President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law in January 2011. Friday, November 30th, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission announced their regulations for the last wave of hyper-local low power community radio. These signals will reach 3 to 10 miles, have localism requirements, and will be less expensive than full power radio stations.
Find out what this opportunity means for local nonprofits and educational institutions on January 24 at 1:00 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center West Room (104 17th Ave S, Seattle, 98144). We’ll talk about what’s possible with not only a radio signal, but a studio with the potential to be a multi-platform community media hub. Register and get more information here (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/302076)
Use it as a tool for elevating and sharing local arts and culture, as a driver of your local creative economy, as a free or low cost option for media making tools in your neighborhood, digital storytelling projects, for organizing for social change, or convening events to discuss community aspirations. There are many possibilities to explore.
This is the first of several workshops Brown Paper Tickets will produce to help nonprofits assess if they have the capacity or can reasonably build the capacity to run such a hub, navigate the application process, do a community needs assessment, develop a community engagement strategy, fundraise using traditional public media methods and emerging social and participatory fundraising, consider governance structure options, ensure ongoing FCC reporting requirements are met, recommendations on how to seek legal counsel, manage volunteers, explore youth and community development through media, and think through approaches to programming.