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Adopted September 17, 1998
In Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

We are current broadcasters, future broadcasters and simply concerned
citizens.  We stand for the proposition that the airwaves of America
should reflect the breadth of American life --not simply the boardrooms
of less than a dozen megacorporations.

We believe that the fruits of broadened airwaves access will include:

Greater diversity in radio ownership;

Greater diversity in radio programming;

Increased innovation, in the arts and sciences alike;

Expanded opportunity for upward mobility;

Larger pools of skilled, trained broadcasting personnel;

More locally based, locally owned radio stations, offering more
coverage of community affairs;


A step toward restoration of the letter and spirit of the
United States Constitution.

We are not of one mind on every issue, but we are united in our determination
to open the airwaves to small companies, small non-profit organizations
and individual citizens.

Whatever our other differences may be, these are the core principles
which we firmly stand behind:

FIRST, small radio stations, which broadcast at 100 watts or less, were legal until
banned by the Federal Communications Commission in 1978. Similar small
stations must be made legal again -- in both commercial and non-commercial
forms. This should be done with the greatest speed that is reasonably possible.

SECOND, such stations must be reserved solely for small businesses, small
non-profits and individual citizens. Licenses for such radio stations should not be
awarded automatically to the highest bidders: instead, whether this is done through
Commission or Congressional action, such stations should be exempt from any
otherwise applicable mandate for radio license auctions. In addition, the law should
state clearly that only small businesses, small non-profit organizations and individual
citizens are eligible by law to establish or acquire these radio stations.

  THIRD, whatever wattage and tower height limitations are applied to such radio
stations, these power ceilings must be high enough to permit the attraction of
a meaningful audience. Full time stations, whether their revenues come from
advertisements, donations or a mixture of the two, require and deserve power
ceilings which provide a clear opportunity to become financially self-sustaining.
Part time stations, if authorized, require and deserve power ceilings which
permit effective community service to an urban neighborhood, a small town,
a small suburb or the rural population equivalent.

FOURTH, room must be left, in this corner of the radio spectrum, for:

Totally commercial radio stations;

Non-profit radio stations, including stations at educational institutions,
which air commercials solely to cover costs;


Totally non-commercial stations, including stations at educational institutions.

All three of these groups have contributions to make, albeit in different ways.
We support, unequivocally, the availability of radio station licenses for members
of all three groups. We oppose, unequivocally, all efforts to limit licensing to
only one or two of these groups.

In addition to the core principles we have related, we call for suspension of
the current prosecutions of unlicensed broadcasters, except in cases where a
knowing refusal to remediate interference problems can be demonstrated.
We also call for retroactive amnesty, except in cases of demonstrable and
knowing interference, when radio stations of this nature are re-legalized.

For our part, we may or may not choose, as individuals, to conduct
unlicensed broadcasting from the privacy of our own homes and/or
facilities. However, we will not engage in public acts of civil disobedience,
or other confrontational behavior, for as long as the Federal Communications
Commission is progressing with reasonable speed toward a meaningful,
viable andsustainable expansion of access to the public airwaves.

The battles for liberty, opportunity and justice, in America and elsewhere, are
not limited to the wars or crises of the past. Each generation must invoke
again-- in the terms, symbols and context which it finds meaningful -- the
same spirit that has established America, maintained America and protected
America, along with much of the world, from the designs of madmen and tyrants.

The time has come to stand again, respectfully but firmly, for the values
which make America America.

We urge all who agree with us to stand with us.




  1.      Don Schellhardt of CONNECTICUT

  2.      Don Hawks of VIRGINIA

  3.      Joseph D’Alessandro of DELAWARE

  4.      Mrs. Joseph D’Alessandro of DELAWARE

  5.      Kevin Lange of INDIANA

  6.      Scott A. Todd of MINNESOTA

  7.      John Benjamin of PENNSYLVANIA

  8.      Charles Coplien of PENNSYLVANIA

  9.      Rob Rogers of ALABAMA

10.      Bill Doerner of TEXAS

11.      Maryjane "Mj" Stelmach Honner of MICHIGAN

12.     Andy Lausted of MINNESOTA

13.     Urbain Bernier of MICHIGAN

14.     Linda C. Bernier of MICHIGAN

15.     Richard Borrell of MINNESOTA

16.     Hipolito Cuevas of CONNECTICUT

17.     Thomas Lowenhaupt of NEW YORK

a group that is headquartered in MINNESOTA -- by UNANIMOUS vote

19.     Jerry Szoka of OHIO

20.     Claude Stevens of MISSOURI

21.     Glenn Austin of MINNESOTA

22.     Teri Davis of MICHIGAN

23.     John Lentz of WISCONSIN

24.     Mike Malone of MASSACHUSETTS

25.    Alan Freed of MINNESOTA

26.    Adrian Kohn of WASHINGTON, DC

27.    Reilly M. Leibhard of MINNESOTA

28.    Tom Ness of MICHIGAN

29.    Sue Ness of MICHIGAN

30.    John Anderson of WISCONSIN

31.    Bob duRivage of MICHIGAN

32.    Thomas S. Desmond of TEXAS

33.    Pedro Luis Jimenez of CONNECTICUT

34.    Sharon McHugh of OHIO

35.    Heather Summers of OHIO

36.    George Pantazopoulus of MASSACHUSETTS

37.    Ron Gutzeit of MICHIGAN

38.    Jed Cousin of MINNESOTA

39.    Kevin Hegg of MINNESOTA

40.    Thomas Kluis of MINNESOTA

41.    John Aramini of NEW YORK

42.    Richard D. Demorest of MICHIGAN

43.    Brian Jack of MICHIGAN

44.    Jeremy Jack of MICHIGAN

45.    Matthew J. Mitruka of MICHIGAN

46.    Sandra Dziedziula of MICHIGAN

47.    Gordon Roudebush of MICHIGAN

48.    Todd Breen of MICHIGAN

49.    Adam Steinman of MICHIGAN

50.    James J. DeMates of MICHIGAN

51.    Jeff J. Woods of MICHIGAN

52.    Brian Mauro of MICHIGAN

53.    Daniel T. Harper of MICHIGAN

54.    April Schmidt of MICHIGAN

55.    Aaron Tucker of MICHIGAN

56.    Robert Cukr, Jr. of MICHIGAN

57.    Christopher Frankonis of OREGON

58.    Jolie Wolfe of OREGON

59.    Brad Lovelace of MINNESOTA

60.    Tamara Hayes of OREGON

61.    Robert Lentz of PENNSYLVANIA

62.    Steven A. Antonio of CONNECTICUT

63.    Bill Spry of OHIO

64.    Robert L. Hormell of COLORADO

65.    Jesse G. Kudler of CONNECTICUT

66.    Christopher T. Bydalek of ALASKA

67.    Mike Fabio of MINNESOTA

68.    Carmen Williams of ALASKA

69.    Daniel M. Geislinger of MINNESOTA

70.    William M. Stapleton, Jr. of CONNECTICUT

71.    Steve James of CONNECTICUT

72.    Chris DiPaola of RHODE ISLAND

73.    Kenneth Atkinson of RHODE ISLAND

74.    Brendan Kredell of NEW JERSEY

75.    Erica Piserchia of CONNECTICUT

76.    Jennifer Kob of NEW YORK

77.    Lillian Teng of MARYLAND

78.    Mayumi Grigsby of TEXAS

79.    Thomas Donatelli of PENNSYLVANIA

80.    Miguel Banuelos of TEXAS

81.    Timothy Lunardi of PENNSYLVANIA

82.    Eric Weiss of MISSISSIPPI

83.    "Barney Gumble" Anderson of IOWA

84.    Steven H. Macek of MINNESOTA

85.    Ami Abou-Bakr of IDAHO

86.    Halah Al-Jubeir of WASHINGTON, DC

87.    John Cain of NEW YORK

88.    Nancy Calabrese of CALIFORNIA

89.    Reed Cary of MARYLAND

90.    Emilie Dishongh of GEORGIA

91.    Neale Fisher of GEORGIA

92.    Andrew Goodrich of MASSACHUSETTS

93.    Alan Greene of CALIFORNIA

94.    Matthew Hammer of PENNSYLVANIA

95.    Claudine Holt of WASHINGTON, DC

96.    Sarah James of WISCONSIN

97.    William Jordan of OHIO

98.    Baxter Lee of TENNESSEE

99.    Anthony Liberatoscioli of NEW YORK

100. Joseph LiCastro of PENNSYLVANIA

101. James Lister of NEW HAMPSHIRE

102. Jason Madhosingh of FLORIDA

103. Michael O’Shea of NEW JERSEY

104. Elizabeth Ripotolo of NEW YORK

105. Neil Roy of ALABAMA

106. Andrew Soodek of ILLINOIS

107. Lee Stafford of MARYLAND

108. Sean Tirrell of MASSACHUSETTS

109. Marcus Williams of WASHINGTON, DC

110. Dean Fiora of CONNECTICUT

111. Yael Nimon of MASSACHUSETTS

112. Matthew Hayes of CALIFORNIA

113. Wesle AnneMarie Dymoke of RHODE ISLAND

114. Christian Davin of NEW YORK

115. Danielle Enage of CALIFORNIA

116. Richard Kentz of NEW JERSEY

117. Lacy Martin of TEXAS

118. Crystal Morgan of NEW YORK

119. William W. Tinsley III of NEW YORK

120. Aaron Childs of MICHIGAN

121. Christopher Bletsch of NEW YORK

122. Rosa Gonzalez of FLORIDA

123. Kathleen Hosie of THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

124. Collin West of GEORGIA

125. Spencer Clark of PENNSYLVANIA

126. Wes Brown of CALIFORNIA

127. Michael Diamant of PENNSYLVANIA

128. Jeffrey Glasheen of PENNSYLVANIA

129. Scott Bowen of TEXAS

130. Eric Draven of NEW YORK

131. Benton Owsley of CALIFORNIA

132. Nancy Doerner of TEXAS

133. Norm Andresen of MICHIGAN

134. Kimberlie Swift of MICHIGAN

135. Larry Skwarczynski of MICHIGAN

"A Pro-Active Music and Low Power Broadcasting Campaign" in MICHIGAN

137. Anita Louise McCormick of WEST VIRGINIA

138. Howard N. Lute of CALIFORNIA

139. Joseph Rocha of CALIFORNIA

140. Lacretia C. Balance of OREGON

141. Kim Breton of CONNECTICUT

142. Ciatta Baysah of NEW YORK

143. Richard Bisso of NEW YORK

144. Sonya Chawla of MARYLAND

145. Melissa Conradi of WASHINGTON STATE

146. Jay Homa of MARYLAND

147. Adam Kaplan of WASHINGTON, DC

148. Stephane Lautner of NEW YORK

149. Adam Murray of MICHIGAN

150. Nhan Nguyen of VIRGINIA

151. Lynn Poss of CALIFORNIA

152. Reagan Roth of VERMONT

153. Carlo Santos of CALIFORNIA

154. Vanessa Waldref of WASHINGTON STATE

155. Kenneth Fisher of NEW JERSEY

156. Jan Owsley of CALIFORNIA

157. The Reverend Gail Dillen Packard of CALIFORNIA

158. Rebecca Bogart of MARYLAND

159. Hope Michelson of ILLINOIS

160. Christine Rice of NEW YORK

161. Scott Hicks of MICHIGAN

162.  Leroy F. Schellhardt of CONNECTICUT

163.  Lori Abel of OHIO

164.  Scott Weingartner of KANSAS

165.  Gene Karl of GEORGIA


IF you wish to be recorded as a signatory of THE AMHERST DECLARATION

Or please contact:

Don Schellhardt
45 Bracewood Road
Waterbury, CT U.S.A. 06706
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