This weekend the Alliance for Community Media’s Northwest Chapter will hold its conference on March 31 and April 1 in Portland, OR, hosted by Open Signal community media. Although ACM has historically represented public access, educational and government cable television channels (so-called PEG channels), this event also invites community radio folks to participate. This cross-medium collaboration is spurred on to some extent by the fact that many PEG channels were granted low-power FM licenses in the 2013 application window.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Stories for Change,” featuring a keynote by Ramón Ramirez from the union-operated Latino station KPCN Radio Movimiento (highlighted on podcast #72), along with sessions focused on digital equity, inclusion and civic engagement.
I will moderate a conversation on cross-platform collaborations between community radio, PEGs and other media on Friday at 12:30 PM. Joining me will be Becky Meiers from community radio KBOO-FM (guest on podcast #61) and Devin Febbroriello from XRAY community radio. We plan to record this conversation for next week’s podcast.
Registration is open now. Anyone in the greater Portland or Northwest area with an interest in community media should consider attending.