Sunday, August 26, 2007

Bill Moyers Journal - Low Power Radio

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This week's Bill Moyers Journal focussed on big media's attempts to consolidate power and lobby Congress and the FCC.

In this segment, Moyers looked at the services provided by small local broadcasters and how they benefit their communities. During Hurricane Katrina, only 4 out of 41 broadcasters were able to stay on air and provide the area with coverage of the storm, as well as issue evacuation warnings and direct survivors to FEMA aid centers - information the big media failed to offer. And this isn't the first time big media has failed the districts in which they broadcast.

But now we have a chance to turn it all around. Legislation in both the House and the Senate could help to promote local media and restore a balance of power over the public airwaves.

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