• Find out who owns the radio stations in your town here.
• Write your Congress person or Senator. Your voice will be a welcome counterpoint to the constant corporate lobby power of corporate radio. Change in media policy comes at the Congressional level. It was Congress, not the FCC that created the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that consolidated radio in the first place. Use our customizable sample letter if you like.
• Donate time to help independent radio and public radio in your community. These are usually the only broadcasting outlets that cover the effects of media consolidation.
• Share our DVD with friends.
• Sign the petition to reverse the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (not affiliated with Corporate FM).
• Consolidators have cut newsroom staffs and investigative journalists for quick profits. Help the few remaining journalists by supporting investigative resources such as the Center for Public Integrity.
• Help LPFM (Low Power FM) start up in your community or around the US at the Promethius Radio Project.
• Hold a community screening of Corporate FM. Director Kevin McKinney will Skype in or speak in person if possible.
• Write radio station managers’ program directors. Tell them that you expect live, local DJs and local programming to serve the public interest, and that you want local music in rotation. Commiserate with them rather than blame them because they are just obeying orders. Ask them to put your letter in the “Public File.” The FCC will then have the opportunity to read your letter. The fact that the airwaves are public property (YOURS!) means that you have the right to demand more service that benefits your local community.
• Write a letter to the editor in your local publications. It’s taboo for the media to report on itself (they can’t bite the hand that feeds them), but they can publish your opinion to say what they can’t say themselves.
• Sign up for our newsletter “Local Radio Now” on the bottom of this page and get updates on blog postings that help articulate the cause and problem of over consolidation in broadcasting.
KEVIN MCKINNEY IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS.
The Making of Corporate FM. Lessons for film makers and fans. How does a documentary go from dream to deliverable? Does lighting matter? What makes a music movement? What is this Private Equity thing anyway? How do you fund films? Over the 7 years of production on Corporate FM, we learned many hard lessons that would be of interest to students and filmmakers.
Public, College & Community Radio Promotions
I love to promote local radio on college campuses, conferences, and community groups. New station launches and pledge drives are my favorites. My media-rich presentation will bring the story of local radio to life with wit and passion. Contact me here regarding information on bookings.