Introducing James Bailey, Board Director and Operations Manager at WHGE-LP 95.3 FM

James Bailey is a lifelong learner, student of multiple crafts, and mentor to many. Originally from Philadelphia PA, James began his career as a flight engineer in the US Air Force where he refined skills including his attention to detail, quality control and disciplined work ethic. As a musician since childhood, he has studied multiple instruments, performed solo, and as part of a band. Having been raised in a musical family, James quickly developed a keen ear for quality sound and an appreciation for all musical genres. This led him to found the Red Room Recordings (R3) studio as …

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Meet Philly’s Community Radio Stations and Special Showcase: Indy Radio Garden

The completed first studio upgrade to the African American Historical Society of Wilmington, Delaware.

“This week’s highlights from community radio in the Philadelphia region” can now be heard on Indy Radio Garden, a weekly half hour showcase of the most compelling content from the Swarming Community Radio All over Philly (SCARP) Network of stations throughout the region each week. The relevance of being able to help create a communication network between various community radio stations in the region helps to stimulate joint production, transmit experiences, share narratives and create new materials that stimulate community radio production. The more interactions between the radios, the more producing, sharing, and learning together that happens between the …

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Presenting, Gladys Nobriga, Facilitator/Engineering Apprentice

   Another adventurer has jumped aboard the International Media Action vessel to liberation. Our newest hire, Gladys Nobriga, will work along with the new joint project, SCRAP ( Swarming Community Radio Allover Philly) to help facilitate collaborative projects with stations and engage in an engineering apprenticeship.    Gladys Nobriga is a sound based performance artist, comedian, writer and activist experimenting with found objects, contact mics, textures, range, analog formats, present moments, and emotions. Through raw avant-garbage performance art, she aims to breakdown societal barriers, abolish oppressive systems, and empower communities. They got their start in college radio as a News Anchor for …

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Introducing Pavel Uranga, Journalist and Trainer

International Media Action is pleased to announce our hire of Pavel Uranga as the Journalist/Trainer for our new joint Project with Prometheus,  SCRAP ( Swarming Community Radio Allover Philly). Pável Uranga started doing radio in 1979 and has worked in various community radio projects in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Chiapas, Saltillo (México), Blue Fields (Nicaragua), Quiché (Guatemala), La Esperanza (Honduras), and Quito (Ecuador). In Honduras, in alliance with the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations (COPINH), he helped establish Radio Liberada to support the popular struggle against the coup. He was also responsible for helping build and establish …

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Announcing SCRAP: Swarming Community Radio Around Philly!

The Prometheus Radio Project (PRP) and the Center For International Media Action (CIMA) have just received approval for a grant  to help ten community radio stations in Philadelphia make improvements in their operations. These improvements are targeted to improve the community service that the stations can do in their neighborhoods during the Covid-19 outbreak and the recovery in its aftermath. There will be a cohort of roughly ten stations which we will assist with technical support, equipment, training, mentorship, and some monetary assistance for certain needed expenses. There are roughly 40 stations in the region, so participation is not …

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Media Sanctuary Local News Magazine

Media Sanctuary is a non-profit community media center serving the Capitol Region of New York. When IMA last worked there, we helped launch WOOC-LP.  The station now has a very successful nightly news magazine, produced by over 40 volunteers.  Unlike many community radio stations, no one can get an individual show on WOOC.  The way for volunteers to participate in the station is to help produce segments for the Hudson Mohawk News Magazine show, which airs 5 nights a week from  6 till 7PM, and repeats the next morning.  This approach has dramatically strengthened the drive time (when the …

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Radio Santa Ana On the Air

Radio Santa Ana, a program of Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana California, launched in June. Centro is a hub of community organizing for tenants rights and other issues for the Mexican-American community.  They also operate a school of Mexican folk music. Their programming includes mostly Spanish language shows, but also other indigenous languages of Mexico. They are especially well known for Son Jarocho music, a folk music from Veracruz that has had a major revival and a lot of young new players connected to social movements.

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International Media Action begins construction on Zumix Radio Station in East Boston

Zumix is a music school for kids, founded in 1993 with a summer neighborhood concert series as a community response to youth violence. They started offering music lessons after school, and since then they have moved into a beautiful old firehouse building, with a great stage, recording studios, a small business that creates youth employment by training and connecting youth to work as live sound engineers for events.  And of course, they have an internet station which will soon be on FM. They include shows from “Wicked Fresh Locals” to  “The Mosh Pit”  to “Budder Gods Gaming” to “National …

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Next stop, Troy New York!

On May 3rd, I did a workshop with the people who are starting a new station in Troy, New York. The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a renovated church that has lectures, bands, art shows, audio and video production and all sorts of activities for the community.  A radio station will be a fantastic addition to the space. Spearheaded by longtime community media activists Steve Pierce and Branda Miller, the station aims to innovate and focus a lot of resources on a drivetime magazine show for the Capitol region.  I’ll be helping to put up an antenna in Troy …

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Dine College soon to launch new Radio Station, 92.1FM KXWR

by Tamar Maya Sharabi About 220 miles northwest from Albuquerque New Mexico, lies an area known as Tsaile, Arizona. It is more well known as Navajo Nation, which stretches across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. It is the largest land area “retained by a U.S. tribe.” On June 19th 2015 they will launch a new community radio station, housed at Dine College, the first tribal college in the U.S. established in 1968. You can read more about its history here. “Rooted in Diné language and culture, our mission is to advance quality post-secondary student learning and development to ensure …

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