Fight the Power

A new FCC proposal creates high hopes for local low-watt radio

"We're encouraged that they took this measure," says Beat owner Alan Freed of the FCC announcement. But he still expresses reservations, pointing out a proposed rule that would disqualify any unlicensed station the agency acted to silence from applying for new FCC services. In other words, it amounts to punishment for civil disobedience--vindicated civil disobedience at that. "We've been advocating this kind of reform for two-and-a-half years, and so have many other stations that the FCC has shut down," says Freed. "One of the reasons that the commission has changed its mind is that those stations took a stand. They're just now recognizing that there's room on the dial."

 

To read and comment on the FCC's proposal before a final decision is made, go towww.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm on the Web. The agency will be taking comments until April 12. Beat Radio will present "Beatification," an 18-and-over dance night featuring eight DJs, on Wednesday, March 3 at First Avenue; (612) 338-8388.

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