free103point9 Coverage of NoRNC and the Republican National Convention in 2004
During the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden, free103point9 contributed 24-hour internet-radio coverage of protests, called NoRNC, in collaboration with the A-Noise Collective and August Sound Coalition. Over 1800 peaceful protesters from a broad coalition were arrested and sent to Pier 57, a city bus depot converted to a makeshift detention center. Online Radio correspondents Kelly Benjamin and Tianna Kennedy were amongst those arrested, and each called in live from Pier 57 to the studio, providing on the ground coverage of their detentions.
Writing for Art Forum, Marina Rosenfeld included free103point9's NoRNC coverage in her Best of 2004 Music: "Dedicated to the gamut of 'transmission arts,' free103point9's collaborative coverage of the Republican National Convention, undertaken with other activist groups such as the August Sound Coalition, was a critical reference point for artists and other citizens during the otherwise disheartening week Bush and company descended on New York."