mediageek 25 September 2008: A New Beginning

This show marks the debut of mediageek on its new home station, WNUR 89.3 FM in Evanston, IL, broadcasting to the north side of Chicago and the North Shore suburbs. My pal John Anderson guests to help re-inaugurate the program as we review the raison d’ete of mediageek, and new producer Andrew Gothelf shares his own brief experience interning in a commercial radio newsroom that quickly disappeared.

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A New Chapter for the Radioshow

In the best blogger style, I’m remembering to post this only hours in advance…

Beginning tonight at 9 PM CDT the mediageek radioshow begins a new chapter with a new station. Tonight is the debut of the mediageek radioshow on WNUR 89.3 FM, the radio station of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, serving the north side of Chicago and the North Shore suburbs. As I’ve mentioned on the blog and radioshow, I moved to Chicago back in April, saying a teary goodbye to the studios of community radio WEFT in Champaign, IL where the show got its start. Since then I’ve been producing the show at home, while it continues to air on WEFT and a dozen other stations.

Besides the change to a new station and city the show now moves to an hour-long format. Because the current mediageek affiliates only have a half-hour set aside for the program I’ll be doing the show in two segments. The first half-hour will be much like the current show, with news headlines and feature interviews.

With the second half-hour I’m planning to take a looser approach. When there are live guests who are willing to stick around the full hour I’d like to take live listener phone calls. WNUR has a live web stream, so this opportunity will be available not just to folks listening in the Chicago area. I’d also like to spice things up by featuring more audio collage, sonic art and broadcast things that have less to do with policy and regulation. I’ll post the second half-hour for podcast and online listening, too.

So, tonight’s the first trial balloon in the new approach. I’m glad that my pal and frequent guest John Anderson will be along for the ride via phone from Champaign.

Tune in tonight, Sept. 25, from 9 – 10 PM to WNUR 89.3 FM, Evanston, IL, and online at WNUR.org.

mediageek 19 September 2008

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mediageek 12 September 2008: Porn Free (wireless internet)?

Our man keeping tabs on the FCC Matthew Lasar is here again to talk about the FCC’s plan for a cost-free and porn-free wireless internet service, and other important stuff that files under the mainstream radar.

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mediageek 5 September 2008: Voices of America

Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist who works in radical media, investigating the ways histories, public spaces, and forms of citizenship influence one another and shape the realm of political possibility. Her newest project, Voices of America, invites participants to take audio snippets from the US government’s Voice of America radio service and remix them and share those remixes. On this edition of mediageek Sarah tells us about this project and how it fits in with the 2008 presidential election season.

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mediageek 29 August 2008: Putting Comcast’s Sanctions in Perspective

On the first of August the FCC ordered Comcast to ends its discriminatory network practices, wherein the Commission found that the nation’s largest cable modem provider had been improperly blocking the internet traffic of its subscribers who were using the BitTorrent file sharing system. Public Knowledge is one of the groups that petitioned the FCC to take action against Comcast. In a recent post to that group’s policy blog, Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi Sohn provided some historical perspective to explain why the FCC’s sanctioning of Comcast should be looked at as victory. I recently spoke to Gigi and I asked her to explain this perspective and to analyze what the Comcast action means for network neutrality.

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mediageek 22 August 2008: Documenting the Handmade Nation

A movement of independent minded crafters has been rising up across the nation, taking a new spin on the crafts that your grandmother might have made. Faythe Levine is one of them, and she’s taken up a camera to document them in book and film form, both titled Handmade Nation. On this edition of the program Faythe tells us more about the new indie crafters and how she’s documenting their work.

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mediageek 15 August 2008: Pirate Broadcast in China Protests State Suppression of Journalists

The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders set up the first non-state radio station in China since 1949 to broadcast a message in protest against Chinese officials continued suppression of free speech and jailing of journalists, even as the Beijing Olympics are underway. We’ll listen to that broadcast, and catch up on how former FCC officials are joining the fight against the FCC’s current indecency rules.

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mediageek 8 August 2008: FCC Spanks Comcast, but Doesn’t Leave a Mark

The FCC finally took action against Comcast for its discriminatory network management practices that blocked its internet customers’ BitTorrent file-sharing traffic. However, while it’s good to see the FCC action, it’s still a mixed decision.

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mediageek 1 August 2008: The Nation’s Biggest Pirates Merge

The Sirius/XM satellite radio merger was finally approved by the FCC, providing a bare few gimmies for the public interest after months of lobbying and waiting. But the story behind the last-minute tie-breaking vote has to do with both companies’ history of pirate operations. DIYmedia‘s John Anderson has be tracking the story for years now and fill us in on the details.

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