Major Links of Interest:
Don't Take OUR word for it ... Other Voices
The Unfortunate History Of Radio ...
And "now, for something completely different"
(from the mainstream media):
You may find yourself wondering either:
a) Why does most media leave me feeling like a "Stranger
In A Strange Land" and/or ...
b) why are there any unserved people at all? Why has not
the market system reached out to these people? Why are 13,000 people going
to the considerable trouble of asking the FCC for a frequency to
start their own radio stations?
the February 1997 American Demographics article "The Emerging Culture",
Paul H. Ray
argues that one of the reasons that media in general and especially radio
ignores so many Americans is that those who make the programming decisions
are either ignorant of the desires and needs of them, or downright antagonistic.
Those who make the programming decisions for the media that most Americans
receive are ignorant or antagonistic to the values and interests of those
Americans classified by research as "Cultural Creatives."
"Despite their numbers , Cultural Creatives tend to
believe that few people share their values. This is partly because their
views are rarely represented in the mainstream media, which is mostly
owned and operated according to the Modern world view. Little of
what they read gives them any evidence of their huge numbers."
"It's not too far off to say that Moderns see the world
through the same filters as Time magazine."
"A major change has been growing in American culture. It is a comprehensive
shift in values, world views, and ways of life. It appeals to nearly one-fourth
of American adults, or 44 million persons.
People who follow this new path are on the leading edge of several
kinds of cultural change. They are interested in new kinds of products
and services, and they often respond to advertising and marketing in unexpected
This emerging group has been labeled Cultural Creatives by American
LIVES of San Francisco. In numerous surveys and focus groups, we have seen
that Americans live in three different worlds of meaning and valuing. Each
world creates distinctive contexts for a wide array of consumer purchases,
political convictions, and civic behavior. And within each world are class
divisions that create different subgroups that share the same broader views.
The first world view is Traditionalism. It is the belief system for
about 29 percent of Americans (56 million adults) who might also be called
Heartlanders. In America, traditionalism often takes the form of country
folks rebelling against big-city slickers. Heartlanders believe in a nostalgic
image of small towns and strong churches that defines the Good Old American
Ways. That image may owe as much to John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart movies
as to any historical reality, but for them it is a powerful reminder of
how things ought to be.
The second world view is Modernism. It holds sway over about 47 percent
of Americans, or 88 million adults. Modernism emerged 450 years ago as
the governing world view of the urban merchant classes and other creators
of the modern economy. It defines modern politicians, military leaders,
scientists, and intellectuals. Modernists place high value on personal
success, consumerism, materialism, and technological rationality. It's
not too far off to say that Moderns see the world through the same filters
as Time magazine.
The third and newest world view goes beyond Modernism. Its current adherents
are the Cultural Creatives, who claim 24 percent of U.S. adults (44 million).
Trans-Modernism began with esoteric spiritual movements such as 19th-century
American Transcendentalism. It gained strength as Western intellectuals
discovered the diversity and coherence of other religions and philosophies.
It caught fire in the 1960s, as millions of young people joined "movements"
for human potential, civil rights, peace, jobs, social justice, ecology,
and equal rights for women.
Conservative commentators often believe that each of the social movements
listed above exists in isolation and is important only to a few. But from
women's issues to environmentalism, the emblematic values of the 1960s
are being embraced by more and more Americans. Few in the media recognize
it, but these ideas are coalescing into a new and coherent world view.
When Cultural Creatives look at Modernism, they see an antique system that
is noisily shaking itself to pieces."
The majority of radio programming decisions are carried
out by Modernist oriented stockholder corporate beancounters, or by the
Heartlanders that populate the Christian Coalition etc. etc. The Modernists
and Heartlanders are either uninterested in serving the Cultural Creative
market, or outright hostile.
Patrick Buchanan was often referring to Cultural Creatives
when he said that America was "in a cultural war."
Ironically, much of Buchanan's distaste for NAFTA and
GATT's corporate takeover of the world's resources finds a sympathetic
audience in Cultural Creatives.
Either way, there is little programming to cover the
convergence of these cultures.
This is the source of the discomfort
with the condition of American Radio today.
NONE of the organizations on this page
have anything to do with the creation, existence or promotion of this page.
They are listed here for your education only.
Mutiny (good run-down on the situation)
Click on Hightower, then the commentary
Francisco Liberation Radio
Pirate Radio Network
Free Radio Network
Micro Kind Radio, San
Radio 4 All - Spotlight
Radio Press: formerly Radio Resistor's Bulletin
The Food Not Bombs Radio Network
stations cause more trouble for aircraft than pirate radio ... (scroll
Broadcasting: The Long-Overdue Service
Microradio Bust Response Network --Fight Back!
Listenership at All-Time-Low (In spite of more stations than ever!)
Commissioner Gloria Tristani's Homepage_
Out "Keeping the Local in Local Radio"+"Speech before FCC Bar Association"
although they are major consumers of news ...[though they are 25% of the
"Does Public Radio Compete With Commercial
Yes it does especially with such commercially
viable products like Classical Music.
here for more information, tabular research demonstrating that commercial
classical is fiscally viable, and therefore classical music is a violation
of the purpose for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
is the pied piper
Richmond Virginia "public" radio:
This is the edition of Living On Earth (LOE) that carried a story
critical of MTBE.
MMT is a product of Ethyl Corporation. MMT is a gasoline additive designed
to make gasoline usable by modern hi-compression gasoline engines and reduce
pollution due to gasoline's inherently filthy nature. MTBE is a gasoline
additive also designed to reduce the pollution of gasoline.
Stories that show that there is no way to clean up the pollution caused
by gasoline other than replacing gasoline with alternative transportation
options, alternative fuels or electric cars do not help Ethyl's profitability.
LOE was carried by WCVE88.9FM "public" radio in Richmond Virginia. After
this story, LOE was not long for the world on WCVE. It was canceled shortly
before Earthday 1998.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors for WCVE's parent corporation, the
Central Virginia Educational Telecommunications Corporation, is A. Prescott
A. Prescott Rowe simultaneously served for many years as the "Vice
President of External Affairs" for Ethyl Corporation, headquartered in
That's "Public Relations" for the rest of us ... a job whose purpose is
to manipulate the media to create a favorable impression of Ethyl to create
more and more profitable conditions with the public and their elected officials.
news that creates knowledge of problems of Ethyl's products is counter
to his employer's interests. Public radio programming appears to have been
impacted by corporate agendas.
Here is a rundown of any and all links likely to have quality information
for those interested in the issue of our right to communicate with those
whose votes affect our lives:
This is a fairly comprehensive list, however, if you feel there are
links that have important information to pass on on this issue, please
let us know.
... they feel isolated because the media does not acknowledge
of Media Preservation Foundation
by National Public Radio to diversity in Radio Licensing
of the NC Association of Broadcasters and the VA Association of Broadcasters
Access Project Website
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Media Programs
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Media Programs
to Americans for Radio Diversity
Free Radio Network
Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion
A-Infos Radio Project
Contact Home Page
For Peace International
The Spirit - For Revolutionary Resistance!
Offices at 368 Hayes Street
Speech Internet Television
to Relativity's Web Page. Queen Anne Hill, Seattle
MoJo Wire--Interactive Exposés and Politics
Year 2000 Information Center - Year 2000 Press Clippings
For Media Education Home
Light Search: RM-9242
Communications Commission (FCC) Home Page
Cracks Down on Pirate Radio
Search Results: rm-9242
To Lake County Radio
82-88 MHz Petition to the FCC
- Dead air comes to you courtesy of the FCC
Radio - Welcome from The Mining Co.
Radio Press: formerly Radio Resistor's Bulletin
Groups Funneling Big Money Into Political Ads
Chairman William Kennard:
You can also enter your comments into the official
FCC record on this affair:
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This is an effort to ensure that the public's airwaves are kept open for
the benefit of all, not just the beautiful, rich or popular.
This site is designed to address efforts by a powerful minority to bend
public policy to their aide and benefit at our expense and loss of liberty
and access to the many voices of a healthy Democratic Republic.
Their Basic Plan: Force a new standard for Digital Audio
Broadcasting (IBOC-DAB) * that destroys the remaining
stations that have resisted consolidation including any new LPFM stations
that are started.
Please call your Congressmen and
Senators ... make sure they know you know that you want to
hear your favorite station on the radios you already own!
by ZIP Code HERE
Ask your Federal Representatives and Sentators
to send a letter to the FCC Commissioners that we must:
1) Keep the FM dial FM
(no "mandatory sunsetting" [prohibition] of affordable
analog FM broadcasting)
2) We want access to more choices in program values
and sources [stations], not less.
Tell them to tell the FCC not to force a new standard
for the FM dial for Digital Audio that will block your ability to hear
the LPFM and smaller stations.
3) Help Digital Audio find a third separate "Digital Band"
just as we moved FM to a different band from AM in the 1950s.
* What is "IBOC-DAB"? ("In Band On Channel--Digital
|Digital Audio Broadcasting sends the sound out coded
the same way a fax machine codes a picture, as little blocks that are "on"
or "off" (the binary language of computers and other digital devices).
In Band On Channel describes where that digital
signal is placed, in this case IN the FM BAND and centered
their original signal center location "CHANNEL" on the
If you drive up toward Washington DC and tune your radio
to 106.5, then get within 20 miles of the test IBOC-DAB station, WJFK 106.7
in Alexandria, Va., you will hear a "buzz saw " sound, that is the digital
carrier of the on-off-on encoded signal.
1) Better sound (actually, less noise)
2) More robust signal (like your PCS cellphone)
3) The ability to put banner ads and weather maps or traffic wreck
warning maps on a display on the radio faceplate.
Don't stare too long while driving or you're the next car wreck mapped!
There are those
who claim that your favorite station is threatened by the NEW Low Power
FM service stations
... what about that?
1) "Goliath" will now
attempt to kill Community Radio with the Digital
First the monopolists will have to kill the
Low Power FM radio stations that might use some of the spectrum they need
to kill your favorite station!
They will do this by passing laws against the
recent FCC decision to create LPFM stations:
OUR RESPONSE TO THE HEARINGS:
[VCPP Testimony on HR3439]
[Resources on "Beeper
Rappaport's Testimony to HR3439]
Community radio is designed to encourage
a diversity of cultures represented on the airwaves
by encouraging a diversity of ownership/control.
A diversity of people and organizations
with different values and priorities
will create a more inclusive media
(and therefore government policy)
because they will have different definitions
of what is “newsworthy” and “viable”
for sharing on the public's airwaves.
Index of documents
on this web site as
well as the hundreds
of links to the outside
A healthy democracy hears from everyone, not
the beautiful or profitable people.
Media is the
"Information is the currency of democracy.",
You have a right in a Democratic Republic for your story to be heard
by those whose decisions affect your life ...
What you can do to
solve the problem of