I helped develop a Low-Power FM radio station in our community, and the organization I manage has oversight of it (though it's volunteer run). Here in the States, LPFM stations were meant to provide truly local coverage, and they are just powerful enough to be heard within a given community. KDRT (K-Dirt) is our little station.
Anyway, I've been trying out something new: after doing everything possible with KDRT except actually hosting shows, I recently had the opportunity to interview one of my all-time faves, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.
In addition to being a phenomenal musician, and environmental and social justice activist, Amy and musical partner Emily Saliers recently took a stand on Capitol Hill for the Local Radio Act of 2007, which seeks to expand LPFM radio service in this country. Amy & I chatted about that, indie music, the disappearance of rural America, and her activism. Had a blast. Reminded me how much I love interviewing people, too (I used to be a reporter).
You can (if you like) listen to the Sept. 5 interview by going to :
and scrolling down to the appropriate date. There's an audio link right there. It's also available as a podcast on Podcast Alley.
It was produced by regular KDRT producer Labiba Boyd, who has done some outstanding interviews (check out her web site while you're there).
Labiba has asked me to co-host an interview with Gloria Tristani, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, so that'll be coming up soon.