Whither Activist - Progressive - Liberal Radio?
In this weekend's show, we planned to spend an hour talking about Low Power FM (LPFM). And we still plan to - these small, independent community voices play a growing role in educating and inspiring their hyper-local listeners. But along the way, we've discovered this particular topic is particularly ripe for listener input - on the very future of liberal radio communication itself. Your role, expounded on, just over the jump.
You can't spend too much time looking into LPFMs past and present before you realize the tendrils reach into oh-so-familiar ponds of media murk: corporate ownership, of course, but also the less predictable battle between Corporation for Public Broadcasting entities and the "little guys"; the quandary, as ever unsolved, over how to make a living creating unabashedly liberal programming; what the hell is happening to the business of radio. (Note to our younger readers: see, people used to power up this boxy thing that had nothing to do with the internet, and sounds would come out ... ).
So this weekend, we'll delve into LPFM as planned. But we'll take the time to go beyond it too. What's the future of radio where liberal voices and information are concerned? Who's listening now - and where will they be listening tomorrow? And the key question: what roadmap can we plot for liberal voices to take the greatest possible advantage of "radio", in its various forms, to inform, educate, entertain, and motivate?
Moreso than any show we've done under the In Deep banner so far, we want to incorporate as many voices as possible. Please share your own experiences - as a broadcaster, as an activist, as an audience member seeking out the good stuff. Post here, or email us, any of the following:
- your own tales from the trenches at Pacifica, small community stations, larger news organizations;
- the spoils of your search for good political information, well delivered, be it via traditional broadcast, podcasts, satellite radio, you name it;
- adventures in corporate radio;
- kudos to liberal/progressive/activist pioneers of eras past, and how that informs what you look for now.
Finally, let me make room for the naysayers, too. If you think radio is dead - as an art form, as a business, as a venue for political speech - we'll incorporate that into the show, too.
The future of "radio", be it terrestrial, analog, digital, satellite, can only be guessed at. What's sure is that, even as you're reading this, informed and impassioned voices on the Left-to-Center spectrum need a secure beachhead to build on - to reclaim our place in the larger dialogue. What wisdom can you add to this history, this plan? angie [at] indeepradio [dot] com (Email me), or post your thoughts below in the comments section. And please, share this all around! We're recording on Thursday and will incorporate the early input into the show, then continue this conversation here.