WRFG's Radio Diaspora and Youth Media Organizing in Atlanta

cory - Posted on 21 March 2010

In an elementary school, converted into a community center, local reggae artists broadcast live programming from WRFG: Atlanta's community radio station.  WRFG 89.3 Broadcasts 24 Hours a day at 100,000 Watts. WRFG provides a voice for those who have been traditionally denied access to the broadcast media and the involvement of a broad base of community elements to guarantee that access. A poster on the station's wall boldly declares "Untouched by the sweaty little hand of Commercial Greed: Radio Free Georgia, 89.3"  WRFG is home to Radio Diaspora,a billingual radio program which is transmitted and webstreamed every Saturday from 5-7pm.  Janvieve Williams, founder of the Latin American and Carribbean Cultural Center is a member of Radio Diaspora, a transformative organizing tool for an Afro-latino and indigenous collective.  They understand that the radio is a tool to build consciousness of historical and current realities and from that place envision and project a future.  We invite you to hear interviews with Janvieve in spanish on Palabra Radio's website.

Before visiting WRFG, we spent the day with Youth Community Action Project (YCAP) who produce a radio program called Youth Speak Truth! (also broadcast on WRFG) as a leadership development program with Project South: The Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide.  YCAP was joined by FUEL Media, a youth media project which produces television programming for the public access station People TV.  FUEL media presented the videos that they have produced in the campaign for net neutrality and explained their process of producing media so that it has an impact.  Together- these two youth-led organizations explored the impacts of media on their lives, the root causes of inequity in the media system, communications strategies and collaborative next steps leading up to the US Social Forum, June 22-26 in Detroit.

We were thrilled to share this day of media analysis and strategizing and were able to see youth-led community movement building in action!   Prometheus screened a clip of "Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad"- and led participatory exercises to explore how radio can be a tool in creating transformative and participatory communication. 

As we head south, Fredando Jackson from Project South will join the Making Waves tour- adding his creativity, wisdom, and energy.  Welcome Fredando and Thank you Project South, YCAP, FUEL, Radio Diaspora and WRFG for showing us the soul of Atlanta's community organizing.