Archive for the ‘Alternative Media’ Category

Grassroots radio

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I'm in Portland at GRC13 - the Grassroots Radio Conference. So far it's been a great experience. We're at lunch at the moment (2 hours, so plenty of time to meet people and chat, as well as enjoy the fantastic Middle Eastern food provided). The opportunity to meet with people ...

Overview of Venezuelan media

Monday, July 21st, 2008

One of my colleagues in the ICR, Andrew Kennis, has published an overview of the Venezuelan media system at Narconews. He starts with an analysis of US coverage, such as of the recent decision not to renew the license of one of the independent commercial stations, and moves on to ...

Grassroots organizing at the NCMR

Friday, June 6th, 2008

I'm at a grassroots action session at the Media Reform conference in Minneapolis. There's some useful tips on productive activity, but perhaps the most useful aspect, for me, is a reminder is of the common aspects across organizing - talk to people, identify goals, set achievable (and concrete) targets. I got ...

Journal issue on community radio

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The latest edition of WPCC, focused on community radio is now available. Some interesting papers for anyone interested in the area.

FCC developments on LPFM

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Below are the comments I submitted to the FCC as part of their second notice of proposed rule-making on LPFM:My name is Andrew Ó Baoill, and I am station manager of WRFU-LP, a radio station in Urbana, IL, that is one of the beneficiaries and progeny of the LPFM licensing ...

Yes Men bow to BP complaints – in their own way

Monday, March 10th, 2008

To be a satirist necessitates a certain thickness of skin. You're going to be upsetting people (if you do it properly), and need to be comfortable staring them down. So what do you do when you get a letter from a potential target complaining about a satire that never actually ...

A Critical Ear

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

I'm in the process of building out resources for the radio show I do on WRFU with Robert Naiman, and have registered a domain - which is currently pointing at this site ( So, for those of you arriving here to learn about the show - we're still working on the ...

Community radio show goes online-only, avoids indecency restrictions

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

DIY, Portland is normally broadcast monthly on KBOO. This month, however, the content would risk falling foul of FCC regulation if broadcast over the airwaves - they're focusing on masturbation - so they've turned to the web (for this particular episode). An interesting contrast to other community radio programmers I've ...

Life lessons in community radio

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Bill Weye of WXOJ (Valley Free Radio) learnt an important lesson about community radio recently:Chris reassured us that putting out fires and keeping the latest crisis in check is what running a community radio station is all about, that what many of the people at VFR feel is normal. That was ...

FCC adopt new LPFM rules

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

It was late - after 9pm EST - last night before the FCC meeting finally began, but it looks like they've adopted some useful changes to the rules governing LPFM: Allows the transfer of LFPM licenses subject to significant limitations. Reinstates the Commission’s rule that all LPFM authorization holders be local to ...