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Activate Radio formerly Occupy Boston Radio a web based radio station with an expanding lineup of shows.

WMBR, Cambridge 88.1 FM  (Last 2 Weeks Archived)


WMBR NIGHTLY NEWS -News and in-depth analysis from independent journalists around the country, and local news reports focusing on struggles for social and economic justice in Greater Boston.
Weekdays 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Sundays 8-10 am
A Hatian creole/french public affairs program.

RADIO with a VIEW - Independent Broadcast Information Service
Sundays 10 – 11 AM

Hosted by: Marc Stern

Economic democracy, human rights, and other idealistic visions of the world. Truth and reconciliation and music to get your mind and body in sync.

Wednesdays 10 – Midnight   
Independent Broadcast Information Service

Hosted by: Dave Goodman, the Central Cognitator  david at ibisradio.org

A collection of tales told by an idiot, signifying something...unconventional wisdom meets dramatic radio.


Fridays 6 to 7 PM

Hosted by: Linda Pinkow
News, opinion, art and culture, live interviews, recorded sounds, music of all genres, all with a radical spirit and a laugh or two.

WZBC, Newton 90.3 FM  (Last 2 Weeks Archived)


Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman
Weekdays 12 - 1:00 p.m.    Listen Anytime on the Web

(See below for cable tv showing times)

SOUNDS of DISSENT with John Grebe
Saturdays 11 am - 1:00 p.m. (Sometimes to 3 when the students are gone)

Caribbean Forum 7-10 PM  (Listen)

The Caribbean Forum seeks to inform, educate, and entertain our audience. We conduct interviews with numerous newsmakers, experts, leaders, and artists. We also thoroughly research different topics suggested by our listeners and subsequently share our conclusions with them in lively on-the-air discussions.

First hour in English and the rest in Haitian creole



Four hours of spirited examination of war making, empire, corrupt justice, engineered poverty, lying politicians, jingoism, corporate criminality, and media disinformation.

Sundays 6 - 10 am
Featuring This week in Palestine from  8:00 to 8:45

We have been archiving all episodes of this feature on two sites (archive.org and radio4all.net). To link to an archive, go to tinyurl.com/twiplist or tinyurl.com/twiplist2, 
respectively. (Our playlists' and website's links reach those on archive.org.)
From the website 
you can link to our current detailed playlist, WZBC's hour-by-hour recent audio archive, our This Week in 
Palestine archive, our current Actions and Events Calendar, and our Actions and Events Archive.  Each 
playlist contains descriptions and clickable links to about 80% of our aired program material, plus a 
clickable calendar for navigation to any previous playlist.

WMFO, Medford 91.5 FM Last Show Archived


Socialist Alternative Radio

Alternate Sundays 11 AM - 1 PM 

Features news, culture, interviews, solidarity announcements and

music for workers, students, and youth.
Hosted by Jeff Booth and Chris Persampieri
Listener Line - 617-627-3800
AIM/EMAIL - BostonSAradio@aol.com

WUMB, UMass Boston 91.9 FM


Commonwealth Journal with Barbara Neely
Sundays 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. & repeated at 7:00 p.m.

WBCA 102.9 FM a partnership between Boston Neighborhood Network and the City of Boston
BNN's low-power (LPFM) community radio station
Programs are scheduled daily from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
WBCA live streaming: Listen Now

Programming currently features a mix of local news and talk programming with a range of topics, from education and technology to multi-language programming and sports.

Every day Monday through Friday at 6pm and 9:30pm you can hear Boston Neighborhood Network News. Monday through Friday at 10pm you can hear Democracy Now!

WBCA strives to focus on local artists, bands, musicians, poets, and performers.  WBCA Presents, a show that will feature local musicians and bands from all genres with a mix of live, in studio performances and interviews.

Cambridge Cable Access


The Struggle Channel 10 
Sunday at 10 PM

WUML 91.5 FM Lowell


Thinking Out Loud
Weekdays 9 AM
  to noon       Listener Line - 508-753-2284

WCUW 91.3 FM Worcester


Face the Music -"All labor all the time"  with Mary Chenaille
Alternate Wednesdays 8 to 9 PM
         Listener Line - 508-753-2284

Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman
Weekdays 1 - 2 PM

Pacifica Affiliate Stations A number of stations around New England pick up some of the Pacifica Networks Programming.  

Chomskyan You Tube Site (locally produced)

These programs can now be seen on BNN-TV, ., on channels 23 for Comcast viewers and channel 83, for RCN subscribers.  It can also be viewed on the BNN-TV website.  See BNN website for replay scheudule. 

The Struggle (Middle East Issues)  

News and views about Middle East human rights and struggles.

The Struggle Website

African Ascent (locally produced)

Cultural Expression produced by  Dr Teodros Kiros

Free Our Voices (locally produced) every Thursday, at 3:30pm

 a political forum, that features liberal and progressive points of view.  ( For the 99%).   Produced by Maria Battaglia.
  Democracy Now! Also on these cable TV stations

Boston Neighborhood Network TV (BNN) 8 a.m., M-F

Community Access Programs on Comcast Channel 9 or

 RCN Channel 15

Cambridge CCTV Ch. 9 8 a.m., 9 p.m., M-F  Live Stream

 Somerville SCAT Ch 3 8 a.m. M-F. 4 p.m. T, 11:30 p.m. M (by request)

 Also in Beverly, Brookline, Cape Cod, Chelmsford, Lowell, Natick, Needham, Newton, Reading, Worcester and more.

See the website for information and a complete list of stations in MA.

If they don't have it request that your cable system carry it.

 Also on Free Speech TV, channel 9415 of the DISH network (satellite TV), Link TV, channel 375 Direct TV and channel 9410 DISH network

  Listen Anytime on the Web

Free Speech TV on Boston Cable Channel from midnight to 9 AM.

Free Speech TV is not part of the Basic Cable Access Package in Boston but is picked up by one of  Boston’s cable access stations overnight (most of the time).

The schedule includes Democracy Now from 8 to 9 AM and rebroadcast the following midnight.

Free Speech TV Schedule

BNN operates Boston Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channels: BNN's News & Information Channel on Comcast 9 and RCN Cable 15

BNN Website

Wikipedia entry on Boston Neighborhood Network

Watch on the Web


Listen to a selection of events that you heard about on Act-MA at the 492 Cafe by FreemanZ

Pacifica Radio on the Web  including  WBAI FM NY  KPFA FM SF

Setting Up a VCR to Record a Program

Not able to listen to you favorite radio programs when they are on.  Check to see if they are archived, if not here’s a way to use a VCR to record the programs.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is an attempt to provide detailed instructions intended to cover more than one configuration.  Adaptation may be required.  We assume VCR is monophonic.  We assume all programmed recording is from the same radio station.]

(1)  Learn the procedure to make your VCR select external or “line” input (versus a selected channel number).  (On an RCA VR344 this is done by pressing the "input" button, achieving display of the misleading word "video" in lieu of a channel number.)

 (2)  Obtain a shielded audio cable with an RCA pin plug at each end (to convey audio signal from radio equipment to VCR).  Connect one end to the external audio input jack on back of VCR. 

(3)  Connect the other end to standard audio output jack of radio tuner (or if necessary, to the "record" output jack of associated amplifier).  If monophonic mode is unavailable, use a 1F-2M Y-adapter to join right and left channels.

(4)  Turn on TV and VCR and select external input (see #1 above).  Turn on radio tuner and bring in desired station; its audio will play (monophonically) on TV.

(5)  Set the VCR's clock-calendar and program it to record from external input (see #1 above) during the desired time period(s) at an appropriate tape speed.  Select super-long-play speed to record all four hours of No-U-Turn Radio.  For music, select standard-play speed (fills the usual videocassette in two hours).

(6)  Insert a suitable videocassette.  Turn off TV and VCR. Leave radio tuner powered on or control its power with a separate timer.  (If you have programmable radio equipment, or a remote control with built-in timers [for example Radio Shack #15-1901A], go ahead and schedule power-on, power-off, and station selection.  Still, this won't reposition your antenna.)

(7)  Later, the videocassette can be played back like any other.  On TV, picture will be blank.  Play on sound     equipment by connecting VCR's audio output to an input port on sound equipment (optionally with Y-adapter).  Use the other side of a stereo cable pair, or reconnect the single cable to do this.