Can locally-controlled radio stations serve as effective community information systems, promoting grassroots actions and providing an outlet for opinions that are seldom publicly heard? Low power pirate radio stations have sprung up around the country, challenging the traditional allocation of the broadcast spectrum by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Stephen Dunifer has mounted the most successful challenge to the FCC, winning a major victory in federal court earlier this year.
Dunifer of Free Radio Berkeley (in person) and "Karen Elliot" from Radio Free Detroit (via ISDN feed from Ann Arbor) will offer two distinct perspectives on Pirate Radio as part of the School of Library & Information Studies' series and class on the Impact of New Information Technologies.
For Dunifer's view (and an account of his court victory over the FCC), see the January 21, 1995 front-page article in the San Francisco Chronicle entitled Judge Refuses FCC Plea to Bar Free Radio Berkeley. For "Elliot's" views and background on his experiments, see the January 29, 1992 article in Detroit's Metro Times.
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