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Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

Christina Dunbar-Hester


The United States ushered in a new era of small-scale broadcasting in 2000 when it began issuing low-power FM (LPFM) licenses for noncommercial radio stations around the country. Over the next decade, several hundred of these newly created low-wattage stations took to the airwaves. This book describes the practices of an activist organization focused on LPFM during this era. Despite its origins as a pirate broadcasting collective, the group eventually shifted toward building and expanding regulatory access to new, licensed stations. These radio activists consciously cast radio as an alternativ ... More

Keywords: Low-Power FM (LPFM), FM radio, community media, digital media, media activism, ethnography, expertise, politics of technology, broadcasting, Science & Technology Studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028127
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Dunbar-Hester, author
Rutgers University