Making Radio in the Pacific Northwest

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest or care about community media, there are two events you need to put on your agenda.

The first is Prometheus Radio Project’s 10th barnraising, this one with PCUN – Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Treeplanters and Farmworkers United of the Northwest) in Woodburn, Oregon, outside of Portland.

(LPFM stations are restricted to small towns because of a piece of bad legislation pushed through Congress by the National Association of Broadcasters and NPR, which Prometheus is working to overturn.)

Check out PCUN’s awesome promotional film for the station.

I won’t be at this one since it’s on the other side of the country, but I’ve been to a couple and they are loads of fun with lots of hands-on work and great people. If you can be there next weekend, August 18-20, I highly recommend it. They just extended their pre-registration deadline.

The second major event in that region is the Northwest Community Radio Summit in Seattle, September 15-17. College and community radio stations from Oregon to Alaska will be coming together to build a regional network for collaboration and content-sharing.
I love network-building. Plus, the radio summit is being put on by some of the same folks from Reclaim The Media who put on the counter-conference to the NAB meeting in Seattle in 2002.

That was one of the most enjoyable media conferences I’ve been to: thirteen separate pirate stations set up throughout the city in what they called a “mosquito fleet.” I don’t know if any pirates will be there, probably, but I’m sure it will be a good time for all.


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