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  •  Commercial stations (4+ / 0-)

    Progressive programming (well any kind of programming, really, even RW hate-talk) is perpetually at risk wherever it is subject to a commercial for-profit model.  
    Community radio is different. Our local station is a non-profit, governed by an unpaid Board of Directors drawn from the local area. We have a very small paid staff and about 80 volunteer programmers. Our revenues are about 75% from memberships, listener donations, and underwriting, with the remainder from a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant.

    Because community radio stations are owned and governed by their membership, they are not subject to take-over by giant conglomerates such as Clear Channel or Cumulus. I'd guess that arbitrary, clueless, and/or inept management by remote conglomerates with huge debt overhangs is the primary source of abrupt 'format' changes at commercial stations, such as you have noticed.

    Of course, community radio has its own instabilities due to tenuous revenues and the ever-present potential for toxic politics among station staff and membership. I guess nothing's perfect, eh?

    For very hard-core progressive radio that will definitely NOT change its format, try KPFA.org, out of Berkeley CA. They are the original listener-supported station, going back to 1948 I believe.

    For a pretty darn nice little community station if I do say it myslf, try KWMR.org. That's the one in my town :)

    •  Streaming radio costs are much lower (4+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, DBunn, elwior, MRA NY

      The cost of megawatt towers is eliminated, for instance, and that's just the start. Community financed streaming radio should - and is - very much a practical model.

      With your permission, I'd like to cite the two stations you reference in my upcoming piece - thx in advance.

      They're not a serious party anymore. -Kos

      by thenekkidtruth on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 12:25:20 PM PDT

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      •  Permission granted (3+ / 0-)
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        thenekkidtruth, elwior, MRA NY

        ... of course :)

        I see your point that there is no reason that a streaming station could not be locally focussed.

        At KWMR, the question of how broad or narrow our geographic focus should be is a frequent topic of conversation.

        Good luck with your project!

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