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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mediageek 24 September 2009: FCC Chair Introduces New Net Neutrality Principles

My pal John Anderson of DIYmedia.net joins this week to talk over FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announcing two new network neutrality principles and the whole Commission endorsing low-power FM.

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mediageek 18 September 2009: Encore of Jerry Del Colliano

My June 18 interview with radio industry veteran and the man behind InsideMusicMedia.com, Jerry Del Colliano, seems to be a favorite. This is no doubt due to Jerry’s unflinching observations on how the nation’s largest radio groups missed the boat on the internet generation while they were busy playing Monopoly with radio stations. So this week we revisit this interview.

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mediageek 10 September 2009: Douglas Rushkoff on everyday action and bottom-up media.

This week we listen to part two of my interview with Douglas Rushkoff, author of the new book Life Inc., How the World Became a Corporation and How We Can Take It Back. We discuss the importance and vitality of everyday independent and collective action, and the joy of grassroots, bottom up media.

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mediageek 3 September 2009: Douglas Rushkoff on Life, Inc

Douglas Rushkoff is an author and grassroots media maker who recently published the new book Life, Inc. In the book Rushkoff explores how our corporate-dominated life came to be, looking to the corporation’s origins in the Renaissance and its path to modern hegemony. All the while Rushkoff contends that this path wasn’t inevitable, but is the result of specific events over time. In this interview Rushkoff discusses this history and how modern corporatism alienates us from our communities and each other.

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mediageek 27 August 2009: Speed Matters When It Comes to Broadband

Communication Workers of America release a study on broadband speed state-by-state, and CWA vice-president Annie Hill tells us the scores and what they mean. Also, the FCC announces a wide-ranging inquiry into wireless communications technology innovation and competition.

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mediageek 20 August 2009: Uncertain Futures and the New FCC

Tim Hwang is a researcher with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and he recently co-authored a short research report examining the new FCC commissioners for the Pelican Group. In the report, titled “Uncertain Futures,” Hwang and co-author Erikk Hokenson look focus particularly on the two new commissioners, Republican Meredith Atwell Baker and Democrat Mingon Clyburn, primarily because they were relatively unknown prior to their nominations to the FCC. Tim is our guest on this edition of mediageek to discuss his findings.

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mediageek 13 August 2009: Citizens Utility Board Protects Consumers’ Rights

The Illinois Citizens Utility Board looks out for consumers’ rights when dealing with utility companies, including both telephone and cell phone companies. CUB’s communications director, Jim Chilsen, joins to explain more about how everyone can save money on land-line and cell phone bills by looking out for unnecessary charges and services.

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