I founded what we call GDPR REVOLUTION99 in 1996 to provide noncommercial peace-progressive news/talk internet radio for We The People. Working in mainstream and alternative media, it had become clear to me that certain voices and issues were excluded from the mainstream -- and when not excluded, they were maligned and ridiculed. Issues regarding human rights and equality, the environment, peace, the drug war, the widening chasm between the haves and have-nots, the hijacking of government by Wall Street sycophants, the rise of racism and the new Jim Crow... there are plenty of issues. Additionally, I've been frustrated that so few are motivated to do the hard work of fighting for positive change. And then there were the arts: So many great talents and ideas were frozen out of the mainstream and so much culture never made it to the masses. So our mission became clear: to present diverse sounds and ideas, voices, and views; to encourage citizen action and to shine a light on activists; and to promote art and artists not getting the attention they deserve.
From day one, we've sought to be independent, listener-supported activist media. We started in 1996 as a computer bulletin board service, and before long, I figured out how to turn our creation into internet radio. Using the public radio model (and all too often digging into my own pocket) we created public service netradio that consisted of syndicated and original news/talk programming, activism alerts and reports, POVs not included in mainstream and corporate radio, and bold, eclectic arts programs. And that's how we've operated and hung on for more than two decades. We've moved from Baltimore, to New Jersey, to Nashville, and GDPR has traveled with us and continued its mission. Over the years, we've earned a base of thousands of loyal listeners, some who became members and contributed to our work. Our listenership continues to grow, but since the crash of 2008, contributions have fallen. I've used my own money and stretched dollars beyond reason to try and keep things going, but as the media landscape has grown more dicey over recent years and operating costs have risen (and they continue to rise), my own financial situation has grown more unstable. So I am reaching out to Patreon to keep the dream alive at a time when our work is needed more than ever.
We ask you to join the GDPR family by becoming a patron. You will be helping provide radio for the progressive community and the anti-Trump resistance 24 hours a day. We invite you to check out our air product: Visit our website. Listen to us. Peruse our on-air schedule and see our impressive, varied program lineup. Read our social media. You'll hear and see our commitment to being the 99 Percent's one-stop shop for diverse voices and views you won't find in the corporate establishment media.
Our peace-progressive programming as of 2018 covers the gamut: progressive talk shows; news and analysis programming; green-focused environmental offerings with a focus on sustainability; educational shows and documentary and lecture series; inspirational activism-centered programs that inspire positive action for peace and justice; public affairs programs covering religion, LGBT issues, the workers' movement, and more; and, of course, arts and culture programming that fills the air with beautiful language, important literature, incisive comedy, and sounds ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Garcia and Weir. Check out our complete program guide, and then tune in and turn on!
And there is so much more we would love to do: We want to expand our original programming and news reporting, which has been reduced due to our inability to replace dying computers and equipment and the loss of our vehicle. We are in dire need of a long-overdue technical upgrade of hardware and software. Carriage fees for a number of our program offerings are on the rise, as are now through-the-roof royalty fees for music. And while I have two volunteer partners who do what they can, the lion's share of the work of operating a 24/7/365 radio station falls on my shoulders alone.
If we are to continue our work and provide the best product we can in service of our mission, we need more help than ever before -- at a time when the US needs independent, noncorporate media more than ever. Please join me as we work to help move the revolution of the 99 percent forward. If you are a progressive who wants to see a better nation and world and to become part of the solution, we're on the same side. Help us build and grow and survive as we work together toward fulfilling our collective mission. In the fight for a better day, we're in this together.
Thanks for your attention, I appreciate your support.