Within the last 10 years a growing movement to reclaim the airwaves has risen to challenge the corporate broadcast media's stranglehold on the radio communication. Empowered with low wattage (1/2 to 50 watts) FM broadcast transmitters, one community after another have taken to the air in a campaign of electronic civil disobedience which gives a voice to the voiceless. Free Radio Berkeley went on the air on April 11, 1993 as a Free Speech statement and a direct challenge to the FCC's control.
Free Radio Berkeley and its founder, Stephen Dunifer, were the target of FCC litigation seeking to Free Radio Berkeley and its 100 plus volunteer programmers that kept the station operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week have now been temporarily silenced by the court injunction. An appeal of this ruling has now been filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Inspired by the examples of Free Radio Berkeley and mico power pioneers such as Mbana Kantako of Black Liberation Radio and encouraged by the initial court victories, hundreds of small unlicensed stations have been taking to the broadcast airwaves ever since. Despite a harassment by the FCC and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) the MicroPro broadcasting has continued to flourish. Every type of community needs to put its voice on the airwaves, not matter whether they are a school, a housing project, senior living facility, neighborhood, or town or village.
Since the beginning of the Free Radio project in 1992 Free Radio Berkeley has made this possible by reducing the cost of creating FM broadcast station capable of reaching a 10-15 mile radius to $1500 or less. Free Radio Berkeley is able to do this by offering a series of reasonably priced FM transmitter and amplifier kits for sale. Designed by Free Radio Berkeley founder, Stephen Dunifer, these kits enable those with the necessary skills to construct their own FM broadcast stations. Within that time period hundreds of kits have gone into the creation of many MicroPro broadcast stations. Further, ongoing training workshops are offered at the Free Radio Berkeley facility in Berkeley, California. Those who wish to take part in this program should contact Free Radio Berkeley.
A typical MicroPro broadcast station consists of a transmitter, transmitter filter, power supply, connecting cable and antenna, audio limiter, mixing console, microphone, CD player(s), tape deck(s), and possibly turntable(s). All of this can be put together for a cost of $1500 or less. Request our MicroPro broadcasting primer ($3) for the full details.
Free Radio Berkeley,
1442 A Walnut St. #406,
Berkeley, CA 94709
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