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Low Power to the PeoplePirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism$
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Christina Dunbar-Hester

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028127

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028127.001.0001

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Making Old Technology Anew:

Making Old Technology Anew:

Reinventing FM Radio in the Twenty-First Century

(p.129) 6 Making Old Technology Anew
Low Power to the People

Christina Dunbar-Hester

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the discursive practices by which LPFM advocates attempted to redefine radio’s use and meaning. During the 1990s and 2000s, radio broadcasting (a familiar and decades-old technology) remained the site of intense contestation (even in the wake of digital media and Internet-based technologies). Radio activists (and other advocates, with whom they were not always in accord) defined FM radio as noncommercial, well-suited to local or community-level use, and a medium for political expression and organizing.

Keywords:   non-commercialism, musical programming, news and public affairs, cultural programming, broadcasting, localism, politics of technology, Low-Power FM (LPFM), FM radio, community media

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