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Internet Radio: Tactic CD-R
06 Oct 2000
Audio content from sites like boston.indymedia.org can be burned onto recordable compact disks that play on ordinary CD players. The materials cost less than $1, and extend
the range of internet radio to people who don't own computers
The trouble with internet radio is that many people don't have computers. Most computers aren't wired for sound, and it takes an expert to manage the "plug ins" for streaming audio. Internet audio can be downloaded over a phone line, however, it takes more patience than most users have.

New computers often come with CD-R drives, which can burn compact discs that can be played in any compact disc player. You can buy the discs in bulk for about 40-60 cents. My CD-R drive can burn a 1 hour speech in about 15 minutes, you can buy a drive like this new for about $100. For twice that, you can buy a drive which is three times faster. I'm currently putting the discs in plastic sleeves which cost about 20 cents, but I bet we can find something cheaper.

We can distribute the disks at meetings, when we table, at events such as benefit concert, to people involved in radio and public access, and to
other green parties. If we ask for a $2 donation and get it half the time, it will pay for the cost of materials.

I'm currently producing two disks. Disk 1 consists of a fantastic
speech that Ralph Nader gave on Oct 1 in Boston, two days before the
presidential debate from which he was excluded, not only from
participation, but from the audience, who watched the event on
television in a separate room. I think all kinds of people would enjoy
Disk 1, both activists and people who aren't.

Disk 2 contains speeches by Moore, LaDuke, Zinn and longtime
activist Mel King with radio reports of police attacks on protestors on
Oct 3 as activists occupied a road leading to the debate site. The
speeches are excellent, but a bit more strident than Disk 1. People
who are converted to our cause will love Disk 2, but I think Disk 1 has
wider appeal.

I've distributed about ten copies of Disc 1 and expect to supply
another 15 for sale at our tables tomorrow. It's been suggested at the meeting that we might manufacture 100 to distribute at our benefit concert. I'm going to make some extra Disc 1s for our family and friends and also for
the Greens we're meeting in Binghampton. By Saturday morning, copies
of Disc 1 should be available in the tabling box in the basement of
Autumn Leaves Bookstore.

If you've got a computer with a CD-R, or if you want to get a CD-R, you can help out. The more computers we use, and the more people who help, the more discs we can duplicate. If you're skilled with the CD-R, you can download files off the internet and create your own disks. If not, you can copy discs prepared by other activitists, which is as simple as pushing a button. We can build a national network which gets the great content from the indymedia.org sites to the people
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Man... I haven't been thinking!
07 Oct 2000
Sometimes really effective ideas are right under our noses and we miss it. Here I've been trying to get people to check out websites to get all of this great information, knowing that I'm talking to people who generally stay away from computers, put definately not cd players! Thank you for pointing out the obvious for me.
Do it - it works!
07 Oct 2000
I have been doing the very same thing for a few days now, in fact using the same speeches that were mentioned above. So far, I have loaned the discs to coworkers, asking them to bring them back so that I can give them to the next person. They are very effective for people who were not planning to vote, or were undecided. One woman, who didn't even know Nader was running, brought back the disc and said, "OK, I'll vote for him. I agree with everything he says." It can be as simple as that.
I have seen paper CD envelopes for sale, but maybe re-using old paper and making envelopes would be better than giving more money to (insert office supply mega-store).