I hope you have a publication similar to our "Inlander." Many people pick up this freebie because it includes local entertainment info, but the Inlander also has articles on topics that affect Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho folks, political cartoons, lots of good stuff. A fellow Progressive had this jeer included:

"Radio Station Jeers to Clear Channel Communications, the owners and operators of KTPQ 1280 am for removing the only progressive talk radio station in town. They removed the progrssive talk line up and replaced it with country western. This is the same tactic Clear Channel used in Florida. Not everyone wishes to listen to Rush or Beck. I'll be the first to give a Cheer to any radio station that will bring the liberal voice back to town."

Thankfully, the Inlander is still alive and radio listening Progressives haven't given up hope.

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DdC 2 years 30 weeks ago
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Every town and berg should claim some air or cable space for a Community TV channel. We have several, 5 or 6. They will train and then loan camera's for your own news or whatever. Or use their studio to program local events and items of interest. Spreading the word to the community. I Tunes has a good bit of radio stations. It's boiled down to 5 corporations owning 95% of the media, print, radio, air and cable. All sharing the same agenda to keep it that way. Like Claire says: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western. Education depravation maintaining diversions perpetuating profits in Dysfunction Junction. Skolnick had it right.

When the FCC cops aren't raiding and pillaging. Pirate "Freak" Radio is a good source. They are a logistical vs right to "public" airwaves. Off the commercial grid. Low frequency and short wave systems to inform the people too. As we're supposed to be protected by free speech and a free press, Not jailed and the equipment confiscated.

I've been around the country but haven't found too many like our K-Pig 107 oink 5. It's online. It used to be K-Fat and the theme song was The Free Mexican Air Force.

And some Alphabet Channel Alternatives. thom.com

The Wrecking Crew, on How Conservatives Rule
Democracy Now Interview: Thomas Frank
“Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.

The Myth of "Liberal Bias" in the Media

Media Reform Information Center / Advocacy Groups

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media" -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world's largest media corporation.

In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth.

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Eastern Washington 2 years 30 weeks ago
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Thanks for all your info and suggestions. Here are some challenges. The biggest is limited income. Buying the equipment and services required to access new media sources costs bucks. Not having enough of this key ingredient means that I don't own a TV, have dial up internet provider service, and often just use the local library's computers with the limitation of 90 minutes per day.

Our area does have a community radio station, but the signal is so weak that it doesn't come in well where I live. It plays a lot of music--one of my sons does a 2 hour evening program on the thin air station. We probably still have a community TV station--I tuned into it a few years back while farm sitting for a friend. It mostly played a cheery little tune and begged people to create programs. This would be a great opportunity for people wanting to go into film making. I hope you are learning film making--it's a powerful form of communication.

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