DIYmedia.net is the creation of John Anderson. John is an Assistant Professor and Director of Broadcast Journalism in the Department of TV & Radio at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is also the author of Radio’s Digital Dilemma: Broadcasting in the Twenty-First Century. His research interests include media policy/history and independent/interventionist media systems and practices.
This site began in 1997 as part of a dot-com experiment to have real human beings construct information archives to compete with search engines on a wide variety of subjects. John’s site was on pirate radio.
During the first tech bubble the company paid for an advertising campaign of radio spots on stations in the top 10 U.S. markets. One of them was about John’s site, an ironic display of tech-stock largesse. Once the bubble burst corporate greed kicked in and John resigned from the dot-com in 2002, taking his content with him.
In a previous chapter of life, John was a commercial radio journalist in Indiana and Wisconsin; a few of his stories even got carried nationally and internationally. He ended his corporate media career in 2000 at the Wisconsin Radio Network in disgust over what industry consolidation did to radio newsrooms nationwide. The industry’s opposition to legalizing low-power FM radio provided the moral impetus.
John received his master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. His thesis vividly illustrated the legal history of unlicensed broadcasting in the United States. During his studies in Madison he co-founded the first nationwide labor-centric radio news service to be launched in more than 50 years and operated a pirate radio station unmolested for more than four years.
John did his doctoral studies at the Institute of Communications Research, during which he founded Media Minutes, a weekly radio news program on the worlds of media policy reform and activism sponsored by the Illinois Initiative for Media Policy Research and Free Press.
Going forward, John wishes to spend life doing hopefully somewhat constructive things that, in the long run, mean something.