Music and Radio Industry Reform
Stay informed on the many groups working towards improving our music and radio industry. Radio stations are under license to "serve the public interest" and have a mandate to promote diversity, fair competition and support for the local community.
The public needs to become more involved in determining how the public airwaves are being used. We the people can make the difference. These are OUR airwaves and we have a right to ask for more diversity in music, fair competition for musicians' access (airplay) and better support for our local communities. A recent ruling involving payola practices on radio was announced in April 2007.
You can lend your voice and become involved in the radio industry reform movement. Visit the following sites and stay informed on the issues of the day. You may be asked to sign a petition, write to your U.S. representatives or even talk to your local radio station! Here are some recommended websites for you to check out:
The Future of Music Coalition is a not-for-profit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. The FMC seeks to educate the media, policymakers, and the public about music / technology issues, while also bringing together diverse voices in an effort to come up with creative solutions to some of the challenges in this space. The FMC also aims to identify and promote innovative business models that will help musicians and citizens to benefit from new technologies.
Based in Seattle, Reclaim the Media is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to pursuing a more just society by transforming our media system and expanding the communications rights of ordinary people through grassroots organizing, education, networking and advocacy. We envision an authentic, just democracy characterized by media systems that inform and empower citizens, reflect our diverse cultures, and secure communications rights for everyone. We advocate for a free and diverse press, community access to communications tools and technology, and media policy that serves the public interest.
Free Press is a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector. "We believe that a more democratic US media system will lead to better public policies - at home and abroad".
Media Reform Information Center - links and resources on media reform
Alternative Radio is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and on short-wave on Radio for Peace International. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.
The StopBigMedia.com Coalition is made up of groups from across the spectrum that agree to a set of principles and have banded together to stop the FCC from allowing a handful of giant corporations to dominate America's media system. We believe that a free and vibrant media, full of diverse and competing voices, is the lifeblood of America's democracy. We're working together to see that our media system remains, in the words of the Supreme Court, "an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will prevail."
No corporation or political party is funding our efforts.
Other radio links:
RADIO STATION LOCATOR - www.radio-locator.com