Future of Independent Media:

Independent journalist Mark Taylor-Canfield talks with Norman Goldman about efforts to bring back progressive and independent voices to the Northwest US media. KPTK(Seattle) & KPOJ(Portland) went off the air, sparking groups like Progressive Radio Northwest and KRXY to launch campaigns to establish new broadcast stations and networks in Washington and Oregon.

Progressive Radio Forum this Wednesday in Seattle

Next Progressive Radio Forum this Wed. Hope to see you there!

Tweets, Posts & Chat: Progressive Radio in the Social Media Age
Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Impact Hub Seattle
220 Second Avenue South, Seattle
Accessible building served by major bus routes
http://www.impacthubseattle.com

Featuring:

  • independent journalist Mark Taylor-Canfield (http://facebook.com/mtaylorcanfield), a regular contributor to national progressive radio shows headlined by Thom Hartmann, Mike Papantonio/Ring of Fire Radio, Sam Seder/Majority Report, Norman Goldman, Jeff Santos/Revolution Radio Network, Nicole Sandler/Radio or Not and others;
  • Jacob Dean, host and creator of the Portland-based Filter Free Radio (http://filterfreeradio.com/) and former producer for The Thom Hartmann Program; and
  • Seattle/Portland based Space Dog Radio (http://spacedogradio.com/), “a fully independent radio station that provides entertaining sounds about a wide spectrum of topics while taking the art of radio to a new level.”
    Get your progressive tweet on!RSVP: on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/850179691664765/
    or by email at progressiveradionorthwest@gmail.com

Here are some of the topics we’ll explore:

1) An overview of the social networking platforms and technologies used to access and promote progressive media: Hardware (Desktops/Laptops/Mobile Devices) & Software Applications, Facebook, Twitter, Google Groups, Sound Cloud, YouTube, Chat Rooms, Mumble, etc.

2) How progressive radio producers/hosts use social networking platforms to find a progressive audience, organize progressive media networks, interact with other content providers, recruit guests, produce programming, etc.

3) How to use social networking tools to strengthen advocacy and catalyze action.

4) How to develop your own unique style and approach to using social media.

Thanks all you petition signers! Keep spreading the word. Please cut-n-paste this and send to all your progressive friends and contacts!

Progressive Radio Northwest

www.progressiveradionorthwest.org

Video of Progressive Talk Radio speech of Norman Goldman

Here is a video of the Norman Goldman speech in Seattle.

Party On for Progressive Radio with Norman Goldman was the first major event sponsored by Progressive Radio Northwest (PRNW). The evening was a great success, highlighted by the inimitable Nor-man, terrific speakers, and the feisty enthusiasm of a standing-room-only crowd.

At Party On, more than 250 attendees heard about the many challenges ahead and learned that PRNW firmly believes in the “challenge brings opportunity” school of thought.

The people who have formed Progressive Radio Northwest are looking at several options to bring back progressive radio to the Puget Sound Area, including finding a buyer or buyers who could purchase a station and convert it to progressive talk or creating an Internet radio station (Norman Goldman believes this is the way of the future).

The bad news of is that city after city has lost its only progressive radio station. The good news is that more and more people are speaking out and showing up.

You can view the entire evening or just Norman Goldman’s presentation by going to PRNW’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTF6xN_Fap4QNeMoiXQZ95LjIPwxO9O0I

Stay tuned for further developments, and keep checking the PRNW website: www.progressiveradionorthwest.org.

Update on Progressive Talk Radio for Pacific NW

There was standing room only at the “Party ON for Progressive Radio!” event held at Impact Hub in Downtown Seattle on January 18th, as emcee David (Goldy) Goldstein introduced Andrew Villeneuve of Northwest Progressive Institute, and Geov Parrish, someone with a long history with radio, and then the star attraction of the evening, Norman Goldman! Over 250 people were there, and when Norman finished his talk, they spontaneously jumped up and gave him a standing ovation.

Mark Taylor-Canfield, an independent journalist who contributes to many liberal publications, did an excellent review of the evening and Norman’s talk, “Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering – Is Radio Dead?” . Here is the link to read his story: Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering – Is Radio Dead?.

Soon we will have the full event video available for your viewing!

If you go to the Facebook Page for MoveOn Whidbey, you can read Norman’s responses to 15 questions submitted that evening: https://www.facebook.com/MoveOnWhidbey?ref=ts&fref=ts

For continuing information about what’s happening with the efforts to bring progressive radio back to the Seattle area, please go to the website for Progressive Radio Northwest, www.progressiveradionorthwest.org

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You will be hearing more from us. For now, please sign up on our website, so you get the messages and can respond to us! www.progressiveradionorthwest.org

Thanks for your support for a great event!

Seattle Hosts Progressive Media Gathering – Is Radio Dead?

Progressive radio fans and broadcasters gathered in Seattle’s Pioneer Square on January 18th to discuss the future of the media. A standing room only crowd listened to guest speakers including Norman Goldman and local journalists Geov Parrish and David Goldstein. The event was organized by Progressive Radio Northwest.

PRNW was founded by former listeners of KPTK(AM 1090). The station was broadcasting progressive talk shows until CBS decided to convert its format to sports radio last year. KPTK’s programming included Rachel Maddow, Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann, Norman Goldman, Mike Malloy, and other former Air America network broadcasters. PRNW was formed to bring progressive media back to the Seattle area.

Progressive radio has been suffering all across the country. Brad Friedman of Bradblog recently posted a map on his website showing the number of red stations versus blue. To put it mildly, the conservative stations have been expanding rapidly while progressive and liberal programs are disappearing at an alarming rate. A few hundred miles to the south in Portland, Oregon, KPOJ also discontinued their progressive talk show programming. That station is owned by Clear Channel.

Most of these talk shows are now heard exclusively online. The major complaint from many progressives has been that corporate networks have dropped all support for progressive media, leaving only sports, religious and right-wing broadcasting. The irony here is that two of the most progressive cities in the country (Seattle/Portland) have no commercial progressive media.

Blogger/broadcaster David Goldstein talked about his experience as a local talk show host after he created his popular blog reporting on local politics. Goldstein hosted a talk show at KIRO and he is currently a blogger for The Stranger newspaper. He described how his program was dropped when the radio station was purchased by a conservative group of investors.

Geov Parrish has been a political writer for the Seattle Weekly. Currently he is a broadcaster on KEXP’s public affairs program “Mind Over Matter”. He gave a presentation on the history of progressive media in Seattle, including a discussion about Seattle’s legendary independent radio station KRAB. Parrish also talked about the influence of local public stations KUOW, KBCS and KSER. He explained how subscriber based media began in Berkeley California with the Pacifica Radio Network. The network grew as a result of the Berkeley free speech movement and Pacifica flagship stations were established New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Houston. Today the network has grown to include affiliate stations across the nation. Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” and Free Speech Radio News are two recent examples of the Pacifica Network’s cutting-edge programming.

 

Norman Goldman was the keynote speaker at the PRNW event in Seattle. As an attorney, he was a frequent contributor to the Ed Shultz Show until he launched his own national radio program. Now Goldman finds himself in the middle of the progressive media transition from radio to the web. Along with Mike Malloy and other progressive talk show hosts, Goldman’s program has been dropped by by radio stations in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. His message is very simple – “Everything is moving online.” He pointed to his smartphone, referring to it as the “new transistor radio”.

According to Goldman, the traditional radio industry no longer exists. He described how most US radio stations are owned by large corporate interests such as Clear Channel and Culumus and their subsidiaries (Premier, etc.). Corporate investors have purchased hundreds of stations around the nation through what he described as “leveraged buy-outs”. Clear Channel now controls over 800 radio stations.

To fund this monopoly, Clear Channel borrowed huge sums from hedge funds managed by Bain Capital. Goldman claims Clear Channel currently owes $20.4 billion and is guilty of practicing the same kind of financial scam that caused the national economic crash of 2008. Cumulus has borrowed $2.25 billion to fund it’s own media buying buying spree.

Since their true loyalty is to the investors, not to their audience, radio station owners have raided these businesses by firing employees and automating the broadcasts. They have created national networks which do not serve local communities. FCC allowance for corporate media ownership consolidation has resulted in a situation where the majority of all US media is owned by just a few corporations.

The unfortunate casualties of this corporate raiding party have been: 1) journalistic credibility; 2) the idea of publicly owned airwaves; 3) all practices of the “Fairness Doctrine”.

These traditional ideals have been thrown out the window, replaced by corporate greed. Media bosses have been blinded by their need to make huge profits in order to pay back these enormous debts. In this type of Mitt Romney style corporate takeover, CEO’s pocket large fees by skimming off the top, and most of the rest of the income goes to pay the investors. Clear Channel is reportedly paying 11.25% interest on the debt, which Goldman described as comparable to mafia loan shark rates.

In a desperate attempt to pay back investors, large media corporations continue to dump the burden of their loans onto local radio stations. This is being accomplished by the enforcement of economic austerity measures which have resulted in the loss of  thousands of jobs. Goldman told his Seattle audience that 80% of all radio jobs have been eliminated in the US.

In the United States, alternative, independent and progressive media has been left struggling to survive with little or no funding. Lacking the multi-million dollar advertising budgets that corporate networks possess, these programs continue to experience financial crises on a regular basis, and many of them languish in obscurity. Pacifica’s Free Speech Radio news recently went off the air due to lack of funds. Broadcasters Nicole Sandler and Jeff Santos are now broadcasting on the web from their own living rooms. The challenge for these independent broadcasters is how to invent new economically sustainable networks.

Meanwhile, corporations like Clear Channel have decided to buy their conservative “talent” by signing Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck to exclusive contracts. Limbaugh is being paid $28 million per year and Beck receives $20 million. Yet Goldman points out that most of the top neo-con talkshows are still losing much of their audience. He estimates that Sean Hannity has lost up to 60% of his listeners around the nation. In Los Angeles, Limbaugh and Beck’s shows are being moved by Clear Channel to a smaller station with less broadcast coverage. Although the corporate executives are obligated to honor their expensive contracts, they see the writing on the wall. In many US markets, radio is dying.
It’s being replaced by online content.

As I have often tried to explain to alternative media network representatives, the radio station antenna tower is no longer essential to broadcasting. In fact, going online can gain the station access to listeners worldwide. Seattle’s music station KEXP is a prime example. Bankrolled by billionaire Paul Allen, KEXP even sponsors music concerts in New York City. Their fans live all around the earth. No radio transmitter or antenna can compete with this unlimited coverage. Granted, much of the planet is still not wired for the internet. Surprisingly, it is still impossible to go online in remote regions of Alaska, but the world is changing fast and the technology is spreading rapidly.

Norman Goldman maintains that the only sustainable model for broadcasters today is subscription based programming. The goal is to recruit subscribers who will pay a nominal fee for media content which can be accessed through any computer or mobile device. He emphasized that this also applies to listening to programming while commuting in your car.
The “drive time” audience has always been a major reason that radio talk shows have flourished in the past.

Another model is to fund the program through underwriting/sponsorship. Jeff Santos’ talk show in Boston is sponsored by a labor union. In Portland, progressive radio fans launched a Kickstarter campaign which raised $250,000 to help fund a new radio station.

Currently there are many ongoing discussions and forums among US alternative media folks regarding these political. economic and technological issues. Media democracy is an important part of these discussions for the simple reason that new progressive media networks have been instrumental in helping to elect progressives and Democrats during national elections.

President Barack Obama’s election campaign benefited directly from progressive and liberal radio networks and their daily political talk shows. Presidential candidates Rocky Anderson(Justice Party) and Jill Stein(Green Party) relied almost exclusively on progressive media to get their message out to the voters. If the recent trend towards conservative corporate owned media continues without a serious challenge, we can expect direct political results from this development as well.

When democratic voices are stifled or censored, the entire nation suffers. An effective, participatory democracy requires opposing viewpoints and alternative analysis. The constant echo chamber of neo-liberal and neoconservative viewpoints in US media represents a regressive tendency towards uniformity and authoritarianism. Although no commercial media will report on this fact, the US is currently ranked as 37th on the World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (rsf.org). In other words, due to the corporate dominance of US media, there are now 36 other countries where you will find more freedom of the press. Finland is currently ranked as number one.

As a US journalist I must admit that I am not proud of our ranking on the World Press Freedom Index. We can do much better than this! One conclusion I’ve drawn from this low ranking is that public broadcasting has not provided the necessary balance to heavily funded conservative media programming. I am also sadly aware that freedom of the press is taken for granted by the majority of the public and by most of my colleagues. After reading the Reporters Without Borders report, any responsible journalist, editor or producer should immediately address the issue with adequate news coverage and analysis. We may not have state controlled media in the US, but corporate control leads to less diversity in reporting and less interest in investigative journalism or political criticism of national policies.

With any luck, this negative trend in US media can be checked by a growing number of new innovative and progressive networks. Though many of the details have yet to be worked out, organizations like Progressive Radio Northwest and the Northwest Progressive Institute are dedicated to making this new media possible. PRNW plans to sponsor future forums and eventually, they hope to help create a new progressive media network that will broadcast, podcast and live stream new cutting edge programs from Seattle.

http://progressiveradionorthwest.org
http://nwprogressive.org

http://pacifica.org

http://fsrn.org
http://normangoldman.com
http://thomhartmann.com
http://radioornot.com
http://mikemalloy.com
http://facebook.com/mtaylorcanfield
http://thestranger.com
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/06/29/rob-mckenna-illegally-bars-stranger-reporter-from-press-conference

Originally published at OpEdNews

Free Public Screening of the Film "Inequality for All", Jan 25 in Federal Way

ifaSaturday, January 25, 2014, 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S., Federal Way, WA (map)

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich–professor, best-selling author, and former Clinton cabinet member–as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has had a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man who’s overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us.

From the “Inequality for All” website

Lefty wikipedia: leftipedia.org

I bought the domain name leftipedia.org with the idea of making a progressive (and factual) alternative to wikipedia and to conservapedia.com.

Some of the politically sensitive articles on wikipedia are edited/hacked by conservatives and do not reflect the truth. See, for example, Battle over the facts concerning Chuck Hagel.

The site conservapedia.com, which is written from a Christian and American conservative viewpoint:

has received negative reactions from the mainstream media, as well as from notable political figures, including commentators and journalists,[9][10] and has been criticized for bias and inaccuracies. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservapedia)

It turns out there are already two lefty online encyclopedias, http://www.dkosopedia.com and  http://left.wikia.com .

http://www.dkosopedia.com seems like it’s not getting much care; I was unable to create an account or login with my daily kos credentials.  Its name isn’t descriptive; rather, it’s cryptic and insular. I didn’t comprehend the connection to daily kos when I first saw it. It has over 14,000 articles.

http://left.wikia.com doesn’t have a nice name either, in my opinion; it’s hosted on a wikia.com, which has ads, and it seems derivative and vanilla.  It has less than 4000 articles.

The name leftipedia.org is superior, I think.

Perhaps the contents and contributors of these sites can be combined.  Writing quality content is a lot of work, and managing, moderating, and paying for the site is a lot of work too. But better for it to be crowd-sourced than for it to be controlled by a few.

 

 

Come and hang out with Norman Goldman! Jan. 18 in Seattle.

Come and hang out with Norman Goldman! Jan. 18!

Progressive Radio Northwest presents

“PARTY ON FOR PROGRESSIVE RADIO” WITH NORMAN GOLDMAN
· A Festive Reunion for AM1090 Listeners
· A Rally to Celebrate the Future of Progressive Talk in the Pacific Northwest
· A Shout Out to AM1090 Advertisers

Featuring: National Progressive Talk Show Host, Norman Goldman
Date: Saturday, January 18, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Location: Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Avenue South http://www.impacthubseattle.com

Tickets to Party-On for Progressive Radio include appetizers, sweets, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar. Food, wine and beer are provided by Pacific Northwest Catering. Former KIRO radio host David Goldstein is the Master of Ceremonies for an evening celebrating the future of progressive radio headlined by Norman Goldman. Additional details TBA.
Party-On Admission: $19.90 Advance Sales (only 109 available): $10.90
Tickets: http://prnw.brownpapertickets.com Tickets are non-refundable.

Limited Pre-Event VIP Dinner with Special Guest Norman Goldman
Date: Saturday, January 18, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Tinello Restaurant, 314 Second Avenue South
Dinner with Norman!
Ticket holders to the limited seating VIP pre-event dinner are treated to a delicious four-course Italian dinner with wine at one of the city’s rising culinary destinations, Tinello which is closed to the public during our event. https://www.facebook.com/tinelloseattle Guests also enjoy scintillating progressive conversation (naturally!) before strolling a block to the Party On event. Private dinner ticket holders receive complimentary parking for the evening at a nearby lot. Private Dinner with Norman Goldman & Party-On Event: $109.00 per person http://prnw.brownpapertickets.com Tickets are non-refundable.

About Norman Goldman http://www.normangoldman.com
One of America’s premier progressive voices, Norman Goldman is also a lawyer who knows how to make sense of and translate legalese. For years, Norman has been providing insightful legal analysis for MSNBC and “The Ed Schultz Show.” Now with his own show, Norman brings his signature clarity, wit and wisdom to the issues of the day.

About Progressive Radio Northwest www.progressiveradionorthwest.org
On January 2, 2013, Seattle became the latest in a string of progressive cities to inexplicably lose its only progressive talk station when KPTK AM1090 was switched to an all sports format. The change didn’t happen without a fight! Two separate petition drives attracted almost 10,000 signatures, and a group of progressives banded together in the belief that progressive radio belongs on the free public airwaves of the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to:
· Catalyze an invigorated progressive radio platform for the greater Seattle area; and
· Promote progressive programming on the free public airwaves and digital technologies.

Add your voice at www.progressiveradionorthwest.org. If you are unable to attend our events and want to support Progressive Radio Northwest, a donation of any amount can be made thru http://prnw.brownpapertickets.com. Thank you!

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