Nov 11 2007
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 deregulated radio and paved the way for the media empires like Clear Channel. Nowadays, it is phenomenally difficult for regular citizens to get their slice of radio access. In 2001, the Civic Media Center applied for a low-power FM permit and after years of waiting Gainesville finally got its own community radio station when WGOT-LP began broadcasting in January of 2008.
Due to the FCC hoops we were required to jump through, WGOT shares the frequency with Faith Presbyterian Church and Calvary Baptist Church. Don’t be surprised if you sometimes hear programming that sounds… well, rather unlike the CMC but it’s worth it because we will amplify the voices that are all too often drowned out by the din of corporate radio.
Gainesville Community Radio is part of the larger fight for independent, locally-produced, community-owned media. Just call us the Robin Hoods of Radio — we’re taking the media back! Join us.
- Take back the public airwaves by providing a fresh, engaging, and empowering approach to news, entertainment, cultural and educational programming.
- Challenge listeners with factual national, state, and local news from a fresh perspective, and to provide objective information on issues critical to you.
- Become a public forum for citizen debate and greater democratic participation.
- Listen to our audience as we decide new avenues to take as an organization.
- Celebrate our community by highlighting new voices in the arts, especially local musicians, artists, authors, and performers.
- Dare to be courageous, outrageous, boldly eclectic, unabashedly quirky, and unremittingly innovative.
- Be the loud, clear, honest, grassroots radio voice of Gainesville.
“[People] in earnest have no time to waste in patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.”
– James Russell Lowell
PO Box 14012
Gainesville, FL 32604
If we don’t answer, leave a message and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Aside from the CMC and our transmission antenna, WGOT has no permanent location to date but board members meet every two weeks and are very active over email. If you would like to attend one of our meetings or just want general information, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re an artist / label and would like to submit some music to us, email us at email@example.com.
We really appreciate your support of both the Civic Media Center and Gainesville Community Radio. Here’s three cheers for free speech in all its forms!