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April 26, 2018

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Legalizing ``Pirate Radio``
Last Featured: 10/23/2000

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Will the grant of low power FM licenses to community organizations and religious groups enrich and diversify the airwaves or interfere with radio transmissions and important programming for the blind. Join us as we debate whether low power FM is a technically flawed proposal or a commendable attempt to bring radio back to the people.

Cheryl Leanza is the Deputy Director of the Media Access Project, a public interest law firm that promotes the public's right to hear and be heard on electronic media. Leanza recently represented several religious, communication, and consumer groups before the FCC to support the adoption of low power radio. Prior to joining MAP, Leanza spent two years at the FCC where she worked on the implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Leanza is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and has a Masters degree from Michigan's Institute of Public Policy Studies.

Mark Prak is an attorney with the law firm of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prak has represented media companies in proceedings before the FCC on such issues as political broadcasting rules, digital television and low power radio. He has testified before Congressional committees and has assisted clients in lobbying Congress and the FCC. Prak is also a Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy at Duke University, where he earned both his bachelor and law degrees.

Closing Quote
"Radio - radio I'd sit alone and watch your light my only friend through teenage nights And everything I had to know I heard it on my radio. Let's hope you never leave old friend Like all good things, on you we depend. You had your time - you had the power, you've yet to have your finest hour."

— Roger Taylor's 1984 hit, Radio Ga Ga

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
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Low Power FM Broadcasting
The Prometheus Radio Project
Christian Community FM (MAP)
National Association of Broadcasters, FCC's Low Power FM: A Review of the FCC's Spectrum Management Responsibilities, Testimony of Edward O. Fritts Bruce T. Reese Before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection, U.S. House Com
National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Responds to FCC Statement on LPFM Interference, March 27, 2000
Media Access Project, Low Power Radio: Technically Sound and Vastly Popular, March 2000
Nader, Ralph, Radio Sucks, In the Public Interest, July 14, 1999
Access to the Airwaves : My Fight for Free Radio
by Allan H. Weiner, Anita Louise McCormick
Microradio & Democracy : (Low) Power to the People (Open Media Pamphlet Series, 10)
by Greg Ruggiero, Robert Waterman McChesney
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