First Radio Station in the Caribbean with solar-powered transmitter

LPRC member station Radio Casa Pueblo in Puerto Rico is now the first broadcaster in the Caribbean to operate entirely with renewable energy. The announcement was made during the celebration of the radio station’s tenth anniversary.

Radio Casa Pueblo is part of community-based organization Casa Pueblo in the town of Adjuntas, which was severely affected by hurricane María. After the storm, Casa Pueblo  distributed solar lamps, water filters, and other solar systems to their community.

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Radio Casa Pueblo’s new solar panels.

“Radio Casa Pueblo marks a new path for telecommunications. After hurricane Maria, communications collapsed for several reasons such as collapsed antennas, impassable access roads, and the lack of fuel for power generators.” —Arturo Massol, associate director of Casa Pueblo.

During and after the hurricane, Radio Casa Pueblo became the main source of news for a town disconnected due to a collapsed telecommunications infrastructure. The cellular network was down and roads were impassable, making it almost impossible for emergency and recovery services to reach many Puerto Ricans. The station was an important part of Casa Pueblo’s hurricane relief efforts,  it also helped keep residents connected and informed.

They say necessity is the mother of all inventions, but Casa Pueblo has a long history of advocacy and community organizing in sustainable development, renewable energy, and environmental justice. Its founder, Alexis Massol, won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2002.

It does take a lot of commitment and a strong will to make something like this happen during one of Puerto Rico’s most dire crises. It is also remarkable how Casa Pueblo made community radio a priority in a time when there are so many needs to address. It takes a strong mix of resilience, innovation, commitment to renewable energy, and a clear understanding of community media, especially in times of emergency.

This is a great example of how community broadcasters can be storytellers and a link connecting many, while being be part of change. Congratulations to Casa Pueblo for reaching such a marvelous and inspiring milestone!

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Although the radio station and the organization already operated on solar power, its transmitter depended on a power generator, which represented a financial cost and environmental strain. Now they are more efficient and better prepared to manage emergencies and serve the community.

Radio Casa Pueblo hopes other broadcasters in the Caribbean follow suit and become powered by 100% renewable energy.

The transmitter was made possible through the combined support of donors and the private sector. Casa Pueblo broadcasts through the 1020AM frequency in the
central zone of Puerto Rico, and via Internet through http://casapueblo.org/radio/. For more information, visit their page or follow them on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

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LPRC Board Member selected Visiting Professor at prestigious university in the UK

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Dr. Federico Subervi, member and secretary of our LPRC Board of Directors, was selected to be Visiting Leverhulme Professor at the School of Media & Communication at the University of Leeds, UK.

The purpose of the invitation is to conduct academic work and enhance the knowledge and skills of the academic staff or student body.

This is an important distinction. The selection criteria includes academic standing and achievements, as well as the potential contribution by the visiting professor to the receiving institution.

Subervi has been a professor of communication at Kent State University and Texas State University. He earned his doctorate in Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since the early 1980s, he has been conducting research, publishing and teaching on a broad range of issues related to the mass media and ethnic minorities, especially Latinos in the United States. At the LPRC, he has been a driving force behind our efforts to conduct audience research for Latino public radio.

While at the University of Leeds, Subervi’s research will focus on political communication in Puerto Rico, his home country, and also on topics related to media and governance in Latin America.

All of us at the LPRC are happy with his achievement and look forward to learning about his research. ¡Felicitaciones, Federico!

Upon his return at the end of the year, he will continue his full participation and assistance with LPRC projects and goals.

On MLK, Jr. and a powerful dream that continues to inspire

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Today America pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and the significant role he played as an international human rights and civic leader advocating and leading efforts to bring resolution to issues faced by African Americans back in the 1950s. And yet, his advocacy work, influence, speeches, and civic leadership addressed and represented all communities of color: African Americans, Latinos, & Native Americans.  In fact, he brought Latinos together to march for civic rights by working closely with important Latino leaders like Cesar Chavez, among others. [See: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and His Support of the Latino Community]

His marches, speeches, and especially his eloquent “I Have a Dream Speech” sought to bring equality for all regardless of color or economic status.  Fast forward to 2018, I can’t help to reflect on the work of our Latino public media stations, who today provide a civic voice, via their airwaves, for public discourse and create programs where Latino culture, history and heritage can be shared, celebrated and appreciated.

As we remember and appreciate Martin Luther King Jr., I invite you to tune in to one of our stations to appreciate the work they fulfill every day in order to make a difference in the lives of Latinos living and working in the United States.


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LPRC Board Member Named Digital Media Innovator

LPRC Board Member and founder of NPR’s Next Generation Radio, Doug Mitchell, was named one of 2017 MediaShift Digital Media Innovators.

¡Felicitaciones, Doug! Congrats to Doug!

MediaShift is a digital publication dedicated to media and technology. It launched a new annual feature called the MediaShift20, to recognize top innovators in digital media and other fields, such as education and metrics.

Here’s what MediaShift published:
Doug Mitchell has dedicated his career to supporting aspiring journalists. He founded NPR’s Next Generation Radio program, a week-long program that trains young journalists how to report for radio. His work as a mentor began in 1999 when he watched a group of NPR interns struggling. “I was right there and I’d walk across the hall and say ‘No, no, you do it this way,’” Mitchell said in an interview on the “It’s All Journalism” podcast. “I thought, nobody’s helping them, so maybe I should help them. So, I helped them finish their show that summer of ’99 and I thought, you know what, this is a really good idea. Let me see if I can carry it forward.” A supporter of diversity in media, Mitchell sits on the board of the Latino Public Radio Consortium, is a peer reviewer for the Fulbright Association and consults with the International Women’s Media Foundation.

Radio Campesina Joins Inside Out Project to Support Dreamers

LPRC member station Radio Campesina and the César Chávez Foundation joined the national participatory art project Inside Out, dedicated to Dreamers, as part of their commitment to Latino advocacy, equality, social justice, diversity and immigrant rights.

The Inside Out Project is a global participatory art project where people stand up for what they care about through the power of their own images. Inside Out created a special edition dedicated to immigration, DACA and Dreamers who are providing their portraits and a stand up statement.  The project has been traveling across the U.S to give communities and local leaders a platform to amplify their voices.

“What this project did was to put a face to the DREAM Act movement. It showed that we all Dreamers, we all have wants and needs and the only things that separate us are the color of our skin, language and a border,” said Radio Campesina VP, Michael Nowakowski.

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Last month, the Inside Out Dreamers project stopped by the Chavez Foundation in Phoenix and Radio Campesina was there to share this moment with its listeners. People had their picture taken in a photo-booth with props and art to stand in solidarity with Dreamers. These portraits are meant to remind the community of the human stories and faces behind the national debate surrounding Dreamers.

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Inside Out/Dreamers Portraits at the César Chávez Foundation

In the face of the U.S. Administration’s decision to rescind DACA, the Inside Out/Dreamers project provides communities and local leaders with a platform to amplify their voices, creating a diverse portrait of America with immigrants and their descendants. Other local organizations were also part of the event: Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), UFW Foundation, and Mi Familia Vota.

 

LPRC Board Member Wins Emmy

Dr. Luis Rosario Albert won a Suncoast Regional Emmy in the category Historical Documentary for “El Coleccionista” about Dr. Jorge Luis Crespo Armáiz and his research on stereoscopic photography in Puerto Rico.

Stereoscopy is a technique to create images with the illusion of depth. It was most popular in the 19th century and well into the 1900s.

The documentary was produced and directed by Dr. Rosario Albert, LPRC Board member and communications professor at Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. Two of his students, Roberto Sylva and Carlos Rivera, were part of the production team.

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Sylva, Dr. Rosario Albert and Rivera

It’s encouraging to see Latino productions recognized, especially in noncommercial and educational media.

“It is an honor to receive the award given by a professional organization such as the Emmys. I trust that this will serve as a stimulus to the students of Communications at a time when the documentary genre continues to strengthen in Puerto Rico,” said Rosario Albert.

You can watch “El Coleccionista” here.

Other big winners include productions by the TV unit of LPRC member WIPR. “Mater Atómica” by Guillermo Gómez, “Lorca es Todos” by Caridad Sorongo, and “La Mujer Maravilla Sobre Ruedas” by Yamara Rodríguez and Omar Camilo. Congratulations to all!

The Suncoast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a Florida nonprofit corporation devoted to excellence in television. They offer annual Emmy Awards, called The Suncoast Emmy Awards, to the television markets throughout the state of Florida, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama, Thomasville, Georgia and Puerto Rico.

Más Shoutout to Puerto Rico Engineers

During a humanitarian crisis like the one in Puerto Rico, there are individuals who standout portraying their commitment to serve their community. Please join me in giving a Más Shoutout to Jose Otero, WIPR’s Development Director in Puerto Rico!  Don’t be deceived by his title as he is also a skilled Engineer working & providing critical information to LPRC to help get WIPR back on-air.  His commitment is inspiring! WIPR AM radio is on-air and WIPR-TV is airing online only.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, LPRC will continue to give Más Shoutouts to Latinos working in public media.

Please support him to get WIPR TV & Radio and all our Puerto Rico Stations
back on-air via GoFundMe!
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