Talk: "Low Power to the People," with Christina Dunbar-Hester and LPFM Activist Petri Dish

Talk: "Low Power to the People," with Christina Dunbar-Hester and LPFM Activist Petri Dish

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Troy

May 4, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In 1998, pirate radio enthusiast “Petri Dish” was one of the founders of Prometheus, emerging from the clandestine studios of Radio Mutiny (West Philadelphia Pirate Radio) after enduring a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) raid.  Despite its origins as a pirate broadcasting collective, the group eventually shifted toward building and expanding regulatory access to new, licensed stations.  The United States ushered in a new era of small-scale broadcasting in 2000 when it began issuing low-power FM (LPFM) licenses for noncommercial radio stations around the country.  These radio activists consciously cast radio as an alternative to digital utopianism, promoting an understanding of electronic media that emphasizes the local community rather than a global audience of Internet users.  Dunbar-Hester focuses on how these radio activists impute emancipatory politics to the “old” medium of radio technology by promoting the idea that “microradio” broadcasting holds the potential to empower ordinary people at the local community level.  http://www.prometheusradio.org/Low-Power-to-the-People

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