By Bill Branyon | “He never — and I do mean never ever — complained of his plight. His joie de vivre remained intense, and our talks about sports, literature and politics passionate.”
“I can only hope that those who are leading MAIN today remember the purpose it was founded for.”
Local-led, volunteer-run radio station WPVM, 103.7 FM has completed an ownership transition, from Mountain Area Information Network to a new group, Friends of WPVM. Making it through the change of leadership hasn’t been smooth sailing, however. Xpress explores the station’s troubled history and how it’s charting a new course.
After nearly two years, the switchboard lights are glowing once again inside MAIN-FM’s studio on Haywood Street. And that’s good news for Western North Carolina, says Wally Bowen, who founded both the community radio station and the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network, which operates the station. (Photo by Max Cooper)
The future of the Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) was detailed at a Nov. 17 meeting led by Executive Director Wally Bowen.
“This is a day we have dreamed of since 2003 when MAIN launched its low-power FM station for Asheville and Buncombe County,” declared Wally Bowen, executive director of MAIN FM (WPVM), after the passage by Congress this weekend of the Local Community Radio Act, which gives FCC the ability to allow low-power stations such as MAIN’s to broadcast at 100 watts, instead of at its current 2 watt level.
In a bold community-spirited move, WNC’s Mountain Area Information Network hopes to win federal funds to establish an advanced Internet-based network known as “cloud-computing.”
The Mountain Area Information Network has hired a new manager who will help integrate the Asheville-based nonprofit Internet service provider’s Web site with MAIN’s low-power FM radio station, WPVM.
The future of the Mountain Area Information Network, Asheville’s nonprofit Internet service provider, lies in providing mobile broadband and developing a full-fledged news operation. That’s the vision put forth by Executive Director Wally Bowen in a presentation titled “MAIN 2.0.” MAIN hopes to capture $1.8 million from the $787 billion stimulus package that President Barack […]
Volunteers at Asheville’s low-power community radio station have proposed a new management structure for the station. The plan was presented during the Feb. 10 meeting of the Mountain Area Information Network’s board; the Asheville-based organization, a nonprofit Internet service provider, holds the station’s broadcast license. MAIN’s board oversees WPVM, which broadcasts at 103.5 FM from […]
Volunteers at Asheville’s low-power community radio station on Tuesday presented a plan for a new management structure to the board that oversees WPVM in the hope of quelling months of turmoil.
The Mountain Area Information Network’s presentation “MAIN 2.0: Next Generation Community Network,” which had been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium, has been postponed.
The board of the Mountain Area Information Network issued a public apology to a WPVM radio-station volunteer and to MAIN’s executive director on Tuesday and announced a new governance structure for the station.
Goodman, host of the syndicated talk show Democracy Now! and co-author of a new book, is coming back to Asheville this Friday on behalf of MAIN and WPVM. She’s telling the story of everyday U.S. citizens who have “challenged government and corporate power and prevailed.”
Asheville City Council member Robin Cape says she wasn’t trying to pour gasoline on the fire when she asked for a Council discussion on the idea of a moratorium on downtown development. She just wanted to hear options from the city attorney and perhaps gauge where her fellow Council members stood on the matter. But […]
Memphis, Tenn. 8:43 a.m., 1/14/07 WNC is well represented this weekend, with at least 17 participants from multiple media outlets and media activist groups taking part in the conference. These include: Anna Belle Peevey, AGR News/URTV anchor (and former Xpress intern) Wally Bowen, executive director of the Mountain Area Information Network and WPVM. Roger Derrough […]