Photo Gallery: Radio Free Brooklyn Benefit Rock Concert at Unit J
Color outtakes from the Unit J Loft Show to benefit Radio Free Brooklyn and their brand new storefront in Bushwick Brooklyn. Unit J Loft in Bushwick. Performances by Dead Leaf Echo, Dru Cutler and the Heart & Hand Band, The Falling Birds, and Amos Rose. All proceeds go to support the community-based independent free-form radio that is Radio Free Brooklyn. We’ve got a great black & white set forthcoming September 2016.
Radio Free Brooklyn Mission
Once upon a time, radio was a tool for empowerment, a medium that provided a voice to the unheard and brought communities together. Today, we live in an age in which the media is too often used as a means to constrain and restrict rather than express. Radio Free rfb-signBrooklyn aims to build a communication infrastructure to strengthen the community of artists who have been driven from the Manhattan neighborhoods we once called home before being scattered to the corners of the outer boroughs. Gone are the cheap storefronts we once inhabited, so now we inhabit a virtual space, one that can be accessed with the click of a mouse or a swipe of a screen. But we are still here.
Radio Free Brooklyn Mission (Continued)
We choose Internet radio not only because it is the most accessible medium for many, but because radio can be so many things: a subversive apparatus, a political cudgel, a prank, a ritual, a bond. We are inspired by the radio pioneers of the past and gratefully acknowledge their shoulders on which we stand: Radio Caroline, Radio Alice, Steal This Radio, Max Neuhaus, East Village Radio, Joe Frank, WFMU, Napoleon Williams and so many others. Like them, we will strive to broadcast not the ubiquitous drone of EDM, nor the commercial dross that clogs the terrestrial airwaves, but original programming as diverse as the programmers themselves – stories, sound art, radical ideation, comedy, sex, and experimentation as yet unheard. We are a community organization, and all are welcome to participate.
What is Freeform Radio?
Freeform is a programming format that grants hosts and DJs total artistic freedom in the creation of their shows. Hosts are not restricted by traditional programming formats or commercial concerns when they are developing their content and playlists. Freeform radio was pioneered in the 60’s and 70’s by such stations as WBAI and WFMU in New York City, KPFA in Berkeley, CA and KPFK in Los Angeles. Radio Free Brooklyn management will never dictate what our hosts can or cannot say and/or play on the network.
Radio Free Brooklyn Gallery