Talk: Law Breakers to Lawmakers: How Pirate Radio Activists Changed the Laws to Open up the Airwaves

Event Details

October 2, 2013
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Media Education Foundation
60 Masonic St.
Northampton, MA 01060
United States
42° 19' 7.3992" N, 72° 38' 1.3128" W
Free admission
Mari Castaneda

In the late 1990s, a movement emerged of more than 1,000 pirate broadcasters around the USA, in civil disobedience against the corporate ownership of the main media outlets. This lecture examines what the low-power FM struggle communicates about social change, through political and technological action.

Pete Tridish is a radio engineer and media activist, who has worked with hundreds of community groups to build radio stations and change the laws to create opportunities for ownership of stations by social justice organizations.

This event is part of the Five College Public Policy Initiative's Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence Program. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Public Policy and Administration; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Five Colleges, Inc.