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mediageek 24 December 2009: The Penultimate Mediageek

On this penultimate edition of mediageek I take a look back at two segments exploring unlicensed radio. First, we revisit some audio from the Radio Access Democracy conference in 2004, including interviews with participants of a transmitter building workshop. Then we listen to an interview with filmmaker Michael Lahey who produced the documentary Making Waves, which looks at the pirate radio scene in Tucson, AZ.

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mediageek 17 Dec 2009: The House Passes LPFM Restoration Bill

The big news this week is that the House finally voted on and passed the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. Now that we’re half-way to the restoration of LPFM I thought we’d take a look back at some of the pressure that caused the FCC to create LPFM in the first place. We revisit two interviews about Radio Free Brattleboro, a Vermont-based unlicensed micropower station that would–at least in spirit–be reincarnated as Brattleboro Community Radio.

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mediageek 3 December 2009: Indymedia Turns 10

This week we discuss the ten-year anniversary of Indymedia and the “Battle in Seattle.” Also, an important announcement about the radioshow.

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mediageek 19 November 2009: The Value of College Radio

This week is an encore of the July 16, 2009 edition:

Jennifer Waits is a college radio enthusiast. From getting her start at Haverford College’s carrier-current WHRC to DJing at Foothill College’s KFJC Waits has worked at a variety of stations, always propelled by her love of independent music and media. She blogs about her passion at Spinning Indie where she posts reports from her tours of stations around the country, along with news of relevance to college radio. She joins the program this week to talk about the important place college radio has in our media environment.


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mediageek 12 November 2009: Knight Commission Studies Info Needs of Communities

At a time when media and information technology continues to become more pervasive, it stands to question whether all this tech actually gives us access to the information we need to live our lives better as individuals and citizens. The Knight Commission was formed to investigate the information needs of communities in a democracy and recently released a report that assesses the types of information needed and makes recommendations for meeting those needs. Already the report has garnered attention from both government agencies like the FCC, industry and citizens groups. Charlie Firestone, Aspen Institute Executive Director of the Communications and Society Program and Knight Commission Project, joins to tell us more about the Knight Commission and its findings.

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mediageek 5 November 2009: Possible Interference Boost for HD Radio & SF’s Pirate Cat Leaves the Air

John Anderson from DIYmedia.net joins us this week to review recent news in digital and pirate radio. First he tells us about a proposed power boost for HD Radio that would increase interference on the FM dial. Then we discuss the recent voluntary shutdown of San Francisco’s Pirate Cat radio in response to an FCC threat.

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mediageek 29 October 2009: FCC Revisits Network Neutrality

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is showing no trepidation about jumping in to Network Neutrality, a subject that he advised President Obama on prior to the election. The Commission recently approved a proceeding to create new rules enshrining principles of internet freedom into policy. On this week’s show we discuss the proposed rules and their possible impact.

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mediageek radioshow 15 October 2009: A Real Shot at LPFM Expansion?

On October 15 the House Commerce Committee passed the Local Radio Act by unanimous voice vote, potentially clearing the way for the best shot LPFM has had at being restored since 2000. We discuss this optimistic news along with the FCC clearing the way for noncommercial FM stations to move in on the space formerly occupied by analog TV channel 6.

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mediageek 10 October 2009: ChiTownDailyNews Tries a New Model for Local Journalism

Due to disastrous technical difficulties the live recording of this week’s show was lost. Instead, here is one from the archives: April 2, 2009

Geoff Dougherty is the founding editor of ChiTownDailyNews, a locally-focused news website employing professional journalists working with over 100 volunteer reporters to cover Chicago news not reported in the major mainstream news outlets. On this edition of the radioshow Geoff tells us about the site and the reasons why it pursues a this model.

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mediageek 1 October 2009: Environmental Encroachment

Environmental Encroachment is a Chicago-based marching band that bills itself as a magic circus band. The unit is a group of free-thinking musicians who are out there not just talking about reclaiming the streets for art and culture, but doing it. EE is on its way to a gathering of like-minded bands in Somerville, MA called Honk! Fest which starts the band’s East Coast tour. In a change of pace for mediageek we’ll listen to a dozen members of the band play live in the studio, in addition to talking with them about the origins of the band and why they do what they do.

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