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Sunday, August 14, 2005

On the Left End of the Dial

Gainesville's Civic Media Center received approval recently for a low power broadcasting license, on 94.7 FM.

The non-profit group is trying to raise money for a studio and an upgrade to its transmitter. Considering that Gainesville's radio market is otherwise dominated by corporate giants that care only about profits, anything we can do to foster more independent voices is needed.

This is especially true when it comes to talk radio in Gainesville, which now has only right-wing nutjobs (or is it nutbags?) like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly.

The CMC is an independent library and reading room, and its goal with the radio station is to provide independent news and commentary about the world. The group also wants to broadcast a wide variety of music.

You can read more about it here and here.

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