Microradio Resources in Print
Thanks to John Anderson of DIYmedia for help with compiling this list. Visit http://diymedia.net for up to date news about the Microradio movement, news archives, and thousands of additional useful links not listed here.
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Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America
A comprehensive history of alternative radio in America. Contains chapters on the microradio movement, the Pacifica saga, Lorenzo Milam, and much more.
Original Sex and Broadcasting: A Handbook on Starting a Radio Station for the Community
Lorenzo W. Milam
The book that helped launch the community radio movement of the 1960ís and 1970ís.
Radio Papers: From KRAB to KCHU-Essays on the Art & Practice of Radio Transmission
Lorenzo W. Milam
Ramblin' good entertainment from one of community radio's Johnny Appleseeds, as printed in the program guides of the stations he started.
Pacifica Radio: The Rise of an Alternative Network
Recounts the fifty-year history of the nation's first listener-sponsored and only politically left radio network, Pacifica Radio started in 1949 by visionary and pacifist Lewis Hill.
Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves
A whimsical trip through the strange world of the border blaster radio stations and those sometimes-shady, never-dull people who owned and performed on them. One of the best sources of information on this niche in radio history.
Guerrilla Radio: Rock n' Roll Radio and Serbia's Underground Resistance
Rolling Stone writer romanticizes the battles of Belgrade's B92 and its musical journey through Yugoslavia's revolution; better narrative than analysis.
The Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of Radio
Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio (editors)
While volumes have been written on the cultural impact of television in America, not nearly enough attention has been turned on radio. The Radio Reader helps to fill this valuable niche.
Rising Up: Class Warfare in America from the Streets to the Airwaves (Direct from Librad Press)
An active participant in the modern American microradio movement has put pen to paper, taking stock of the battle for free speech. A critically thoughtful and entertaining read.
Microradio & Democracy: Low Power to the People
Pamphlet on the pre-LPFM history of "modern" unlicensed broadcasting in the United States, written by a member of the former Steal this Radio collective.
Access to the Airwaves: My Fight for Free Radio
Allan H. Weiner and Anita McCormick
Autobiographical trek through the life and stations of one of America's most prolific past pirates
Rebel Radio: The Story of El Salvador's Radio Venceremos
Jose Ignacio Lopez Vigil
The true story behind the guerrilla radio station that helped challenge the American-backed government in this Central American nation, told in the words of those who made it happen.
Playing in the Fm Band: A Personal Account of Free Radio
Steve Post recounts his time as a free-form DJ at Pacifica station WBAI, New York City.
Jamming the Media: A Citizen's Guide to Reclaiming the Tools of Communication
This book examines the strategies and tactics being used on the front lines by media hackers exploring DIY radio, print, television, and the like.
Pirate Radio Stations: Tuning in to Underground Broadcasts in the Air and Online
Compendium of history on shortwave piracy and how to find them; includes a CD-ROM filled with clips of SW pirates from around the world.
Seizing the Airwaves: A Free Radio Handbook
Ron Sakolsky and Stephen Dunifer editors
Collection of essays authored by people involved in the U.S. microradio movement between the late 1980s-1990s.
Pirate Radio Operations
A very general technical reference book for those interested in dabbling with radio broadcasting, with helpful tips on subjects ranging from the science to station security.
Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media
Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols
Updated pamphlet encapsulates the rise of media activism against increasing corporate control of space for public dialogue.
Rich Media, Poor Democracy
Robert W. McChesney
Definitive chronicle of how corporations have hijacked American mass media. A must-read.
It's the Media, Stupid
John Nichols and Robert McChesney
A great manifesto synopsizing what's wrong with the state of the media today - and what we can do to begin to change it for the better.
The Media Monopoly
A scathing attack on consolidation in modern media and predictions for the digital revolution. This book set the standard for modern media studies in the realm of political economy.
Don't Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech for All of Us
First Amendment lawyer Bruce Sanford warns that if current levels of anti-media sentiment are maintained, we'll all get hurt in the end.
Megamedia: How Giant Corporations Dominate Mass Media, Distort Competition, and Endanger Democracy
Corporate control of the media is a scourge on society. This book helps sound the alarm in a way that makes this complex problem easy to get a grip on.
We the Media
Don Hazen and Julie Winokur (editors)
A 'Media Problems 101'-style text; every problem is highlighted by examples of people working on solutions to the problem, which is very cool.
Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy
Robert W. McChesney
Focused criticism of the broadcast media and the Internet; examines how the "media industry" has convoluted and/or outright corrupted both.
Broadcast Indecency: FCC Regulation and the First Amendment
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz
Examines the concept of and regulations defining broadcast indecency. More than a legal treatise - social and political implications earn a rightful place in the discussion.
Radio Theory and Electronics
Pirate Radio And Video: Experimental Transmitter Projects
Newton C. Braga
If you're looking for a book filled with working schematics that cover all the popular pirate broadcast bands, look no further than here. This is one of the best "cookbooks" around.
ARRL Antenna Book
R. Dean Straw (editor)
Required reading for anyone serious about building their own radio system. Useful for the design/construction of antennas across all bands!
How Radio Signals Work
Skimpy on the math, but yet still thick with information, this is a good place to begin your learning experience with radio theory. It's written like a textbook, which gives the reader the ability to jump around, making it valuable to both newbie and experienced engineer alike.
RF Design Guide: Systems, Circuits & Equations
A compendium of shortcuts for the design engineer in mind, this best-selling reference can significantly streamline the time it takes from designing your own RF circuit to to constructing it. A hardcore homebrewer's bible.
Radio, Sound, and Art
Radio Rethink: Art, Sound, and Transmission
Edited by Daina Augatitis and Dan Lander
An anthology that explores artists' use of radio in the context of it history and role as a mass medium.
Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde
Edited by Douglas Kahn and Gregory Whitehead
Excellent collection of essays about radio sound art, Cage, and other radio experiments.
Experimental Sound and Radio
Edited by Allen Weiss
Neil Strauss editor
Collection of essays about the art of radio transmission.
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