Hannah Sassaman — Banned from the National Association of Broadcasters Since 2002


Hannah Sassaman moved to Philadelphia at age eighteen, after a life of moving around the East coast. Her father’s family has strong roots in the city — her dad and grandfather owned a linen delivery company at 34th and Lancaster Avenue. For six years, Hannah Sassaman has led campaigns against Clear Channel, the National Association of Broadcasters, and for responsible limits on media consolidation in the United States. A key organizer of major FCC localism hearings in San Antonio and Rapid City in 2004, as well as in Nashville in 2006, Hannah travelled last year across Kenya, building 3 radio stations with independent African journalists, community organizations and educational groups. In 2005, she helped coordinate the successful building of an FCC-licensed emergency radio station used by families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She has been featured in segments on NPR’s On the Media, Democracy Now, CNN, C-Span, and a variety of other TV, radio, and print sources.

Hannah is currently captaining an aggressive pair of bills that would expand low power FM radio station availability and community radio to most cities and towns in the United States.  She has built coalitions with groups as diverse as the Christian Coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and many other groups, including local social justice pioneers like the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Her work and the work of low power FM radio was featured in a major Bill Moyers’ Journal program on PBS. Fresh to Prometheus from the Philadelphia IMC and the University of Pennsylvania, Hannah is banned from all official National Association of Broadcasters events.

Hannah is transitioning out of the Program Director role at the Prometheus Radio Project after her productive and sweet time there. She is about to start strategic communications for the Service Employees International Union, 1199P — and in the meantime, she is coordinating and designing legislative
campaigns with Casino-Free Philadelphia.

Hannah loves Philadelphia more than almost anything, except her husband Joshua Marcus.


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