Public Interest Media
Social Giving Forum at HUB Seattle, January 16, 2013.
Photo by Colleen McDevitt.
THEY'RE OUR AIRWAVES. IT'S YOUR VISION.
On October 15th , 2013, the Federal Communications Commission will open an application window for thousands of Low Power FM radio frequencies (LPFM) across the United States. This window represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shift our media landscape on both a local and national level. With their minimal operating costs and neighborhood-oriented broadcast range, LPFMs can quickly become local multi-platform cultural hubs, provide hands-on media training, and help reinforce the fact that our airwaves are designed to serve the public good.
THE BROWN PAPER TICKETS NATIONAL "MAKE RADIO CHALLENGE"
Brown Paper Tickets has committed to to filling every available LPFM frequency in our hometown of Seattle with a qualified applicant, as a model for communities across the nation to achieve the same goal. Are you up to the challenge?! Part of our plan is to reach out and work with organizations and public agencies across the country to get the word out, and to provide free organizational development assistance to LPFM applicants with an emphasis on financial sustainability. While the deadline for FCC application for LPFM licensing is this October, your organization should begin working with an engineer in May 2013 as the application my take roughly three months to complete. With start-up costs of roughly $20-30,000 spread out over two to three years, this opportunity is within reach for many, especially with public funding that we have been able to find is available for LPFM applicants in several cities. To make radio in your community, ask for more information.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
As a company that's worked with independent artists for over a decade, Brown Paper Tickets has seen first-hand how cultural innovators enrich the communities they're grounded in, and how low power radio is a perfect fit to amplify and expand that work. That's why we're inviting artists to join our national "Make Radio Challenge," where we'll be connecting artists who are passionate about free expression and independent media to organizations that are working to build LPFMs in their local areas.
ALL WE NEED IS YOU.
From hosting fundraisers to telling your fans about the LPFM opportunities available, there are a variety of ways you can help build new radio stations across the country. If you'd like to get involved, we can help you get started.
Low Power FM (LPFM) Radio In Seattle: Did you know that soon there will be up to 8 new LPFM radio stations serving Seattle? Watch as Brown Paper Tickets produces its first free information session for nonprofits. Learn about how Seattle applicants plan to fund, build, and operate LPFM stations and meet some of the staff at our local public agencies who are supporting them.
with the Globalist Youth.
Maker Faire to spread the word about LPFM opportunities and showed people how to make radio receivers.
At World Maker Faire New York 2011, Sabrina and Prometheus Radio Project teamed up to spread the word about opportunities in low power FM Community Radio and to MAKE RADIOS!
Public Interest Media, Community Engagement and Social Giving
Sabrina's mission: To support and advocate for public interest media and community development through a media lens.
Past Work: Sabrina worked at KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KUOW 94.9 Puget Sound Public Radio in various capacities such as: production, development, membership, marketing, and community engagement.
Sabrina was recruited to the Brown Paper Tickets Doer program after eleven years in public radio with a focus on exploring financial models, deepening community engagement practices, and researching methods for measuring the impact of public interest media.Email Sabrina
With the National Make Radio Challenge, Brown Paper Tickets is putting a spotlight on the opportunity and resources available for nonprofits to fill every available low power FM radio (LPFM) frequency across the nation with a qualified applicant. We're committed to fulfilling that goal in Seattle. I'm a full-time "Doer" with a background in public interest media and I've been involved in the LPFM movement since 2006. For the past 2 years, I've been working with nonprofits in Seattle to help get them ready for the LPFM opportunity. I'm also working on an LPFM Toolkit to serve as a reference, a guide, and as inspiration. New neighborhood radio stations are within reach and feasible for you to build in your community.
Brown Paper Tickets has committed to filling every potential LPFM frequency in Seattle with a qualified applicant. Here's a list of the applicants that we're working with so far that have committed to applying. There are more we're supporting and we'll list them here when they are ready to go public with their intent to apply.
Hollow Earth Radio (HER) is the Pacific Northwest's freeform online radio and public music venue that presents a forum for underrepresented music, sounds and perspectives. All content is produced by volunteers (50 to 100 per month). We encourage community participation and offer access to training on how to run an online radio station.