Reclaim the airwaves: start a community radio station
Interested in starting a radio station in your community? We want to help.
As early as October 2012, the Federal Communications Commission will start the process of allotting thousands of new community FM radio licenses for the first time in urban areas.
ColorOfChange wants to help you through this process. We can provide:
- Information on everything you need to know to start a station;
- Regular updates about what you need to do and when;
- Trainings and materials;
- Connections to other interested groups in your area;
- Ways to connect with existing stations to get answers; and
- Demystification of technology and policy.
Radio is a relatively inexpensive and highly effective way of reaching and forging connections within our local communities — radio is still the most common point of connection today, with 90% of Americans listening to radio each week. Now, the largest expansion of community radio in US history offers a valuable resource to unite communities, seek solutions, and build popular participation. Local community stations can broadcast independent local news, feature local music and arts, and present compelling programming that is absent from the profit-driven airplay of corporate media.
Starting a new radio station is a big undertaking that requires serious organization and dedication — we know that it's not for everyone, but if you want to get on the air, ColorOfChange wants to help you succeed. Sign up to your right to learn more, and join us in supporting and expanding community radio!