WRFU Birthday Extravaganza Nov. 13 & 14

You are invited!

Friday, Nov. 13th & Saturday, Nov. 14th

at the Independent Media Center


Celebrating the 4th anniversary of Radio Free Urbana

Community radio by and for the people

The Show                    10pm-12am
Watch the making of a live episode of The Show with Ray Morales*


Audio Skill Shares      11am-2pm
Learn how to make great radio!  All ages, all skill levels

Potluck Dinner            6pm-8pm
Meet-and-greet for radio lovers & past and current members, unveiling of photo gallery, audio scrapbook listening party, and group history of WRFU

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Friday Night: Victory Party for Prison Phone Justice Campaign at IMC

On Friday night, Dec. 4, there will be a victory party for the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice as the Independent Media Center.

The event will be this Friday 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway, old Urbana post office).

On October 22, the FCC ruled to cap the cost of phone calls at jails and prisons in the U.S. This will bring relieve for thousands of individuals incarcerated and their families. For years, predatory phone companies have profited off of our most vulnerable members of society.

To find out more about this important victory, you can listen to this NPR story, or read UCIMC's own Brian Dolinar’s article at Truthout.

FCC Votes To End Prison Phone Profiteering

The FCC will make a historic vote Thursday 9:30am Central TZ to lower the cost of phone calls from jails and prisons. Please join us in watching the FCC hearing online. You can follow it on Twitter at the hashtag #PhoneJustice.
For more, you can listen to an NPR story featuring Miguel Saucedo, who has a brother incarcerated in Illinois, and is a PHD student at the University of Illinois. You can read this story in Truthout with a video by Annette Taylor, who works with Ripple Effect in Champaign.

Thanks to the CU activist community for following this story, which the IMC has covered locally since 2004-5 when we renegotiated the phone contract for the Champaign County Jail.

Application Deadline Extended! - Independent Media Center Seeks Part-time Operations Manager

Application Deadline Extended!

Independent Media Center Seeks Part-time Operations Manager

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is seeking a part-time Operations Manager.

Founded in 2000, the IMC is a grassroots organization committed to using media, arts, and technology to promote social and economic justice. We own the downtown Urbana post office building where we operate a performance venue, art gallery and studios, community radio station, media training facility, and community media space. Our projects include Makerspace Urbana, Books to Prisoners, the Public i Newspaper, WRFU 104.5 FM. The center is powered by hundreds of volunteers who come together in a do-it-yourself spirit to create media and art to transform our community and world.

Position is 20 hours a week. $12/hr. Benefits: 10 paid holidays.

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references (2 related to previous employment) to

IMC Seeking Full-time Program Director - applications due June 3

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is seeking a full time Program Director to coordinate volunteers, outreach, program development, and fundraising for the organization.  The Program Director is supported by a part time Operations Manager who manages the finances and facilities of the IMC.


May 3-14: Pete Seeger Events Provoke Memory of 1958 Concert

A series of May Day events is taking place May 3 to May 14 celebrating the life of legendary folk singer, banjo player, and political activist Pete Seeger, who passed away in January. After a flyer for the event was circulated, my friend Barbara Kessel emailed me about her recollection of Pete Seeger’s 1958 visit to the University of Illinois when he was banned from performing on campus during the red scare. The incident is a reminder of how widespread the blacklist was, even reaching this Midwestern college town. As the civil rights movement was gaining momentum and “the sixties” were just around the corner, Barbara recalled a “new world” opened up to her that night.  

Bob McChesney speaks at the IMC on the history and future of the internet

Dr. Robert M. McChesney, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spoke to a crowd of people at the IMC Tuesday night. (Click on the whole story to view video).

UCIMC Seeking Applicants for Full Time Operations Director Position

Full time with benefits.
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2013 to chyn@ucimc.org

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
202 S. Broadway Ave. Urbana 61801

www.ucimc.org • (217) 344-8820

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC), a local grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice in the Champaign County area, seeks a permanent, full-time Operations Director.

We are seeking a person with a commitment to social justice, strong customer service and communication skills, with an attention to detail. 

Home Wireless Network Keeps the Snoops Away

by Kate Murphy

LIKE most people, Kim Thomas has a broadband connection at home that she uses to check email, surf the Internet and stream music and video.

But unlike most people, Ms. Thomas, 56, a program director for a charitable foundation in Portland, Ore., has no monthly bill. All she did was buy a router and rooftop antenna , which not only granted her free access but also made her part owner of the infrastructure that delivers the signal. Total cost: about $150.

Ms. Thomas is a participant in the Personal Telco Project, one of a growing number of community wireless mesh networks in the United States and abroad. These alternative networks, built and maintained by their users, are emerging at a time when Internet service providers are limited in number (some argue monopolistic) and are accused of cooperating with government snoops.

ILL POETS SOCIETY vol II: The Aaron Ammons Project

Dr. Raymond Morales is teaming up with prolific poet Aaron Ammons aka Brother A-Dub to produce a 19 track Spoken Word album featuring some of the best performers from S.P.E.A.K. Café and beyond.

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