Liam Ford Band Filmed with two Kodak Zi8s

December 15th, 2011

Liam Ford Band playing at Sonny’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill in Fish Creek, Fall Fest 2011.

Wrapping up the season, I filmed the The Liam Ford Band playing at Sonny’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on Saturday evening, October 15, 2011. Early Thomas describes them as “phychobilly, rockabilly” and they do not disappoint! I was captivated by this band of musicians not only in listening to their songs but also in conversation afterwards. Their deep knowledge and love for traditional rock and roll and the artists who helped to create the songs and rockabilly country tradition was impressive. They were a real treat to watch and listen to as hopefully evidenced in the video!

My Sony pro 3-chip camera was in the repair shop, so I ventured on an experiment using two Kodak Zi8 pocket cameras, just to see what kind of quality could be achieved. I was careful to adjust the sound levels and the light settings in advance and then edited both of the clips into a composite. It was fun to see what can be done on a shoestring budget.

Watch “The Invisibles” a Film Produced by Amnesty International and Actor Gael Garcia Bernal

October 16th, 2011

SOMOS/WE ARE is an initiative of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) that inspires immigrants to take action in reclaiming their humanity and in supporting legislation that truly reflects what immigrants are worth and deserve.

Every year more than 11,000 migrants are kidnapped, robbed, raped and sometimes murdered in Mexico. Those responsible are usually criminal gangs, or sometimes public officials, but virtually no one is held to account. Driven by grinding poverty and insecurity back home, the mainly Central American migrants travel through Mexico in hope of reaching the USA with its promise of work and a new life. But all too often their dreams are turned into nightmares. Told over four parts, “The Invisibles” uncovers the reality behind one of the most dangerous journeys in the world and reveals the untold stories of the people who make the journey north through Mexico.

“The Invisibles” is a film produced by Amnesty International that presents the reality of the systemic human rights violations that Central American immigrants face on their journey to the U.S. border. The film permits viewers to see the issue of immigration from the perspective of the undocumented immigrants who decide to undertake a very dangerous journey to the United States of America.”Los Invisibles” (which means “the invisibles” or “invisible people”) is directed by Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal.

“No human being is illegal. I will repeat that: no HUMAN BEING is ILLEGAL. Yes, things and actions can be illegal, but a person cannot be illegal. Yet, in the United States the general public hears this word used all the time in the media and by politicians when immigration is discussed,” says Elizabeth Atkins. “The term I prefer to use is, ‘undocumented.’ Saying, ‘undocumented immigrant,’ instead of ‘illegal immigrant,’ or ‘criminal alien,’ has a tremendous impact on the public discourse around this issue.”

Gael Garcia Bernal on perils facing migrants

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has visited Washington, DC, to campaign for comprehensive immigration reform. Bernal, who starred in The Motorcycle Diaries and directed a documentary on the plight of migrants from Central America, met politicians on Capitol Hill. He called for a more humane approach to immigration and said members of Congress should not only deal with the issue in a political way.

While filming the documentary The Invisibles for Amnesty International, Bernal spoke to many migrants who travel through Central America to try to reach the US. The film shows how migrants risk being kidnapped or killed by drug cartels on the journey. He spoke to the BBC’s Paul Adams.

Adobe Audition CS5.5 has a Brand New Audio Engine

August 1st, 2011

I was investigating ways to improve the sound quality in a live music video that I shot and ended up making an effortless leap from Adobe Soundbooth to Audition.

My friend Sigmund Snopek III was playing at a favorite local club in Fish Creek. There was nobody there… it was a great opportunity to set up and film without distraction. But, I set the levels a bit too low and needed to boost them. I learned how to quickly edit the tracks with the new and very powerful Adobe Audition 5.5 and then jump right back into Premiere.

There’s also a point in the sound track where Sig briefly talks to his sideman, Mike Woods. I am going to try to remove that with what I learned in the following video…

Adobe expert Colin Smith answers the questions he is constantly asked on the road, educating people in the world of Adobe video and design software in a show called, “No Stupid Questions.” In this episode, Colin gives you an introduction to noise reduction using Adobe Audition CS5.5:

Filming in Puerto Rico… Every Treasure Hunter Needs a Secret Map

May 29th, 2011

Juan Carlos is writing… a book, his notes, a map all in a whirl of energy, like a tornado circling around a central core.

Puerto Rico Mystico, the working title of Juan’s book, consists of his historical research on the spiritually significant geographical spots of this island. He is mapping them and then observing the energy lines that connect them locally and globally.

Juan is not the first person to share with me a firm belief that Puerto Rico is the last remaining vestige of the lost continent of Atlantis. Skeptics may decide at this point, to stop reading and let their seeming scientific logic exercise its control. Atlantis is just a myth.

When I was just a boy my science teachers taught me that an atom was the smallest particle of matter in the universe. They worshipped that dogma, believing in it like Christians believe in the Bible. Then, things started to break down and continue to fracture, as we learn more and more about how little we really know. So, I accept the fact that we also know so very little of our own history as a species and of the planet as a living entity.

Of course there were greater civilizations that preceded our own. Simply pay closer attention to such things as the ancient pyramids of Egypt or the intricate modern-day crop circle phenomenon if you need persuasion. And if your fear of the unknown is so strong, then stop reading and by all means, do not visit Puerto Rico because this island is full of such enchantment.

I am here to trace those threads, to meet and interview people like Juan Carlos, to build a film that will serve as an introduction, a doorway to the spiritual dimensions of this magic island. Juan tells me about another myth, that of the Prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle, birds of the south and the north. Puerto Rico is the bridge he explains, one that will permit the condor and the eagle to fly together once again. How else but via a completely Hispanic, Caribbean culture that is also a part of the United States, one where most of the people are bilingual?

On Spiritual Tourism, Filming in Puerto Rico

May 22nd, 2011

At the moment, I am sitting in a beach cafe in Puerto Rico, drinking a cup of fresh, island-grown, local coffee.

I have accepted a 2-week assignment to make films on tantra and the spiritual power-spots of the island. It is pretty cool… all expanses paid including meals, plane ticket and a San Juan beach hotel suite. Sometimes, the craving for a massive culture shift can become overwhelming. I silently wait without complaining and then suddenly it comes, like food for a starving (beach) bum.

I am here to film the work of tantra practitioner and healer, Peter Ross Voigt. We are living and working at Hosteria del Mar, located within the gated San Juan community of Oceanside Beach. It is an amazing building, created with intention. Quartz crystals were embedded and buried in the foundation and six pyramids are constructed into the roof.

We arrived on the day of the full moon and were invited to attend the monthly lunar drumming circle celebration on the beach. More than 150 people turned out for fire, ritual, drumming and dance. As the moon eventually broke through the cloud cover following hours of music and motion, many of the participants slipped away to swim to swim in the ocean as they entered the world.

The next day, I awoke early to get some location shots in the morning light. I found individuals dotting the beach, doing yoga asanas in the sand at the water’s edge. I must close for now as I have a day of filming to begin in 15 minutes. Puerto Rico is an undiscovered spiritual treasure and I intend to share it with you.


Australian Viral Film “The Tunnel” to Make Movie History, Premiering on 100+ Million Screens This May Via BitTorrent

May 15th, 2011

Anticipation builds as “The Tunnel” secures global distribution to BitTorrent’s 100+ million software users.

BitTorrent, Inc. a leading innovator creating advanced technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet, announced today that “The Tunnel” will be the first Australian film release selected for BitTorrent’s Artist Spotlight program, promising worldwide distribution through the company’s two software products – BitTorrent Mainline and the iconic µTorrent.

“The buzz around this film is astonishing,” says Shahi Ghanem, chief strategist at BitTorrent. “These progressive Australian filmmakers have captured the public’s imagination by funding the project through an entirely new model: the sale of single frames. This affords them the freedom to allow the world to openly enjoy and share the film. We are very excited to be a part of this new chapter in history. We hear only a few frames are left for sale, so we encourage our users to act fast.”

“We are really excited about our partnership with BitTorrent and their ongoing support of independent artists. The BitTorrent technology provides a direct connection to a massive audience all around the globe. It is definitely a new and exciting distribution path for independent filmmakers who have a story that they want people to see,” says co-producers/writers Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey.

“The Tunnel” will debut on BitTorrent on May 18th. People may download the film free via BitTorrent’s App Studio, purchase frames, view trailers, read more about the film’s background and connect with the filmmakers on social media. BitTorrent will also promote the film on and µ, as well as feature the film to new users who download either software product. “The Tunnel” will also be featured on, a UK-based company dedicated to helping independent filmmakers leverage the benefits of the global file sharing community.

“To see movies such as ours welcomed into the BitTorrent ecosystem marks a significant step in the adoption of the technology as a legitimate film distribution platform. And whilst we might be the first Australian film, I have a feeling we certainly won’t be the last,” said executive producer and marketing director, Ahmed Salama of DLSHS.

“The Tunnel” has received significant attention from mainstream media around the world and was a hit at the A Night Of Horror Film Festival in March. It’s a classic horror film set amidst abandoned underground train tunnels beneath Sydney’s CBD. In 2008, chasing rumours of a government cover-up and urban legends surrounding the sudden backflip, investigative journalist Natasha Warner led a crew of four into the underground labyrinth.

They went down into the tunnels looking for a story – until the story found them.

“The Tunnel” chronicles their harrowing ordeal. With unprecedented access to the recently declassified tapes the crew shot in the claustrophobic subway tunnels, as well as a series of candid interviews with the survivors, viewers come face to face with the terrifying truth.

This never before seen footage takes viewers deep inside the tunnels bringing the darkness to life and capturing the raw fear that threatens to tear the crew apart, leaving each one of them fighting for their lives.

“The Tunnel” has already partnered with traditional Australian distributors – with a DVD release through Transmission Films and its world TV premiere on Showtime Premiere, May 18 at 10:35 pm.

About BitTorrent

BitTorrent creates advanced, innovative technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet. The company’s two main products today include the original BitTorrent software and the tiny-but-mighty µTorrent, which combined boast over 100+ million users. BitTorrent is based in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit, and follow on Twitter @bittorrent, or Facebook.

Discovering the SoundWorks Collection: Exclusive Video Profiles of the Sound World

March 15th, 2011

The Soundworks Collection is a Vimeo channel whish currently includes 65 videos and has 1,164 subscribers

The SoundWorks Collection is dedicated to profiling the greatest and upcoming “sound minds” from around the world providing a look at the art of foley sound enhancement in the film industry. The Collection is produced by Director Michael Coleman of Colemanfilm Media Group in a partnership with MIX Magazine, several audio focused college schools and programs and the support of the online sound community worldwide.

The SoundWorks Collection takes you behind the scenes and straight to the dub stage for a look into audio post-production feature films, video game sound design, and original soundtrack scoring. This exclusive and intimate video series focuses on individuals and teams behind-the-scenes bringing to life some of the worlds most exciting projects. Here’s an example:

The Sound of “Salt” from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.​SoundWorksCollection​soundworksvideo

1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival Opens Tonight, Feb 25-27

February 25th, 2011

Green Bay Film Festival, a three-day event takes place at the KI Convention Center Friday through Sunday, February 25 – 27.

“Friday night we open at 6 pm with Serbian Scars,” says Green Bay Film Festival director Cyndee Sweetland. “The actor and executive producer of the film, Vladimir Rajcic will be attending from California for the weekend as well as many other filmmakers coming from Chicago and New York City, California, Oregon, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas other countries including Switzerland and the United Kingdom… and of course from all over Wisconsin!”

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Tickets go on Sale Today for the 1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival, Feb 25-27

February 4th, 2011

The Green Bay Film Festival is a three-day event highlighted by the screening of feature films and shorts submitted from around the world, taking place at the KI Convention Center Friday through Sunday, February 25 – 27, 2010.

The weekend schedule will include six feature length films, 16 hours of short films, an afternoon of kids and family films, opening and closing parties and an awards presentation. The 1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival had over 200 submissions from over 20 countries. They accepted over 70 short and feature films and will be showing them on three screens at the KI Convention Center.

“Friday night we open at 6 pm with Serbian Scars,” says festival director Cyndee Sweetland. “The actor and executive producer of the film, Vladimir Rajcic will be attending from California for the weekend as well as many other filmmakers coming from Chicago and New York City, California, Oregon, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas other countries including Switzerland and the United Kingdom… and of course from all over Wisconsin!”

In addition to showing feature films and shorts, there will be forums for filmgoers to meet filmmakers and discuss the shows. Seminars will be held on filmmaking and the creative process during the second day of the festival. These will be led by professionals in the entertainment and creative field.

“Saturday we have two seminars. At 10:30 am we’ll host a Screenwriter’s Workshop and at 12:45 pm a Film Production and Financing Seminar,” adds Sweetland. “Our selected attending filmmakers will be speaking not only at the seminars but also after the screening of their individual films.”

In the past few years, Northeastern Wisconsin has quietly emerged as one of the new hot spots for filmmaking and film appreciation. Several films, including Tony Shalhoub’s Feed the Fish, Jim Rivett’s Westbound, and the critically acclaimed Public Enemies, have been shot in and around Wisconsin. Project Solitude: Buried Alive and Feed the Fish were just released on DVD and several others are in the pipeline including Lombardi and Waterwalk.

“This new event will allow us to attract more travelers into the downtown area during what is traditionally a slower season,” says Brad Toll, president of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Film Green Bay received a $31,760 Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to promote the “Green Bay Film Festival,” a new event that will be held on February 25 – 27, 2011. The first year event will provide a rich cultural experience to our community while promoting Green Bay as a hub for filmmaking and film appreciation.

Friday Night Kick Off – February 25
An evening opener with a feature film and opening party.

Saturday Events – February 26
An all day event that includes a series of seminars, short and feature length films.

Sunday – February 27
An afternoon and evening of films followed by an awards ceremony and closing party.

For more festival information visit

Questions can be directed to:

Cyndee Sweetland
Green Bay Film Festival

Senate Joins House in Passing the Local Community Radio Act

December 18th, 2010

Thousands of community groups rejoice at new opportunity for locally owned media.

Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). The bill now awaits the President’s signature.

These Congressional champions for community radio joined with the thousands of grassroots advocates and dozens of public interest groups who have fought for ten years to secure this victory for local media. In response to overwhelming grassroots pressure, Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a mandate to license thousands, of new community stations nationwide. This bill marks the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S.

“A town without a community radio station is like a town without a library,” said Pete Tridish of the Prometheus Radio Project, the group which has led the fight to expand community radio for ten years. “Many a small town dreamer – starting with a few friends and bake sale cash – has successfully launched a low power station, and built these tiny channels into vibrant town institutions that spotlight school board elections, breathe life into the local music scene, allow people to communicate in their native languages, and give youth an outlet to speak.”

The Local Community Radio Act will expand the low power FM (LPFM) service created by the FCC in 2000 – a service the FCC created to address the shrinking diversity of voices on the radio dial. Over 800 LPFM stations, all locally owned and non-commercial, are already on the air. The stations are run by non-profit organizations, local governments, churches, schools, and emergency responders.

The bill repeals earlier legislation which had been backed by big broadcasters, including the National Association of Broadcasters. This legislation, the Radio Broadcast Preservation Act of 2000, limited LPFM radio to primarily rural areas. The broadcast lobby groups claimed that the new 100 watt stations could somehow create interference with their own stations, a claim disproven by a Congressionally-mandated study in 2003.

Congressional leaders worked for years to pass this legislation. As the clock wound down on the 111th Congress, they worked with the NAB to amend the bill to enshrine even stronger protections against interference and to ensure the prioritization of full power FM radio stations over low power stations.

Though the amendments to the bill will require some further work at the FCC, low power advocates celebrated the first chance in a decade for groups in cities, towns, and other communities to take their voices to the FM dial.

“After ten years of effort, a $2.2 million taxpayer-funded study, and new provisions to address this hypothetical interference, we are finally on our way to seeing new community radio stations across the U.S. This marks a beginning, not an end, to our work,” said Brandy Doyle, Policy Director for the Prometheus Radio Project. “For the first time, LPFM community radio has a chance to grow, and we’re ready to seize that opportunity.”

“All of us at UCC OC Inc. and at Prometheus express our incredible gratitude to Congressmen Mike Doyle and Lee Terry and Senators Maria Cantwell and John McCain for the leadership and counsel during this process,” said Cheryl Leanza, a board member of the Prometheus Radio Project and a Policy Advisor to the United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc. “Without their work and the work of their committed staff we would not have come this far. At long last the 160 million Americans who have been deprived of the opportunity to apply for a local low power radio station will get a chance to be a part of the American media.”

“I am a leadership organizer from the ranks of the poor working with other low-wage workers – fighting for human rights in Maryland,” said Veronica Dorsey of the United Workers, a human rights organization in Baltimore. “Low power FM radio would allow the United Workers to expand the message of our End Poverty Radio show, which is currently only available on the internet. End Poverty Radio develops leaders and gives workers a way to tell their stories and be heard – and a low power FM station would reach a lot of people who do not have access to the internet. LPFM is a way for those in the community who are struggling to survive to hear stories that they can relate to, and to know that they are not alone in this struggle for human dignity. We can’t wait to work to build low power FM in communities like ours, so we can accomplish these goals.”

“Civil rights groups and community organizations have wanted low power FM radio for years, and now the chance is here,” said Betty Yu, coordinator of the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national media justice network with members in many cities and communities that lost their chance to get low power FM radio stations. “From Seattle, Oakland, and Albuquerque to Minneapolis, San Antonio, Kentucky and Philadelphia, thousands of communities know that having access to our own slice of the dial means a tool to build our movements for justice. We have won something huge in Congress, but the fight is not over. Now we need to work at the FCC to make sure as many licenses as possible can be available in rural communities, towns and suburbs, and America’s cities.”

LPFMs have saved lives in powerful storms when big broadcasts lose power or can’t serve local communities in the eye of the storm. WQRZ-LP in Bay St. Louis, MS received awards from President Bush and other organizations post Katrina in 2005, when one of the station operators swam across flood waters with fuel strapped to his back to keep his station on the air. The station proved so important that the Emergency Operations Center of Hancock County set up shop with the LPFM to serve the community after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Bipartisan Senators and House members have expressed support for the Local Community Radio Act as a vital way to expand emergency service media across our nation.

“I’m Frank Bluestein from Germantown, Tennessee, one of the several large suburban cities located just outside of Memphis. We have been fighting for the past 10 years to persuade Congress to give communities like ours the opportunity to establish a low power FM radio station. Our city wants to provide community and civic groups, students of all ages, local artists and others the power to communicate over their own LPFM channel,” said Frank Bluestein, a media teacher and Executive Producer of Germantown Community Television.

“Equally important for Germantown, we need a dedicated communication outlet that will serve the needs of our citizens in the event another tornado rips through town or if any kind of natural disaster hits,” continued Bluestein. “In this day and age, emergency management is a must for a city of our size and LPFM perfectly fits our needs. A low power FM radio station can stay on the air even if the power goes out. Low power FM saved lives during Katrina but strangely, the federal government is banning it from this part of Tennessee. That is not fair or wise. We have the right to be as safe as any other community in the US. After 10 years, now is the time! Congress has passed the Local Community Radio Act, and chances are so much greater that groups in towns like mine can apply for LPFM licenses. Germantown is ready to work here and at the FCC to make licenses for communities like ours possible.”

Grassroots leaders were key in helping Senators understand that expanding low power FM was important and urgent. “Our station provides some of the only local service to Gillette when big storms come through, and it puts great content on the air. That’s why so many in our town think it is such a vital resource,” said Pastor Joel Wright of the First Presbyterian Church of Gillette, WY, licensee of KCOV-LP 95.7 FM . “Senators Barrasso and Enzi had concerns about expanding low power FM, but they heard from many Wyoming folks who want these stations, and dropped those concerns. Communities of faith and so many others can celebrate that we’ve jumped this big hurdle to more license being available in cities, smaller towns, and rural communities nationwide. I look forward to working with many other pastors and groups to launch their own wonderful new community voices.”

“The Media Mobilizing Project works with a huge diversity of leaders across Philadelphia — from taxi drivers and immigrant communities to students and low wage workers,” said Desi Burnette of Philadelphia’s Media Mobilizing Project. “Our leaders have been lucky enough to produce multiple programs with WPEB-FM, 88.1 – bringing all of these communities together. But WPEB is a 1-watt station, only covering a few city blocks. Now with the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, Philadelphia has a much greater chance of getting at least one 100-watt station of its own. With low power FM in our community, poor and working people across this region would have an incredible tool to learn together, to understand their shared struggles and conditions, and to work to change them.”

“Our low power FM radio station has allowed Guatemalan, Haitian, and many other hard-working immigrant farmworkers to communicate in their native languages, and to build the power for dignity and respect in the fields of Southwest Florida,” said the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Gerardo Reyes Chavez. “Our radio station, WCIW – Radio Consciencia – has developed womens’ leadership, has allowed us to mobilize rapidly in crises, and has helped us transform not just our community but the hundreds of communities inspired by our struggle. We look forward to helping many other farmworkers learn how to build their own stations and how to expand justice on the FM dial.”

“In the rural areas we serve and all across the country, low power FMs are poised to celebrate and preserve unique local culture,” said Nick Szuberla of Appalshop, a group that uses media to preserve Appalachian culture and tradition while working to improve quality of life. “More low power FMs mean that the vibrant, beautiful, and vital voices of America’s rural areas and small towns will shine – and it will mean sustainable local resources in times of crisis. Low power FM stations can stay on the air in storms and save thousands of lives. Congress and community radio advocates should be proud of the resources they’ve won for American communities.”

“Our group of 150 volunteers here at the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) is extremely pleased that the Local Community Radio Act has been passed by Congress, and will be signed into law by our fellow Chicagoan, President Obama,” said Shawn Campbell, a founder of CHIRP. “For three years, CHIRP volunteers and supporters have worked diligently toward the goal of being able to apply for a low power FM broadcast license, and we look forward to working with our national allies and the FCC to make sure new stations are licensed in large markets around the country, including Chicago.”

“For decades, the Esperanza Center has worked in San Antonio and beyond to bring people together across cultures, and to ensure the civil rights and economic justice of everyone,” said Graciela Sanchez of the Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice in San Antonio. “Whether we are fighting for the right to publically protest or to save the water systems of our region, we need to communicate and coordinate to effectively organize. Low power FM in San Antonio can unite people across cultures and issues to work together to make this city better for everyone. We celebrate this victory for everyone and pledge to work with allies to win as many stations as possible for communities nationwide.”

Over 10 years, hundreds of groups of all walks of life struggled to bring community radio stations to every community possible, and they cannot all be listed here. We would like to thank the coalition who worked weekly to move this mountain including: Free Press, United Church of Christ Office of Communication, Inc, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Media Access Project, the Future of Music Coalition, the Media and Democracy Coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Benton Foundation, the Prometheus National Advisory Committee and Board of Directors.

We thank those who were instrumental in this final push including: Reclaim the Media, The Media Action Grassroots Network, New America Foundation, Chicago Independent Radio Project,, Color of Change, the Christian Coalition, and the National Association of Evangelicals, and Spitfire Consulting. Our partners in supporting community media including the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and the Grassroots Radio Coalition, and Media Alliance, Pacifica, REC Networks, the Alliance for Community Media.

We thank those who have helped at key moments throughout these ten years including: United States Public Interest Research Group, Consumers Union, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the United Methodist Church Office of Communication, the Indigo Girls, OK Go, Nicole Atkins, the Microradio List, Amherst Alliance, MIcroradio Implementation Project, Pacifica Radio, Common Frequency, Christian Community Broadcasters, KYES -TV, National Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic Communications, Virginia Center for the Public Press, every FCC Commissioner since 1999 (except for Harold Furchgott Roth).

We thank our radio barnraising partners who have time and again shown up to represent the best of what LPFM can be: WGXC-FM in Hudson, New York with Free103point9; WMXP-LP in Greenville, South Carolina with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; KPCN-LP in Woodburn, Oregon with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste; WRFU-LP in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with Radio Free Urbana; WXOJ-LP in Northampton, Massachusetts with Valley Free Radio; WRFN-LP in Pasquo, Tennessee with Radio Free Nashville; WSCA-LP in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with Portsmouth Community Radio; WCIW-LP in Immokalee, Florida with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; KYRS-LP in Spokane, Washington with Thin Air Community Radio; KOCZ-LP in Opelousas, Louisiana with the Southern Development Foundation; KRBS-LP in Oroville, California with the Bird Street Media Project; and our very first radio barnraising with WRYR-LP in Deale, Maryland with South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development.

“We’ve built community radio stations from coast to coast and around the country,” said Hannah Sassaman, a longtime organizer with the Prometheus Radio Project. ‘The faith and perseverance of low power FM’s legislative champions and the thousands who pushed the Local Community Radio Act has paid off in incredible ways. After ten years of struggle, it’s stunning to know that in the next years, the FCC will work to and begin licensing LPFMs in city neighborhoods, in suburbs and towns, and in rural areas. It’s humbling to understand that new young people will gain a love of telling stories at the working end of a microphone or at home listening to their neighbors. And it’s powerful to know that these stations will launch leaders in every walk of life to change their communities, and this country. We look forward to launching the next generation of community stations with you.”

To learn more about low power FM community radio, visit

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