The Black Talk Media Project is a North Carolina based new media non-profit organization. It was incorporated as a digital media technology education organization committed to teaching members of the Black community how to harness online based digital radio as a mass media tool and providing them with low-cost services towards that end.
Shortly after Black Talk Media Project’s incorporation in November of 2008, later that month it launched the online digital radio platform Black Talk Radio Network which was designed conceptually as a safe digital space for people classified as Black to share their social, political and cultural views free of censure and harassment after the founder a number of Black online radio programs on other platforms were targeted and harassed over their content. Black Talk Radio Network is now one of the only non-corporate Black public media platforms offering a space for digital radio stations and podcasters attempting to reach a Black audience.
Through digital radio and other digital media, the Black Talk Media Project seeks to reverse the harm done to individually owned and operated Black terrestrial radio stations by the 1996 Telecommunications Act passed by a Republican-controlled Congress and signed into law by Democrat Bill Clinton.
The 1996 Telecommunications Act allowed the largest media corporations to own up to eight stations in local media markets whereas before they were only allowed no more than three stations in a market. The Federal Communications Commission under the Trump administration has changed its rules allowing national and international corporations to grab a even more disproportionate market share and leading to a further decline in the diversity and independence of community-based radio.
Prior to the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, In 1995, a corporate entity was prohibited from owning over forty radio stations nationwide but companies like Clear Channel back then were clearly allowed to break the rules by Congress and the Clinton Administration. It only stands to get worse with the recent moves by the Federal Communications Commission.
You can support the Black Talk Media Project’s current work and vision for the future of Black radio in three ways.
1. Make a donation via Paypal or by sending a check or m/o made out to the US-based non-profit media organization Black Talk Media Project.
Checks or money orders made out to Black Talk Media Project, PO Box 65, Mt. Holly, NC 28120. Paypal: http://tinyurl.com/fundblackmedia
2. Join BTR Community: http://btrcommunity.com
3. Share the campaign with family and friends and encourage them to do the same.
With a collective effort, we can reverse the damaging impact of the 1996 Telecommunications Act on Black radio, the heartbeat of the Black community. Help us create New Black Media For The New Millennium.