What Is FORward Radio?
Our airwaves, our radio. An independent media is the cornerstone of a truly free and just society. Independent, community-based Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations are a platform to ensure that the diversity of local voices are heard and the public interest is served.
However, because of the structure of our country’s media and federal regulations, community based media has been restricted in recent years. That structure is changing, and right now is a vital chance to strengthen the voice of our community. We have recently been issued a construction permit from the FCC to create a new LPFM station here in Louisville. By creating this station, we hope to lay the groundwork and advocate for community sourced and community relevant media here in Louisville.
FORward Radio is a community-based, low power FM radio start-up and media project operating as an educational arm of the Louisville chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) in pursuit of peace and social justice. Through training and collaboration, FORward Radio seeks to create a network of community partners to aid in building a more diverse and relevant model of media. This will ensure that our diverse local voices that are ignored by the mainstream media are heard and that the public interest is served through media.
Contribute and volunteer
While our mission is to “free” the airwaves, doing so is definitely not free. There are a whole host of start-up costs that will be required to realize our dream of true community media in our city, including engineering costs, antennas, transmitters, mixing consoles, microphones, headphones, cables and recorders to purchase. To achieve our goal, we need your help and the support of our entire community. FORward Radio asks you to contribute whatever you can. Funding, time, energy, ideas, we need it all.
Please make your check out to FOR and write ‘radio project’ on the memo line and mail to:
2917 Beaumont Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205