Friday, June 7, 2013

Think before you donate to so-called "public" radio

With so many local community and independent college radio stations out there, it is a wonder that anyone listens to corporate commercial or corporate, so-called "public" radio.

And on the "public" radio side, use this blog's search feature for "WGBH" or "WUMB" (two Boston NPR affiliates) to read horror stories about what they have done to eviscerate folk, blues and jazz, the peoples' music*, from Boston's public airwaves).

Instead of donating to corporate/government "public" radio, instead consider donating to and becoming involved with your local community and independent college station.

Community and independent college are types of radio service that offer a third model of radio broadcasting beyond commercial and public. Community and independent college stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular to a local/specific audience but which may often be overlooked by commercial/mass-media and so-called "public" broadcasters. 

Community and independent college radio stations are operated, owned, and driven by the communities they serve. Community radio is not-for profit and provides a mechanism for facilitating individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own diverse stories, to share experiences, and in a media rich world to become active creators and contributors of media.

So before you pledge to that corporate NPR affiliate, consider instead donating to your local community radio station.

*Jim Kweskin, used with permission.

Here's a Facebook event created yesterday you can share to educate the masses and spread the appeal.

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