Christian radio group faces financial hard times

A Christian radio ministry may be facing a financial apocalypse after its predictions about the end of the world failed to come true.

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Social Justice Radio Webinar May 22, 2013

Social justice is often about working with allies, spreading information, and bearing witness to stories that no one else hears. People of faith are known for our involvement in our communities--as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good.  And yet, all too often, the progressive faith community is not reflected in the media.


We now have a rare  opportunity to take charge and change the conversation. 


Thanks to a recent legislative victory, nonprofits, schools, churches, and labor unions will soon have a one-time chance to apply for thousands of new FM community radio licenses nationwide. The deadline to apply for these free low-power FM radio licenses is October 2013.  We have much to do before then—both to assist community groups  that are already working to obtain radio licenses and to develop faith-oriented radio stations ourselves.

To learn more, please join our webinar on

May 22nd, 2013, at 4 pm eastern time

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Join this one-hour webinar co-sponsored by the Office of Communication, Inc., the United Church of Christ’s  media justice ministry, Faith in Public Life, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Prometheus Radio project.  Learn more about this rare opportunity to diversify our airwaves.

The event will feature:

  • Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life
  • Cheryl Leanza, UCC OC Inc.'s policy advisor
  • Jeff Rousset from Prometheus Radio Project
  • Three people using radio from the faith perspective: 
    • Roger Parmenter, Founder, 89.1 FM, KHOI-FM, Ames, IA
    • Greg Kintz, General Manager, Radio Baha'i, 90.9 FM, WLGI-FM, Hemingway, SC

An Industry Man for the FCC

President Obama has picked a former telecommunications lobbyist and campaign fund-raiser to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, raising serious questions about his 2007 pledge that corporate lobbyists would not finance his campaign or run his administration.

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Statement in response to Anticipated FCC Chair Announcement

In response to the widely-reported impending announcement of Tom Wheeler as nominee to lead the Federal Communications Commission and Mignon Clyburn to lead the agency until Mr. Wheeler is confirmed, the United Church of Christ's media justice ministry made the following statement:


"I congratulate Chairman Clyburn on her historic appointment as the first woman chair of the Federal Communications Commission.  She is the ideal person to safeguard the interests of the public at this time of transition," said Earl Williams, Chair of the United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc.


Cheryl Leanza, UCC OC Inc.'s policy advisor stated, "We are eager for Mr. Wheeler to rapidly learn more about civil rights and media justice very early in his tenure.  We will be looking carefully at his key staff appointments with the expectation that he will select people with an in-depth understanding of the information needs of all communities to complement Mr. Wheeler's private sector resume."


We expect to work closely with Mr. Wheeler on the priorities of the public interest and civil rights communities, including diverse ownership of media and technology companies, universal and affordable high speed broadband Internet access, open Internet, and a rapid end to predatory prison phone rates.