Channel Zero: A 24-7 Horizontal Anarchist Radio Station
Channel Zero is a newly formed network of several anarchist and anti-authoritarian English language podcasts that launched on August 9, 2017. The 24-7 audio stream and website was organized to make radical podcasts more accessible. Current shows include: The Final Straw Radio, Kite Line Radio, Rust Belt Abolition Radio, the Crimethinc Ex-Worker Podcast, SubMedia, The Rebel Beat, A-Radio Berlin, The Danthropology Podcast, the Solecast, Which Side Podcast, Resonance: an Anarchist Audio Distro and the IGDCAST.
According to Channel Zero:
Our goal is to expand the reach of anarchist analysis into a larger and more public audience, within a horizontally run organization that is lead by the podcasters themselves. Because now more than ever it is vital that we build our own platforms, our own infrastructure and thus, our own power. 2017 has seen the rise of a well-funded far right and the normalization of white supremacist ideas everywhere we turn. We see the State pushing for more borders, more prisons, more prisoners, and more wars. We hear calls for kinder, gentler capitalism and kinder, gentler cops. We feel the push of rising tides, desertification and big NGO’s that offer no answers. Anarchist & anti-authoritarian ideas are a necessary response to the issues that confront us. We know that there is no silver bullet, but through dialogue, discussion and education we can arm ourselves with the knowledge and the questions that we need to build the world we want to see — in the ruins of the one that is already dead.
With the upcoming “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, that’s expected to be the largest organized racist demonstration in recent memory it’s important to have more media avenues with an anti-fascist perspective. Along with podcasts, Channel Zero will distribute audio-zines, feature radical music, and premier new content.