PhillyCAM Celebrates National Community Media Day with Live TV & Radio Marathon

-Courtesy of Broad Street Communications
photo by PhillyCAM

On Thursday, PhillyCAM – the community media center that trains Philadelphians in media production and airs original content on Philadelphia’s public access television and WPPM 106.5 FM – will celebrate the 6th annual Community Media Day with a days worth of special programming, including at 3-hour live television and radio marathon and a pop-up sidewalk concert. 

Community Media Day was created by Brooklyn Free Speech as an annual celebration of voices that bring awareness to the importance of free speech and accessible media for all individuals to have their voices heard. It is celebrated all throughout the world by anyone who wants to ensure that the media landscape remains inclusive for all artists, across all forms of media.

To acknowledge the day in Philadelphia, PhillyCAM is gathering local producers to share stories of how the community media center is a hub for hyper local production and how grassroots media makers, activists, and organizers create collective impact through teamwork, across cultures and media platforms to build community power.

The afternoon of special programming begins at 1:00 p.m. with a Member Recognition Tribute where PhillyCAM members share their unique journeys to becoming television producers. At 2:00 p.m., the focus turns to WPPM 106.5 FM for a discussion around how community radio plays a role in cultural, social and political change. October 20 is also the 6th anniversary of PhillyCAM’s low power FM radio station, WPPM 106.5 FM, going on the air. The day will be a kick off of the WPPM Fall Fundrive 

Starting at 3:00 p.m., there will be a LIVE 3-hour TV/radio simulcast that will activate every single production studio at PhillyCAM including the garage. Community Media Day will culminate with the sounds of female-fronted band, You Do You, performing a sidewalk pop up concert in front of PhillyCAM on the 600 block of Ranstead Street. You Do You is known for their infectious beats and electrifying 70’s-era showmanship. The “genre-defying” 7-piece ensemble has drawn comparisons from Chic to Tedeschi Trucks Band while supporting artists like Robert Randolph & The Family Band, George Porter Jr. and more.

Community Media Day is also part of PhillyCAM’s People Power Media Fest, a month-long celebration featuring free in-person and virtual events, workshops, and television / radio broadcasts. Programming in this year’s fest has been curated around the theme “Building Community Power,” which spotlights the ways that grassroots media makers, activists, and organizers create collective impact through teamwork, across cultures and media platforms. 

Full schedule of PPM Fest events:

PPM Fest is made possible with support from the following sponsors: Independence Public Media Foundation, Lenfest Foundation, Leeway Foundation, BlackStar Projects, Love Now Media, MIC Center, Telvue Corporation, JEVs Human Services, and Liberty Resources.

PhillyCAM programs are supported by grants from Comcast and Verizon cable franchise agreements, Independence Public Media Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and by donations from individual contributors.

About PhillyCAM
PhillyCAM is the non-profit designated by the City of Philadelphia to operate its public access television network (Xfinity 66/966  and Verizon Fios 29/30). PhillyCAM also operates a low-power community radio station, WPPM-FM, which reaches about 800,000 people throughout the Philadelphia region. PhillyCAM provides transformative opportunities for people and communities to express themselves, to learn from each other, and to produce and share media reflective of experiences of everyday people. PhillyCAM teaches people to create high-quality, non-commercial media. Visit

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