Brandy Doyle, Policy Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Vanessa Graber, Community Radio Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Guest Host: Craig Cohen
Throughout the week here on The Afternoon Magazine, we have been speaking with attendees of the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference, which begins today at The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. The conference offers an opportunity for community radio stations to gather and discuss a variety of issues. WILL is a media partner for the conference. Among the topics that will be discussed in the coming days – low power FM stations. Many of the folks there come from such stations; others may be seeking to start their own radio station. One of the organizations working to create a network of such low power community radio stations is the Prometheus Radio Project. Two of the project’s members – Brandy Doyle and Vanessa Graber, join us.
Candace Clement, Campaign Coordinator, Free Press
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center this week is hosting the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference. It’s an opportunity for community radio stations to gather and discuss a variety of issues. WILL is a media partner for the conference. Another key organization in the endeavor is the media reform organization Free Press. Candace Clement manages Free Press’s initiatives on community media, and advises on the group’s efforts to expand support for public media. In her role with Free Press, she has also advocated for greater transparency when it comes to commercial TV stations’ public files. She'll tell us about those efforts.
Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director, Free Press; co-author, News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
When we think about the history of media in America, it’s easy to think of it in terms of technology – from the rise of newspapers to radio to television to the Internet and beyond. Or you could look at media as a vehicle for reflecting and even contributing to social change – from Colonial-era newspapers encouraging the American Revolution to TV cameras bringing the civil rights movement into 1960s-era living rooms. But there are other ways to examine media in America. Joseph Torres, along with co-author Juan Gonzalez, recently placed the history of media under a different sort of prism – that of race. In their book News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, Torres and Gonzalez explore how America’s racial divisions have played a major role in the development of our media system. Joseph Torres will appear at this week's Grassroots Radio Conference in Champaign/Urbana.