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15 years left for radio: A foolish prediction? | Radio & Television Business Report

15 years left for radio: A foolish prediction? | Radio & Television Business Report | LPFM | Scoop.it

By Dave Seyler 

Mar. 30, 2013

 

Former NPR CEO Ken Stern, who has just written a book on the current state of charities, found himself talking to Motley Fool about traditional radio, which he said may be gone in 15 years. Here’s why that prediction should be taken with a 50-pound bag of salt: He said the exact same thing 10 years ago.

 

Stern was asked about the proliferation of new competition facing AM-FM radio, coming from sources like them SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and what that would do to broadcast during the next decade.

 

“It’s a hard question,” he replied. “I’ve been making predictions about the demise of traditional radio for some years. About 10 years ago I said, “It has another 15 years. Now I’ll sit here and say it has another 15 years. Someday I will be right in saying that it has 15 years.”

 

Stern said, “Let’s face it: No one would build a radio tower now. It doesn’t make much sense in terms of all the options, but in fact there’s a built-in audience for it, a huge embedded audience for it now, and the force of habit.”

 

As for Sirius XM, Stern added that nobody would launch a satellite now, saying as new as that platform is, it is already dated.

 

RBR-TVBR observation: A long series of technologies and seismic social shifts have all had a crack at knocking radio out of business. Stern noted the results himself – radio is still an engrained habit.

 

The only reason nobody would build a radio tower now is that there is no space for them where there are enough people to form an audience. We guarantee there are plenty who would be thrilled to build a tower in any metropolitan area; and indeed, the clamoring for the smallest of towers, for LPFM and FM translators, is louder now than it has ever been.

 

Radio’s future is not guaranteed – but it has always shown an amazing ability to transform itself and adapt to new market conditions.

 

To our way of thinking, survival will key on holding on to radio’s core attributes which can not be duplicated by national digital platforms – in particular, the provision of compelling content geared to the tastes and needs of a population only the broad broadcaster knows; while at the same time making use of the best new digital technologies and taking a big heaping helping out of the slice of the advertising pie that is currently migrating in that direction.

 

If radio can manage this feat it will be around for many more years.

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New broadcasting rules bring indie radio stations to DC

New broadcasting rules bring indie radio stations to DC | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Mike Janssen

May 18, 2015


Washington, D.C.’s radio dial is about to get a jolt of local flavor.
 
Most of the city’s radio stations sound much like radio anywhere else in the country, jammed wall-to-wall with ads and pop hits. Only our few public radio stations feature music from local artists and in-depth discussions about local news and issues.
 
But that’s going to change within the next 18 months. Two or maybe three new radio stations will sign on, featuring intensely local news and music and run mostly by volunteers.
 
WERA in Arlington and WOWD in Takoma Park are just two of the hundreds of new stations now signing on from coast to coast. They’re called low-power FM stations — a special class of broadcaster that covers only about a 3-mile radius with a signal of under 100 watts. Run by a hodgepodge of community groups and free from the pressure to raise lots of income, these stations can zero in on the kinds of community happenings that most other broadcasters ignore.


More here: http://www.elevationdcmedia.com/features/lowpowerfm_051815.aspx

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Save WRFG | Creative Loafing Atlanta

Save WRFG | Creative Loafing Atlanta | LPFM | Scoop.it

April 29, 2015

 

It was Thanksgiving 1987 and the longest prison takeover in U.S. history was in progress in southeast Atlanta. Cuban detainees at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary had taken dozens of guards and staff hostage for 11 days to fight against deportation back to Cuba. Local and national media carried constant coverage of the standoff. But one media outlet provided an unfiltered line of communication to the outside world.

 

The left-of-center community radio station WRFG (89.3-FM) was an outlet inmates trusted to broadcast their views to the rest of the world without bias, according to current station manager Joan Baptist, as they called in to detail what was happening on the inside and outline their demands to law enforcement authorities.

 

This is unbought and unbossed radio at its best. And for nearly 42 years, this has been WRFG, or "Radio Free Georgia." That's how old the station is due to turn this July, if it can make it. Since American Tower Corporation purchased the tower that broadcasts WRFG's up-to-100,000-watt signal last year, the new tower owner is less forgiving of late payments. The station needs help raising nearly $20,000 to help pay current and owed back rent. If WRFG fails to make the payments, the city could lose this bastion of democratic freedom.

 

More here: http://clatl.com/atlanta/save-wrfg/Content?oid=14136997&bt

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Radio World: LPFMs Wanna Grow

Radio World: LPFMs Wanna Grow | LPFM | Scoop.it
by Leslie Stimson April 21, 2015 Low-power FM proponent REC Networks has asked the FCC to approve a power increase for LPFMs, calling such a boost the next logical step in the growth of the service. Specifically, REC has asked the agency to OK a power increase from the current 100 watts to 250 watts. Currently LPFMs have a three-mile coverage contour and some are telling REC networks they’re experiencing issues with building penetration. This isn’t the first proposal to increase power for LPFMs. We previously wrote about similar requests put forth by The Amherst Alliance and the Catholic Radio Association, which also focused on rural expansion. However, REC says in its Petition for Rulemaking that this proposal is different, first focusing on enhancing the listener experience within the three-mile LPFM contour. The petition also addresses the need to enhance coverage within suburban and less spectrum-crowded urban areas. Unlike the previous LPFM proposals which restricted upgrades to rural stations only, the new LP-250 Petition for Rulemaking calls for no geographic restrictions on the upgrading of LPFM stations, according to REC Networks Founder Michelle Bradley. More at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/lpfms-wanna-grow/275664
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LPFMs give radio veterans a new outlet.

LPFMs give radio veterans a new outlet. | LPFM | Scoop.it

Feb. 13, 2015

 

A decade after many broadcasters eyed low-power FM as a potential threat, the service is being embraced by a growing number of radio veterans who see it as a fresh way to service local communities and 

have some fun along the way. It is, they point out, radio without bankers, investors or ratings to worry about.


Reach Media CEO David Kantor has been on the air with “Beach 96.3 WULB-LP, Longboat Key, FL since November, serving the 10-mile island that sits between the Tampa and Sarasota markets with a 700-song playlist that mixes oldies and AC classics. “Most of us started in radio started in college radio, and that’s where we fell in love with the business — that’s what it’s like,” he says.  “No one is telling me what to do and I don’t have to sell any ads to pay the bills.” He does plan to eventually solicit underwriters to help defray the roughly $1,000 he spends a month on electricity, music licensing, and some office space.

 

See more at: http://www.insideradio.com/Article.asp?id=2893755#.VN5DNygZ4rg

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La Pine gets its own on-air voice | Local | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

by Beau Eastes

Feb. 4, 2105

 

LA PINE — A new voice is set to emerge from southern Deschutes County.

 

KNCP FM 107.3, a low-power and all-volunteer community radio station based in La Pine, is scheduled to hit the airwaves Feb. 14.

 

The nonprofit station, whose call numbers stand for Newberry Country Pride, will be run out of the La Pine Chamber of Commerce and expects to have at least seven locally produced shows, says Bill Scally, the station engineer and overall driving force behind the project. 

 

Scally, 68, also operates KITC FM 106.5 out of Gilchrist, a similar low-­powered station in the small northern Klamath County town 17 miles south of La Pine.

 

“This will give a voice to the community,” says Scally, a lifelong radio and technology junkie who worked for McDonald’s corporate offices before he and his wife bought an RV park in Crescent in 1991. They sold the RV park after 11 years but remained in Central Oregon. “Community radio is all about the community.”

 

More here: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/32732503-75/small-town-gets-its-own-on-air-voice.html.csp

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100-Watt Revolution | City Arts

100-Watt Revolution | City Arts | LPFM | Scoop.it

Low-Power FM prepares to occupy the dial.

 

by Brett Hamil

January 27, 2015

 

It’s 6:30 on a Wednesday night in December at Hollow Earth Radio on East Union St. in the Central District. A dilapidated table in the center of the room sits covered in snacks: marshmallows, peanuts, chocolate, tamales straight from the taco truck, homemade gingersnaps stuffed into a reused tortilla bag, shrimp chips from the Asian grocery. Snacktime is a pre-show tradition at every installment of LuluNation + Sad BoisHypeClub, a talk show for queer and trans people of color. The show is preparing to go on-air at the top of the hour.

 

Luzviminda “Lulu” Carpenter, the host, welcomes this week’s guests as they arrive, women of color representing a web of overlapping activist and neighborhood organizations, from the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas to End the Prison Industrial Complex. They greet each other fondly. The Sad Bois, a crew of genderqueer Asian Americans in their 20s whom Lulu has enlisted as a production team, quietly prepare the studio and queue up a couple of opening songs. V “Auntiboi” Nguyen moves around the room taking pictures of the night’s guests for the show’s Tumblr.

 

See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/100-watt-revolution

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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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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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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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L.A.'s Smallest Radio Station, 97.5 KBU, Broadcasts Out of a Malibu Bedroom

L.A.'s Smallest Radio Station, 97.5 KBU, Broadcasts Out of a Malibu Bedroom | LPFM | Scoop.it

by JESSIE SCHIEWE

May 8, 2015 

 

The KBUU-FM radio studio is in a ranch-style tract house, on a cul de sac on one of Malibu's few suburban-style streets. In what used to be Emily Laetz's bedroom, the detritus of a recently moved-out kid is everywhere. Puka shell necklaces hang near the door and a stack of Malibu High School yearbooks is piled on the desk, along with an LP (The Doors' Greatest Hits) and a wadded up clump of bathing suit. On the wall are a tide calendar from 2011 and a homemade a poster that says “Big Dume September 2007.”

 

In the middle of the room are two racks of gear, diodes lit and blinking, volume meters flashing, data lines flickering. At a white desk surrounded by computer screens, speakers and a 20-year-old radio console sits Emily’s dad, Hans Laetz. A greying 58-year-old of average height, with a thick slab of mustache and a wardrobe of Hawaiian shirts, Laetz is the guy behind "Radio Malibu," 97.5 KBU. (He was also formerly this writer's editor at another publication.)

 

He perches on a stool and leans into an Electro-Voice RE320 mic to record his PSAs and newscasts. He attempts six different voices — "I don’t always want to sound like me" — and launches into a promo using what he fancies to be his “sexy FM voice.” He reserves the “KNX news voice” for the newscasts between 6:45 and 9:15 a.m., and the “Irwindale Dragway” voice for PSAs.

 

More here: http://www.laweekly.com/music/las-smallest-radio-station-975-kbu-broadcasts-out-of-a-malibu-bedroom-5546826

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Community radio raising money to keep KVWV license | Bellingham Herald

by Tara Nelson March 30, 2015

 

Imagine live, local music, culture, and in-depth news and analysis of the issues that matter to you most brought to you by independent local reporters you know and trust. Imagine local community radio by Bellingham, for Bellingham. It’s not just a dream, it is actually happening! There's no doubt that a free and independent press contributes to the health of our democracy and the strength of our communities.

 

Now Bellingham has a rare opportunity to reclaim a part of the public airwaves and make it our own. In 2013, Bellingham art cooperative Make.Shift, with the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency, applied for one of only a handful of licenses granted by the Federal Communications Commission to Northwest non-profits dedicated to broadcasting community-based, non-commercial programming. These low-power FM licenses broadcast at a modest 100 watts and can reach three to seven miles depending on the area. Here in Bellingham, it will mean most of the population of the city and a big chunk of Whatcom County can listen in.

 

More here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/03/30/4215384_community-radio-raising-money.html

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Dominican group hits snag starting radio station in Hazleton
- Times Leader

Dominican group hits snag starting radio station in Hazleton<br/> - Times Leader | LPFM | Scoop.it

HAZLETON — A non-profit organization that advocates for Latinos and celebrates the Dominican culture plans to start up a low-power FM radio station in the city, but the plans have hit a snag.

 

Victor Perez, president of La Casa Dominicana de Hazleton (The Dominican House of Hazleton), said CDH leadership came up with the idea for a Spanish/English language radio station about two years ago to help inform, educate and entertain Latinos in the area, especially those who don’t speak English well or at all.

 

The leadership learned from the Federal Communications Commission that the organization would have to be registered with the state as a non-profit organization in order to operate under non-profit status. So the organization applied and received the 501.3c non-profit status in April 2014. The FCC then authorized a low-power FM radio station permit.

More here: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/152734735/ ;

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KC-style jazz station hopes to go on the air next year

KC-style jazz station hopes to go on the air next year | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Tim Engle

Kansas City Star

Feb. 6, 2015

 

By this time next year, Kansas City-style jazz might be bebopping out of a new radio station near you.

 

The Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th and Vine jazz district announced this week it’s been granted a construction permit for a noncommercial, low-power FM radio station. The foundation is hoping the KC jazz station, at 104.7 FM, will be on the air by next January.

 

“Low power” is just what it sounds like. The signal would carry only about 10 miles in any direction of downtown, says Anita J. Dixon, the foundation’s executive director.

 

After the Local Community Radio Act was signed into law in Washington in 2011, some 2,800 nonprofit groups applied for low-power FM licenses in the fall of 2013. For the first time, some of those stations will be in major urban areas, although the signals can’t conflict with those of established stations.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article9405002.html

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Community radio: Follow FCC rules, we'll put you on the air

Community radio: Follow FCC rules, we'll put you on the air | LPFM | Scoop.it

Feb. 3, 2015

 

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — A new voice is set to emerge from southern Deschutes County.

 

KNCP FM 107.3, a low-power and all-volunteer community radio station based out of La Pine, is scheduled to hit the airwaves Feb. 14.

 

The nonprofit station, whose call numbers stand for Newberry Country Pride, will be run out of the La Pine Chamber of Commerce and expects to have at least seven locally produced shows, says Bill Scally, the station engineer and overall driving force behind the project. Scally, 68, also operates KITC FM 106.5 out of Gilchrist, a similar low-powered station in the small northern Klamath County town 17 miles south of La Pine.

 

"This will give a voice to the community," says Scally, a lifelong radio and technology junkie who worked for McDonald's corporate offices before he and his wife bought an RV park in Crescent in 1991. They sold the RV park after 11 years but remained in Central Oregon. "Community radio is all about the community."

 

Scally expects the new La Pine station to offer a little bit of everything once it is on air. Already he has shows devoted to Central Oregon's local music scene, old-time radio, La Pine-area events and even a program dedicated to paranormal activities, to name just a few.

 

More here: http://www.dailyastorian.com/community-radio-follow-fcc-rules-well-put-you-on-the-air-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest2c9668f9c8de4b8580ee043bda574b4f

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'Clicks' bring change to Philly airwaves - Newsworks.org

'Clicks' bring change to Philly airwaves - Newsworks.org | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Aaron Moselle

Jan. 26, 2015

 

A small, empty room on Ranstead Street has Gretjen Clausing gushing with excitement.

 

In the coming year, the second-floor space will be transformed into a radio studio that'll broadcast community-driven programming on 106.6 FM, a brand new frequency on Philadelphia's dial. 

 

It'll be one of three "low-power", neighborhood-based stations to launch thanks to more than a decade of activism and the Federal Communications Commission.


"It's amazing," said Clausing, executive director of PhillyCam, a Center City nonprofit that produces public access programming.

 

"There's a tremendous amount of room for additional programming. There isn't that kind of dedicated place that is coming directly from people that live here in the city."

 

More here: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/philadelphia/77690-clicks-bring-change-to-philly-airwaves

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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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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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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!

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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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