Archive | September, 2004

Media EmergenC in San Diego

Now this is a reason to go to San Diego in early October — The National Association of Broadcasters is holding its annual Radio Show convention in San Diego on Oct. 6 – 9. The San Diego IMC along with Free Radio San Diego and other local organizations is hosting Media EmergenC, an independent media […]

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eMusic Relaunching

The relaunch of mp3 download service Emusic would ordinarily be a little outside what I usually cover here, except for the fact that I used to be a happy customer during their unlimited download subscription days. Well, I also think that eMusic has distinguished itself in the typically stupid and corrupt music industry by focusing on independent labels and artists and allowing DRM-free mp3 downloads.

Today the Times and CNet both report that eMusic is relaunching with a renewed focus on independent labels and artists, while adding some editorial content.

According to these articles, eMusic has a company representing independent artists and labels on-line, along with a division that records bands live in clubs, which should expand the array of music that isn’t available elsewhere.

Unfortunately, it looks like eMusic has no plans to go back to the all-you-can-download subscription. But, their cost is still about a quarter of iTunes 99 cents per song. When eMusic first ditched their old subscription plan I thought I’d never return. But now having browsed around the Apple and Real download sites, both charging about a buck a download with limited rights to burn and none to share, eMusic looks pretty good.

Not sure if I’ll rejoin, but I’ll probably browse around some after the relaunch.

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Feds Raid Knoxville Community Radio

From a KFAR press release:


Wednesday, September 15, 4:00 pm

Knoxville First Amendment Radio (KFAR 90.9 FM) Station Raided by the FCC

At roughly 10:00 am this morning, three federal agents rom the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Atlanta offices, accompanied by three US Marshalls, broke into the KFAR radio station in South Knoxville and confiscated all of its equipment, knocking noxville’s community voice off the air.

KFAR has been broadcasting alternative news, music and commentary for the past three years, and while the station has still not been granted an official license, it has exceeded all FCC regulations and does not interfere with the signal of any other radio station.

KFAR is the only community-run station in Knoxville, and already its members and supporters are mobilizing to pressure the FCC and get the station back on the air.

“The real criminals are the FCC officials who have given the public airwaves away to huge media conglomerates like Clearchannel,” said KFAR supporter Abigail Singer. “The airwaves belong to the people, and the public has a first amendment right to broadcast on public airwaves.”

Updates and broadcast at

For more information, see or contact Chris Irwin at (865) 633-8483 (home), (224) 558-9208 (cell), or email

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Friday’s Radioshow Now On-Line: Press Conference in Support of Champaign Man Charged with Eavesdropping Police

Yesterday’s radioshow is now on-line for listening and downloading. It features audio from the press conference along with an interview with Nicole Lamers, a volunteer with VEYA, the organization sponsoring the Citizen Watch initiative documenting Champaign police conduct.

We also preview Monday’s meeting of the Urbana Public TV commission where they will be discussing community efforts to air the news program Democracy Now, and possibly also discussing VEYA’s Citizen Watch documentary, which was confiscated from UPTV by Urbana Police, and then turned over to Champaign Police.

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IL ACLU Supports Champaign Man Charged with Eavesdropping for Videotaping Police Conduct in Public

Today the Illinois ACLU released a statement of support for Martel Miller, a local man charged with criminal eavesdropping for videotaping police traffic stops and documenting the disparity between how the police treat black folks in their neighborhoods as compared to how they treat similar conduct of mostly white University of Illinois students in Campustown.

I’ll have audio from the conference on tonight’s radioshow (5:30 PM, WEFT 90.1 FM), along with an interview with Nicole Lamers, who is a member of the group Martel works with, and who spoke at the press conference. That show will be archived here later tonight or tomorrow. I’ll also post the full press conference audio to the Urbana-Champaign IMC website soon.

Continue on to read the ACLU’s press release.

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