goal is to produce a book, titled WAVE MANUAL, that bridges the gap between
the theoretical and practical advantages of Free Radio. The book will unfold
along three sections:
First, a theoretical engagement with Micro FM broadcasting by working through
the texts of thinkers like Felix Guatarri and veteran Free Radio activists such
as Stephen Dunifer of Free Radio Berkeley, and Tetsuo Kogawa. In particular, we
will focus on Micro FM as a social activity that raises questions about the
relationship between media, democracy, pedagogy, and local politics.
Secondly, we will elaborate upon the history of Free Radio and its involvement
in various social movements around the globe. In particular, we will focus
on the 2006 Oaxaca, Mexico uprising in which local media outlets were seized by protestors for the purpose
of (1) quickly disseminating information to protestors, such as police and military
repression, and (2) challenging Mexico's mainstream media which demonized and manipulated
the intents and purposes of the uprising. The fact that these citizen-run media
outlets became such an important target for police and military raises
questions about the importance of media for maintaining control over
Thirdly, and most importantly, we will present a pedagogical framework that serves as an adaptable
manual for teaching the creation of Micro FM stations in a community classroom
setting. The goal of this section is to provide educators and community
members with the tools to construct and maintain a Micro FM station as well
radically democratic space that calls for and develops community participation.
MANUAL will not
be your standard, run-of-the-mill textbook. We intend to approach the book
as a work of art
that includes graffiti, paintings, flyers, broadcasts, and collaborative
community projects that have taken place both within the Free Radio movement
and in the construction of our text.
MANUAL will not
simply be a theoretical exercise but a documentation of our complete immersion
into the Micro-FM movement that includes travel to Mexico and around the U.S.
to work with and interview participants of various Free Radio
donations go to travel expenses, the procurement of materials, and the publishing
costs of WAVE MANUAL. We are extremely excited about the potentials of this project and
we thank you for your donations.
Rodriguez and James Goebel