 3:00PM EST. The extension was granted due to difficulties that many applicants experienced while trying to submit their applications today.

Nov 4 2013 - 6:10pm

November 15, 2013

Low Power FM Application Window is Closed:
Prometheus Radio Project Helps Thousands to Seize the Airwaves

WASHINGTON DC -- On November 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed the 2013 Low Power FM Application window that allowed for new community radio stations to be licensed.  Nonprofit groups, public safety organizations and Indian Tribes applied for Low Power FM (LPFM) stations on the FCC website. Applications were due by 3pm EST on November 15.

The deadline for this filing window was previously amended two times. The original filing window was slated to be October 15-29, 2013, but was postponed and then extended due to the government shutdown in October. The new deadline was moved to November 14, 2013 6:00pm EST, but as that deadline approached, technical difficulties on the FCC's website prohibited applicants from filing their forms. To allow for access to the site and database, the FCC extended the deadline to November 15, 2013 3:00pm EST.

Oct 1 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATE: 10/18/2013 5:40pm EST : Prometheus has just received confirmed reports from the FCC that: "the deadline for filing Form 318 applications for new Low Power FM stations will be extended from October 29, 2013 until November 14, 2013 6:00pm EST."  The FCC will also reschedule a webinar that had been cancelled during the shutdown for October 24, 2013. More information on this webinar (and others that Prometheus has planned) will be released as we have confirmed registration links.


Sep 30 2013 - 12:00am

Why LPFM Is Good for Radio
by Sanjay Jolly

Sanjay Jolly is the policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project.

This October, just a few days away, the FCC will open a filing window for non-commercial, low-power FM stations that could result in an unprecedented expansion of community radio. Since LPFM reemerged more than a decade ago, some 800 low-power FM stations have sprung up across the country, and that number could double or triple over the next few years.

LPFM is good for radio. The opportunities that it presents, especially now that restrictions keeping LPFM out of large and medium cities have been lifted, should inspire radio professionals and enthusiasts to actively support its expansion.

Sep 11 2013 - 3:15pm


Thank you so much for your support of our campaign! Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $6,000 which will help our technical and engineering team provide direct support to fledgling community radio stations through materials and resource creation and one-on-one application trouble-shooting. 

Prometheus has been able to provide the kind of support we do because people have believed in our vision of a world in which the media is not a means to limit democratic participation, but a way for communities and movements to express themselves and struggle for justice. We imagine a nationwide community radio infrastructure made up of hundreds of independent, locally-orientated stations, part of a global movement to put media in the hands of the people. With your help over the last month (and for some of you - over the last 15 years!) we are getting closer to that moment.