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Weekly News from the President- Seattle to Savannah

I am writing to you from the SEATOA regional conference in Savannah, GA, where I will be speaking to attendees about distribution strategies for community media along with my colleague Jodie Miller from Townsquare Television in Minnesota.

IMG_0625Events here kicked off with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who has championed community involvement in communications, including PEG community media.   She promised at the event to work with local governments and PEG providers to help protect local media while she is at the FCC.  We’ll be following up on some specific issues with the Commissioner and her staff in the coming days at her invitation.  I’m also looking forward to hearing former Commissioner Michael Copps speak here – he’s a longtime supporter of community media who’s now leading media reform efforts at our ally organization, Common Cause.

What does Seattle, WA have in common with Savannah (besides flowering trees this time of year)?  Local communities interested in supporting meaningful information.  That was the common theme at the ACM North West Regional media summit last week.    I talked a bit about the barriers that hold community media back across the country.   I then had to the honor to meet a host of LPFM applicants in the Seattle region and PEG operators from throughout the North West.   There was great energy in the room as people talked about ways to collaborate to improve and deepen our missions.   NW Board members Jon Funfar, Sabrina Roach and I also met with National Federation of Community Broadcasters board members Ann Ahlquist and Sonya Green about ways we can support local collaboration across the country.   It was a really productive day or two.  Thanks to the Region for inviting me to visit!


ACM will be posting Reply Comments to the FCC this week on its Notice of Proposed Rule Making on how and whether to treat Over-The-Top television as Multichannel Video Program Distributors.   We believe the proceeding is important for the future of our industry.  You can find our initial comments here.


A big Thank You to our volunteers Michelle Alimoradi, Jim Horwood, Lonni Moffett and Tony Spearman-Leach for taking the time to be a part of ACM’s Arts Advocacy Day effort, and to Americans for the Arts for their leadership organizing the lobbying day!  We distributed letters and briefing materials on PEG community media to all members of the House and Senate and held meetings with our Congressional delegations as part of the effort.

If you’re interested in taking some time to volunteer with ACM in our advocacy, I’d love to have you be a part of it.  Contact me at or call 612-298-3805 if you’re interested in helping out.