Free(r) Radio

By Chris Daly

Radio in the United States has not really been free since Congress passed the Radio Act of 1927 and got in to the business of regulating over-the-air broadcasting.

In a little-noticed good move, President Obama recently signed the Local Community Radio Act, which does not take us all the way back to the wide-open early days of radio but at least makes it possible for people of modest means to get back into the business of radio. The FCC can now start issuing licenses for 100-watt stations.

So, push those buttons on your radio that say “scan” or “search” or whatever and see if you can find some programming not cooked up by some corporate radio giant like Clear Channel.

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