A season’s greetings to all, and to all a good night. This note from the Austin Chronicle with long-overdue kudos to Austin Airwaves’ Jim Radio (in particular for his work in underdeveloped countries such as Haiti setting up radio stations):
• Radio Radio Over the weekend, the U.S. House and Senate approved the Local Community Radio Act — mandating the Federal Communications Commission to license thousands of new low-power (100 watt, noncommercial) FM stations. The law, when signed by President Obama, will repeal legislation that limited most LPFM stations to rural areas as large broadcasters claimed signal interference. Austin community radio activist Jim Ellinger lobbied hard in support of the bill — helping to persuade Sen. John Cornyn’s office to eliminate a “hold” — and the nonprofit Prometheus Radio Project called it “the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S.” — M.K.
To which Jim adds: “Thanks to the Austin Chronicle’s Michael King. I believe this is the first news coverage of the passage of the historic LPFM bill in Austin.”
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