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Hosted by various WFMU personalities, Radio Free Culture is a weekly program that explores digital culture, net neutrality, piracy, the broadcast spectrum, digital rights, and archives and libraries in the internet age. We'll be interviewing some of the nation's key figures at the intersection of music, multimedia, and digital technology. This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Options September 24, 2012: Radio Free Culture #4: radiovision.wfmu.org

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Listener comments!

  6:03pm Matt from Springfield:

I want my - R-F-C!
Hi again BW and Ken!
  6:06pm Matt from Springfield:

Hi kat! Hi Philo! Return to Clay's playlist ;) I was on an off-season long weekend trip to the beach. Happy to be back at FMU!
  6:07pm Matt from Springfield:

Shouldn't "community radio" by definition be like the radio equivalent of "public access"--like, anyone can apply for a show and it's decidedly lo-tech.
  6:08pm pierre:

Bonjour Ken And BW !
more like bonsoir.
  6:08pm Matt from Springfield:

Independent "listener-supported" radio -- you like what you hear and want to keep hearing it, chip in!

Bonsoir pierre!
  6:09pm Ike:

But you DO still have The Reggae Show, a single-concept show that isn't free-form, so in that respect, for three hours each week, you are still a run-of-the-mill "community radio" station. No disrespect. Just saying.
  6:11pm pierre:

Hi Matt !
  6:13pm Matt from Springfield:

@Ike: Perhaps then we are just a "hi tech" community radio--as opposed to an all-freeform station, FMU is like a "hands off" station. If it's your slot, you can do whatever you want, whether single genre or wide net. But, there is NO station playlist of mandatory songs, so we ought to be "free-structured" or something like that.
  6:13pm Matt from Springfield:

Some music fans are more "addicted" than others!
  6:15pm Bad Ronald:

Neil Young's quote is inspired. Not pirates but if if it weren't for FMU, my crap would never stink up the airwaves! Please keep up the good work Ken!!!
  6:16pm pierre:

Arte Radio's great !
  6:17pm ifny:

I'm terrifically sad to miss the conference. Bully to you for putting it on! There is lots to discuss and share. In Canada we fought for a long time to have "community radio" stations recognized as distinct from public (i.e. state funded, primarily the Canadian Broadcasting Co) or private stations, -- community stations have distinct needs, wants, and authenticity. We have the National Campus and Community Radio Assn (http://www.ncra.ca) which helped us win major victories -- for example, private stations have to pay into funds that are given as grants to community station applicants. If you think community radio is bad, you think communities are not as creative, innovative and essential as they are. Don't believe the hype! Freeform = what community members want to play = what community members want to listen to
  6:19pm Ike:

@Matt, I could be wrong... but I *think* there used to be a requirement that three-hour shows play at least a few different types of music. Only one-hour shows could be single-format. But the Reggae Schoolroom pre-dates that requirement as far as I understand it. It was grandfathered in, and thus it's out of date and needs to go IMHO. Again, I may be wrong, but it sure SEEMS that way. Even rock-n-roll three-hour shows play a lot of different *kinds* of rock (& soul). No offense to anyone, just my 2.4 cents.
  6:22pm Channelling Jeff Sarge:

Ease up mon.
  6:23pm Matt from Springfield:

@Ike: Hostility to reggae as a genre has been well noted around these parts ;)
But I believe in grandfathering things in--it provides continuity with days past and shows that you're not so hung up on the rules. Though for new shows, I believe one hour single-format at most is a sound policy.
  6:27pm Mike East:

I didn't realize single format one hour limit was a policy. Is it actually or is this just an observation of tendencies?
  6:33pm Matt from Springfield:

Sounds great! Haré Haré! :)
  6:35pm Ike:

@Mike East, I'm not 100% sure about that.

@Matt, I'm not hostile to *all* reggae, just slick, overproduced reggae. Your mileage may vary. Philo Gristle makes a good point. More time for me to listen to my heaps of DJ premiums.
  6:37pm k8:

but Jeff Sarge mixes it up pretty good with roots reggae and other genres/subgenres of reggae. I'm not the biggest fan, but I appreciate it. Plus I love Jeff Sarge and his dedication and enthusiasm.
  6:38pm Bad Ronald:

NYC Hall of Science - O7 train to 111st. St. from 42nd St. - http://www.nysci.org/
  6:38pm Matt from Springfield:

@Ike: Among many here, not specifically you! (Though weren't you the one who complained about the reggae pirate station in Paterson!) And there's so much great stuff on WFMU and its Archives, any shows you're not too thrilled about you can just gloss over with other content.
  6:39pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm an old Boing Boing zine reader, I'm sorry I'll be out of town with my band during Radiovision Weekend.
  6:40pm Matt from Springfield:

@kat330: Mead, like a "honey spirit"! Puns begin now :)
  6:41pm Ike:

@Matt, oh yeah, but my objection to the reggae pirate in Paterson is solely that it interferes with WFMU's signal very badly. Some of the music I've heard on there is not bad. I just hate it being at 90.9 FM.
  6:43pm Gweeker:

  6:44pm Mike East:

@Ike, I think there was one of those in Brooklyn, too. Confusing, especially if you're tuning in Sunday morning
  6:44pm k8:

chester brown's ed the happy clown is the best
  6:50pm Matt from Springfield:

"GOOD radio"! That's it!!
  6:50pm Mark Frauenfelder:

"Make media that you want to consume."
  6:52pm Ike:

@Mike East, yeah, but the pirate in Flatbush is Haitian, I think. I haven't been over there lately -- is it still on? I hope not.
  6:54pm Mike East:

not sure, I don't live there anymore...though I was near the flatbush area last month and FMU was running clear.
  6:55pm Matt from Springfield:

The good *Reverend* Philo Gristle! Praise the BOARD! :D
  6:56pm Matt from Springfield:

Hardworking and creative Assistant General Manager Liz Berg! Nice to give a general shout out to her for all she does!
  6:58pm Matt from Springfield:

Good night kat, Philo and everyone!
Thanks again WFMU and NEA for these thoughtful programs on free/open source culture!
  6:58pm FMU Robot:

Can't wait til Liz's Robot Dance Party 10/15 @ 9 ET!!! Must... do... the... Monkey!!
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