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Fri Nov 10 14:11:39 PST 2000
Twothousandflushes at hotmail.com
For Immediate Release
The Worlds First Public Access Pirate Radio Station Live On The Air NOW!
November 10, 2000---Minneapolis, USA
Twin Cities residents awoke to a pre-campaign discussion forum of an unusual
sort Monday morninga pirate radio station that allows the public to submit
their own audio programming. Minneapolis infamous 2000 Flushes Pirate Radio
emerged from years of inactivity to "flush away the past" and provide a
first of its kind public forum for free speech.
Using the latest ASP and Shoutcast technology supplied by Minneapolis-based
Meme Radio (memeradio.com) listeners are able to upload their own
programming in MP3 format through the 2000 Flushes website
(2000flushes.com). Upon uploading, the programming gets cued automatically
into a playlist and re-broadcast to the entire Twin Cities area within
minutes on 94.1 FM.
Since its launch last Monday, the 2000 Flushes website has received
hundreds of hits per day as listeners scramble to upload their own spoken
word and music programming. This despite the stations ongoing fight against
adverse weather conditions, threats from licensed broadcasters and impending
legal action by Global Household Brands, the manufacturer of 2000 Flushes
Toilet Bowl Cleaner.
Although technically illegal, 2000 Flushes points out that even as
regulators refer to the broadcast spectrum as a "Public Resource," there is
no existing access to that resource by the public. One 2000 Flushes staffer
compared the airwaves to a public park filled with wild dogs. "If the public
tries to visit the park they get attacked by dogs, but we think the park
should be open for all to enjoy, not just a select few."
In the past licensed broadcasters and the FCC have argued that if everyone
was allowed to broadcast their own radio station, the interference from
competing users would create chaos. The 2000 Flushes model however
demonstrates that the internet enables the general public to share time on
existing stations without creating any additional interference. The 2000
Flushes staff actively encourage other stations, both licensed and
unlicensed to adopt the same public access format. "The problem is the FCC
is trying to apply 20th century laws to 21st century technology." Says a
2000 Flushes crewmember.
And hes right.
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