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Low-power FM radio stations could be coming soon to your community

12/05/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Last Friday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would open up licenses for new low-power FM (LPFM) radio stations beginning next October.

My guest on Last Call is Brandy Doyle, policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project.

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Civil rights and union leaders urge FCC to slow changes to media ownership rules listen

11/28/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Federal Communications Commission wants to lift some limits on one company owning several media organizations in the same market. But a coalition of unions and civil rights leaders is urging the FCC to slow things down until it analyzes the impact of the proposed changes on women and people of color.

In a teleconference with reporters today Craig Aaron, president and CEO of t...

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Listeners weigh in on media consolidation

11/28/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call we heard from listeners about media consolidation.

On the WMNF drive-time news we played part of a conference call. The Federal Communications Commission plans to lift some limits on one company owning several media organizations in the same market. But a coalition of unions and civil rights leaders is urging the FCC to slow things down until it analyzes ...

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Tampa activists start local Move to Amend chapter listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Corporate influence on politics has many folks so mad that they want to fight a Supreme Court decision by seeking to amend the US Constitution. Last night a rag tag group of activists from several different bay area communities formed a Tampa chapter of Move to Amend, a group that opposes the ruling in FEC vs. Citizens United. They seek to establish that money is not speech, and that corporations are not peopl...

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Media cross-ownership takes a hit - public interest wins this round

07/08/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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On today’s Last Call we discussed the issue of media consolidation and specifically how it’s affecting local news outlets across the country.

Yesterday, a federal appeals court upheld media ownership rules dating back to the 1970’s that prevent a single owner from controlling a newspaper and broadcast station in the same city; a situation similar to what the Tampa Tribune has here locally with News Channel 8. In [Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC](http://www.freepress.net/press-rel...

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FCC approves compromised Net neutrality rules listen

12/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules governing Internet traffic. The rule’s proponents are calling it a win for Net Neutrality, while critics on the left and right decry the new roles. FCC Chair Julian Genachowsi said the new rules will foster free speech and fair distribution of content on the Internet.

"Consumers and innovators have a right to a level playing field. No central authority, public or private, should have the power to pick ...

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FCC hears from experts, community listen

04/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission held a workshop at the University of South Florida that explored the ups and downs of media cross-ownership. The commission’s possible lift on its limit of how many outlets one company can own in a city did not go over well the audience.

The chairs at USF’s Marshall Center auditorium were sparsely populated, but the passion among attendees was big. Dozens gave public testimony on the virtues of local media. Port Richey resident Mark Scode...

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Live report from FCC hearings on media ownership listen

04/20/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Federal Communications Commission is conducting public hearings today at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The hearings deal with loosening media cross-ownership rules that currently forbid one company from owning a television station and a newspaper in the same market in most cases.

WMNF is carrying the FCC hearings live on our HD 3 Channel The Source and on Bulls Radio HD 2 until they end, which is scheduled to be 7:30 pm.

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FCC hearings on media ownership tomorrow in Tampa listen

04/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Federal Communications Commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow in Tampa on media cross ownership.

We will broadcast the full FCC hearings beginning at 3 tomorrow afternoon on our HD3 channel The Source. You can hear it on an HD radio or on the internet here.

For a preview, we spoke with former WMNF reporter Brandy Doyle, who now works for the Prometheus Radio Project.

*The Prometheus Rad...

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Media reform/labor groups want Comcast/NBC mega merger quashed listen

12/03/09 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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General Electric and Comcast announced a joint venture on Thursday that will give the cable company eventual control of NBC Universal. Earlier this week GE, which already owned 80% of NBC Universal, agreed to buy the remaining 20% from French media giant Vivendi. Worth nearly $6 billion dollars, the deal would allow GE to create an entertainment joint venture controlled by Comcast, the nation’s largest cable TV provider. Media reform groups across the county are organizing to try to bloc...

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