Today on MAIN-FM: The ‘hidden history’ of public opinion polling

October 29, 2010 by Wally Bowen

Did you ever wonder why we have public opinion polls? Probably not. Polls are such an integral part of our elections, it’s hard to imagine politics without them.

But hear this: “Opinion polling was born out of a struggle not to discover the public mind but to master it.” So wrote Christopher Hitchens in a 1992 Harper’s Magazine article entitled “Voting in the Passive Voice.”

Join us today at 4:30 p.m. for “Media Reform & MAIN” as we discuss the “hidden history” of public opinion polling in the United States, and why it is a threat to our democracy.

“Media Reform & MAIN” is heard each Friday on MAIN-FM 103.5 or via our live-stream at :www.main-fm.org.

With $1,000 challenge met, donor makes new challenge!

October 28, 2010 by Wally Bowen

During our 6 p.m. broadcast of Democracy Now! today, we met the $1,000 challenge from a long-time friend and supporter of MAIN and MAIN-FM. Thanks so much to all who responded!

This anonymous donor has now issued a second $1,000 challenge! Via the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, this donor will match every donation dollar-for-dollar up to another $1,000!

To make a secure, online donation, just click on: https://main.nc.us/about/donate/

As noted earlier, he is also willing to match any underwriting commitments from local businesses and nonprofits!

If you are a local business or nonprofit and you want to reach a conscientious “buy local” and activist audience, check out our affordable rates. Underwriting on MAIN and MAIN-FM is a great way to market your business or nonprofit and help keep this radio station on the air!

$1,000 challenge to keep MAIN-FM on the air!

October 28, 2010 by Wally Bowen

A long-time supporter of MAIN and MAIN-FM has issued a $1,000 challenge to help keep our community radio station on the air! This donor, via the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, will match every donation dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000.

To make a secure, online donation, just click on: https://main.nc.us/about/donate/

He is also willing to match any underwriting commitments from local businesses and nonprofits!

If you are a local business or nonprofit and you want to reach a conscientious “buy local” and activist audience, check out our affordable rates. Underwriting on MAIN and MAIN-FM is a great way to market your business or nonprofit and help keep this radio station on the air!

“Save Our Sound!” kicks off Monday, Oct. 25

October 23, 2010 by Wally Bowen

A weeklong fund drive to keep MAIN-FM 103.5 on the local public airwaves kicks off Monday, Oct. 25 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 30 at the station’s downtown Asheville studios next to Pack Library.

MAIN-FM is the only radio station in western North Carolina broadcasting progressive news and public affairs programming covering politics, the environment, health and wellness, Latino and Native American issues, arts and culture, and spirituality. The station also broadcasts music shows not available on local commercial radio, including the Putumayo World Music Hour and the locally produced Drop Beats, Not Bombs.

The station airs two nationally syndicated daily news shows – Democracy Now! and Free Speech Radio News – plus the Thom Hartmann Program, the nation’s number one progressive talk show, according to Talkers Magazine.

Listeners can make a secure online donation, or call 828-258-0085 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. during the SOS fund drive. Donations can also be mailed to: MAIN, 34 Wall St., Suite 407, Asheville, N.C. 28801.

Though MAIN-FM is licensed to broadcast at 100 watts, restrictive federal regulations pushed by the commercial broadcast lobby have limited the station’s signal to 2 watts since it went on the air in 2003, said Wally Bowen, MAIN’s founder and executive director.

“The good news is that pending legislation should soon remove these restrictions, and with the stroke of the president’s pen, we will be able to increase our power to a full 100 watts,” Bowen said.

The Local Community Radio Act cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by voice-vote last December. The power increase would enable listeners to hear MAIN-FM throughout most of Asheville and Buncombe County and into Madison and Henderson counties, he said.

Bowen said the SOS campaign is asking listeners and local businesses for three to six-month commitments to “show the board that the community appreciates and supports the kind of programming that can only be heard on MAIN-FM.”

He also urged local nonprofit organizations to help keep MAIN-FM on the air. “No local media has covered issues such as mountaintop removal like our radio station has over the years. If MAIN-FM is silenced, many progressive advocacy groups will be too,” said Bowen.

With an eventual signal increase, the station will quickly become self-supporting, he added. Since the station’s inception, it has been subsidized by revenue from MAIN’s Internet access and Web hosting services, he said.

The board of directors of the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN), which holds the license for MAIN-FM, voted Sept. 23 to cease broadcasting unless a $3,500 monthly operating deficit is covered by listener donations and local business sponsors. Federal law prohibits nonprofit stations from airing commercials, but sponsorship announcements – called “underwriting” – are permitted.

Since the Sept. 23 board vote, station volunteers, staff, and program hosts have been developing and implementing the “Save Our Sound!” (SOS) campaign, which culminates with this week’s on-air fund drive.

The MAIN board’s next scheduled meeting is Nov. 3. For more information about MAIN-FM’s “Save Our Sound” campaign, call 828-258-0085 or visit www.main-fm.org.
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Juan Williams, NPR, and local voices

October 22, 2010 by onair

Join us today on Media Reform & MAIN for a discussion of Juan Williams’
firing by NPR, why the revolution will not be tweeted, plus local voices on
our public airwaves. That’s today (Oct. 22) at 4:30 p.m. EDT on MAIN-FM, live-stream at: www.main-fm.org.

Hear what Thom Hartmann has to say about MAIN & MAIN-FM!

October 19, 2010 by Wally Bowen

Thom Hartmann on “Save Our Sound!” campaign

The “Save Our Sound!” campaign to keep MAIN-FM on the air will hold an on-air fund drive Monday, Oct. 25 through Saturday, Oct. 30. Learn how you can help!

“Save Our Sound!” fund drive set for Oct. 25-30

October 16, 2010 by Wally Bowen

A weeklong fund drive to keep MAIN-FM 103.5 on the local public airwaves kicks off Monday, Oct. 25 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 30 at the station’s downtown Asheville studios next to Pack Library.

The board of directors of the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN), which holds the license for MAIN-FM, voted Sept. 23 to cease broadcasting unless a $3,500 monthly operating deficit is covered by listener donations and local business sponsors. Federal law prohibits nonprofit stations from airing commercials, but sponsorship announcements – called “underwriting” – are permitted.

Since the Sept. 23 board vote, station volunteers, staff, and program hosts have been developing and implementing the “Save Our Sound!” (SOS) campaign, which culminates with the Oct. 25-30 on-air fund drive.

MAIN-FM is the only radio station in western North Carolina broadcasting progressive news and public affairs programming covering politics, the environment, health and wellness, Latino and Native American issues, arts and culture, and spirituality. The station also broadcasts music shows not available on local commercial radio, including the Putumayo World Music Hour and the locally produced Drop Beats, Not Bombs.

The station airs two nationally syndicated daily news shows – Democracy Now! and Free Speech Radio News – plus the Thom Hartmann Program, the nation’s number one progressive talk show, according to Talkers Magazine..

Though MAIN-FM is licensed to broadcast at 100 watts, restrictive federal regulations pushed by the commercial broadcast lobby have limited the station’s signal to 2 watts since it went on the air in 2003, said Wally Bowen, MAIN’s founder and executive director.

“The good news is that pending legislation should soon remove these restrictions, and with the stroke of the president’s pen, we will be able to increase our power to a full 100 watts,” Bowen said.

The Local Community Radio Act cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by voice-vote last December. The power increase would enable listeners to hear MAIN-FM throughout most of Asheville and Buncombe County and into Madison and Henderson counties, he said.

Bowen said the SOS campaign is asking listeners and local businesses for three to six-month commitments to “show the board that the community appreciates and supports the kind of programming that can only be heard on MAIN-FM.”

He also urged local nonprofit organizations to help keep MAIN-FM on the air. “No local media has covered issues such as mountaintop removal like our radio station has over the years. If MAIN-FM is silenced, many progressive advocacy groups will be too,” said Bowen.

With an eventual signal increase, the station will quickly become self-supporting, he added. Since the station’s inception, it has been subsidized by revenue from MAIN’s Internet access and Web hosting services, he said.

The MAIN board’s next scheduled meeting is Nov. 3. For more information about MAIN-FM’s “Save Our Sound” campaign, call 828-258-0085 or visit www.main-fm.org.
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