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Grassroots Radio Conference 2012: The Future of Community Radio
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Urbana, IL
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Grassroots Radio Conference 2012: The Future of Community Radio
Interested in using media to transform your community? The Grassroots Radio Conference (GRC) celebrates the vibrant and democratic medium of local, community-driven radio. We bring together media artists, community organizers, radio operators and engineers, and ordinary people from across the country to learn, discuss, brainstorm, and build.

GRC 2012 will focus on the Future of Community Radio.  Hundreds of new community radio stations are being built right now and 1000+ new stations will be going on air in the next few years.  With digital technology, local community radio stations have the opportunity to engage global audiences, deploy mobile studios, share community wireless internet, and become multimedia community centers.  Together we will chart a vision for community radio as a dynamic community-building tool for decades to come!

GRC 2012 will feature:

Get On Air Clinic - providing groups hands-on help with the process of applying for a community radio license. Due to last year's historic Local Community Radio Act, soon the government will be issuing thousands of brand new community radio station licenses to groups all across the country, including for the first time in major cities! (with help from the Prometheus Radio Project)
Community Wireless Builds - walking groups through the process of building and deploying community wireless technology. (supported by New America's Open Technology Initiative)
And so much more!

This year's GRC will celebrate Radio Free Urbana raising its new radio tower and the Urbana IMC becoming an anchor institution in Urbana-Champaign's new public broadband system, UC2B.

Stay tuned to our website for more information as the conference approaches.

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Cosponsored by Prometheus Radio Project, Media Action Grassroots Network, Free Press, New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative, Volo Broadband, and Radio Free Urbana.

Early Bird registration (April 23 - June 10): $100/person
Benefactor registration (money goes to scholarships for low-income participants): $200/person
General registration (June 11 - July 22): $125/person
Late registration (July 23 - day of conference): $150/person
Scholarship (low-income): $75/person (Scholarship Fund available for additional support; more information coming soon; or contact us for more information!)

Volunteer discount
We're asking all participants at the GRC to contribute one (1) volunteer shift while at the conference. If you contribute beyond that amount, you will get a $25 discount on your registration fee! To qualify for this discount, please fill out our volunteer form.

Members of the core organizing team, including coordinators, get free registration to the conference. Core team members are expected to attend our weekly team meetings (Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm at the IMC).

Please check our website for housing information. In addition to standard hotel offerings, we'll be offering home-stays in the Champaign-Urbana area.



Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (View)
202 S. Broadway Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

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Owner: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
On BPT Since: Apr 22, 2012
Austin McCann


Question: Is this group part of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters?
Answer: No, we're not affiliated with NFCB. The GRC is driven more by an interest in volunteer-run and -driven stations.
Question: When did GRC form?
Answer: The Grassroots Radio Coalition was born in 1996, as a response to increasing commercialization of public radio and lack of support for volunteer-based stations. It is an informal coalition that hosts a national conference in different places each year, and maintains an email listserve for ongoing networking. In the past 16 years different community radio stations have hosted the conference, and brought their own special flavor to it. This is the first time it is being held at the IMC.

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