(Watch the trailer for Broadcast Blues, a film which takes a look at our nation's media)
Free and open to the public, The Wisconsin Media Reform Tour, is traveling the state through September 27 with free screenings of the award-winning documentary “Broadcast Blues.”
Broadcast Blues explores how the consolidation of the media into corporate hands is jeopardizing our news, information and even public safety. Broadcast Blues reminds us that the airwaves belong the people, and that we can take and must take our media back.
"This is a great opportunity to remind the people of Wisconsin that they actually own the Radio and TV airwaves," says filmmaker Sue Wilson. "Local TV and radio stations receive licenses for the privilege to broadcast, but there's a catch: in exchange for their licenses, the law requires them to 'serve the public interest.' […] The question is, are the broadcasters serving the public interest of Wisconsinites?"
Sue Wilson, the film’s director, will be on hand to survey the audience on how well they believe their local media is serving local needs. If people feel that the local media is not serving the public interest, Wilson will explain how to reach out to broadcasters with the goal of improving the quality of local broadcasting.
The 2011 Wisconsin Media Reform Tour kicked off September 17 in Madison with continuous screenings at the FightingBobFest. The tour continues in Appleton on Sept. 19, Mequon Sept. 21, Milwaukee Sept. 22, Hartland Sept. 23, Racine Sept. 24, Wausau Sept. 26, ending in Eau Claire Sept. 27. Click here for a flyer with local dates and locations.
The Wisconsin tour developed when Delafield resident Barbara Begale went to see a documentary film about media reform in Florida. After seeing the award winning Broadcast Blues Begale decided to organize a film tour. She contacted the film’s director and the rest is history.
"Suddenly I understood why the United States is so divisive," explained Begale. "The film explains why the news is filled with lies and why there is so much hate speech. If people know the truth, people will make the right decisions, but they're not getting the truth. Everyone in this country needs to see this movie."