Why the revolution? Because we believe commercial radio has gotten WAY off track, and it's time for change. It's time for a new model of radio - a model that reflects and serves the community through its music and public affairs programming. Connecting with the Portland community is our mission.
Portland Radio Project is a group of radio professionals who have witnessed significant and unfortunate changes to radio over the years. Through ownership consolidation, a handful of corporations have gained control over most of American radio. Their primary interest is money, not music, and certainly not community. They play only the songs that serve the bottom line, over and over and OVER again, ignoring incredible talent that deserves to be heard. They give air time only to those organizations that can pay for it, disregarding the great work done by so many Portland nonprofits and volunteers whose stories deserve to be told.
We promise to deliver that new model of radio, online. We will use the ease of streaming technology to deliver a commercial-free music mix of rock, folk and blues with exposure for local and emerging artists. We also promise visibility for the causes and nonprofits that make Portland a great place to live through quality news and true public service. We are proud to have a news partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting and are collaborating with Oregon Music News.
Our music stream will feature artists ranging from Bruno Mars to the Rolling Stones, from Patty Griffin to the Beatles. You'll hear the latest hits, but not 10 times a day. You'll also hear local artists such as Norman Sylvester, Christopher Worth and Pink Martini. And we'll help you discover hot local bands you've never heard before, bands you can then see live at the Doug Fir or the Star Theater. You'll hear brief underwriting credits, but no annoying commercials.
We just launched a Kickstarter campaign ( link to kck.st).
We believe the loss of localism in commercial radio, combined with the growing ease of internet listening, has created an opportunity for community-minded radio professionals to forge online stations that celebrate local music and causes. Please check us out! We believe this new model can grow and spread! Our website: www.prp.fm. Thanks for helping to spread the word about our effort!