The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act,” but does it actually have a chance at putting a dent in unlicensed broadcasting? We review the provisions of the the bill – called the PIRATE Act for short – and wonder if an uptick in the war on pirates can be any more successful than the war on drugs.
Then Eric and Paul note the major push into podcasting by the nation’s largest radio broadcaster, leading down a garden path that ends with Eric reminiscing about his days making an independent national community radio newscast.
As we discuss on this episode, the 20th anniversary of birth of Indymedia at the Battle of Seattle is coming this November.
Underlying this is a nearly forgotten history of independent media that connects unlicensed radio, pre-social media open publishing on the internet and the birth of LPFM. With your help we want to record and document this important history at Radio Survivor.
To do this we need to get to 100 Patreon supporters by this July. That will help give us the resources we need to begin this work in time for the N30 anniversary.Become a Patron! Show Notes:
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