An email bulletin by Jay Babcock
A friend of Landline shares this resource — a way to locate and listen to live radio stations around the planet: http://radio.garden/listen/
Check out KUZU 92.9 LPFM out of Denton, Texas.
We've been listening to listener-sponsored WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport CT. Stream it and listen to the variety of rock, International, reggae, British rock, and more, sometimes all in one program. We never listen to mainstream stations. Same old , with ads. WPKN is refreshing and at times surprising. To quote one of their lines: "Some songs I like and some songs I don't like..." So true!
Yes and No
In Humboldt County KHSU the university station cut loose all local D J s , alternative and local programming . We still have KMUD thankfully. We rely on radio here.
Jay et al, I was in community radio for twenty two years and yes there are tremendous stations doing work. I just spent a week listening to WWOZ and WRHB (Radio for the Blind) and they are both doing incredible work. I know this wasn’t for just anecdotal comments, but I do believe the comment that was made is accurate of a LOT of larger community radio stations that struggle to define community. I’m sure you have heard some of that yourself in your travels. The fact is that many of these folks, who seem to have good intentions, could be selling widgets. The stations aren’t instilling a knowledge or history of the people who fought for years beginning with NARK to make all of this possible. I won’t even mention the number of people who are not aware of Lorenzo Milam’s contributions, who we lost last year. There are advocacy groups, but I believe many of these groups have lost the ability to help direct and shape public policy, which in turn has brought us to this place. I will echo the sentiments that all stations need to reinvest, hyperlocally, in what they are doing and become social service groups/mutual aid organizations as much as broadcasters. The stations must reflect their community or the endeavor becomes a non-profit attempt to compete for commercial broadcast visibility, which is why we find ourselves on this slippery slope. Thanks for posting this in Landline.