If you have a story to tell, PhillyCAM can help you make it a reality. PhillyCAM is the organization that runs Philadelphia’s public access television station (Comcast 66/966 and Verizon 29/30), and soon they will be venturing into radio, on FM 106.5.
More than just broadcasting programs though, PhillyCAM “creates a space where anyone who lives and works in the City of Philadelphia can come to get access to training and production facilities and then be able to create content to be distributed…” stated Gretjen Clausing, Executive Director of PhillyCAM.
Aiming for a mid-July 2016 launch, PhillyCAM will be broadcasting on a low-power FM frequency to a coverage area that will include as far south as the stadiums, as far north as Kensington/Frankford, as far west as Clark Park and Mantua, and as far east as Camden.
This additional medium is as exciting for PhillyCAM, as much as it is for the 500,000+ residents who will be in range to hear their broadcasts. PhillyCAM radio programming, similar to their television programming, will focus on local issues and local people. The reason for this, stated Vanessa Maria Graber, a community radio consultant for PhillyCAM working on the station launch, is because “we see more information about organizations, and community leaders, and people in Philadelphia that are doing great things that are otherwise overlooked by the mainstream media.”
Radio is a powerful and popular tool “because it is free to listen to and access unlike other technologies such as Broadband, Internet and Cable TV,” continued Graber. “In Philly there are still thousands of people that lack access to those other media…there are still a lot people who can’t access it because they can’t afford the high cost of subscribing to those services. FM radio is free, in that way we really broaden our audience to marginalized communities who don’t have those other technologies available to them.”
PhillyCAM not only broadcasts shows about local issues and local people, but using the “teach them to fish” model, trains community members and organizations how to produce these shows. In turn, PhillyCAM gives those groups the power to get their voices heard in a way that is not possible with commercial broadcasting.
If you would like to help PhillyCAM bring the power of radio to Philadelphia, please visit their fundraisers page.
To find out more about how to submit a programming idea or to attend an orientation meeting, check out their website.
For other questions, email PhillyCAM at: firstname.lastname@example.org