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Sign up for our newslet­ter “Local Radio Now” on the right side of this page and get updates on blog post­ings that help  artic­u­late the cause and prob­lem of over-con­sol­i­da­tion in broad­cast­ing.

•Find out who owns the radio sta­tions in your town.

• 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.

•Share our DVD with friends.

Sign the peti­tion to reverse the tele­com act of 1996.

• Donate time to help inde­pen­dent radio and pub­lic radio in your com­mu­ni­ty.  These are the only broad­cast­ing out­lets that cov­er the effects of media con­sol­i­da­tion.  You can even help start a Low Pow­er FM sta­tion with the Prometheus Radio Project.

 • Stay up-to-date with our out­side-the-belt­way per­spec­tive, fol­low our twit­ter feed Twitter.com/fmmovie and like us on Facebook.com/corporatefm  to see mul­ti­me­dia con­tent

•Con­sol­ida­tors have cut news-room staffs and inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist for quick prof­its.  Help the few remain­ing jour­nal­ist by sup­port­ing inves­tiga­tive resources such as the Cen­ter for Pub­lic Integri­ty.  

•Post our videos on your face­book feed.   http://youtu.be/v40kadobrWo

•Donate to orga­ni­za­tions that pro­mote media and broad­cast diver­si­ty such as Free Press and Com­mon Caus­es’ Media & Democ­ra­cy project.

• Hold a com­mu­ni­ty screen­ing of Cor­po­rate FM.   The film­mak­ers may be able to skype in or speak in per­son if your bud­get allows it.

•Write radio sta­tion man­agers pro­gram direc­tors.  Tell them that you expect live, local dee­jays and local pro­gram­ing 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”.  Then the FCC will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to read your let­ter lat­er. 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, but they can pub­lish your opin­ion to say what they can’t say them­selves.

•Learn more about Pri­vate Equi­ty or “Lever­aged Buy­outs” and how they can gut an entire work­force by read­ing Josh Kosman’s book. The Buy­out of Amer­i­ca and watch­ing our video on it here.

 

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  • jay

    just bought the DVD... i've worked in the radio industry for almost 15 years. I've worked for small companies as well as Clear Channel. I can not wait to watch this movie!

  • There is hope. I was so sick of the way radio had become that I went out on a limb and found 3 FM frequencies in the Cincinnati OH area and after relentless work, finally was granted FCC licenses to build these stations. We are innovative mom & pops and run our stations old school. Our listeners do hear the difference and we are winning them one at a time. We would love to host a screening of this film here. People need to know the whole story. Would love to talk with you guys. Email me.

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