The movement for community radio, facilitated in large part by the Prometheus Radio Project, aims to reclaim the airwaves for the people, particularly through low-power FM, creating content that is more diverse and locally relevant.
Community Radio- The Prometheus Radio Project
The national media landscape began to shift when the Federal Communications Commission opened a window for the licensing of new low-power FM community radio stations. By virtue of their size, LPFM stations can cater to a community's needs, delivering content that is specific and relevant on a local level.
In addition to soldering together transmitters and raising an antenna, the community works together to build all of the station's facilities. Here, the Prometheus Radio Project's Andy Gunn handles drywall for the studio area at WRFU
With other volunteers looking on, Suad Hassan works on an enclosure for a piece of radio equipment during a community radio workshop in Maseno, Kenya. Most of the Prometheus Radio Project's work takes place in the US, but they have also collaborated with media activists internationally.
Andy Gunn ascends into the heights of the stadium in Nairobi, Kenya during the World Social Forum in 2007. The Prometheus Radio Project installed a temporary low-power FM station at the Forum in order to demonstrate the power and accessibility of LPFM.
Farida Nassanga, of Uganda's Mission for Youth Rights, works with the Prometheus Radio Project's Hannah Sassaman to assemble a radio transmitter kit during an Independent Media Convergence in Nairobi, Kenya.
Just a few pieces of copper tubing are enough to serve as an antenna for a low-power community radio station. The low startup cost is one of the things that makes LPFM an ideal tool for community groups.
The serious work of building new community media isn't without it's lighthearted moments. In this image, Joshua Marcus and Hannah Sassaman react to a naked man running through the street during a flash-storm in Kisumu, Kenya.