Community Radio Model

Community radio is…

Transformative. Community radio stations have organized workers to win better wages, cleaned up toxic waste, and registered voters.

Accesible. 90% of Americans listen to radio at least once a week. Radio can reach those who don’t speak English or don’t have internet.

Affordable. For listeners, broadcast radio is free, and for producers, community radio is much less expensive than commercial media.

Local. Community radio strengthens community ties and builds civic engagement. Community radio covers news and events that don’t get enough airtime at bigger outlets, such as local elections, school board meetings, and neighborhood arts festivals.

Participatory. Community members participate in the programming and governance of a community radio station, ensuring that the station is relevant and meets local needs.

— from our friends at the Prometheus Radio Project, prominent among the media justice advocates and community groups that fought for ten years to win passage of the Local Community Radio Act. The act was signed into law in 2011, and led to the low power licensing opportunity that enabled NEWCC to found WNUC 96.7 FM in Detroit.