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Columnist: Lucky to Have “Radio Free Moscow”

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Almost any resident of Moscow can recite a list of the special amenities and opportunities of our city — and keep going for some time. However, an informal exploration revealed that many community members know nothing about a unique gem that we have here: Radio Free Moscow. Media consolidation is among the many overwhelming 21st century societal developments that can make any democracy-loving U.S. citizen weep. Most radio and television stations are owned outright by large corporations and government entities. What we are exposed to in the media has been filtered and spun to fit profoundly biased guidelines. A community radio station can keep opportunities open for the broadcasting of local news and less-censored world news and the expression of a wide range of points of view. In Moscow, we are fortunate to have an independent radio station: KRFP, Radio Free Moscow, 92.5 FM. — Lois Blackburn/Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

DFO: In view of the recent firing by KXLY, I found Lois Blackburn’s column about Moscow’s independent FM radio station interesting. ‘Twould be nice if Coeur d’Alene had a radio station that would provide the local news and community scuttlebutt and features that the Moscow station does. And that former news director Dick Haugen tried to do all by himself.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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