Community Radio Stations Targeted by Feds
by from Pittsburgh IMC feature
Friday, Oct. 08, 2004 at 11:08 AM
Two community radio stations, one in Knoxville, TN and the second in Santa Cruz, CA have been raided in the last 2 weeks by armed US Marshalls (and/or FBI) and the FCC. Last October, San Francisco Police and the FCC raided a popular Bay Area radio station. Despite the federal government's war on community media, radio activists across the US are operating community stations in open defiance of FCC regulations. The FCC strives to squelch community radio so that the airwaves remain free for media conglomerates like right-wing ClearChannel Communications, which owns 1,250 radio stations (six in Pittsburgh), and Viacom-owned Infinty Broadcasting, which owns 180 stations (four in Pittsburgh).
Also, in Pittsburgh, two broadcasters were shut down in the past week due to FCC intimidation. South Side Radio
broadcasting at very low power on 102.9FM, and "WCSA Radio" in Plum, PA (Allegheny County, east of Pittsburgh near Oakmont). Indymedia Rustbelt Radio, our biweekly news program on (licensed) WRCT 88.3FM, will feature reports on these actions in Pittsburgh and around the US this week on Tuesday, October 5th at 6pm.
Next week the National Association of Broadcasters,
a powerful lobby group, will meet in San Diego. In
opposition to their corporate agenda, independent media
activists will be holding a four day convergence of
workshops, speakers, and actions to tell
the NAB "We Want Our Airwaves Back!".
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