Authority to Broadcast: A Case Study of how the Members of Radio Free Brattleboro Managed the Crisis of a FCC Intervention


This research paper examines a nonprofit organization in crisis. The organization examined here is radio free brattleboro (rfb), an independent radio station in Brattleboro, Vermont. The research examined how the rfb's staff responded to a shutdown that was ordered on June 24, 2003 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

An explanatory case study is used for the research methodology. By using this research methodology, the organization is studied from the initial point where the crisis began to where it is currently. This type of research methodology answered how and why questions leading to detailed conclusions about how the organization managed the crisis.

The research showed that the unique structural and cultural organizational aspects of rfb are what allowed rfb's staff to effectively cope with the crisis. Teamwork between all rfb members and community support helped the organization to overcome challenges, which stemmed from a U.S. government policy change.

The research concluded that rfb’s efforts during this time of crisis were rewarded with community support, local ordinances that were passed that supported rfb's intentions, and rfb's ability to remain on the air to broadcast to the Brattleboro community.


Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Communications Law

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