President's Messages

Weekly updates from President & CEO Mike Wassenaar.

Community Media Day, IEE's Annual Meeting/ Webinar this Wednesday & ACM Midwest Conference

10/4/2021  
Community Media Day is less than two weeks away on Wednesday, October 20. Organizations around the country are finding unique ways to celebrate the work that happens every day in community media.

Disability Access In Community Media, Report for American, Community Media Day & FC

9/27/2021  
I’ve been thinking a lot about disability access in community media over the last week. I’d been asked to talk about captioning for PEG channels, but I’ve been finding it useful to talk about the broader approach to meeting the needs of the communit

Copy of Emerging Leaders Institute, Jon Brodkin, NATOA Conference & RuPaul Charles

9/20/2021  
We’re gearing up for this year’s Emerging Leaders Institute – the ACM Foundation will be hosting twenty-two people in community radio, television and news from around the country in leadership training over four weeks in October.

Emerging Leaders Institute, Jon Brodkin, NATOA Conference & RuPaul Charles

9/20/2021  
We’re gearing up for this year’s Emerging Leaders Institute – the ACM Foundation will be hosting twenty-two people in community radio, television and news from around the country in leadership training over four weeks in October.

Copy of American University Report & IEE FREE Upcoming Webinar

9/13/2021  
Our friends at the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University have just issued an interesting report on the state of documentary film making. It’s worth a read for critiques and recommendations.

Emerging Leaders Institute Application Deadline Approaching

8/30/2021  
The application deadline is approaching, I’d like you and other people in your community media organization to take a few moments away from relaxation to put in an application for this year’s Emerging Leaders Institute.

Copy of Emerging Leaders Institute, FCC Update & Save the Date for Community Media Day

8/23/2021  
The days of summer are dwindling and I hope you are enjoying them as much as possible! Even so, I’d like you and other people in your community media organization to take a few moments away from relaxation to put in an application for this year’

Copy of Copy of Emerging Leaders Institute, FCC Update & Save the Date for Community Media Day

8/23/2021  
The days of summer are dwindling and I hope you are enjoying them as much as possible! Even so, I’d like you and other people in your community media organization to take a few moments away from relaxation to put in an application for this year’

A Reminder from your ACM Board Chair, Donna Keating

8/16/2021  
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff at the Alliance of Community Media, we would like to invite you to answer a few short questions about your membership satisfaction with ACM.

ACM Words of Encouragement from Board Chair, Donna Keating

8/9/2021  
The summer of 2021 has arrived. I hope you are well and have had a chance to renew and refresh. Taking a break can provide new perspectives and new energy. Since last March we have faced with the numerous challenges as we continued to provide serv

Remember to Vote

8/2/2021  
ACM voting members* are asked to vote for the candidates of your choice to fill the three open At-Large seats on the ACM Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 term. You received an email from MyDirectVote with your unique voting link last week. If you

Copy of Washington, DC & FCC Chair Updates

7/26/2021  
Speculation in Washington, DC is a normal activity – but as the humidity and temperature goes up, so do the activity of the rumor mill.

Washington, DC & FCC Chair Updates

7/26/2021  
Speculation in Washington, DC is a normal activity – but as the humidity and temperature goes up, so do the activity of the rumor mill.

Copy of Letter to the President & FCC Updates

7/19/2021  
ACM and over 300 community media organizations are calling this week on President Biden to nominate a fifth Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission. We believe it’s important for the FCC to be fully functioning so that harmful comm

Copy of Copy of Letter to the President & FCC Updates

7/19/2021  
ACM and over 300 community media organizations are calling this week on President Biden to nominate a fifth Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission. We believe it’s important for the FCC to be fully functioning so that harmful comm

FCC & Public Policy Call Updates

7/12/2021  
The Biden Administration issued a sweeping Executive Order late last week calling on federal agencies to stop anti-competitive practices in a host of industries – including telecommunications. The order called on the FCC to restore Net Neutrality pro

ACM Conference Recap, Save the Date & 2021 Emerging Leaders Institute

7/6/2021  
It was a whirlwind three days of last week’s virtual conference – and it was great to connect with so many people around the country at the event! One of the curious things about holding an online conference is you can track numbers for how people a

Conference Week is Here

6/28/2021  
ACM’s National Conference is here this week – it’s actually everywhere virtually – and will be taking place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12noon-5pm ET with participants across four time zones.

State Virtual Meetups Continue - Find Your Next Meetup Today!

5/24/2021  
ACM is continuing our State Meetup schedule in the coming weeks. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to connect people in the community field and PEG field, and it is your opportunity to build professional connections with other people in your state

Copy of Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening & Interim Final Rule

5/17/2021  
We had about 100 people attend last week’s Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening. We’ll be sharing materials generated by the discussion in the coming days. My thanks to everyone who attended and took notes and to ACM’s Megan Dobberstein

Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening & Interim Final Rule

5/17/2021  
We had about 100 people attend last week’s Roundtable Conversation on Covid-19 and Reopening. We’ll be sharing materials generated by the discussion in the coming days. My thanks to everyone who attended and took notes and to ACM’s Megan Dobberstein

Facilities Re-Opening Roundtable, FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit & May's Public Policy

5/3/2021  
The total number of vaccinations to fight Covid-19 across the country have been increasing steadily the last four months, and now many communities are determining how to re-open facilities closed by the pandemic. That’s the discussion happening at

Copy of City of Eugene, OR v FCC & Annenberg School Professor Victor Pickard

4/19/2021  
Attorneys for ACM and municipal interests made oral arguments last Thursday in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in City of Eugene, OR v FCC – our appeal of the FCC’s Franchise Order from 2019.

City of Eugene, OR v FCC & Annenberg School Professor Victor Pickard

4/19/2021  
Attorneys for ACM and municipal interests made oral arguments last Thursday in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in City of Eugene, OR v FCC – our appeal of the FCC’s Franchise Order from 2019.

When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech, PEG Meetups & Electronic Frontier Foundation

4/5/2021  
I’m really looking forward to the timely discussion we’ll have on Friday 4/9 at 3pm ET on When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech. The event has been put together by the ACM Inclusion, Equity and Engagement Caucus and will explore how community media navi