Bring "Democracy Now!" to a Station Near You
By Matthew Toplikar / democracynow.org

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Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations and its podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

If you'd like to have Democracy Now broadcast in you area, follow the steps below.

What To Do

GETTING STARTED

Find out if there is an existing campaign in your area:

  1. Check the stations map to see if Democracy Now! is already broadcast in your community.
  2. If it isn’t available, Look at the bottom of your region’s list to see if there are already active campaigns in your community that you can join.
  3. If NO campaign is listed and you want to start one, let Democracy Now know!

TAKE ACTION!

There are several types of stations that air Democracy Now!:

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  • On Radio: Pacifica Radio stations, Public/NPR-affiliated stations, College and Community radio stations, Low Power FM stations, and several commercial AM stations.
  • On TV: Public Access stations and public television (PBS) stations.

Find a Station Near You that can Potentially Air DN!

  • To locate a radio station in your area that may want to air DN! useRadio Locator, which lists all US radio stations by zip code.
  • To locate a TV station in your area that may want to broadcast DN!, check out The Global Village

BEFORE you contact a station, it is helpful to review some of DN!'s  downloadable resources. They will better equip you with helpful talking points, information about the show and how it is broadcast.

Tips

  • Review the Program Schedule of the stations you decide to pursue, to see where DN! might fit well. The more familiar you seem with a station, the better.
  • You can suggest that Democracy Now! replace any repeat programming that a station airs.
  • Stations can air Democracy Now! as little as once per week or every weekday. If a station is hesitant to broadcast the show, suggest that they broadcast DN! once per week and assess audience response.
  • Always take notes on the conversations you have with staff at the stations. Be sure to write down when and with whom you spoke to. This helps when you have follow up conversations and in telling otherDN! supporters with whom to speak at the station.

If A Station Wants More Information

  • It is helpful to provide stations with a Democracy Now! publicity kit. This kit explains who we are and what we do. You can download it or request that we send a hard copy in the mail. It is also good to give the station a sample show (CD, DVD or VHS) along with the publicity kit.Contact us before you approach the station and we’ll send you one in the mail.

If A Station Decides To Broadcast DN!

  • Station managers should sign up here. You can provide them with this link and we will give them all the information they need to know about how they can broadcast DN!

Success Stories

While it may take some time to get your local station to air DN!, just remember that many people have been successful in getting DN! on the air after long campaigns. To read more about how they did it go to Success Stories on our blog.

Consider Your Local Environment

  • Each community is unique. Find out about the local media environment and learn from activists who are doing like-minded work.
  • Connect with local media reform, independent media, and peace and justice groups that might already be working in your area, to build support for your DN! campaign.

You can find media reform groups in your area at freepress.net

You can find peace and justice groups in your area at unitedforpeace.org.

SPREAD THE WORD In order to have the people-power to enact and sustain a campaign to bring DN! to a local station, you will need to generate widespread support for Democracy Now! To raise awareness and get more people involved, spread the word and build alliances.

NEW!!! Radio stations can now broadcast Democracy Now!’s headlines in Spanish. It’s FREE, ask YOUR station to air the headlines in Spanish today!

After you have contacted a station, please be in touch no matter what happens to let us know about your experience. Email us or Call: 212-431-9090 x8802.

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