Friday, May 16, 2008

Oklahoma member works on community radio

Members of the South Puget Sound Alliance for Democracy are not the only AfD’ers who took advantage of changes in FCC regulations to allow community organizations to seek FM radio licenses. Longtime Alliance member Mary Francis is chairing a group in her home state of Oklahoma to bring non-commercial community radio to the Norman area. Voice of Reason Radio has filed a license application with the FCC and is working on building financial and community support. Mary recently spoke on the project at the Oklahoma Sustainability Network Conference, and the group continues to add names to its mailing and supporter lists, with many local organizations promoting the application.

Voice of Reason’s goal is to “provide a local, progressive message that will encourage civic involvement and increase participation and unified efforts by a wide variety of local organizations interested in public policy dialogue and action.” With the local airwaves heavy with ultra-conservative evangelism, Voice of Reason values secular and spiritual freedom, free speech, and the separation of church and state.” They hope to provide lively public affairs programming, as well as art, poetry, and music shows and educational programming.

For more information, email Mary at

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