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Radio Free Obama?

Posted By on 12.30.08 at 03:13 PM

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President-Elect Barry's Web site has a section where people can propose ideas they think will help bring about the change everyone's going on about; other people can then vote for their favorites, Digg-style. Presumably somebody will actually do something with the most popular ideas.

Some of them are kinda vague ("Harness the inmense power of a retiring generation"), but others seem well thought-out and, more important, actually doable. One of my personal favorites is to allow low-power radio in America's urban areas. The proposal calls for opening up our cities' airwaves and granting licenses to low-wattage stations that could conceivably break the stranglehold of corporations like Clear Channel, allowing something vibrant, varied, and interesting to flourish in the nooks and crannies of the stale, test-marketed-to-death landscape of Big Radio.

Says Kumar McMillan of the Chicago Independent Radio Project in an e-mail today:

Imagine a world where you can listen to interesting, thought-provoking, culturally enriching radio in Chicago or any other big city. There are already three or four stations for this but the rest are owned by corporate giants where payola and pop music suffocate alternative radio. The LPFM for urban areas law will allow *more* radio stations on urban dials, ones that are not necessarily commercial. I'm not just talking about the 80-something college range, this opens up *the entire* FM dial. This is huge for radio. Let's face it, the Internet is great but radio is in the air all around us and allows for a much tighter radio community.

He also points out that as of right now LPFM has fewer votes than a proposition to officially switch the U.S. to the metric system, which is a straight-up daydream on some fool's part. Like America's ever going to drop its archaic, overly complicated, and almost universally despised system of measurement for something so Frenchy. Like we're going to weigh the world's biggest burger in friggin' kilograms.

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