News Sources

pages, as the list is getting long...
I suspect most of your will highly favor this independent organization known as PNS or Public News Service. I prefer their 6 minute PNS Daily News broadcast, but there's also the option to compile specific region and topic segments to air.  Although PNS is entirely member-supported, and donations are encouraged, the founder of PNS, Lark Corbeil has granted Part 15 free use of their content as we please, as he has outlined in this email..

1) you are welcome to use whatever you like, credit Public News Service and/but/however,
2) it would make our fundraising work much, much easier if we KNEW who was using our content.
Please, a favor, on your blog can you make a pitch for them asking to be invited to our private site for journalists/media that has lots more content - all for free?
Action item:  Email with your
name/frequency or if  they primarily radio or TV or online or print
/contact info (email/phone/address)/estimated audience of whatever size/and what state/s you want to see content from, and you’ll be invited to that state/s’ private website to see content.
About 8,000 outlets use our content now, and they are all welcome to it, but raising money is hard – and doing it the way I outlined ensures that we can keep creating the content to share.
All the best, Lark

Lark Corbeil
Public News Service

Reaching an audience of 50+ million a week, Public News Service is
“producing and distributing quality news to fill the gap created by the shuttering of local news operations.” ~Journalist John Nichols, The Nation; cofounder of Free Press Boulder, Colorado
 303-448-9105 office
 208-247-1830 fax
What We Do
To support democracy and promote public dialogue in a rapidly changing media environment, Public News Service (PNS) is a member-supported news service that advocates journalism in the public interest. PNS's network of state-based news services distribute high quality public interest news and information to both mainstream and alternative media on a daily basis. Support comes from non-profit organizations, foundations, individuals and businesses for social responsibility.
Our stories examine the effects of policy on areas that receive too little coverage, lifting up often marginalized voices and making greater journalistic breadth available to broadcasters and publishers on any platform.
How We Do It
On a day-to-day basis we link with hundreds of grassroots organizations who keep us informed on a cross-cutting range of social justice, environmental and economic issues. Currently, tens of thousands of media outlets receive our content and more than 8,000 nationally are regularly using our stories, reaching a combined national weekly audience of over 30 million.
 Media outlets across the map use Public News Service stories-from conservative news/talk to public, community, ethnic and religious outlets, on air, in print and on their online sites. Our television stories in Idaho are used consistently across the state. Spanish production is expanding across the country and our collaboration with Mainstream Media Project has excellent results. Scores of additional Spanish talk show interviews on related issues are booked across the country. Development plans for expansion include the remaining states, Canada and Mexico! In addition, we'll be producing complete news segments for other networks.
Currently, we manage independent news services in 36 states.
NEWSCAST - Entertaining:
Here's a daily 15 minute newscast presented with just a touch of wit applied, but not to extent of making it a satire.. Buzz Burbank News and Comment. It's genuine news, current, legitimate, and thorough, but with a lively refreshing method of delivery. Buzz Burbank is a well known veteran broadcaster (more about Buzz here), and has granted Part 15 broadcaster rights to air his program..
"..I’m pleased to hear you, and perhaps others, are interested in carrying my news on Part 15 stations, and permission is hereby granted with one condition:
That the show be aired as presented, complete with commercials, promos and stagers.
I would appreciate it VERY much, if you could supply me with the location and call letters of your station, and/or any others in your group that are airing, or planning to air, the show.
We reserve the right to withdraw permission at any point, but do not anticipate such an event.
Thank you for the kind words and good luck!

Buzz Burbank News and Comment has been appointment radio for decades. Now, it's a podcast you can hear anytime! Buzz Burbank presents the day's big stories, presented from a unique perspective, and featuring stories you won't hear anywhere else! It's a daily journal from Buzz to make you feel the news, to make you laugh, and to make you think.
This link will take you directly to his shows:
The following link will take you indirectly there, but you can use the contact form to email Buzz Burbank News & Comment on the Relm Radio Network:!buzz-burbank-news/


NEWSCAST - World Shortwave:
Monday, March 7. Just got around to listening to this one. It had been suggested about a week and a half ago at in post from Carl Blare and wcdx, and I added it to the to-do list. It's unfortunate it wasn't listed right away. Has it's degree of polish, and a certain jewel worth broadcasting. It belongs on part 15 stations IMO...It's an compassing news: The Shortwave Report. 
The Shortwave Report Is a 30 minute review of news stories recorded from a shortwave radio. Times and frequencies for English-language programs are included to encourage you to listen on your own. It's easy. There is a new show posted every Friday morning, record it in mono!
If you just want to listen and have a slow dial-up connection, try the smaller files. Small file downloads in 20 minutes or less!
The Shortwave Report provides options of  'lower', 'broadcast', or 'highest broadcast' qualities. I've listened to three programs tonight via low quality 6mb selections, but the 33mb versions goes to air..

Here's some excerpts from a 2006 article by Cassandra Roos  for a Emerson College publication entitled: Big Stories, Shortwaves -One man’s quest to get his news unfiltered.
Read the full article here:
We’ve all had moments of aggravation with the news offerings in this country, particularly as the mainstream media landscape becomes ever more consolidated. ....Progressives and curious people around the country want to get foreign news unfiltered. So how can ordinary people do this on the cheap? One option is shortwave radio. Until recently, I’d never heard of shortwave myself....But shortwave radio is sort of like the wild west of the dial. You can find anything on it.....
 To figure out where to start, check out OutfarPress: [(OutfarPress is Sortwave Report)].It's a short, summarized audio compilation of snippets of news from radio stations around the world. The programs are a mixed bag... is the project of Dan Roberts. Dan lives in a cabin which uses only solar energy in Mendocino County, California. He runs 65 feet of wire from one end of his house to the other and it is connected to a $1500 shortwave radio which can pick up stations from around the world...
...Roberts has been creating his shortwave reports for about eight years now and he has elaborate audio equipment in his cabin that allows him to record international broadcasts, edit them together and create his weekly rebroadcast called the Dan Roberts Shortwave radio report. His report is currently run on 50 licensed US radio stations, not including illegal pirate stations or international stations.

Read the full article here:


NEWSCAST - Free, but Formal Agreement required:
A couple years ago I informed you about  The Voice Of America 5 Minute World News Broadcast; which is a professionally produced newscast which provides us permission to rebroadcast on our part 15 stations at no cost (providing you also have an online stream). []. So far as I know, VOA remains to be the only one of it's kind to offer this type of service for free, meaning an actual intact world news broadcast and it's a great option to add a little diversity to your programing. Contact Doug Boynton Director of Marketing at to initiate a  formal agreement.
What I had received was a 'Basic Affiliate & Licensing Agreement' and a 'Declaration of Clearance' to fill out, sign and return via email. They do have a couple stipulations..
1. You must (or so it seems) also have an online stream of your station that accessible worldwide.
2. You must play the 5 minute broadcast in it's entirety.
The following provides more specific information from Doug Boynton the Director of Marketing, excerpted from my correspondence with him, including the ok on Part 15 transmissions..
"...Assuming your Internet radio station is intended for a worldwide audience, we can indeed make Voice of America’s hourly five-minute available to you at no charge. It’s a static URL that you can insert into your playlist Updated hourly, 24/7.I’ve attached the formal documents we’d need to execute in order to license your station to use our content... ... In order to get clearances at this end, can you tell me more about your proposed station – what kinds of content will it include; what audiences are you seeking?.. Questions, please feel free to get in touch... I understand your statement about simulcasting your internet and “on air” broadcast.  However, if I read your earlier e-mails correctly, the “on air” consists of Part 15 transmissions.  We don’t consider anything that’s not licensed as really “on air,” since the range is so short. If  you move to become a licensed station, we might have to have a different conversation. If this is okay with you, please let me know.  Otherwise, please keep us informed of your timetable to air, and welcome aboard!
I’ll have a countersigned copy back to you shortly.
All best. - Doug.

Be sure to read my previous post about their free service to see the documentation you will be required to sign.
NEWSCAST - Weekly:
Here's another excellent news source offering.. An summary of each weeks news events are presented by this well established nationally syndicated half hour news magazine, which you've probably heard on radio before; It's the award winning Between the Lines, which has been broadcasting current events throughout the country since 1998. Presently their weekly program airs on over 70 stations across the US and Canada. If you would like to add them to your lineup on Part 15 station, you may do so freely by just visiting their affiliates page at to get started...
"..Once you let us know you are interested in broadcasting Between The Lines, we will send you a registration form. Your registration allows us to provide you with last-minute updates for Between The Lines, as well as information on special programming and BTL affiliate discounts on fundraising premiums. We will also send you invitations to join our listservs for the BTL Weekly Summary and BTL Q&A transcripts. "
Between The Lines is a weekly syndicated half-hour news magazine featuring progressive perspectives on national and international political, economic and social issues.
Because Between The Lines is independent of all publications, media networks or political parties, we are able to bring a diversity of voices to the airwaves. This award-winning program provides a platform for individuals and organizations generally ignored or marginalized in corporate media.
Each week, Between The Lines features:
  • A five-minute summary of some of the week's under-reported news stories gathered from the alternative press and other sources.
  • Three in-depth interview segments focusing on significant international, national and regional issues.
We produce the show weekly. Each week's program, which carries a "Week Ending" date of Friday of the following week, is ready for download by 12 noon ET Wednesday in the week in which it is produced. Each show is available for rebroadcast for ten days from the date it is first made available.
So what are you waiting for? Visit their affiliates page now:

NEWSCAST - World Communities:
Here is a very well done and professional sounding world news broadcast CPR NEWS which tends to focus more on reporting on communities around the world, as well as the United States involvement or relation to the happenings there. Along with todays broadcast, you can go to for on-demand downloads to schedule them to your liking.. The CPR Metro Network also provides daily broadcast of varied individual news related programs with their own styles (like CPR  WEEKDAY WORLD w/Don DeBar, WAKEUP CALL w/Bernard White, CUTTING EDGE w/Dred Scot-Keyes, INTERCHANGE w/Douglas Storm, and several more... Listen and view the scheduled times of these news programs at .
Community Progressive Radio ( is a non-profit, community-based, multi-media organization created to remedy the lack of media attention devoted to critical issues affecting our lives.. provides a forum for a wide range of topics in a constant attempt to expose the truth. We use all the media technology available to us to provide our diverse communities with a media organization that can be relied on to give voice to its interests.
Over the past few years, we've identified a trend in so called progressive media towards fewer informed community voices discussing community issues. In response to the steady decrease in the coverage of community issues, we offer this important forum.
Message from CPRmetro@gmail.. "..Assumtion correct. We also do a daily 30 min newscast which we park at - please share!

NEWS - Bits:
While this next one is not exactly a news broadcast, it is still a news source... NewsInfusion is a compilation of news bytes from an apparent variety of sources. They tend to average about 2 minutes long, are individually dated by time of release, and hav an essence of PSAs.. but not quite.. What they are is interesting and entertaining
By scrolling through the ample variety of clips, you can pick, choose and compile together whatever you want to air.. Thus, perhaps the name...
"  is a free multimedia sharing portal for viewing or downloading professionally-produced news and informational audio and video content. NI allows  both general users and professional journalists to choose from up to ten video and five different audio formats, including broadcast-quality SD and HD and even an international PAL format. In addition to our featured audio and video selections, almost all of our standard or customized pages offer the added ability to view and download additional assets such as text, graphs, files, images, logos and additional video and audio clips. NI is the most content and feature-rich site of its kind and purpose-built to allow journalists, consumers, bloggers, content editors, producers, and news gatherers or web users of all kinds to browse, download, share and even broadcast these assets.  The content and materials posted on NI are available for the free and unrestricted use of broadcast news entities and the general public.

NEWS - Bits:
This one, similar to the above, also not actually a compleate news broadcast, but another compilation of audio news content, and they've apparently been around a long time,,. From The North American Network is the "--The  Original Internet Source For Radio Content--"  RADIOSPACE
You can sort it by the following story topics, making it easier to pick what kind of content you'd like to use: Consumer, Business & General Interest, - Current Events & Public Affairs, - Entertainment & Sports, and Health & Medicine. Each category provides a ample selection of frequently updated material with a brief description and a link to the audio for download. You also have an option to subscribe to email you updates of current schedules.
RadioSpace™ is maintained by North American Network, Inc., a radio broadcasting agency that provides news and programming services to radio stations and organizations.  Programming is sponsored by the corporations, government agencies, associations, and non-profit organizations who are identified in the program notes and scripts. 
All information contained on RadioSpace is provided to radio stations and networks for their free and unrestricted use.
You can request to be a weekly NewsDirect subscriber.  Subscriptions are accepted from radio stations, networks and program suppliers.  As a subscriber, you will automatically receive e-mail copies of the NewsDirect broadcast schedule each week--and at no charge whatsoever.  We may also alert you to programming and interview opportunities not included in the NewsDirect broadcast schedule.



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