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    First Micro Radio Conference

    Date: Sat. April 6, 1996, 1 PM till 6 PM.

    Location : San Jose Multi-Cultural Center, San Jose CA.

    Background: Based on email conversations between Schriener and myself, as well as statements by Stephen Dunifer, the micro radio conference started two weeks prior with the idea of Schriener, Dunifer, and staff from FRB and Free Radio San Jose getting together for a discussion. It turned into a meeting of Micro Broadcasters from all over Northern California. There will be another conference in LA in two weeks.

    Estimates of attendance characteristics, as well as the size and composition of the crowd are based on observations by myself. All numbers are estimated.

    Total Number in attendance: 100

    Euro: 60 African-American: 12 Hispanic/Latino: 20 Asian: 3 Multi: 5

    Male: 77 Female: 23

    under 20: 15 20-30: 31 30-40: 31 40+: 23

    Known full age range: 14-70

    Radio Stations Represented [cross checked w/other data to complete info]

      Location  Status  Frequency  Affiliation
     Watsonville  on-air  96.1  Radio Zapatista
     Salinas  on-air  106.7  Radio Zapatista
     Santa Barbara  working  (equip. bought)  
     Fresno  working  (equip. bought)  
     Point Reyes (Marshall)   working    
     Arcata  on-air   88.9  Free Arcata Radio
     Hollister  on-air    Spanish
      Santa Cruz  on-air  96.3  FRSC
     San Jose  on-air  93.7  

     Los Angeles  up in 2 weeks 101.5   
     LA-South Central  working    
     Oakland #1  working    
     Oakland #2  working    
     Oakland #3  working    
     Berkeley  on-air  104.1  FRB
     Berkeley  on-air  99.3  Radio Illegal (6 watt)
     San Francisco  on-air  93.7  SF Liberation Radio
     San Francisco  on-air  103.1  Radio Libre
     San Francisco  on-air  107.3  Radio Rabelde
     Sacramento  on-air  89.7 moving to 91.7  (3 watt on for 2 months)

    There was in addition a message from Decatur, ILL and a representative present from Haiti.

    Organizations Represented Unofficially by Members

    Pacifica Accountability Committee

    KZSC (University of California at Santa Cruz)

    Peoples FCC

    Committee for Democratic Communications (National Lawyers Guild)

    Medical Marijuana Initiative

    Food Not Bombs


    Take Back KPFA

    Community Homeless alliance

    Teamsters Union

    Rock and Rap Confidential (independent programmers)

    Association of Micro power Broadcasters

    Rogue Scholar Project

    IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) Union
    (Efforts discussed to interest the United Farm Workers with Watsonville and Salinas Stations.)

    Both KZSC and Cal-X have pulled PSA's on micro radio.

    Participants sat in a wide arch facing the micro phone with a facilitator from Free Radio San Jose (a woman named Katey) and Dunifer. After brief opening remarks, everyone in the room was allowed to get up and say who they were, where (or what station) they were from, and why they were there. That took over an hour. The facilitator also spoke Spanish and translated for those broadcasters who were more comfortable speaking in Spanish.

    After a short break, Dunifer gave an up-date about the court case and the status of the movement as he saw it. There was then a wide ranging discussion concerning the rest of the agenda. Considering the short amount of time it was decided that everyone should break up into small groups. There was a lot of debate concerning the composition of such groups. Although, it was decided that a second, longer, and larger conference should be held soon to allow for further discussion and networking.

    By a rough consensus, the following small groups were formed:
    1. Legal/court case.
    2. Technical (Facilitated by Dunifer).
    3. Networking (Facilitated by Schriener).
    4. Women in Micro Radio (Smallest at 4).
    5. Bilingual/Spanish Radio.

    Walter Dunn Jr. (the Black Rose)
    Dunn was in attendance with a group of 5 or so from Fresno. I had a chance to talk with him and found out some more background on him. Evidently, his station was a classic transition station between old and new style pirates. Those who helped him to start the station were black media professions from the area, including television as well as radio. Apparently, they built all their equipment from scratch. They were all Class C card holders. Dunn stated that the station started off as a dare and evolved into a statement on the lack of minority run media in the area. When he was shut down by the FCC he said he looked at all the cameras and the press and thanked the FCC official (Nunn) for the free publicity. He said that they we're slowly dying on the vine when they were busted. The FCC move created an interest by a wider number of people.

    Food Not Bombs (FNB)
    The further interaction of FNB with micro radio was evident by the situation at Free Radio San Jose. Where in San Francisco Food not Bombs is a major force in Radio Libre, and produce tapes for other micro stations, in San Jose, the station is being used to help revive a defunct cell of FNB.

    IWW (Industrial Workers Of The World)
    IWW representatives were circulating a hand-out containing a proposal to unionize micro stations and use the frame-work of the union to form a network for program/information/resource exchanges.

    Association of Micro-Power Broadcasters (AMPB)
    Organized by Paul Griffin (San Francisco), this is a source for tapes and other information flowing between stations. He is attempting to form a frame-work for organizing action and programming.

    Other Technologies
    A former Davis resident and a staff member at the Sacramento micro was handing out plans for a low power VHF transmitter that he had designed.