Bird Street Media Takes To The Airwaves!
Community Radio Barnraising Conference
A radio "barn raising" conference and master class for new LPFM
radio stations and applicants will be held April 12 to 14th in
Oroville, CA. Oroville is just 70 miles North of Sacramento and is
the gateway to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. In the spirit of
neighbors pulling together to put up a new building, we'll gather low
power radio applicants, journalists, radio engineers, students,
lawyers, musicians, activists and all sorts of folks from across the
western United States to raise the antenna mast, build the studio ...
and flip on the station switch at the end of the weekend! The
conference is being sponsored by the Prometheus Radio Project and
hosted by Bird Street Media Project.
Bird Street Media Project plans to use their radio station to give a
voice to their community. With over twelve thousand in the city
limits, and 45,000 in the greater Oroville area, the citizens are
lacking the basic information and entertainment that most cities
derive from a local radio station. This project will be the town's
only local media outlet, since there is no community based newspaper,
TV, or radio station in Oroville. Recently, Clear Channel Inc.
bought the local AM and FM radio stations and moved their base out of
town. Support for the new LPFM has poured in from all sectors of the
town, from city government, activists, local business and artists.
All believe that the radio station could be a centerpiece for a
An Introduction to Noise: Common Audio Problems:
The FCC at a Glance:
Pirate Tales of Unlicensed Radio!
intro to audio (sound, mixers, audio sources, connections digital vs/ analog) (
using minidiscs and dats for reporting, and interviewing skills:
4 approaches to making a radio show
intro to radio
4 approaches to setting your programming policies
studio transmitter links
the fine art of djing:
advanced audio (Processing, recording, automation, trooubleshooting)
4 approaches to station governance
media and democracy
organizing a radio news operation
cut a news story minidiscs and soundforge/cooledit
internet resources for audio
hints on training new programmers
several electronics repair:
introduction to noise
Communication skills for nerds
The FCC at a glance
Tweak your receiver for weak stations
and of course, the Radio Barn Raising, with tips on selecting
equipment, purchasing, and building a low power radio station from
microphone to antenna!
The radio barnraising will be held in the springtime, when Oroville
and the nearby mountains are most beautiful. The event will allow
new programmers to meet and new stations to compare notes on
fundraising and equipment. In addition, broadcast professionals can
share their skills with the new low power radio station licensees. We
will also plan the course for media activism for the next year, and
plot for the continued fight to put the media into the hands of the
people and communities.
To register, go to: http://prometheus.tao.ca/barn.shtml
or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
have trouble with the form.
Conference cost will be for the weekend with no one turned away
for lack of funds. (/day, also slidng scale) See our website for
info about hotels or to sign up for free housing options.
For more info, call Prometheus at 215-727-9620. In the Bay Area, call