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Breaking News: Radio Lives

We’ve seen some press coverage in the last week or so highlighting radios survival and revival. Though this is not news to the Radio Survivor faithful—it’s also not fake news—and we think it’s still a good thing to track and take note of.

Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger highlights eight (!) new low-power FM community stations taking to the air in the Puget Sound region of Washington State in an article titled “Community Radio in Seattle Fights Back Against Corporate Behemoths and Mainstream Christian Programming.” Reporter Amber Cortes talks with Prometheus Radio Project co-founder Pete Tridish as he does some engineering work at Hollow Earth Radio, and notes that Washington is fourth in the nation for the number of fully licensed LPFMs.

Though belied by the title, “Why musical innovation will continue, even as local radio disappears,” writer Katherine Rye Jewell, an assistant professor of history at Fitchburg State University, gives a nod to new LPFMs filling the void left by departed college stations, in this piece for the Washington Post. In constructing this brief history of alternative radio she consulted with our own Jennifer Waits, and gives a shout out to Radio Survivor.

Jennifer also was recently interviewed for the WUSC Blog, for the student-run station at the University of South Carolina. She explains one of the reasons why she thinks college radio has grown stronger: “students have more ways to do radio than when I first started.”

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