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Low-Power Radio vs. High-Powered Lobbyists
Act now to save
rca' last chance
for local radio.


he National Association of
Broadcasters spends over
$5 million a year lobbying and
hands out more than $1,000 a day to
federal candidates.
So when it decided to squelch an
FCC plan that lets schools, churches,
and civic groups serve neighborhoods
with low-power FM stations, unsur-
prisingly, it won the vote in the House.
The New York Times called the vote
"regrettable." The Washington Post
said it was "a bad idea." The Los
Angeles Times rushed to defend the
FCC, which "works for the American
people, not just powerful Washington
The broadcast lobbyists want to
keep broadcasting in the hands of a
few corporations. Which means that
all radio, once the most diverse and
local of mediums, sounds the same
everywhere. They also want to weaken
the FCC and win final say on how
America's airwaves, a priceless public
resource, are allocated in the future. This
gives big broadcasters even more power
and profits than they had before.


But democracy doesn't mean that the
richest, loudest voice wins. Not every time.
Not this time.
Low-power radio can still be saved by
the Senate. And it will be, if your Senators
learn that you've joined thousands of

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You've opposed any bill that prevents the public from The House voted to weaken the FCC and kill Low-
reserving some small part of the airwaves to serve the Power Radio. I urge you to defeat S. 2068 when it
public good. Senate Bill 2068 - no matter how it's comes up in the Senate. Do we really want to
amended - spells the end for truly local, non-commercial concentrate all media power in the hands of a few
radio. Don't let it past your desk. Please use your veto. corporations? Democracy will be stronger if these truly
local, non-commercial stations go on air.
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other Americans to support truly local,
non-commercial radio on a human scale.
Mail the coupons below immediately.
You can get your Senators' e-mail
addresses at lcweb.loc.gov/global/
to =0o a am w n a =0nnW"a m VM M:
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, D.C. 20515
The broadcast lobby rushed their low power radio ban
through the House before the thousands of community,
religious, labor and educational supporters of noncom-
mercial low power radio could respond. If there is anoth-
er vote on the low power radio ban (House-Senate
conference bill - S. 2068), please vote NO! We can't
allow the NAB to kill noncommercial community radio
and monopolize the nation's airwaves.

Low-power FM radio Is supported by: American Library Association / Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO) /
Department for Communication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America / Federal Communications Commission Local
State Government Advisory Committee / Leadership Conference on Civil Rights / League of United Latin American Citizens /
Low Power Radio Coalition / Media Access Project / NAACP / National Bar Association / National Council of La Raza /
National Council of the Churches of Christ, Communication Commission / National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts /
National League of Cities / Rainbow-PUSH Coalition / U.S. Public Interest Research Group / United Church of Christ, Office
of Communication, Inc. / United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries/ United States Catholic Conference
Jointly funded by Public Media Center and Media Access Project (www.mediaaccess.org),


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