By Caroline MacNeille ’16
Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel ’93 recently visited local Louisiana radio station KOCZ 92.9 FM – a station made possible by the Community Radio Act. This bipartisan legislation supports local radio in the face of expanding corporate broadcast. KOCZ offers local gospel, R&B and Zydeco music for the community of Opelousas, Louisiana. Jessica, a champion of the bill, was able to visit with the volunteers who make this station possible.
“It was terrific to see what this station is doing. It validates all we are doing.” This article in the Daily World discusses her visit and the benefits of the Community Radio Act:
Major companies’ purchase of more and more previously local radio station often silenced unique voices and cultures. In many cases the new corporate owners would set all their stations to play the same program whether the broadcast was heard in California or New York. Because of the Community Radio Act, hyper-local stations such as KOCZ are getting a new lease on life.
“It was exciting. You could feel the energy of all those volunteers and how important it is to them to put it on the air every day,” she said of KOCZ, which is run almost entirely by volunteer disc jockeys, engineers and more.
“We are living in a world of expanding online global content. But there is still something special about local radio that speaks to the heart and soul of a community,” Rosenworcel said.
Image: c/o Freddie Herpin, Daily World
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