A/V Archive Unleashed, Launch Imminent, Random Notes

I hereby present to you the Audio Library, which contains more than four gigabytes of material. In addition to 40+ hours of shortwave pirate clips (many new to the ‘net), featured MP3s and all things Mbanna, there’s some worthy video for you to check out as well.
Examples include “Free Radio: A Video Documentary” and “Evil Empire,” an oldie but still goodie, especially with the pending NAB radio convention in Seattle (just a month and a half away) and Clear Channel’s recent higher-than-usual public visibility.
Remember: this stuff just represents what was previously encoded, plus a backlog of stuff I hadn’t gotten to putting online yet. And we haven’t even gotten to media collage! Based on this, it’s feeling about time to officially “launch” DIYmedia, which means getting back into the real swing of things, with regular updates and the like. Look for that to happen within a week or so, once we get a few more essentials online.
In the meantime, some notes of interest:
The public comment period for the FCC’s proceeding on AM digital radio standards expired in mid-July, and REC Networks has compiled a great summary of many of the comments filed in opposition to the misguidedness of IBOC DAB.
Floridia amateur radio operator Robert Birdsey has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC to delete certain sections of the Code of Federal Regulations that prohibit hams from broadcasting. In his petition (RM-10492), he argues that the blanket prohibitions of broadcasting on ham frequencies “are in clear violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and should be deleted immediately.” You can file comments on the petition by using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (just mention RM-10492 in the “Proceeding” window).
And it wouldn’t be right to go without first giving kudos to the tenacious folks at Boulder Free Radio, who have dodged yet another bullet from the FCC by setting up a network of transmitting locations and a pretty bulletproof system for keeping those involved with the station nice and anonymous. It’s had the effect so far of keeping the FCC field agents (especially Jon Sprague from Denver’s FCC office) coming back to Boulder – but leaving empty-handed.
Now THAT’S the way to play cat-and-mouse!