Christina Dunbar-Hester Talk: “Low Power to the People: Community Radio & the Challenge of Media Democracy” (KCSB-FM & UCSB CISM Present)

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM


Free Event

KCSB-FM & UCSB Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) Present
Christina Dunbar-Hester
(Assistant Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism)

A Keynote Lecture: “Low Power to the People: Community Radio and the Challenge of Media Democracy

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
10:30am – 11:45pm
Girvetz Hall 1004
UC Santa Barbara

Author of Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism (MIT Press, 2014)

“How have activists addressed the media system, and to what effect? In this talk, I survey the last century of broadcast policy, including activism to expand non-commercial media since the Telecommunications Act of 1996. I focus on the activities of advocates for low power FM radio, a highly local medium that has great significance as a noncommercial, community-controlled platform. These activists conducted both policy work and hands-on training in technology with the goal of empowering everyday people. Their experiences contain important lessons for our present media ecosystem.”

Part of the U.C. Radio Network Fall 2017 Conference
(With a Q&A Featuring Area Low-Power FM Radio Activists as Respondents)

Christina Dunbar-Hester is a faculty member in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Science & Technology Studies, and her research focuses on the intersection of technical practice and political engagement.

This Talk is Free & Open to the Public!

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