Ken Freedman, Community Media Conference 2019 Speaker Bio

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Ken Freedman

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General Manager, WFMU

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Ken Freedman is the Station Manager of WFMU (wfmu.org), the longest running and most renowned freeform radio station in the United States. Under his guidance, WFMU became independent of Upsala College, WFMU’s original owner. Freedman also developed WFMU’s internet presence, making it one of the most popular and forward looking internet radio stations in the U.S. WFMU was the first radio station to offer full on-demand listening, podcasts and a working iPhone stream. He recently founded Congera PBC which is developing the Audience Engine, an open source platform for small and medium sized broadcasters and journalists. He previousy founded the Free Music Archive (freemusicarchive.org), an online music library and social site based on curated music licensed under alternative copyrights such as creative commons licenses, which was recently purchased by Kitsplit LLC. He pioneered the use of copyrights and waivers to address restrictions placed on broadcasters by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Freedman has served on the board of public science and technology company New Brunswick Scientific Company and was a board member and technology advisor to the National Federation of Community (NFCB) broadcasters. He has spoken and presented at conferences sponsored by The Future of Music Coalition, O’Reilly Media. National Public Radio, the Integrated Media Association, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

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