people-tower-radioDo you think that mainstream radio is dull and stale?  Do you wonder why talented local musicians are never heard on radio stations?  Are you disappointed by the lack of diversity in news and information in radio programming today?

The current FCC licensing system has created a public radio experience that is a failure because it denies opportunities to lesser known musicians, new radio program formats and small businesses, while driving control of the airwaves into the hands of large corporations.

By taking the power to regulate the airwaves away from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and returning that power to the states, we can license radio into much smaller stations at a much lower cost per station.  This new licensing system will allow radio the ‘financial breathing space’ a creative and diverse radio environment requires.

If you agree that radio must change and if you think a more local approach to radio licensing is the right way to go, sign the petition below to tell your State Representatives to take back radio licensing and provide more diversity at lower prices for your state.

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(click “read the petition” below to see petition text)

Take Back Radio!

We, the undersigned, request that you, our state representatives, take back control of the FM radio airwaves from the FCC in our state.

Just as many states have decided the Federal government is not a good regulator of drug laws we also believe the Federal government is not a good regulator of our FM radio airwaves.

We require the following:

1.) That all companies that own radio stations in our state must be based in our state.
2.) That no company may own more than one FM radio station.
3.) That no station may exceed the attached wattage recommendations.

Note: State by state wattage recommendations to be voted on by petitioners when petition goal is reached and before the submission of the petition to state representatives.

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As our numbers grow we will offer you the opportunity to vote on specific recommendations regarding radio station sizes and ownership limits that we will send along with your petitions.

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517Connie GregoryTennessee
516Anita Jacksont
515Nancy AgeeTN
514Doug StaufferPA
513Gary StaufferVirginia
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509Aldo CalabreseTennessee
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473Leo O'NealSouth Carolina
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468Dennis GurwellCalifornia

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fcc-logoThis kind of story makes you wonder if the corporation began controlling Meredith Attwell Baker while she still held public office. Certainly this is yet another reason to take the right to regulate our airwaves back from the FCC and to return that power to the individual states where it belongs.

From TechDirt.com:

A lot of folks are shaking their heads after learning that FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving her post to take a lobbying job at Comcast just a few months after she voted to approve Comcast’s massive purchase of NBC Universal. Now, let’s be clear: there’s nothing illegal in her taking this job. While she can’t lobby the FCC for two years, she can lobby Congress or other parts of the government. And, it doesn’t mean that she’s corrupt at all. But it’s this kind of move that makes people trust our government less and highlights why so many people believe that our government is corrupt.

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Click here to sign the petition to Take Back RADIO for your state.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was supposed to the broadcast market to competition, saving the American public from monopolies. In reality, the Act opened the door for massive deregulation and media conglomeration. It accomplished this by way of the FCC not enforcing the rules it set forth. Today, we see companies like Sinclair Broadcasting gobbling up huge broadcast market shares. And the FCC continues to try to allow for even more conglomeration. We have an oligopoly in the American media, and it’s poised to get even worse. The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses.

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milestoneBecause you signed and helped promote the TakeBackRADIO petition we’re just about to reach our first milestone of 500 petition signers.  We only have 40 more signatures to go.  Could you help us reach our goal and beyond?

Here are a few easy things you can do to help:

1.) Send an email to your friends and anyone you know in the music business.  If you have an email list please let them know about our cause and then please forward a copy of your newsletter to me.

2.) If you have a blog or website we’ve created a page with html linking code that you can use to link to us.  Linking to our petition is a great way to advance our cause.

3.) Promote the http://TakeBackRADIO.com url on your Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Thank you for all of your help so far and thanks in advance for your continued support.

 

 

 

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Click here to sign the petition to Take Back RADIO in your state.

This is a very interesting documentary outlining some of the problems and issues with mainstream radio.

Check out FmFilm.com for more!

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We need your help in spreading the word about our efforts to take back radio!

Here are some codes you can copy and paste into your website or blog to link to us and help spread the word.

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Text link (copy and paste this code into your website or blog):

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It will looks like this:

Take Back RADIO at TakeBackRADIO.com – It’s time to take our airwaves back! Sign the petition and help get local music on the radio.

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236×60 Sized Banner Code:

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