Re: [videoblogging] FCC raids a micro (pirate) radio station in Santa Cruz…

It's interesting for me to hear how things are in the US. Here radio
broadcasting is very different. Commercial radio is a relatively new
thing. It is only in the last couple of years that we've gotten national
commercial radio. I don't know if anyone bothers to listen to them since
we have four national public service station (P1 through 4). There's P1
which is talk radio, P2 with mostly classical, P3 the pop/rock and P4 with
local segments.

I think that the no national commercial radio is due to the small market,
which again is heavily due to the fact that there is P3 for pop/rock that
has much better radio than any commercial station. They have the best
hosts, and no commercials. The whole thing is funded through viewer
licenses, compulsory if you own a radio or a tv. All four radio channels
and the two tv stations DR 1 and 2 are funded this way – plus government
funding of course. It's funded by the state, but not controlled by them.

Anyway, local radio. As far as I know it's not particulary hard to get a
local radio license (national licenses are impossible to get). In my city
(pop. just over 180,000) there are 8 local indenpendent stations and 2
local commercial stations. The independent stations all share the same
frequency. Probably because none of them are able to broadcast more than
they do (okay, the university radio might). Anyway, it's not impossible at
all to get your voice out. Whether anyone will listen…

For the curious these are the independent stations in my city (Aalborg):

Radio Aalborg (no idea)
Lumi Radio (Some Christian group)
Indvandrerradioen ("immigration radio". Probably run by immigrants?)
Station 10 (some youth radio)
Folkets Radio ("The People's Radio". Sounds like a Socialist group, could
be right-wing too though)
Studenterradioen (The university radio)
Aalborg Senior Radio ("Aalborg Senior Radio")
Nordjyllands Jazzradio (North Jutland Jazz Radio)

– Andreas