Stealing Fire From The Media Gods
posted by August 19 at 6:03 PMon
photo by: Jonathan Lawson
Gathered under a tent on an unseasonably hot afternoon in Woodburn, OR— volunteers and organizers with Prometheus Radio and PCUN are enjoying dinner together on their second day of building a new community-based radio station. Long-haired radio freaks, longtime media activists, spiky-haired wanna-be DJ’s, and all sorts are amassed for the “barnraising” of KPCN-LP 96.3 FM (in Oregon, naturally), taking part in the construction of the physical and social infrastructure neccessary for success. Workshops ranging from Audio Production to FCC regulations and Community Organizing have taken up the day alongside putting up drywall, soldering cables, and painting the future studio. In an attempt to democratize media across the country, Prometheus Radio has already built 10 other low-power FM radio stations in partnership with organizations like PCUN.
The goal of PCUN, Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos Del Noroeste (the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) is to “empower farmworkers to understand and take action against systematic exploitation and all of its effects.” To that end, the new radio station aims to be a tool to help organize and give voice to the large Latino community at the center of Oregon’s agricultural industry. With that constituency in mind, every workshop and event this weekend has been delivered bi-lingually via Spanish translators and in some instances via hand-held radios transmitters in the workshops!
Nearing sunset with a handful of children running around the site, the mood is jovial as participants from all over the U.S., Latin America and Europe anticipate tomorrow evening’s inaugural broadcast of the grassroots radio station.
More photos from the event are online at flickr.com/groups/pcunbarnraising