Community Media: Selected Clippings – 05/19/07

Maine’s only low-power radio station serves communities with local news, discussion and culture
by Emily Burnham
Bangor Daily News (ME)

WRFR-LP, 93.3 FM, broadcasts out of Rockland, from a converted garage crammed full of cobbled-together broadcasting equipment and computers. The 100-watt transmitter sits perched on the roof, sending out a signal that usually fuzzes out somewhere in Camden. On a clear day, if you’re on a hill with a powerful antenna, you can pick it up in Northport.

“It’s definitely local. Some people right in Rockland can’t even get it,” said Joe Steinberger, who founded the station in 2002. “But my brother lives 20 miles away and has a special antenna, and he can get it. It depends on how good your radio is, and geography.”

But broadcasting power isn’t really the point, nor does WRFR have any interest in becoming some midcoast Maine media juggernaut: It’s Maine’s only low-power radio station, and its whole raison d’etre is to serve the communities of Rockland, Camden, Rockport and Thomaston with local news, discussion and culture.   —>

Master Gardeners host local TV show
by David Alosi
Napa Valley Register (CA)

For those of you who do not have cable television, you may not know the Napa County Master Gardeners have their own TV show, affectionately called MGTV. It airs on local public access cable Channel 28 on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Dir., Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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