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Seizing the Airwaves: Radio by and for the people

Seizing the Airwaves: Radio by and for the people | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Betty Yu and Steve Renderos

March 1, 2013

 

Community-driven radio has always played a significant role in winning the hearts and minds of people in movements for social change, economic justice and human rights. But the history of dramatic media consolidation in this country has made it extraordinarily difficult for all but an elite few to control their own media.

 

Today, after years of activism, a new law on low-power FM (LPFM) radio is paving the way for the greatest expansion of FM radio in decades. This is a huge victory for media justice: Communities across the U.S. now have the power to transform the media landscape and fight corporate media owned and controlled by the 1 Percent. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for historically marginalized communities of color, immigrant and low-income folks to own and operate their own means of media production and infrastructure—through their own LPFM radio station.

 

During the civil rights movement, radio provided a crucial platform for African-American leaders to disseminate information and to educate and organize others to join the struggle. During the 1950s, television overtook radio as the most lucrative entertainment medium, leading to the abandonment of radio stations. Local radio station owners found themselves with more autonomy to experiment with local programming. Suddenly, African-Americans with some financial means were able to own and operate their own mass media.

 

Continued: http://fair.org/slider/seizing-the-airwaves/

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REC position statement on a commercial LPFM service | REC Networks

by Michi Eyre

Jan. 25, 2015

 

When Rodger Skinner wrote the petition that resulted in RM-9242, one of the petitions that became a part of the Mass Media Docket 99-25 rulemaking that eventually created the LPFM service, he envisioned that LPFM would mirror the structure of Low Power TV.  This included the ability for LPFM stations to be allowed to carry commercials. 

 

While this was going on, there was also a substantial grassroots effort taking place.  Mnay people across America who were upset with provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1995 which permitted the ongoing concentration of media resulting in companies like Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) to become media empires by acquiring station clusters across the nation and replacing local programming staff with national playlists, voice tracking and syndicated programming.  The 1990s were a period of radio rebellion with radio piracy at an all time high and high profile radio activists encouraging the construction of over 10,000 pirate stations across the country. 

 

Then FCC Commissioner William Kennard saw the creation of a new low power community radio service to a way to give a small slice of radio back to ethnic groups and other organizations underserved on the current dial, especially in light of all of the media concentration that was quickly taking place. 

 More here: http://home.recnet.com/commercial-lpfm
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WCUW keeps FM beat going after 40-plus years - Worcester Mag

WCUW keeps FM beat going after 40-plus years - Worcester Mag | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jim Perry

Jan. 8, 2015

 

If you drive down Main Street in Worcester, heading from downtown toward the Clark University campus, you will pass a very unassuming building, among many others. Inside, there is a bedrock of creative and diverse activity. This is the home of WCUW, 91.3 FM, community radio for Worcester and vicinity. The station, which started on the AM dial in 1920 and switched to FM in 1973, is more vibrant than ever heading into 2015. Under the tutelage of program director Troy Tyree, the station has grown into a web of influence, representing all of the ethnics groups that call Worcester home.

 

“We’re going into our second year of 24/7/programming,” Tyree told me, emphasizing the difficulty of such a thing.

 

More here: http://worcestermag.com/2015/01/08/wcuw-keeps-fm-beat-going-40-plus-years

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Media Watch | Tucson Weekly

Media Watch | Tucson Weekly | LPFM | Scoop.it

by John Schuster

Nov. 13, 2014

 

LOW POWER FM 99.1 LOOKS FOR FUNDING ASSISTANCE

There's a pretty good chance you won't hear The Long and Winding Road on Downtown Radio's non-commercial rock format, but it would certainly be fitting given the organization's struggles to get approval for a low power FM station.

That road now has a viable destination, an on-air launch date likely slated for early 2015, a welcome sign for a process that has been years in the making.

The FCC made some low power FM frequencies available for Tucson and Southern Arizona. This led the Downtown Radio organization to file the necessary paperwork. Unfortunately, it ran into some initial issues over frequency sharing requirements and didn't rank high enough in criteria to get a guarantee to operate the on-air space exclusively. At one point it looked as though the downtown radio project might be staring at the prospect of sharing signal space with a Spanish language church and/or the Tohono O'odham Nation.

But when signal space became available for those separate entities, a trickle down affect occurred that allowed Downtown Radio to get the frequency it wanted all along, at 99.1 FM.

 

More here:  http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/media-watch/Content?oid=4870004

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Radio World :: Blog - Looking at LPFMs, Part Deux

Radio World :: Blog - Looking at LPFMs, Part Deux | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Dan Slentz

Nov. 7, 2014

 

Last week we were looking at LPFMs. This week we have a follow up with some other sites of interest for LPFMers.

As you know, the first group of stations went on the air over 10 years ago. There were over 3,000 applications and nearly 2,000 were dismissed. Eventually 907 were licensed. As of today, 778 are still on the air.

With this round of LPFMs (expected to be the last), a little under 3,000 groups applied. Over 600 were dismissed. Today almost 160 are on the air and licensed while another almost 1,200 construction permits have been issued, while the rest are being processed or analyzed.

 

More here:  http://www.radioworld.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&entryid=10262

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Sarasota's WSLR Radio Station Finds Its Voice

Sarasota's WSLR Radio Station Finds Its Voice | LPFM | Scoop.it
How Sarasota's community radio station, WSLR, became the little station that could.

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by Cooper Levey-Baker

Nov. 1, 2014

6 p.m. Tuesday.

 

One show is ending and another is beginning, which, for the moment, means chaos at Sarasota’s WSLR. The departing DJ hurriedly collects his things as the three hosts of Maternally Yours hustle inside to set up their hour-long talk show dedicated to pregnancy, motherhood and infancy. Tonight’s topic: Can toddlers remember and describe their births? Laura Gilkey, Dana King and Ryan Stanley grab purple, red and gold headphones from a coatrack stuck to one of the studio’s walls and snag seats around the audio board.

 

Gilkey, dressed in a white WSLR T-shirt with the collar cut out, cues up a YouTube clip on the computer perched on a nearby table. A pair of turntables sits next to the PC, one of them plastered with a bumper sticker bearing the station’s position on the FM dial: 96.5. A digital clock ticks away as the soft strum of an acoustic guitar introduces the show’s theme and the “On Air” light above the studio door flips red.

 

“All right,” Gilkey says to King and Stanley.

 

King hoots and pumps her fist. “Remember your birth!”

 

Showtime.

 

More here: http://sarasotamagazine.com/blog/2014/10/30/wslr-radio-sarasota

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Tuning in to community radio

by Jessica Leigh Lebos

Oct. 7, 2014

 

GET READY to reprogram your preset buttons: there's a new radio station in town.

 

Well, almost. A year and half after the FCC announced that it was opening Low Power FM (LPFM) bandwidth to non-profits and other qualified organizations, a group called Savannah Soundings has received its license to build.

 

Touted as “community radio with a global soul,” Savannah Soundings will provide airspace for progressive politics and environmental issues, a variety of musical genres, children’s programming, radio theater and more, with a focus on engaging all facets of Savannah culture. With a minimum of 56 hours a week to fill, time slots might transmit talk shows dedicated to scientific research, blocks of tunes by local bands and bedtime stories in Spanish.

 

“We want to provide voice and visibility to individuals, organizations, events and projects that showcase the diversity of our local culture,” says Vicki Weeks, the nascent station’s project manager and president of Weeks Consulting.

 

More here:  http://www.connectsavannah.com/savannah/tuning-in-to-community-radio/Content?oid=2491677

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Radio World: LPFM Spotlight: WQMR

Radio World: LPFM Spotlight: WQMR | LPFM | Scoop.it

August 27, 2014

 

Who: WQMR(LP), Q101.3, Brameldon Productions, Don Mattingly, retired from a variety of radio and TV jobs in the Washington area.

What: Programming classic/Southern rock with a mix of oldies ... Service area coverage of local events such as church, club, civic groups, etc. Sounds like a big, major market, corporate station, but is supported by local underwriting and donations.

Where: Rocky Mount, Va.

When: licensed July 1, 2014, on air 24/7 since July 1.

 

More here:  http://www.radioworld.com/article/lpfm-spotlight-wqmr/272070

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WYCE-FM taps artist and curator as next manager for community radio station

WYCE-FM taps artist and curator as next manager for community radio station | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk

Sept. 2, 2014 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts' exhibitions curator is becoming WYCE-FM's station manager.

 

AJ Paschka, who joins the community radio station in October, moves from the visual world of art to the non-visual world of radio.

But it's not as much of a change as it might seem for the graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design.

 

"I think some of it has to do with my skill set, being between art and technology," he said. "When you look at my track record, it's a mix of audio and visual."

 

"It's very natural for me," said Paschka, who will make the transition from contemporary art at UICA to community-based radio at WYCE-FM (88.1) in October.

 

More here:  http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/09/wyce-fm_taps_artist_and_curato.html

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Louisville's ARTxFM on way to Low Power FM license

Louisville's ARTxFM on way to Low Power FM license | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Matthew Lasar

Sept. 11, 2014

 

Looks like one of our favorite Internet radio stations is poised to snag a Low Power FM license from the Federal Communications Commission. As we reported earlier in the week, the FCC has released a whole slew of Low Power FM MX Groups on the east coast—basically clusters of eligible applicants for local signals. We noted that one MX Group in Louisville, Kentucky consists of ARTxFM and Squallis Puppeteers—the former a wonderful online community radio stream; the latter a terrific non-profit performance ensemble.

In response Michi Eyre of REC networks wrote in this morning to note that that license area “is already settled.” Squallis has requested that its application be dismissed “giving ART x FM the channel.”

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/09/11/louisvilles-artxfm-way-low-power-fm-license/

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Zapp Seattle renews open hours at Hollow Earth Radio

Zapp Seattle renews open hours at Hollow Earth Radio | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Matthew Lasar

Sept. 26, 2014

 

If I was in Seattle in October I would drop by Hollow Earth Radio just to talk to Zapp Seattle in person about whatever it is that Zapp Seattle is doing these days. Zapp is the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, and it possesses 30,000, yes, that’s right, 30,000 archived zines. Starting next month Zapp will relaunch open hours at HER on third Sundays from four to six PM.

“Come check out some zines, listen to good music, and work on your newest screed, compare binding tips and what not,” Zapp says on its Facebook page. “ZAPP members will be there to answer any questions you have about the organization, and HER and ZAPP members and others will be meeting to talk about the Community Newsroom project at the same time. Bonus! Get in on this!”

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/09/26/zapp-seattle-renews-open-hours-hollow-earth-radio/

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LPFM Watch: Hollow Earth Radio Granted in Seattle, Pasadena May Get Punk Rock LPFM + Details about New San Francisco Station - Radio Survivor

LPFM Watch: Hollow Earth Radio Granted in Seattle, Pasadena May Get Punk Rock LPFM + Details about New San Francisco Station - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Waits

Sept. 25, 2014

 

In Southern California, there was some interesting LPFM news this week. Light Bringer Project (Altadena, CA), Newtown Pasadena Foundation (Altadena, CA), Side Street Projects (Pasadena, CA) and Razorcake/Gorsky Press (Pasadena, CA) filed a “joint request for approval of settlement” with the FCC, asking for the FCC to grant the Razorcake application for 92.7 FM and dismiss the others. The FCC has subsequently dismissed applications for Light Bringer Project, Newtown Pasadena Foundation, and Side Street Projects.

 

Although Razorcake/Gorsky Press is now the sole applicant for 92.7 FM, it is awaiting word on a Petition to Deny filed by religious broadcaster Educational Media Foundation (K-Love Radio) due to concerns over interference with one of its radio stations. Educational Media Foundation claims that a new LPFM on this frequency will cause “impermissible interference to KYLA.”

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/09/25/lpfm-watch-hollow-earth-radio-granted-seattle-pasadena-may-get-punk-rock-lpfm-details-new-san-francisco-station/

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LPFM Watch: More than 40 New Grants to Birthchoice, Art x FM, Poor Magazine, Providence Academy and Others - Radio Survivor

LPFM Watch: More than 40 New Grants to Birthchoice, Art x FM, Poor Magazine, Providence Academy and Others - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Waits

Oct. 16, 2014

 

It was a big week for LPFM grants, with the total number of issued construction permits for the 2013 filing window passing 1400. More than 40 permits were granted in the past week to a wide range of non-profits, including cultural groups, public access television stations, religious groups, schools, arts-oriented non-profits, as well as to some existing streaming community radio stations.

In addition to grants, there were lots of engineering amendments filed, as LPFM hopefuls scrambled to tweak their proposals in order to get on the air.  You can take a look at updates on these amendments for the West and the East on the REC Networks site.

 

http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/10/16/lpfm-watch-40-new-grants-birthchoice-art-x-fm-poor-magazine-providence-academy-others/

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Vashon's first FM station goes live - Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Vashon's first FM station goes live - Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Natalie Martin

Oct. 14, 2014

 

On Monday morning there were cheers and tears as Voice of Vashon took to the airwaves on 101.9 FM, realizing what has been a dream of some in the organization for over a decade.

 

“It’s the ultimate community historic moment,” said Rick Wallace, a longtime Voice of Vashon volunteer who admits he cried that morning. “There aren’t that many things on Vashon that have taken so many years to come to fruition.”

 

The new station, KVSH, will now broadcast 24-7, offering an eclectic mix of music, homegrown programs and live talk radio on a low-power FM station that will cover the island and stream on the web.

 

“Sometimes you’ll hear islanders playing music, discussing topics related to Vashon that are important to people, or you’ll hear music generated by Vashon artists,” Wallace said. “In one way or another, it’s all Vashon, and you can’t get that from any station in the metropolitan area.”

 

More here:  http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/news/279172971.html

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Library, two religious groups approved to launch low-power FM radio stations - News-Sentinel.com

Library, two religious groups approved to launch low-power FM radio stations - News-Sentinel.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Kevin Kilbane

Nov. 15, 2014

 

The Allen County Public Library and two local religious organizations have received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval to launch low-power FM radio stations in the Fort Wayne area.

 

Officials from the library and Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Leo-Cedarville and Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County in Fort Wayne will provide more information about their stations during a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Meeting Room C of the downtown library, 900 Library Plaza.

 

Currently, this is the only library system in the country approved to operate a low-power FM station, said Erik Mollberg, who led the library's application. Mollberg is assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne, the local public-access cable television channels based at the downtown library.

 

Mollberg has been working for more than two years to assess community interest in and plan for the library's application for the low-power FM radio station. The library submitted its paperwork in October 2013 and learned Oct. 18 of this year its application was approved for signal 95.7-FM, he said.

 

More here: http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20141115/NEWS/141119783/1009/NDU

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Little Raleigh Radio, one year on

Little Raleigh Radio, one year on | LPFM | Scoop.it

Updated: This story has been updated to reflect the changes in the low power FM application of the organization formerly known as Capital Team Sports, Inc. The organization is now known as Oak City Media, Inc. and was the first local applicant to be granted a construction permit by the FCC. The group hopes to launch as 101.9 WKRP in Northeast Raleigh in 2015. 

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by Jane Porter

Dec. 18, 2014

 

Although it’s been a big year for Little Raleigh Radio—its live web stream launched February 17, airing live shows and new, prerecorded programming online every day since—founders Jacob Downey and Kelly Reid are still waiting to hear if they’ll get the low power FM station they’ve asked for. 

Downey and Reid are now in competition with two other organizations that have applied for the 106.5 frequency from the FCC, down from four this time last year. Little Raleigh Radio’s original time share partner, a Raleigh Spanish-language church, moved its application from the 106.5 frequency to 106.7 in Clayton, after the two remaining organizations—both affiliated with the Catholic church—also applied for a time share agreement for the 106.5 frequency earlier this month.

“We considered moving our application with them, but from the beginning of the day to the end of the day, our vision is Radio for Raleigh from Raleigh,” Downey wrote in a Little Raleigh Radio December newsletter. 

 

More here:  http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2014/12/17/little-raleigh-radio-one-year-on

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New Book Chronicles LPFM Activism & Organizing

New Book Chronicles LPFM Activism & Organizing | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

Nov. 11, 2014

 

A new book chronicles “the practices of an activist organization focused on LPFM” during the first low-power licensing window at the turn of the century. Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism is written by Christina Dunbar-Hester, a professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, where she is also affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also a long-time friend of the low-power FM movement.

According to MIT Press,

"Despite its origins as a pirate broadcasting collective, the group eventually shifted toward building and expanding regulatory access to new, licensed stations. These radio activists consciously cast radio as an alternative to digital utopianism, promoting an understanding of electronic media that emphasizes the local community rather than a global audience of Internet users."

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/11/11/new-book-chronicles-lpfm-activism-organizing/

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Radio World :: Blog - Looking at LPFM

Radio World :: Blog - Looking at LPFM | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Dan Slentz

Oct. 31, 2014

 

Last week we in this column our subject was pirates, buccaneers of the airwaves. After I wrote that column, I walked out to my car to drive home and flipped on the radio wondering if I could find another pirate (it was about 5 p.m.). Within about five seconds (two pushes of “scan”) I landed on a pirate. Over the next couple of days, I scanned around and found three “regulars” on the air that I could pick-up in my area of Miami. One lays claim to being on the air for eight years now.

I captured these pirate stations’ audio on my smartphone and uploaded them to a password protected page on my own web site. Before giving you the password, I do need to say that both of these stations play and say content socially unacceptable to most people. If you are easily offended (or even not easily offended), I would not recommend listening to these!

More here:  http://www.radioworld.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&entryid=10261

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WZMO, new low-power FM station, hits air waves

WZMO, new low-power FM station, hits air waves | LPFM | Scoop.it

by John Jarvis

Oct. 25, 2014

 

MARION – H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic “War of the Worlds,” originally broadcast in 1938, will be available to listeners of WZMO, 107.5 FM, a new low-power FM radio station in the Marion area, the station’s general manager announced.

 

The station, which is owned by Marion Community Radio, a nonprofit organization incorporated Aug. 4, made a “soft start-up” about a month-and-a-half ago “to make sure everything played well,” said Tom Wagner, the station’s GM and a member of its board.

Now, WZMO is ready to claim its audience, Wagner said.

 

“The quality of the station is really, really very good; the technical, the audio quality and the programming,” he said. “We are really trying to provide a first-class station for the Marion listening area.”

 

More here:  http://www.marionstar.com/story/news/local/2014/10/25/wzmo-new-low-power-fm-station-hits-air-waves/17909895/

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Radio World: LPFM Spotlight: WUCG

Radio World: LPFM Spotlight: WUCG | LPFM | Scoop.it

Who: WUCG(LP), Radio Blairsville 93.1, TMQ Inc., Dr. Larry V. Flegle and Jan Flegle

What: Programming country, bluegrass, gospel, talk and some local news. We have just added agricultural/farm news from Southeast Ag Net and we’ll be an affiliate providing relevant news from our corner of the Southeast

Where: The top of Georgia (Blairsville, Ga.)

When: July 14, 2014

Why: In addition to teaching, some college professors write a book, others consultant with small businesses, some serve in the military reserves, but Dr. Larry and Professor Jan Flegle of American Public University System did something very different; they applied for and won a construction permit to build a radio station.

 

More here:  http://www.radioworld.com/article/lpfm-spotlight-wucg/272507

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Radio World: LPFM Spotlight: KMGG

Radio World: LPFM Spotlight: KMGG | LPFM | Scoop.it

Oct. 20, 2014

 

Who: KMGG(LP), 99.9, Future Broadcasters Inc., Byron Powdrell

What: Urban AC — A format that hasn’t been here in over 20 years ... Also part of the programming is to feature local talent in our genre, R&B, smooth jazz and gospel.

Where: Albuquerque, N.M.

When: Went on air July 4th 2014

Why: When I was 12, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my uncle who was on the radio in the late ’70s. My parents bought me a Mr. Microphone. I then had what I needed to make a radio station with some wire, switches, and a cassette player — I was on the air! I started in broadcast radio in 1983 at public radio KANW. I left in 1998 and made the move to commercial radio, where I worked my way up to assistant operations manager for AGM’s two clusters before leaving American General Media in 2001. I missed multiple filing windows, finally making the October 13th, 2013 window and the rest is history. We’re Albuquerque’s only urban AC station. Making waves and affecting numbers!

 

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Huntley Community Radio headed toward the FM dial

Huntley Community Radio headed toward the FM dial | LPFM | Scoop.it

By Stephen DiBenedetto

Sept. 8, 2014

 

HUNTLEY — Meeting its fundraising goal and village approval recently, the Huntley Community Radio station likely will start broadcasting on residents' FM dial later this fall.

 

Executive Director Allen Pollack said the volunteer-run community station will begin testing its radio equipment and signal strength by mid-October and also request final approval from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast a low-power station within the Huntley area on 101.5 FM.

 

“It’s really a beginning,” Pollack said. “We’ve been broadcasting for two years on the Internet, but this is another phase in our mission to be able to provide local broadcasting to our community.”

 

More here:  http://www.nwherald.com/2014/09/08/huntley-community-radio-headed-toward-the-fm-dial/

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A Power Boost to LPFM Should Be A Part Of A Power Boost to Class-A | REC Networks

by Michi Eyre

Sept. 15, 2014

 

In comments to the FCC on RM-11727, REC Networks has analyzed the proposal by SSR Communications to create a new Class C4 FM service in the Zone II areas (areas excluding the northeast, mid-west, mid-Atlantic, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and most of California).  The proposed Class C4 would permit Class A stations to double their power and operate at 12 kilowatts at 100 meters height above average terrain. 

In comments, REC states that approximately 16% of the current LPFM stations will have some form of impact by the new station class.  LPFM stations that are currently second adjacent channel short spaced to a an upgraded Class C4 station will experience a smaller interference contour and in some rare cases a power increase or for proposed changes, the ability to operate with fewer bays in order to meet the overlap requirements. 

 

More here:  http://home.recnet.com/node/637?

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WLXL-FM gets grant for station construction | Business | Kentucky.com

WLXL-FM gets grant for station construction | Business | Kentucky.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

Sept. 27, 2014

 

Lexington: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund at The Blue Grass Community Foundation has awarded Lexington Community Radio WLXL-LP a $20,000 grant to go toward the purchase of equipment for the construction of the station. The grant will also help the group leverage matching funds.

The community group, which holds an FCC permit to construct a new low power FM radio station to serve Lexington’s downtown communities, including much of the city’s black, Latino and low-income population, learned of the award Sept. 25.

The station, has reserved the call letters WLXL-LPFM, which will reach a 3.5-mile radius from its tower at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Leestown Road campus.

 

More here:  http://www.kentucky.com/2014/09/27/3450017_wlxl-fm-gets-grant-for-station.html?rh=1

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Sex, broadcasting, and the genius of WFMU

Sex, broadcasting, and the genius of WFMU | LPFM | Scoop.it
What is the secret of WFMU's success? An exclusive interview with Sex and Broadcasting director Tim K. Smith and the station's General Manager Ken Freedman.

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by Matthew Lasar

Oct. 20, 2014

 

“Some people hear radio as it is and ask why. I seek radio as it is not but as it damn well ought to be.” So begins filmmaker Tim K. Smith’s marvelous documentary Sex and Broadcasting; a film about WFMU. The doc’s IMDB page describes the film as a 76 minute exploration of “the world’s strangest and most unique radio station” and “one man’s attempt to keep it alive.” It is scheduled to premiere at the IFC Center in New York City on November 15. I’m told that the screening has all but sold out, which is no surprise. WFMU is arguably the most influential and successful community based free-form radio station in the United States.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/10/20/sex-broadcasting-genius-wfmu/

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Radio World :: Blog - Mass. Town Will Use FM Radio for Public Safety

Radio World :: Blog - Mass. Town Will Use FM Radio for Public Safety | LPFM | Scoop.it

By Paul McLane

Oct. 15, 2014


If you aren’t sure how valuable radio can be to a local community, consider what the town of Acton, Mass., northwest of Boston, wrote to the Federal Communications Commission:

“The town is seeking an LPFM license in order to fill a need for effective public safety communication with residents, especially during emergencies,” it told the FCC. It stated that over several years, Acton has suffered from severe ice storms and other disasters “which rendered cellular towers inoperable and left residents without any utility access in some cases for more than 2 weeks.”

It said the community needs a way to communicate “that is not dependent on public utilities which can be damaged during an emergency.”

This language is sure to resonate with others in broadcasting who have long emphasized radio’s reliability even when — especially when — other forms of communication infrastructure fail. Here’s yet more evidence, in case anyone needed it.

 

More here: http://www.radioworld.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&entryid=10255

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