The Act would clear the way for hundreds more Low-Power FM (LPFM) stations in towns and cities across America. But what are these stations, and why are we so excited about having more of them? read more
Washington, D.C.? On Thursday, October 8, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 passed out of House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet in a sweeping 15 to 1 vote. The Act would clear the way for hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters in American towns and communities ? stations that can help fill the void in local programming created by a consolidated commercial radio marketplace.
?Future of Music Coalition is very pleased that policymakers have recognized the fundamental role Low Power FM can play in local communities,? said Michael Bracy, Policy Director for Future of Music Coalition. ?LPFM is vital to musicians around the country, who rely on local radio as a way to reach audiences. It can also help undo the tremendous damage to localism as a result of rampant consolidation in the commercial broadcast industry. There?s no good reason not to allow more LPFM in more American towns and cities. Quality local radio is too important a resource to hold back.? read more
Congressman Mike Doyle, D-Penn., caused a bit of a stir at the “Music, Technology and, IP Policy Day” event last week with his keynote speech. People were particularly interested in his comments on low power radio and the possibility of a program funding pop artists for their work. Here’s some excerpts from the speech:
Thank you. It‘s a pleasure to be here with you today.
I want to tell you a little story about a Congressman who gave a speech about mashups and mixtapes.
I never thought when I gave that speech in a House committee hearing a month or so ago that anyone would pick up on it, but a lot of folks did folks who care a lot about issues like the future of music, radio, and the Internet. read more