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Low Power Radio Poised for Renaissance

| Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2009 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The NY Times profiled a low-power radio station, noting that the number of these stations could double if Congress passes the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (S. 592).

Interestingly, though these stations are rooted in their community, some are also broadcasting online – allowing the signal to be sent anywhere people with an Internet connection want to listen. But they remain rooted in the community:

Sponsors that pay the bills and the salaries for the station’s three employees — Mr. Johnston, his wife, Marie, and a bookkeeper — are mostly local too: a ski resort, a chiropractor, a horseshoeing business operated by Mr. Johnston’s son.

“I wanted to create a music-driven station where music gets heard that would never be played on a commercial radio station,” he said.

The NY Times also offers an interactive slideshow with voiceover.

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Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Netwroks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He runs as part of ILSR’s effort to ensure broadband networks are directly accountable to the communities that depend upon them. More

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