For extended/more recent microradio coverage, see
Waves - The award-winning documentary about three stations
in Tucson and their connection to the larger U.S. microradio movement.
Includes clickable clips (Quicktime required).
2/15/04 - The
WNFC Manifesto - A twist
on electronic civil disobedience: recruit a community to sponsor an
unlicensed station as to demonstrate the power of LPFM, and see if
the FCC's willing to take on the public en masse.
10/10/03 - Adelstein
on Microradio: "Go For It" - After his rousing mouth harp
performance at the National Conference on Media Reform, FCC Commissioner
Jonathan Adelsetein expressed tacit support for microbroadcasters as a
force for positive change.
10/10/02 - FCC
Enforcement Bureau: Year Three Progress Report
The most notable excerpts from Deputy Chief Linda
Blair's report on enforcement action against unlicensed broadcasters.
9/24/02 - Mosquito
Fleet Stings NAB - A comprehensive
report on the direct action on Seattle's airwaves during the NAB's 2002
radio convention: Seattle got stung!
11/20/01 - Microradio:
Moving Forward - The year of government action
against microradio in review; now is the time to start thinking about
10/9/01 - Give
Me Pirate Radio - Tom Ness' idea of a mass microradio
turn-on in Detroit is further developed, in his own words. The closest
thing that exists to a strategic manifesto.
10/2/01 - Tit
for Tat - Could the terrorist hype have an effect
on how the FCC views unlicensed broadcasting?
9/11/01 - A
Modest Proposal - A Michigan LPFM activist wants
to take electronic civil disobedience to a mass scale. It's bold - but
is it doable?
8/13/01 - Scene
Report: Tucson, Arizona - The bust of Free Radio
Tucson, as reported by the station founder himself.
8/7/01 - The
LPFM Backlash - After having the rugged pulled
out from under them by a change in the rules - and a kick in the balls
from Clear Channel - a former LPFM applicant flips the switch without
7/3/01 - Telling
it to the Judge - A summary of some of the most
active microradio cases currently wending their way through the jungle
of the federal judiciary.
6/19/01 - LPFM
in Court - A microbroadcaster who's been slugging
it out with the FCC for several years now may be on the verge of creating
a new loophole for those excluded by the new LPFM service.
5/8/01 - Party
Pirate Gives it Up? - There is only so much one
man can take....
3/6/01 - Party
Pirate Attacked Again; Former Pirate to get Second Station -
More trouble in Tampa, and Allan Weiner is back in the
2000 - Free
Radio - A Documentary Video - Our
review of the excellent doc Free Radio, shot and produced by Kevin Keyser.
Well worth watching - article
includes lots of clips (Realplayer required).
11/22/00 - Global
Microradio - 2000 Flushes Pirate Radio is pioneering
a creative use of the Internet as a way to increase access to the airwaves.
10/8/00 - Trading
Shots With the FCC - Field agents attack the
godfather of the modern microradio movement while two stations in Texas
win a small victory in their lawsuits against the agency.
9/12/00 - The
Dark Side Regroups - Developments in two legal
battles involving microradio stations in Texas.
7/27/00 - Organized
Resistance - The summer months have been alive
with grassroots radio activists meeting and plotting strategy around
the country. Here's a taste of what's been happening - and a glimpse
toward a future convergence.
7/11/00 - New
Strategy: First Moves - The Micropower Action
Coalition's multiple tactics of resistance against the corporate media
is getting its first real-world application.
6/28/00 - Broken
Blackout Breaks Back - Napoleon Williams of Black
Liberation Radio in Decatur, Illinois has had a checkered history with
the authorities. Now he's on the run.
6/5/00 - Strategy
Session - A Micropower Council of War meets to
discuss responses to the FCC's impotent proposal to increase access
to the airwaves.
3/6/00 - Party
Pirate Gets Broadside - Founder of Tampa, Florida's recalitrant
102.1 gets caught in an FCC sting: we have reaction from the man in
11/29/99 - Back
in Black - Doug Brewer, the founder
of Tampa's Party Pirate, explains his reasoning for risking the wrath
of the federales again by going back on the air.
11/22/99 - Martyr
No More - Tampa's Party Pirate, silenced for two years
after a heavy-handed government raid, is back on the air in Florida!
11/6/99 - Same
Old Story - Advocates for the legalization of low power
FM radio might think they're blazing new trails; in reality they're
assuming carrying on a long tradition of questioning authority on the
11/1/99 - After
the Bust - If you get caught broadcasting without a license,
does that mean you can never broadcast legally? The FCC may like you
to think so, but history tells a different story.
6/12/99 - What
You Need - A very short primer into the basics of setting
up a microradio station from the gear perspective.
4/11/99 - FRB
is Back - Even though Stephen Dunifer may be unable to
continue microradio broadcasting, the rest of the Free Radio Berkeley
crew is anxious to get back in action.
12/3/98 - 1998=1984?
- Suspicious email hints at microradio advocates being held legally
9/17/98 - Risks
and Strategies - Enlightened advice from a scholar of
free media on the ups and downs of unlicensed broadcasting.
8/24/98 - Working
the System - A proposal to adopt new tactics
in the microradio struggle.
for Direct Action - Black Liberation Radio (Tennessee)
calls on microbroadcasters to turn up the heat after getting beat down.
6/28/98 - Body
Blows - A bad spot for microradio in the courts
and on the street.
6/7/98 - NABing
the Airwaves - Inside the "pirate radio" panel
at the National Association of Broadcasters' annual convention.
4/17/98 - Stephen
Dunifer's Briefing Paper - The difference between
Part 73 and Part 15 of the FCC's rules, and what it means to you.
3/19/98 - Radio
Mutiny on Tour - West Philly pirates hit the open road
spreading knowledge and (RF) energy in their wake.
11/13/97 - Free
Radio Berkeley Wins Round in Court - A district court
judge refuses to let the FCC shut Stephen Dunifer down. Time to watch
the worms fly!
10/16/97 - NAB
Declares War; Dunifer's Response - The National Association
of Broadcasters urges all of its members to go hunting for "pirates."
Time to rally the microradio movement...