People are starting to notice Portland Radio Project. After expanding service to the FM dial in May, 2015, PRP is gaining visibility and new listeners every day.
Recently, the news blog “Radio Survivor” profiled PRP’s journey from online to on-the-dial (at 99.1 fm), calling it “an incubator for how to run a radio station.” RS reporter Eric Klein noticed the depth of radio experience among PRP’s founding team (referring, for example, to Robert Parish as “ludicrously qualified”) and was curious about PRP’s weekly nonprofit profile, “Community Voices,” and the PRP commitment to public service.
Along with Klein, Radio Survivor bloggers Paul Riismandel, Matthew Lasar and Jennifer Waits say “For us . . . radio is a cause.” Their stated mission is to “shed light on the ongoing importance of radio: from the airwaves (FM, AM, Short-wave, HD, satellite) to online.” Even amid the current paradigm shift to digital audio options, the bloggers say they are “obsessed with the future of radio and are charmed by radio historians, radio dramatists, radio bloggers, and anyone else who cares about radio as deeply as we do.”
Here is the Radio Survivor interview with PRP founder Rebecca Webb, in which she answers Paul and Eric’s questions about her dream of creating a music station in close touch with the Portland community, and why PRP chose to seek a Low-Power FM License.
*Note that this is an excerpt from the entire podcast, which also contained interesting news about college radio and other topics. To listen to the full podcast, click on Radio Survivor.