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Free Radio Gainesville is a political radio
station. As operators of a micro-powered broadcast station, we
intend to educate, agitate, and activate our community for truth,
justice, and freedom of expression. It is our mission to contribute
to the radical media project of countering the deluge of corporate
lies, half-truths and ommissions; to open up the airwaves to
the wealth of cultural and political diversity that exists in
our community; and to thereby build on the hard work of local
radical media projects such as the Gainesville Iguana and the
Civic Media Center towards constructing a more informed citizenry
and a just, democratic, and equal society.
site will provide information about Free Radio Gainesville as
well as news and links to other sites in support of microbroadcasting.
Tuesday, May 9,
2000, 10:41 am
A lot of things
have happened since last this page was updated. The following
Action Alert from FAIR sums up most of it. The fight is still
on. Please take the time to read this alert and use its links
to make your voice heard.
How to Save Low Power Radio
May 8, 2000
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan to
license low power (or "micro") radio stations in many
areas of the country, largely due to a campaign waged by a diverse
coalition of public interest groups, churches and labor unions.
The FCC planned to begin the licensing process for non-commercial
radio stations operating at 10 watts and 100 watts.
intense lobbying effort by the broadcast industry threatens to
severely restrict the prospects for low power radio. The effort,
which included National Public Radio (NPR), culminated in H.R.
3439, the "Radio Preservation Act," which passed in
the House of Representatives on April 13.
by the Senate, this legislation will have a dramatic impact:
it will reduce the number of possible low-power stations by about
80 percent, delay the FCC's implementation of its plan to license
any low power stations, and require a new round of technical
tests that many public interest groups insist are unnecessary.
(See: http://www.mediaaccess.org/programs/lpfm/2pager.html .)
low power radio argue that the wave of concentration in the radio
industry, especially since the Telecommunications Act of 1996,
underscores the need for local, non-commercial broadcasters that
better serve the public interest.
is expected to debate the bill to undermine the FCC's low power
radio program (S.2068) in the next few weeks. This gives advocates
for greater diversity on the airwaves a chance to communicate
with their elected officials about the FCC's low power radio
your senators and ask them to vote against S.2068, the broadcast
industry's effort to stifle low power radio. Tell them that greater
access to the airwaves, especially in a time of overwhelming
media concentration, is an important first step toward a more
democratic media structure.
To locate your
senator's e-mail address, go to: http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm
switchboard number is 202-224-3121.
please remember that your comments are taken more seriously if
you maintain a polite tone. Please cc your correspondence to
For more background
on low power radio, go to:
Radio Coalition http://www.lowpowerradio.org
Asked Questions About Low-Power FM Radio" http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/lpfmfaq.html
5, 1999, 2:04 pm
Not much to update except that I wanted to spread the word about
Buy Nothing Day! for
more info click here:
Also, the Hempfest
is this weekend. Be there to support and learn more about medical
marijuana and industrial hemp. Crash Pad will be headlining the
5, 1999, 10:41am
Today I fixed
a bug in our legal documents area. You can now view the FCC's
fine cancellation in its entirety.
4, 1999, 4:29pm
Wow! It's been
a while since this page has been updated. I guess that while
I'm dusting off the cobwebs I might as well let everyone know
that Free Radio Gainesville is still happening (Note to FCC:
Yeah! we're still here.) however, we are no longer on the air
(Note to FCC: Don't celebrate just yet! Arrrrrr!). For the moment,
we are continuing our campaign of consciousness raising through
a series of teach-ins at the Civic Media Center (CMC) that will
be held in the months to follow. For more info keep checking
this website or stop by the CMC (probably more reliable). Keep
an ear out will yah.Today I fixed a bug in our legal documents
area. You can now veiw the FCC's Cancellation of fines in its
Sunday, April 4,
The New Schedule
1, 1999, 7:00pm
March 24th 1999
Help B92 and
the independent media in Yugoslavia Latest news at http://helpB92.xs4all.nl
the transmitter of radio B92 from Belgrade was confiscated by
the Serbian authorities. The editor-in-chief, Veran Matic, was
held in custody in a police station for well over 8 hours. Despite
this intimidation the station continues its independent news
service. At De Balie in Amsterdam a support group has been founded
tonight, which intends to support B92 and other independent media
in Yugoslavia where possible in the continuation of these important
With the support
of internetprovider XS4ALL. B92 also transmits its signals via
internet since december 1996. These digital broadcasts are picked
up by the BBC Worldservice and retransmitted via satellite. Through
a network of local radio stations the programs of B92 can be
heard throughout Serbia, despite repeated attempts by the authorities
to silence the station. At this moment it is still possible to
follow the broadcasts of Radio B92 in realaudio on their website,
at http://www.b92.net. In light of the current
tense situation it is very likely that the possibilities of B92
to continue its independent news service will be limited even
further. The support group therefore intends to take measures
to distribute news by and about B92 from Amsterdam. For that
purpose a special website has been opened at http://helpB92.xs4all.nl.
B92 is the
backbone of the independent news service in Yugoslavia. Without
immediate financial support this last source of independent news
for the inhabitants of this region is endangered. A fundraising
campaign is being started by the support group, in order to send
money and equipment to B92 and other independent radio stations
in Serbia and Kosovo as soon as possible.
of the support group are: B92, De Balie, De Digitale Stad, Next
5 Minutes, Press Now, radioqualia (Australia), De Waag (MONM)
For more information
or to send messages of support, please e-mail helpB92@xs4all.nl.
You can also digitally support this initiative by copying the
special logo onto your website and
linking to Help B92.
30, 1999, 10:45pm
Let me introduce
myself, I am Allan, Webmaster in Training. Bear with me I'm new.
Okay!!!! Anyway, I have the wonderful opportunity of keeping
this page up to date with the latest in scheduling and current
events in micro radio. Check in often cause there are a lot of
changes and cool stuff coming (IE: an up to date schedule (what
a concept), Show descriptions, more links, and much more). P.S.
If you click on the schedule link you'll find a really bad scanned
in copy of a "newer" schedule. The newest schedule
should hit the streets this Wednesday. I plan on having it posted
by the end of this week.
Monday, March 29,
I am starting to post to our webpage some of the legal documents
we have filed. The next one that has been posted is our response
to the Notice of Apparent Liability (N.A.L.) which was filed on
1/4/99. I also created a small index above to link to the legal
documents that are currently up on the page.
Friday, March 26,
Not only has
Free Radio Gainesville taken back it's spot on Gainesville's
radio dial but we just received paperwork from the FCC notifying
us that our fine of $6,000 was cancelled!!! Click here to see the actual
letter we received!
More news later
from the homefront . . .
13, 1998, 11:34pm
As the site
says at the top, Free Radio Gainesville was shut down on November
30th by the Tampa office of the FCC. Check out a narrative of
the bust at the Radio4All
to this bust, we are holding a press conference and rally on Thursday, December 17th at noon at
the "Free Speech Stone" in front of the Alachua County
Courthouse in downtown Gainesville. If you are a member of the press,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of our press release.
us as we announce our plans for future action, including a campaign
to educate the public about micro-radio and to agitate for the
legalization of micro-powered FM broadcasting.
the U.S., regular folks, like us, are taking to the airwves to
spread the word of hope, empowerment, and a vision of truly democratic
and participatory broadcasting for themselves and their communities.
We at Free Radio Gainesville are a part of this movement.
9, 1998, 3:50pm
We've got a kickin benefit
coming up at the Covered
Dish. Click here
to see more.
It's going to be a split at
the door between Free Radio Gainesville and the Civic
Lot's of great bands have agreed
to play and we're grateful to them. Hope to see everyone there.
Just to summarize:
Saturday, Nov. 14th,
Doors open at 8pm; show starts at 9pm
Cavenline, Mahoney, Rumbleseat, Keith Welsh, Jared Flamm &
Devin Moore (of Noah's
Red Tattoo), Pop
Canon, and Slack
Also, we've started a morning
show on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9am. Please tune in while
you're driving to work. Mike & Mike bring you music, announcements,
local, national and international news, and plenty of wackiness
for all of you who are caffeine-dependent - they'll try not to
make it too serious in the morning.
23, 1998, 6:56am
Here we go some more. Howard
is now making some changes to the site since the schedule is
WAY out of whack. I'm kinda teaching myself how to do this in
the midst of my hectic-as-hell schedule, thus explains why I
am doing this at 7am. The schedule still needs a lot of work.
Please be patient . . .
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