public media

Show me your publics, and I’ll show you mine

Reading the title chapter of Michael Warner’s 2002 collection of essays Publics and Counterpublics, I am struck by how the book resonates with my work with the Transmission Project. It has helped me think through and beyond the rhetoric I encounter every day.

The Digital Arts Service Corps is evolving Public Access TV

Colin Rhinesmith recently published an article on PBS’s Mediashift: “How Public Access TV Evolved into Community Media Centers”.

National Radio Project

Oakland, CA

National Radio Project heightens public consciousness, broadens debate on critical social issues, and encourages civic participation, by giving voice to diverse perspectives and opinions underrepresented in the mass media. We also help grassroots groups access the change-making power of media and provide a national platform to amplify their work.

Our weekly syndicated radio program “Making Contact” provides information and positive solutions to problems of poverty, racism, unemployment, and other socio-economic issues in the diverse rural, suburban, and urban communities where “Making Contact” is broadcast or heard online.

Third Coast Conference

October 28, 2010 - October 30, 2010
Chicago, IL

Ready to spend two + days with hundreds of fellow producers, artists, students, and audio enthusiasts, talking shop about radio/audio storytelling on the airwaves and beyond? Ready to come together, listen to each other’s work, share ideas and expertise, and make priceless connections with future colleagues and new friends?

Thought so. This fall marks our tenth (!) anniversary, and we hope you’ll celebrate with us over the course of another radio-drenched weekend here in Chicago.

WGXC/Prometheus Radio Station Barnraising

September 24, 2010 - September 26, 2010
Hudson, NY

For our 12th radio barnraising, Prometheus is joining forces with WGXC 90.7 FM! WGXC, Hands-on Radio is a community-powered media project of the transmission arts organization free103point9. What makes this barnraising like no other barnraising we’ve held before? Our partnership with WGXC will be our very first full power radio barnraising - at over 3000 watts, WGXC will reach nearly 80,000 people in two New York counties.

PRPD's 2010 Public Radio Programming Conference

September 23, 2010 - September 26, 2010
Denver, CO

In the tradition of PRPD Conferences past, this year’s gathering will also inspire. You will hear prominent public radio voices and those outside our industry not just explain where we are as an industry but where we are going and how to get there despite – or because of – the troubled economy.

This year’s program includes sessions designed to help PDs and content professionals not just survive but thrive in these changing times. Attend, and you will return to your station armed with new knowledge about:

programming on multiple platforms

“Art, Access & Action: The Moral Imperative?” (A Major Arts & Media Summit in Chicago)

April 8, 2010 - April 9, 2010
Chicago, IL


This year a bunch of groups, organizations, and individuals will be coming together to host a major arts & media summit in Chicago. The Summit will be held at Columbia College Chicago and happen on April 8th and 9th from 10 am to 9 pm on both days.

Here is a list of organizations and individuals involved:


Jeff Biggers, author of “Reckoning at Eagle Creek”

Elisa Kriesinger,

Patrick Lichty, member of the Yes Men/Columbia College instructor

Kari Lydersen, In These Times contributing editor

PRPD's 2009 Public Radio Programming Conference

September 15, 2009 - September 18, 2009
Cleveland, OH

The 22nd Annual Public Radio Programming Conference is an opportunity for those involved or interested in programming to hone their skills, network with colleagues, find answers to questions and spend four days immersed in the pursuit of excellent content.To keep your travel costs affordable (and green), we have arranged:

1. A week-long transit pass included in your registration fee - unlimited use of RTA including:

a) Roundtrip rail to & from the airport & conference hotel - Easy, non-stop, all-indoors
b) Direct transportation to & from:

Transmission Project