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120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

FCC Agents, backed by armed US Marshals, raided Free Radio Santa Cruz on September 29, 2004.
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Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

From Japan-Ihope the Pathetic Pigs that busted
Free Radio Santa Cruz just go straight to hell
if there is one-and then you'd be lucky ........
The dots express my hatred for your fucking asshole murderous government chicken shit killer
of children and then your proud--fuck you PIGS
 

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I am very scared of my government right now. There seems to be no limits on its sweeping power grab. The voice of reason is being pushed aside for the corporations who want us all to listen to their lies
called advertising.
 

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One, make sure you tape all broadcasts and archive them next time! Move them to a neutral location. Then you can have material after a possible shutdown.
Never originate your broadcast from the transmitter site. use a LAN or leased phone link. Furthermore you can delay all programming by one day by taping and replaying at transmitter site if a LAN is to much $$.
Do not put the fucking antenna ontop of a house. do I need to explain that one? IF you are going to be under the law you need to act that way. If you think you are above the law they will cut your head off like yesterday.

Third get a LPFM liciense I know it sounds lame but they left your asses alone for 10 years and only fuct with you because of no liciense so they could give a shit about you if you had one. It is not about politicts its about 'jackass A' covering his ass and doing what his boss told him. After all is FRSC about free speach or just breaking rules for the sake of it? man I could go on... REBUILD IT I say just learn from this experience
 

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These people got what they deserved. If there weren't laws that regulated the airwaves, no one would be able to receive any television stations or radio stations. I commend the FCC for keeping our airwaves open and available.
 

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yeah, without laws, wherever would we be?

when speech is only free for those that can afford it, it's not "free speech."

solidarity to the targetted freaks, and it seems like there's some definite lessons to be learned (via path etic).


peace -- meddle
 

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Harsh advice in hindsight is cheap. FRSC has supported the community for ten years and vice versa. They have done their best and kept it open for us to be a part of it.

The mission of the FCC is to protect the airwaves for those who own them...the people. The agency is dominated by corporate interests who care little for democracy. In their eyes we are just consumers. Democracy and capitalism are not the same thing.

FRSC is there for us, we need to be there for them. When the collective had its throught slit yesterday we too lost our voice. If solidarity is more than an empty promise then now is the time to show it. This station will be rebuilt, I am certain of it. The question is whether or not the cheap advice we have to offer will be backed up our labor, outreach, and dinero. Anything less is just hot air.
 

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I find this very very amusing. The people that turned on their government and moved away to start a new country by stealing and killing almost every native in sight now has their government turning on them. No I do not feel this is right, but being of native american decent, I do find it humorous that the tables are now turned and the people are now living in fear of their lives and livelyhood. I do wish the american people would put their foot down and fix the government, as it is written in the US Constitution.
 

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remember, airwaves don't kill people, people kill airwaves - or sumthin'!
 

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To the person who wrote:

Do not put the fucking antenna ontop of a house. do I need to explain that one? IF you are going to be under the law you need to act that way. If you think you are above the law they will cut your head off like yesterday.

well, you act like you're smart and have all the answers, but it doesn't seem that you know what you are talking about.

where the hell else to put the antenna? you cannot have it IN the house! you can put it in a tree, but it doesn't matter one bit. the FCC finds stations by homing in on the radio signal, not by sighting the antenna. there is no way to hide!

FRSC is exercising their right to free speech and making a statement, and they should do so boldly and proudly as they have done for ten years. there is no point to doing it furtively.

fight the power!
 

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"I find this very very amusing. The people that turned on their government and moved away to start a new country by stealing and killing almost every native in sight now has their government turning on them. No I do not feel this is right, but being of native american decent, I do find it humorous that the tables are now turned and the people are now living in fear of their lives and livelyhood. I do wish the american people would put their foot down and fix the government, as it is written in the US Constitution."

I never killed any natives...
 

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If we had just had more people out there holding signs then the FCC and the US Marshals would have said, "Oh, our bad. You guys totally outnumber us therefore we'll go home."

It's too bad we couldn't have stopped them though. At least they were slowed down and pretty pissed off that they couldn't just get in their little undercover cars and zoom away.
 

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A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.........Thomas Jefferson, Famous Revolutionary
 

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"where the hell else to put the antenna? you cannot have it IN the house! you can put it in a tree, but it doesn't matter one bit. the FCC finds stations by homing in on the radio signal, not by sighting the antenna. there is no way to hide!FRSC is exercising their right to free speech and making a statement, and they should do so boldly and proudly as they have done for ten years. there is no point to doing it furtively."

Yo dj megawatt, I wrote that and I do not believe you read the rest of the note or got my message. I appears that you just got mad at that one line.. go back and read the rest.

and to reinterate, if you are going to fly boldly in the face of the law you will get burned... FRSC did. so what is the point of doing it secretivly? lets see you dont have to go and buy entire studios worth of gear after being raided if studio and transmitter are located in separate places. Fight the power wisely! Learn from your mistakes.
FRSC could do it better this next time...
BTW have you guys looked into AM induction transmitting. It uses the neutral wire of the wires on telephone poles to transmit AM to households... not as HIFI as FM but effective and hard to track since the antenna is apears to be everywhere. It is an old technology though...might be hard to find equipment.
Oh shit... I dont know what I am talking about I dont seem to know what I am talking about.... tisk tisk....
 

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and in tonight's debate shrub slams vladmir putin for owning all the tv stations....w/ m. powell at the helm of the fcc and his daddy c. powell sec. of state, I would say v. putin should be slamming shrub for unplugging free radio,
freedom for who? shrub, liberty for who? for all! out of the ashes and from behind the bars....we will rise. our voices will be heard.
stay strong and gather together. flora
 

thanks for advice and support

Thanks for all the support that has been voiced on indymedia this week. We are up and running streaming our regular schedule once again online (www.freakradio.org), soon to be on the air.

DISCUSSIONS OF HOW THIS WILL HAPPEN ARE PRODUCTIVE. Thanks for considering how we can do this best. If we can maintain a PRODUCTIVE dialogue and discussion that would be helpful. Unfortunately, a lot of gusanos and snitches prowl the indymedia sights and comment frequently, distracting us from honest dialogue with provocation. You've seen it happen, you know what and who I mean. So don't get sucked into their drama and don't be provoked (I'm making this my mantra, so that I won't respond to n5667's "I never killed any natives..." comment).

Anyways, Pathetic, thanks for writing. Your attitude isn't necessarily helpful or appreciated, though. As a Free Radio volunteer collective member and programmer, I am eager to consider how we could do it "better" this time, although I must say I feel like we did it PRETTY DAMN WELL FOR LONGER THAN ANYONE ELSE. Almost 10 years w/o a license and you want to tell us we were stupid for broadcasting from our studio? Nice. Thanks for suggesting getting a LPFM license, but we decided for very good reasons and through consensus decision making that we were not going to do that.

So it's not like we haven't considered other options, pathetic. You seem to think we walked into this situation without considering the ramifications of our decisions. We stayed on the air uninterupted longer than any pirate staion has for a while. Give us a little credit please.

If you have suggestions, great. Let's make them suggestions and not cavelier and presumptuous criticisms of a very effective and carefully thought out strategy.

You think we should put an antenna in a location separate from our studio? Well here's your chance to suggest one. We are actively exploring several options and if anyone wants to OFFER A SPACE instead of finding fault in our old set-up, please contact the collective at 427-4523.

Thanks again to our supporters worldwide who have written and called sending solidarity and support.

- dj danielsan -
 

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I wish you all the best in working toward what you wish to accomplish. Wondering if that AM wire approach for antenna would necessitate a specfic separate location (although recognizing the age-o-equipment may well be another barrier) and pleased to see announcement that you're available online already (yea, internet!), I wish you well. Not a listener, still glad the station exists, for having been a long-time underground radio listener in the 70s, I pretty much stopped listening to the radio back when FM radio became AM radio in its succumbing to commercialism, lack of independent voice, and aiming for MOR appeal. Which I figure is much of FRSC's reason-de-existence; I personally spend my time elsewhere (not a dis--merely a statement). So, having previously expressed my support when the Santa Cruz City Council adopted a resolution in support of FRSC some time ago when the station was threatened by the FCC, decided to express again here,

RE dj danielssan's "don't be provoked (I'm making this my mantra, so that I won't respond to..."

Interesting that then immediately below comment at length and from tone seem so very provoked by "Pathetic's" comments, which were not nearly so inflammatory and were at least attempting to be constructive... could it be because they were aimed at the radio station itself rather than being a general, myopic comment? While I,too, found Pathetic's tone could have been kinder, I found dj's own comments altogether too ironic in light of what you, yourself had just said, and in the paragraph directly above. Ah, the glass houses we all live in, and understanding you're so very stressed, wish you well, and hope that your mantra serves you so that you can spare yourself the stress of reacting to the slings-and-arrows not just of outrageous fortune but of the altogether human foibles of myself and others who will couch things in the voice that we will, just as we all choose how to react to what we hear, read, experience. Be well and good luck with all that's ahead for you all.
 

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I completely agree with "pah thetic..." and "A concerned citizen." Not only are there legal ways to broadcast (Part 15 AM will go about a mile), but instead of getting a LPFM license they just decide to broadcast illegally. I've built positive relationships with government officials and in doing so have been able to create change.

Simple answer, don't broadcast illegally and work 24/7 with the FCC to develop new rules/policies to allow organizations like themselves to broadcast.
 

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Can FRSC get an official absolvement from the City or County of Santa Cruz to ward off the FCC?
 

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There are many ways to conceal your studio location and to remotely send your programmes to the transmitter. We'll be happy to help if you need assistance. Goods luck in your future endeavours!
 

Have photos, video or audio of the raid?

I'm looking for anyone who would like to share any photos or audio clips, and especially video clips, for use in a documentary which I am producing about the microradio movement. This is a student film and is in no way funded by ar associated with any corporate interests. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact me if you have any info.
Thanks!
 

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RE: Hoby's question re official absolvement from City or County of SC--federal law overrides city or county law; therefore, unfortunately, no. As with any matter beyond their jurisdictions--War in Iraq, for instance, local government can only make formal advisory statments and urge and lobby for action; they cannot take direct action or make direct enforcement decisions on state or federal law.

FYI--Dunno what if anything the county has ever done in a show of support, but on September 3, 2003 a resolution was adopted by the city council, brought forward by then Vice Mayor Scott Kennedy and Councilmember Mark Primack in support of FRSC after being approached by citizens because on August 28, 2003 agents from the Federal Communications Commission posted a notice at the site of Free Radio Santa Cruz FM 96.3 (FRSC) indicating that the station has ten days to produce a license to operate. Below is the minutes excerpt from that meeting (staff reports and minutes easily available from city's web page by doing a minutes search for "Free Radio Santa Cruz"):

"Councilmember Rotkin moved, seconded by Mayor Reilly, to direct the Mayor to communicate to the FCC, the President and our federal representatives our adamant opposition to suppression of Free Radio Santa Cruz 96.3 FM; and adopt a resolution supporting Free Radio Santa Cruz 96.3 FM and urging Federal, State and local officials to support policies and practices that encourage diverse local non-commercial media. The motion carried unanimously."

I also saw the mayor on the news, interviewed at the site of the raid, decrying the use of vital tax dollars being used to send so many federal agents to raid one small radio station. Succinct, on-target sound bite, I thought.

So, while the city has not only shown its support of FRSC but that of non-commercial media in general as well, it is on the federal level you would need to turn if you wished to gain protection or change the law.

Comments re: just get a licence may have a place; I don't know if it is that simple; I don't know enough to know. Seems if it were that simple, microstations would not be such an issue...again, dunno 'bout that...just thought I'd offer what I *did* know.

I must admit I cannot help but wonder if a microstation in Peoria, rather than Santa Cruz (a city nationally known for liberal political leanings) that broadcast less controversial content would gain such attention and action...but, again, I'll stick to offering information of which I am actually aware, which is why I offer the above. :)
 

Re: Have photos, video or audio of the raid?

be careful who you send photos and video to. you do not know (unless you know this person) if it is the feds looking to identify FRSC supporters or to use the images as evidence at some point. no I am not paranoid. this also happened around the RNC. just be sure who you ID your fellow community mambers to. there's already enough of this stuff on the internet.
 

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I was reading the thread about seperating the studio from the transmitter.

The problem is getting an air quality signal from the studio to the transmitter.

There is a compression technology that uses two phone lines and some new gadgetry, which we use at KPFT to drive a repeater in Galveston.

It is outrageously expensive proprietery commercial technology, out of the question.

Sending analog audio over a phone line doesn't work, sounds terrible.

ISDN is outrageously expensive.

If you run coax between the sites, that defeats the purpose because the feds simply follow the cable.

The LPFM station in Immokallee FLA uses a very inexpensive com-link because their transmitter and studio are in different buildings.

Essentially, it is a version of a 'jack-box'. A computer power supply runs a two watt FM transmitter tuned to an unused frequency, the big broadcast transmitter is hooked up to a common home stereo receiver.
This solution is good for a quarter mile seperation and is very affordable..

This might slow down the feds, obviously one would want to dismantle the display on the FM receiver at the transmitter so the feds must figure out the com-link frequency and have to triangulate a very weak signal back to the studio. Which they CAN do, but it takes time, and once the broadcaster hears their air signal taken down, they can stop broadcasting the com-link.

This might work ONCE, the FCC owns a Radio Frequency Analyzer, and the next time, they'll just flip that thing on, and look at everything on the band and track both sites before calling in the storm troopers.

Using the net with two cable connections and two dedicated computers, one at each site, using a 64 kpbs non-publicized, dedicated mono stream is a potential solution, very good as far as anonymity (unles the FBI weighs in and subphoenas the I-net provider) however, there is a 15 sec to 2 minute delay involved, and two cable connections is an eighty dollar a month bill to pay. Running a 24/7 broadcast, relying on the stability of the net and the local cable provider means there will be fairly frequent occurances of dead air.

Wireless modems, chained together could establish a com-link between the sites which would be a bitch to trace. I'm not up on this technology , but these units only cost about 60 bucks and do not rely on the net, I think their range is just under a quarter mile, but I believe they have to be wired to a computer, which means the initial investment is pretty steep.
 

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Concerned in PDX said:
I completely agree with "pah thetic..." and "A concerned citizen." Not only are there legal ways to broadcast (Part 15 AM will go about a mile)

Free Radio Santa Cruz is a provider of quality audio. Not scratchy, distorted bullshit. As a producer, adopted by FRSC, it is important to me that my work is presented with the commitment to quality that respects the amount of time I put into the work..... in the same way that any musician would feel about this. AM sound quality is horrible. Nobody wants to listen to bad audio, it's irritating, and folks simply tune out. If I want to hear bad audio, I'll stuff steel wool up my ass, put tinfoil on my head shove my tounge into a light socket, and listen for your Part 15 broadcast, soon to come.

but instead of getting a LPFM license they just decide to broadcast illegally.

No shit? I didn't realize there were any LPFM liscences available in your area, I guess I got bad information, however, if you know different, please share your wisdom.

I've built positive relationships with government officials and in doing so have been able to create change.

Holy crap, I didn't realize that, if I would have known that, I would have never criticized you...... please accept my apology.
However, if you want to generalize your astounding contributions to humanity, perhaps you should articulate this at <My Astounding Contributions to Humanity via Relationships with gov't officials @ yahooogroups.com>

This thread has to do with the history of the FCC in the US, why storm troopers were sent in to a 42 watt local station. What do you know about Dunifer? What do you know about Prometheus Radio Project and their lawsuits against the FCC.What do you know about the NAB and NPR lobbying Congress to restrict LPFM liscences? Where were you when the FCC paraded their dog and pony show accross the US? We're talking about access to the airwaves, a subject you obviously know nothing about, because you were busy building positive relationships with gov't officials.

Your positive relationships with gov't officials has made no difference in Free Speech, access to the airwaves by the 'people', or anything else pertinant to this thread.

*If you want to make a difference in your community, I suggest you do security at a battered womens shelter, and lead with your face, asshole.

Concerned in PDX said:
I completely agree with "pah thetic..." and "A concerned citizen." Not only are there legal ways to broadcast (Part 15 AM will go about a mile)

Free Radio Santa Cruz is a provider of quality audio. Not scratchy, distorted bullshit. As a producer, adopted by FRSC, it is important to me that my work is presented with the commitment to quality that respects the amount of time I put into the work..... in the same way that any musician would feel about this. AM sound quality is horrible. Nobody wants to listen to bad audio, it's irritating, and folks simply tune out. If I want to hear bad audio, I'll stuff steel wool up my ass, put tinfoil on my head shove my tounge into a light socket, and listen for your Part 15 broadcast, soon to come.

but instead of getting a LPFM license they just decide to broadcast illegally.

No shit? I didn't realize there were any LPFM liscences available in your area, I guess I got bad information, however, if you know different, please share your wisdom.

I've built positive relationships with government officials and in doing so have been able to create change.

Holy crap, I didn't realize that, if I would have known that, I would have never criticized you...... please accept my apology.
However, if you want to generalize your astounding contributions to humanity, perhaps you should articulate this at

This thread has to do with the history of the FCC in the US, why storm troopers were sent in to a 42 watt local station. What do you know about Dunifer? What do you know about Prometheus Radio Project and their lawsuits against the FCC.What do you know about the NAB and NPR lobbying Congress to restrict LPFM liscences? Where were you when the FCC paraded their dog and pony show accross the US? We're talking about access to the airwaves, a subject you obviously know nothing about, because you were busy building positive relationships with gov't officials.

Your positive relationships with gov't officials has made no difference in Free Speech, access to the airwaves by the 'people', or anything else pertinant to this thread.

*If you want to make a difference in your community, I suggest you do security at a battered womens shelter, and lead with your face, asshole.

 

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scooter said:
it is important to me that my work is presented with the commitment to quality that respects the amount of time I put into the work

Then how come all I hear on the webstream is F-this and F-that... Static would sound more pleasing than that!

I didn't realize there were any LPFM liscences available in your area, I guess I got bad information, however, if you know different, please share your wisdom.

There are thousands of unused CPs in the United States today and are quickly expiring. Lots of open frequency available.

What do you know about Dunifer?

He was fined... He brought up constitutional issues... FCC failed to respond... FCC filed for an injunction... Judge states that the FCC must respond to the constitutional issues and appeal of the fine... Basic children bickering...

What do you know about Prometheus Radio Project?

I know that they consider LPFM a success.

What do you know about the NAB and NPR lobbying Congress to restrict LPFM liscences?

Their asset is their AM/FM broadcasts. I don't blame them from trying to protect it. FCC requested "proof" of any types of interferance issues and they weren't able to provide any, so the FCC is working to expand the LPFM project.

We're talking about access to the airwaves, a subject you obviously know nothing about...

Part 15 allows for free access to the airwaves. If you want "more" access, start legislation to change them. Just because you're broke and want to "F the FCC" you encourage others to break the law.

If you want to make a difference in your community, I suggest you do security at a battered womens shelter, and lead with your face, asshole.

Sounds like you speak with experience... normally I would call you an asshole at this point too, but I'm just going to call you "closed-minded".
 

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Then how come all I hear on the webstream is F-this and F-that... Static would sound more pleasing than that!

Well it's not true that FRSC is all F this and F that. For crissakes, they took down Howard Zinn reading poetry when the storm troopers pulled the plug. If you are going out of your way to tune in a web-stream, you must value the service, and if it is offensive there are THOUSANDS of other webstreams. I have a libertarian streak, and I think you are intelligent enough to choose what you want to listen to, and F- the nanny gov't protecting our poor little sensibilities.

There are thousands of unused CPs in the United States today and are quickly expiring. Lots of open frequency available.

This is a red herring argument. There are liscences available all over the empty plains of Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, bm-hole Mississippi, etc etc, but wherever population is concentrated, liscences are NOT available. There is no LPFM liscence available in the Santa Cruz listening area, this is a fact. There is no LPFM liscence available here in Houston, although there is plenty of space on the dial. So, the option is, shut up and go home, or get a CB radio and talk to the truckers. FRSC provides a valuable service to community, they have done so by practicing civil disobedience by necessity. Civil Disobedience is a time honored practice in the United States. The FCC is not a time honored bureacracy, the FCC has been manipulated by reactionary forces and corporate bastards since its inception. Note how the FCC was used by RCA to rip off the FM technology patent from the guy who invented FM broadcasting.

>>What do you know about Prometheus Radio Project?

I know that they consider LPFM a success.

This is patently false. I know the good people at Prometheus and they consider the current legislation around LPFM to be an abomination, and they continue the battle to change that through proper channels. Prometheus helps people to obtain and construct LPFM stations, but I think I can speak for them in saying that they are simply working with what they've got, and do NOT consider the current status of LPFM legislation a success.

FCC requested "proof" of any types of interferance issues and they weren't able to provide any, so the FCC is working to expand the LPFM project.

Bullshit

normally I would call you an asshole at this point too, but I'm just going to call you "closed-minded".

well, the comment was un-called for and I apologize.\

here's an FCC hearing, if you want to check it out....previously broadcast on FRSC San Antonio

scooter

 

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Hey all, what a forum erupting here...
well perhaps you are right. You can assume a person's attitude quickly on the internet from one stray comment and maybe you think I am polarized to the LEGAL BROWN NOSE side but I am not. I am sorry for the sarcasm. I know that alot of people involved with free radio projects have extreme social and politcal views and I want to stress the sad realities of the situation and distract from the typical emotional"I am very scared of my government right now" talk. Truth is "if you fly boldly in the face of the law you will get burned" period. How you deal with that is different.

I am glad some are seriously looking into the studio and TX separation. The added costs and inconvieniece of changing things around may be the costs of beating off the FCC for another 10years. As an audio engineer I can see how you value the TXed audio quality but also consider the message. If the people seek the message then they are not hampered by the method of delivery. Addionally if AM became a consideration, since the band is less crowded it sees less FCC scrutiny. It also travels much further at night reaching past a 42 watt FM band signal. The audio quality is a downside yes, but so is 42watts stereo vs say 42watts mono. The message again is the most important I would think.
Also I would consider the foul language thing. you dont have to sound like NPR just chill on the FU stuff. Simple eh?

Thats enough firewood from me.... good luck guys.
 

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As a former Santa Cruz resident ... your story caught my eye. Then when I realized what it was about ... as an American who believes in free speech ... I was shocked at the action, and at the heavy handed methods used in shutting the station down. Hopefully the city can be of help. I heard the encouraging words of the major broadcast on one of our local stations down here in Southern Ca.

Good luck to you! Wish I had a bunch of bucks to send in support, but I don't. Just best wishes.
 

Thanks (again)

Best wishes are great,... We still need funds and equipment (see the wishlist) but best wishes and encouragement and suggestions and resolutions in support of FRSC and all are great too. I feel like I have already posted this message, but thanks again.

As for the earlier topic and exchange, thanks to pathetic for reminding all of us that sometimes what we write isn't taken as intended--as sarcasm tends to read a bit differently without the nudge and funny face that accompany it face-to-face. All of us in radio land are used to that, I suppose, but not necessarily when we sit down to write.

Anyways, yes, FRSC has flown "boldly in the face of the law" and gotten burned, I suppose. The important question might be why we *all* aren't flying in the face of the law these days. Yes, FRSC has taken a confrontational stance against the FCC. We've harassed them at localism hearings, put Michael Powell's picture online 'wearing' one of our Tshirts, printed schedules that say "FUCK THE FCC" on them, had a flashing graphic on our webpage that says "proving FCC incompetence 24/7," etc. etc. Well, the question many ask is, then, did we *want* to get raided?

This raid has only made us better known, brought supporters out of every corner of the world, pissed off a bunch of otherwise middle of the roaders, made revolutionaries out of the radicals and radicalized the progressives.
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So then maybe the question is which is better: to hide your pirate station so well they'll NEVER find you (and neither will any listeners)? To be a fence rider and be a spineless-democrat waffler, changing format and rules and procedures and process depending on the ever shifting rules and norms of social acceptability? Or should we decide as a collective to BE A LEGITIMATE STATION and damn the institutions that tell us we're not?

We are journalists, we are broadcasters, we are reporters just as other radio personalities. more so in fact because we are volunteers who are dedicated to risking a great deal to get this message out while so-called "real" journalists are out there getting paid to regurgitate bullshit. Oh sorry, apparently we aren't legitimate if we use language that has been deemed inappropriate by the very same assholes we're talking about fighting...
There's that sarcasm again (the one that doesn't come out right on indymedia).
I read some corporate media today. Let's take a look: Sunday October 3rd front page of the San Jose Mercury News. (front page on saturday was about teeth bleach)
Arnold is a centrist "green republican." From the Page 2 summary: Chow-Yun Fat prefers China to the US. Here's a sunny headline: "Mexico's industrial manufacturing sector is back and thriving, with hundreds of export assembly plants on the border with Texas." Under "State, Nation, and World" on page three we read that Amy Fisher (yes, *that* Amy Fisher) has a new book out. "National News In Brief" tells each and every reader that the FBI is working hard to make sure that Tempe Arizona will be a safe place for the next pResidential debate, by "contacting as many people as possible, not just Muslims." My favorite example of crappy corporate writing comes on page 8A under, "Campaign in Brief." I can't wait to tell you about it: "Edwards beginning to use tough talk" says that John Edwards is "the democratic candidate known for tossing bouquets instead of barbs. The sunny senator who won over voters with personality and positivity is throwing punches now."
watch out.
I especially like the alliteration. Additionally, we learn from an AP article that Bruce Springsteen believes that seeking truth is patriotic, "he told fans after endorsing Kerry, a democrat." Really? Kerry is a democrat? I had gotten him mixed up with Republicans before, but this informative corporate media story cleared it all up for me.

Oh but I'm not even done. "Palestinians lament infitada" is my favorite slanted headline of the day. There's an informative paragraph on the same page (15A) that says that three allies of Aristide "surrendered to police Saturday after barricading themselves in a radio station for six hours, denying involvment in clashes that have killed at least 14 people... A judge involved in the case said they were detained on weapons charges." Hmmm. me thinks there is more to the story. No mention of how weapons violations could be a possible reason to pursue someone who is barricaded indoors? Is is my own cognitive dissonance (or perhaps lack of imagination?) that makes it seem highly unlikely that the Senate president had a weapons warrant served to him and then barricaded himself in a radio station? It seems to me that the weapons charge is phony to me, as any weapons infraction is likely to have been committed post hostility... but hey, what do I know? Well, thanks to the Mercury News, I know that Maria Schriver has been "Declared Chief Everything Officer (CEO) by AOL" (timelifewarnerturner) because she's such a "general whirlwind of energy." In fact, thanks to the glowing Schwarzenegger-friendly page 21A ('Capitol Beat'), I hear that the groper's 'smoking tent' isn't at fault in the $912,000 flood damage to the capitol. Other glowing praise of the groper: "Showing again he's not afraid to reverse himself, [arnie] signs a bill restoring $... vetoed from the July budget" Well, he is the Veto-Minator, according to the Mercury-News.
Okay, now I'm done.

What I meant to say is, we'll be on the air soon. Stay tuned www.freakradio.org. Thanks.
 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

F-words on radio, 'decency', and so on.

I have two kids, a 6 year old boy and 10 year old girl, bith of whom have grown up with Pacifica Radio fanatics as parents.

We were hanging out around the computer a few nights ago and looking at the pictures of the raid, they are somewhat familiar with FRSC, because we often listen on the web.

I played Bob's short mix on the bust, and when they heard 'we want to see a fucking warrant right now, asshole', and other choice uses of language throughout the mix, they were laughing their asses off, because kids have a natural propensity to dis-respect authority.

My kids are not stoopid, nor have they been corrupted because their parents don't clamp hands over their ears whenever somebody says fuck, shit, etc etc. They do not go to school repeating that language, nor do they run around the house cursing.

Who are we trying to protect?

If a 6 and 10 year old can handle this language, what is the problem? If the precept is that we need to protect the sensibilities of Americans and America's children, perhaps we should be raising smarter kids.

-scooter

 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

Truer words have never been spoken scooter!
We need smart kids and no bombs, not smart bombs and dumb kids. Although we all know where Dubya's priorities are with a 500 billion plus defense budget and his great unfunded mandate of No Child Left Behind (HA!!! Try to tell that to the two elementry schools forced to close in Santa Cruz this past year due to lack of fund$)
If you ask me, our only real crime in the eyes of Big Brother, uhhh, I mean the FCC is thought crime. And we can't have blatant thought crime so close to a selection, umm, I mean election...

And now, a message from Fear Channel....
Ignorance is Strength,
Freedom is Slavery,
War is Peace,
Oceana has always been at war with East Asia.
2+2=5
AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT!!!
 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

The statements regarding the curse words weren't regarding 'decency', it's about 'professionalism'. Pure and simple.
 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

right on joe!
 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

What part of "all-volunteer radio station" do you fail to comprehend?
 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

wow this thread got going pretty good when i was not looking...

Pahthetic wrote:
"Yo dj megawatt, I wrote that and I do not believe you read the rest of the note or got my message. I appears that you just got mad at that one line.. go back and read the rest."

actually, pathetic, i did read the entire message. i just responded to the part i felt inclined to.

i think your suggesting frsc get a license is what really made me mad, compounded with your snotty condescending tone (paired with obvious lack of technical understanding) when you said "Do not put the fucking antenna on top of a house. do I need to explain that one?"

my statement was not intended to suggest that FRSC separating the studio from the transmitter is a bad idea, nor was it what i was referring to
by saying they need not be furtive.

The transmitter site, separated from the studio, would still be part of FRSC, and the transmitting equipment, plus whatever receiver is used for the studio to transmitter link would still be subject to "arrest" by the feds. what i was saying is that there is no way to hide it and no point in trying. its a beacon!

i didn't respond to your comment about getting a license because there is no way i can make an anarchist of you in an indymedia thread.

there, i'm done being provoked.

as for having the studio in a separate location,
my response to some of the ideas...

a two-watt signal on the fm band is still an unlicensed transmission subject to seizure itself. even if its NOT on the fm broadcast band, any unlicensed transmission that is not part 15 is subject. if FRSC can find two locations near enough to each other to use a part
15 signal as an STL (studio to transmitter link)
then great! but i know from experience that the singlemost difficult part of microradio is finding locations to work from!

as for a part 15 signal going two miles - show me evidence! a part 15 device (like a mr microphone or what have you) is no longer in compliance with part 15 if you modify it to operate with any antenna other than the one provided.

the webstream idea failed in olympia because our internet connections were not stable, and we did indeed have alot of dead air.

if someone develops a point to point 80211.b wireless connection and transmits a continuous audio signal from point a to point b, using software like Tonecast, and it works well, please let me know. investing in the technology BEFORE anyone has tried it is beyond FRO's budget right now, and probably beyond FRSC's.
 

Professionalism at FRSC

On Saturday at the fantastic Youth and Power event I attended a workshop where a FRSC alumnus said that Free Radio was his training, where he got his feet wet and learned to do radio. He works at KPFA now.

By design, Free Radio Santa Cruz is open to all community members who are willing to go through a simple application process to become collective members. I'm sorry but I am not going to tell DJ Galaxy (our youngest collective member at 11) that he needs to be a little more professional. Listening to FRSC for I have heard some pretty unprofessional content, which makes sense in that we AREN'T PROFESSIONALS. Don't wanna be, either.

I know, you're refering to the 'adults' in the collective who, like myself, at times get a little upset and rant over the air about this bullshit and that bullshit and the ridiculous fucking nonsense that comes out of Ashcroft's mouth. Some members choose to keep it clean. others do not. Those some members do not have the right or authority to force those other members censor certain words from their vocabulary. No policy has been agreed upon via collective process regarding potty mouth, although several have been discussed. Remember, it's *free* radio.

I don't expect professionalism from FRSC, but I'm damned impressed at how often professionalism was and will be heard over the airwaves. I'm impressed with the professionalism of many members of the collective and the seriousness with which they take their work and their responsibility to the collective and the community. Several FRSC programmers have produced segments or shows that have aired nationwide and globally on various radio networks including "professional" stations. I feel like I'm stating the obvious here but FRSC has the ability to do legitimate journalism and the community obviously agrees based on the outpouring of support.

In the year I have been involved with FRSC I have seen and heard more professional legitimate journalism than in four years at a college station (funded by the students of the UC system). And if you read my post above, you'll understand why I find fault with the assertion that Free Radio or Indymedia or any independant media are not mainstream or are nonprofessional or that we aren't the REAL media.

I tuned into KCBS 740 AM the other day for their top of the hour news update at 5 PM on a friday (seems like there would be a big story). The national CBS desk decided that every professional CBS radio affiliate IN THE COUNTRY should inform their listeners that Paris Hilton wrote a book, and that Scott Peterson watches porn.

Whose professionalism is on the line here?
 

Continue to speak free and VOTE!

This will not be the last time. The only thing to do is to continue to speak free. You can make internet radios, blog, publish on paper, talk to people and so on. To give up would be the worst decision.
And don't forget to vote.

Solidarity from overseas! rgds
 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

MY new e-mail address..I guess i became famous
because I said fuck amerika. but you're talking
about airways, i'm way off track, born in a cardboard shack, on the other side of the railroad tracks but the airways pretty dirty in
amerika-a little fuck,shit,POLLUTION air fuck fuck who cares about clean air, verbal garbage in Japan-who gives a shit
 

Re: 120 Photos from the Raid on Free Radio Santa Cruz

I agree with yoshizawa-in Vietnam, on the dykes,
I dropped no bomb, -false claims of WMD in Iraq,
devastation of Iraq-Murder of innocent people,including children in iraq, torture and
abuse of prisoners in iraq, and where else, Cuba
or somewhere-an antenna would be nice.
 

2006-February

This is a new year with an old war - Freak radio going strong-I m still in Japan - where are you-Santa cruz- any good news?origin.www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2694361
making videos is my new hobby
hope to hear from you- don
 

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