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“Low Power to the People” with Author Christina Dunbar-Hester and PLFM activist Pete Tridish
May 4, 2015 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm EDT
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. In Low Power to the People, 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. Preceded by a community potluck. In partnership with iEAR Presents! and Vasudha Learning Living Community at Renssaeler.
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