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Hello and welcome to RichCulbertson.com.

 This site was created to monitor what’s happening in the U.S.A. regarding media, technology and communications.

 I hope to open a dialogue with others concerned about the nature and future of media, the press, technologically and our ability to affect change through communicating in diverse and thought-provoking ways.

 My immediate focus is on reaching the under-served and poor communities via their local community media outlets. Strong community radio, public access television, podcasting and social media platforms are essential in mass communication and education today. During the recent government mandate to move television to HD some of the poorest communities found themselves cut off from television all together as they couldn’t afford the new equipment. The government assistance program was badly flawed and as a result the poor were cut off from educational television, public access stations, news and community notices. As so often is the case, there were no lobbyist for these groups and as such their concerns were marginalized and set aside.

 More and more community radio licenses and low-power FM frequencies are being handed to religious stations that cover only a small niche in the local community and as such they block the needs of grassroots organizations in communities across America. This is even more prevalent in rural areas where the access to alternative resources like libraries and high-speed internet may be difficult.

 It’s my hope and working life’s goal to breakdown the barriers to the access of media. I want to help people effectively use media to solve problems and put pressure on our elected officials to do the work of the people. I welcome your ideas toward this goal.

 This site features a Posts page that takes comments and posts RSS feeds of relevant national material. Also there’s a Radio page dedicated to posts, comments and discussions specifically about radio, a Polls page of on-going polling, twitter feeds and various choice multi-media goodies.  Please check it all out and add something constructive and thanks for stopping by.

I believe it’s time we all left our petty differences behind and

pulled together to get the kind of informed and engaged citizenry

that we need to have to survive into another millennium. I believe we

can do it, if we communicate. I strongly feel the only “bad words” are the  wasted ones. 

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