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How to Get a Piece of the FM Dial

How to Get a Piece of the FM Dial | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Maren Tarro

New Mexico Compass

May 9, 2013

 

— Thirteen years ago the Federal Communications Commissionopened up the airwaves to small FM broadcasters, giving nonprofit groups a voice amid the megawatt cacophony of broadcast corporations.

 

Low-power FM stations—100 watts or less—were at first relegated to rural areas so as not to disrupt signals from full-power stations. They’re able to reach listeners within their community (generally within a 2- to 10-mile range) for reasonable start-up costs. The signing of the Local Community Radio Act in 2011 allowed LPFM to be expanded to more urban areas, but the window of opportunity is narrow and rare.

 

In October, the FCC will be accepting license applications for new stations, and local activist Autumn Chacon is touring the Southwest with Prometheus Radio Project to spread the word about LPFM. The Compass caught up with Chacon to chat about LPFM and Saturday’s workshop at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice.

 

---How did you come to be involved with Prometheus and the campaign for community radio?

 

"I myself have had a few encounters with the non-permitted micro-radio scene that had and has existed in Albuquerque for decades and later spent years as master control operator at Albuquerque’s public access TV station, the former channel 27. At channel 27, Executive Director Steve Ranieri encouraged me not only to take an internship offered to me by Prometheus but considered it staff development and provided me with a consciousness of national community media desires, needs, movements and realities. For that, I thank him."

 

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http://nmcompass.com/2013/05/09/how-to-get-a-piece-of-the-fm-dial/

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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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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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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."

 

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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.

 

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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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