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Tell Somebody

Jul 15, 2009

Alternative Radio director and founder David Barsamian sits down at his home in Boulder, Colorado to talk with Tell Somebody.


In a June article about Barsamian’s keynote appearance at a Canadian media conference, a Canadian news site, writes that

“Dating back to the 1980s, Alternative Radio, founded by Armenian-American journalist and author David Barsamian, has been a shining example of an independent media initiative that wields international scope while maintaining fierce independence and strong ties to social movements."

"Radio is uniquely positioned to deliver intellectual content, particularly because a listener is not distracted by the image, as in TV or the Internet," says Barsamian. "I think that for ideas and serious talk, radio is the singular medium that can offer a real ability for listeners to really delve into the profound issues of our time."

Barsamian is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Award and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.

He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali and Edward Said. His series of books with Chomsky, America's leading dissident, have sold in the hundreds of thousands and have been translated into many languages.

Alternative Radio ( is heard on Wednesdays at 9am Central on KKFI, right after Democracy NOW.

Tom Klammer