According to the “Blog of Helios,” talk radio station KLBJ AM in Austin, Texas will be airing ads for Linux. The ads are more like PSAs. They are not selling a particular distribution of Linux and they don’t even point the listener to a specific, trackable action, so I don’t know how one would measure their impact. However, the people paying for the ad have apparently purchased time during the Kim Komando show– who tends to be pretty Microsoft-centered in her discussions.
The ads have been released under the Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike 3.0 license.They further stipulated that no attribution is necessary, so that provides a lot of freedom. The blog referenced above has links to the voice-over track in MP3 and ogg formats. There are both 30 second and 60 second versions.
I have no idea what affect these ads will have, but I’m glad to see this approach. It’s not wrapped around a company. It’s a community effort. Hopefully it will get some people curious and asking questions.