My last tip was all about wind-up electronic gadgets that will help you survive the climate change cataclysm. When our political, economic, social and electrical grids all collapse from environmental destruction, you’ll still be able to power up flashlights, radios and even cell phones with your own physical strength. No batteries or electric plug-ins required.
Then I remembered that for wind-up gadgets of the communications variety to work, it takes two. At least.
After the cataclysm, will there be any radio stations to listen to on your wind-up radio? I’m thinking that all the cookie-cutter, Clear Channel dreck we hear on the radio will go bye-bye the day the cataclysm hits. I mean, if the people who produce that garbage weren’t being paid to do it, they wouldn’t show up at the studio. Right? I hope not.
On the other hand, people who create innovative, informative and interesting radio programming are going to keep on doing it no matter whether they’re paid or not. If you’re on the radio to provide a public service, you’re doing it because you love it. I bet you’ll keep doing it after the cataclysm. You’ll be more important then, while mainstream commercial radio will become even more irrelevant than it already is.
So start your radio show right now, to prepare for the cataclysm. Get together with a group of friends and set up your own low power FM station, one that will broadcast good quality programming that addresses local needs and interests. It’s going to take a few people, some serious time and a bit of money, so you’d do well to get on with the organizing now. The good people at the Prometheus Radio Project have lots of advice on offer.
What’s that, you say? What about a license? You may not know it but the airwaves are actually a natural resource owned by the people. We don’t need no stinkin’ licenses!
Seriously, after the cataclysm there’s not going to be any Federal Communications Commission around to keep you off the air and give away spots on the radio dial to the highest bidder. Problem is, if you wait until after the cataclysm to start your station, you won’t be able to find the equipment you need. Sure, do the cost-benefit analysis and apply for the license if you must, but don’t wait to start your own station. Fly the pirate radio Jolly Roger with pride! Even if all you’ve got is an Ipod.
My wind-up radio is cranked up and ready to tune in to your station.
Low power FM image: New Orleans Indymedia