This has got to be a parody, right? No one can be so deluded as to believe that "community" radio stations run by the federal government, and a huge new cadre of thought police, is a good idea.
Can they? Excerpt:
Instead of slowly grinding down thousands of repeater station applications that leave no room for community radio, the FCC essentially threw most of those applications away by limiting who can apply, how many filings a single entity can make, and which markets can consider new repeaters — all of which frees up the regulatory body to examine applications for new community stations. The regulatory agency still gave some deference to corporate broadcasters, however, by allowing them one shot at revising their applications to fit the new guidelines.
That means “as early as this fall, as in 2012, there will be opportunities for local community groups to plan and start their own independent radio stations,” Doyle said. “This is what we’ve fought for [over] more than a decade, and the FCC has opened the door to that.”
While there aren’t any official numbers yet, several “radio geeks” who spoke to Raw Story off the record estimated that as many as 10,000 applications for community radio stations could be filed in the coming years.
Prometheus activists and local radio affiliates all over the country played a dramatic role in helping shape media coverage of the “Occupy” movement last year, providing a sharp contrast to the often detached approach taken by mainstream, corporate sources. Their influence was broad enough to remind many listeners that community radio — an otherwise rare commodity in the U.S. — is often the dissenter’s best friend.
Though the FCC’s decision may not sound all that important, it really is. For the first time in decades, Americans living in major cities will soon be hearing the voices of their friends and neighbors flooding the airwaves — a far cry from the typical morning DJ fart jokes and the same “top hit” songs endlessly droning on a looping playback.
I agree that radio sucks. But it sucks because most people want to listen to something that sucks. All the efforts to put sensitive people on the air have failed because no one wants to listen to that crap.
Sensitive people already have NPR and MSNBC to congratulate them on how sensitive they are. Rush Limbaugh, whatever you think of him, SAVED a.m. radio. It would be dead as a medium by now unless conservative talk shows had risen up to save it. And it will be dead once the government decides to create a state-run media. The economies of scale in producing content are just too large. There is no chance of small, local groups producing anything.
Then, when a.m. radio does die, our government will blame it on changing technology, not on crushing regulatory restrictions.