I grew up listening to college radio. From reggae to radio skits, my local stations always played things I had never heard, and that I never would have on commercial radio. When I was in middle school, I experimented by listening to a Top 40 station for a week, and heard the same 7 teeny-angst anthems over and over and over. Some people joke about how stations like these have a super-short playlist that they use constantly, and at the end of that formative week, I became convinced that corporate radio is a mind-numbing tool to keep us down. I switched the dial on my boom box and resolved to keep community radio thriving.
Community radio is like an aural public library where all the authors, illustrators, journalists, and scientists are reading aloud to you. I believe in alternative news sources, in underground music, in audio grassroots. Public radio is a stellar platform for social justice [if you haven’t heard of the Prometheus Radio Project you should absolutely check it out], a powerful tool for inciting positive change. For all y’all who are moved by music and spoken word, put that passion on the airwaves and help bring that power to the people.
Here’s to the revolution,