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*Rooting for radical radio*
David Barsamian, founder of Alternative Radio
Amidst the current global crisis facing major media organizations, with
newspaper and magazine offices closing within the larger global financial
storm, alternative media projects on the radio and online are alive and
flourishing, with increasing numbers of people turning to such outlets for
their news on the world.
The National Campus and Community Radio Conference (NCRC), taking place here
June 7-13, focuses on the current state of independent media, especially
community/campus radio, and brings community radio delegates from across the
country into an open discussion.
Dating back to the 1980s, Alternative Radio, founded by Armenian-American
journalist and author David Barsamian, has been a shining example of an
independent media initiative that wields international scope while
maintaining fierce independence and strong ties to social movements.
Barsamian is the keynote speaker at the NCRC, offering a historical
perspective on the current state of independent media.
"Radio is uniquely positioned to deliver intellectual content, particularly
because a listener is not distracted by the image, as in TV or the
Internet," says Barsamian. "I think that for ideas and serious talk, radio
is the singular medium that can offer a real ability for listeners to really
delve into the profound issues of our time."
The NCRC is the largest gathering of community and campus radio workers in
the country. In recent years, it has seen the development of Groundwire, the
first national grassroots news program
broadcasting on community radio across Canada.
"Viewers of television and readers of print media have been disappearing in
droves in recent years, and their advertising dollars with them," outlines
Barsamian. "People are turning to alternative media in increasing numbers -
particularly among young people there is a real disgust towards corporate
media, and many of the most popular new media projects are created by young
people who are inventing new media languages."
*National Campus and Community Radio Conference (NCRC)*
*For full schedule and registration details, see www.ckut.ca/ncrc*
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