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Clear Channel: fixed date for digital AM conversion would be "challenging" | Radio Survivor

Clear Channel: fixed date for digital AM conversion would be "challenging" | Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Matthew Lasar

May 18, 2013

 

Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai and his Chief of Staff Matthew Berry conferenced with two executives from Clear Channel on Wednesday. They talked up a variety of issues. The meeting’s last item caught my eye. I presume from the language of the filed summary that Pai asked Clear Channel Vice Presidents Jeff Littlejohn and Jessica Marventano what they thought about a fixed date for converting AM radio stations to digital.

 

“It would be challenging for the Commission to set a date certain to convert AM stations to all digital broadcasts,” Littlejohn replied, “given the investments necessary for such a transition by broadcasters, and on the reception side, the large percentage of analog radios in the market.”

 

The idea of transitioning AM to digital has been in the air, so to speak, particularly since a CBS Radio veep pushed the idea at a recent National Association of Broadcasters conference. This proposal has plenty of skeptics since a likely digital standard would be HD Radio, thus far unpopular with consumers.

 

I asked HD Radio critic John Anderson for a response to the comments. ”Clear Channel’s really backed away from HD in general, in part (I think) due to the company’s over-leveraged debt position,” Anderson noted.

 

Pai brought other AM related matters up. What about “across-the-board power increases for AM stations”?

 

Littlejohn explained Clear Channel’s opposition: “when the Commission implemented such a power increase for Class IV stations in the past, it resulted in a sea of interference surrounding islands of service,” he explained, then offered some other suggestions:

 

More here: http://radiosurvivor.com/2013/05/18/clear-channel-fixed-date-for-digital-am-conversion-would-be-challenging/

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Floyd Central sends school radio license back to FCC

Floyd Central sends school radio license back to FCC | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Grace Schneider

July 3, 2014

 

On paper, the idea of creating a second student-run radio station for the New Albany-Floyd County school system at Floyd Central High School seemed like a win-win proposition.

 

More students could learn about broadcasting, call ball games and create their own programs. Floyd Central students also wouldn’t have to split air time with their peers at New Albany High, where the nation’s oldest student-run station, WNAS, is an institution.

 

But an internal controversy erupted over plans advanced by administrators for Floyd Central’s FM station, and without fanfare and before the matter was aired publicly, Floyd Central PTO and school administrators wrote the Federal Communications Commission this week saying it would relinquish the license approved in February.

 

More here: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/indiana/2014/07/03/floyd-central-sends-school-radio-license-back-fcc/12193509/

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Founders trying to save Savage Radio, the non-profit community radio station

Founders trying to save Savage Radio, the non-profit community radio station | LPFM | Scoop.it
Way down on 89.7 FM is a unique radio station that showcases the community and brings people back to radio.

 

by Anne Stegen

June 11, 2014

 

BAKERSFIELD - Way down on 89.7 FM is a unique radio station that showcases the community and brings people "back" to radio.

KSVG Kern Community Radio--Savage Radio--is in trouble.

 

Savage Radio offers original programming such as iBike Radio, The Earl Parson's Project and Chris the Sound Guy. They tout being the only station to give local musicians air time.

 

Original article here: http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/founders-trying-to-save-savage-radio-the-non-profit-community-radio-station-061114

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Emerging From the Shadows Cast Across a River - NYTimes.com

Emerging From the Shadows Cast Across a River - NYTimes.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Alan Blinder

June 1, 2014

 

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — It takes little prodding to draw stories from Larry Manuel about how, before they were the subjects of films and supernatural sightings, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley were just two musicians trying to make it along the Mississippi River.

 

Mr. Manuel, 75, is not a historian. He remembers the two men well because they, as he did, hung around a radio station that, before its 13-year run ended in 1960, carried the call letters KWEM and is now credited with helping to ignite the careers of some of this region’s musical greats, including B. B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James.

 

But KWEM’s hiatus has ended, perhaps for good. Last week, the largely forgotten station resumed broadcasting as part of a revival effort led by a local community college.

 More here:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/us/kwem-return-has-west-memphis-reliving-its-role-in-radio-history.html
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Do local zoning committees have say over LPFM signals?

Do local zoning committees have say over LPFM signals? | LPFM | Scoop.it
If some local city official drops by your Low Power FM asking RFI questions, what do you say?

 

by Matthew Lasar

May 30, 2014

 

There’s an interesting conversation happening at our Radio Survivor discussion forum. Forum member Paul writes:

 

“We have an FCC license for a LPFM for our community. While seeking a permit to construct a tower, the zoning committee expressed a concern that function of the wireless telephones, cell phones, TVs, etc., in our area would be interfered with by our station. I fail to see that the low power output of a well-designed commercial transmitter would cause such interference, but need some references to which to refer the committee.”

 

To which forum participant Tightboard responds:

 

“Do not get caught up in dueling technical opinions. Zoning commissions have no authority whatsoever over radiofrequency interference [RFI]. They cannot legally deny permission to holders of FCC licenses and construction permits on the basis that their stations might cause interference to home equipment...."

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/30/local-zoning-committees-say-low-power-fm-signals/

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LPFM News: Low-Power FM on the Next FCC Meeting Agenda

LPFM News: Low-Power FM on the Next FCC Meeting Agenda | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

May 29, 2014

 

In perhaps the slowest week in LPFM news so far this year, only two additional applications were approved. They went to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, in Tulsa, and the Fayette Community Service Organization in Fayette, Mississippi.

 

This doesn’t mean that low-power FM isn’t still on the front burner. The FCC’s five commissioners–along with the rest of us–will hear a presentation with an update on low-power FM at the agency’s June open meeting, Friday, June 13. 

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/29/lpfm-news-low-power-fm-next-fcc-meeting-agenda/

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Student-powered KSUB aims to be first 24/7 station serving Hill, Hollow Earth making progress in the CD

Student-powered KSUB aims to be first 24/7 station serving Hill, Hollow Earth making progress in the CD | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Sebastian Garrett-Singh

May 27, 2014

 

Nestled under the concrete of the Seattle University campus, the student-run radio station KSUB is about to expand its presence to a radio wavelength covering most of Capitol Hill.

 

A low powered FM license issued recently by the Federal Communications Commission will allow KSUB volunteers to turn their focus towards adding new equipment, raising funds, as well as grabbing permits to get the operation running.

 

“We don’t know when the station will become operational. Probably a year,” said KSUB advisor and mathematics instructor John Carter. KSUB will look to add new in-studio equipment to buoy the frequency created by a radio tower and transmitter slated for the SU campus.

 

More here:  http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2014/05/student-powered-ksub-aims-to-be-first-247-station-serving-hill-hollow-earth-making-progress-in-the-cd/

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Nothin’ but static: SG tunes out Spinnaker broadcast equipment request

Nothin’ but static: SG tunes out Spinnaker broadcast equipment request | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Alex Wilson

May 27, 2014

 

Thanks to Student Government inaction, UNF is set to stay without a radio station for the indefinite future and remain in the Dark Ages.

 

The FCC, after waiting for more than a decade, has finally granted Spinnaker Radio permission to build and broadcast a Low Power FM radio station to benefit the student body and the City of Jacksonville. But Student Government (SG) doesn’t seem to support the idea of a student-run broadcast station, even though UNF’s Board of Trustees are named as the license holders.

 

An LPFM station is a limited range radio station with a broadcasting radius of 3.5 miles — or 38 square miles. If built, Spinnaker Radio — 95.5 WSKR — could potentially reach an audience of more than 42,000 people (not including student commuters and residents of the new apartments, condos, and single-family homes being built along Beach Boulevard, at the Town Center, and in other places within the station’s broadcast pattern). UNF’s station could eventually expand to cover the entire Jacksonville metropolitan area.

 

More here:  http://unfspinnaker.com/nothin-but-static-sg-tunes-out-spinnaker-broadcast-equipment-request/

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Takoma Radio receives a grant from Takoma Foundation

Takoma Radio receives a grant from Takoma Foundation | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Todd Gardner

May 23, 2014

 

Historic Takoma Radio has been awarded a grant of  $1000 from the Takoma Foundation to purchase portable recording equipment for gathering an array of local voices and stories.  Once edited, the stories will be featured online, while Historic Takoma awaits word on its application for a Low Power FM radio station filed late last year.

 

“We hope we get a radio station, and we are waiting to hear back from the federal government,” said Marika Partridge, Historic Takoma Radio founder. “Meanwhile, this equipment allows us to begin recording essential voices in our community now.”

 

An LPFM station centered in downtown Takoma would be a radio voice for the city of Takoma Park and surrounding neighborhoods.  While the FCC, the federal agency that controls radio, reviews applications pending a final decision, Historic Takoma Radio is gathering content for future broadcast, and in the interim, the segments will be posted online at HistoricTakoma.org and TakomaRadio.org.

 More here:  http://www.takomaradio.org/2014/05/takoma-radio-receives-a-grant-from-takoma-foundation/
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Locally Grown Radio Takes Root | The Source Weekly

Locally Grown Radio Takes Root | The Source Weekly | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Phil Busse

May 21, 2014

 

Lisa Goetz-Bouknight and her husband Jon are abuzz.

 

They are professors at Central Oregon Community College, and a recent turn of events—really, a historical turn of events—has delivered a Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-sanctioned radio license to them.

 

With only so much bandwidth available, radio licenses are increasingly difficult to obtain, especially if you are not a major corporation with big bucks to spend. But in March, COCC was awarded a so-called Low-Powered FM station (LPFM), and with the prospect of a radio tower being placed on Awbrey Butte and media classes planned for upcoming academic years, COCC has a rare chance to launch an independent radio station run by, and for students—and to add more locally-grown news to the diet of Bend listeners.

 

More here:  http://www.bendsource.com/bend/locally-grown-radio-takes-root/Content?oid=2329572

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Statement of Michi Bradley: Today's Guel Dismissals | REC Networks

May 16, 2014

 

I am satisfied with today's FCC action regarding the Cesar Guel-assisted applications. While a determination of lack of candor and/or misrepresentation has not been determined, I do hope that the outcome of the investigation is in the public interest, convenience and necessity.

 

Over the past few months, I have been approached by churches who claim to be legitimate clients of Cesar Guel. I have offered to withdraw REC's informal objection against their applications if they can provide information that they are their own independent organization. Not one has done so yet. REC's offer still stands.

 

I still feel that many of the applications (such as the "fundation" and "community" applications) are manufactured organizations. As stated in the case of Fort Worth Hispanic Community Church, the tower site assurance was for HCCN (Guel's organization) and not the Fort Worth Hispanic Community Church. This right here raises concerns of who the actual benefactor of these proposed stations really is.

 

More here:  http://home.recnet.com/node/621

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Bloomberg upgrades radio to cockroach status

May 15, 2014

by Matthew Lasar

 

Cockroaches have been around for about 280 million years, a longevity record that has inspired Bloomberg to compare radio to the species. “Radio has survived everything,” this Bloomberg news video notes, “from eight tracks to iTunes, and so far, an onslaught of streaming music startups.”

 

http://youtu.be/3e5bn9QKN0Y

 

The piece cites industry claims that 92 percent of Americans tune in at least once a week, “unchanged since 1970.” Then comes a quote from Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman: “Do you think we are so dumb that we would pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year to program music stations versus playing music? . . . Why do you pay an announcer ten million dollars a year or twenty million dollars a year? Because they’re worth it.”

 

Bloomberg doesn’t cut Pittman off at this point and note Clear Channel’s penchant for deejay layoffs, but the feature does point out that in the 1990s the radio giant let go of a whole wave of locally based formats in favor of generic national content.

 

More here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/15/bloomberg-upgrades-radio-cockroach-status/

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LPFM News: Up to 1197 Stations, NFCB Intensive Workshop 2 Weeks Away

LPFM News: Up to 1197 Stations, NFCB Intensive Workshop 2 Weeks Away | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

May 15, 2014

 

From a trickle to a slow drip. That’s how one might characterize the approval rate of low-power FM applications right now. Since last week’s update there are only four new construction permits granted. This brings the total to 1197 as of May 14.

 

The FCC still has yet to act on most of the frequencies with competing applications, known as MX groups. Word is that we won’t see any real action on these for the rest of May. So many of the construction permits being issued at this point are going to stations that were able to modify their applications to either get out of MX groups or otherwise improve their technical eligibility.

 

For instance, as Jennifer reported Wednesday, Millbrae Radio, located in the congested San Francisco Bay Area, received a construction permit after it was permitted to modify its application. It originally applied for a frequency that put it in competition with other stations, but then was able to find a frequency for which it was the only applicant.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/15/lpfm-news-1197-stations-nfcb-intensive-workshop-2-weeks-away/

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EV Grieve: Exclusive: East Village Radio is signing off after 11 years; final day of broadcasting is May 23

EV Grieve: Exclusive: East Village Radio is signing off after 11 years; final day of broadcasting is May 23 | LPFM | Scoop.it

May 14, 2014

 

East Village Radio, the 11-year-old Internet radio station with a tiny storefront studio on First Avenue, is shutting down operations next week.

"Every time we get a new listener, it costs us more money with licensing fees and Internet costs," East Village Radio CEO Frank Prisinzano said in a phone interview. "After doing some projections, we see that it is going to be very, very difficult for us to continue to break even."

The station ends live programming after Friday, May 23. The stable of eclectic DJs, with shows covering nearly every genre of music, will have the chance to broadcast a farewell show in the days ahead. (In addition, the station is releasing all of the archived shows to each DJ so that he or she can shop around for a new gig or syndication.)

Popularity hasn't been an issue with East Village Radio, who counted more than 1 million listeners worldwide a month (this after starting as a short-lived 10-watt FM radio station in April 2003). However, under the Congressional Digital Music Copyright Act of 1998, Internet broadcasters must pay a digital performance royalty for every listener.

Sharon Mahoney's insight:

Another reason why Internet radio will never replace nonprofit community broadcast radio....

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Radio World: Learn About LPFM Best Practices “For the Long Haul”

Radio World: Learn About LPFM Best Practices “For the Long Haul” | LPFM | Scoop.it

A new webinar, sponsored by Crown Broadcast and WorldCast Systems, will explore the past and current practical applications of low-power FM radio. WorldCast makes Ecreso transmitters.

 

July 9 at 1 p.m. EST, speakers WorldCast’s Tony Peterle, Crown’s Kent Koselke and Don Pettifor will explain “LPFM for the Long Haul” to those who registered online here.

 

“We will discuss methods to increase reliability. The importance of support, maintenance and reliability, of course we will be talking in detail about the Crown FME line for LPFM from 300 watts up to 1kW and all of its value added features,” said Koselke.

 

See more at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/learn-about-lpfm-best-practices-“for-the-long-haul”/271136

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LPFM Watch: MX Groups in West to Be Processed Soon, 3 More Granted LPFMS, Growing Gardens Turns Back Permit - Radio Survivor

LPFM Watch: MX Groups in West to Be Processed Soon, 3 More Granted LPFMS, Growing Gardens Turns Back Permit - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it
This week's LPFM radio news includes three newly granted applications, word about how the FCC will handle MX groups, and a turned back permit in Oregon.

 

by Jennifer Waits

June 5, 2014

 

Although it was another slow week for LPFM application grants, we are hearing details about how the FCC may handle the large number of pending applicants facing competition from other groups. These so-called mutually exclusive, or MX, applicants are waiting to hear the status of their applications. According to Michi Eyre of REC Networks, the FCCoutlined its plans for MX groups during a LPFM workshop at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) conference last Thursday. Audio Division Chief Peter Doyle, Assistant Chief James Bradshaw and Staff Attorney Parul Desai were guests during the workshop hosted by attorney Michael Couzens. Eyre explained that during the workshop, attendees learned that applications have been processed in a much quicker manner than in the previous LPFM window. 

 

More here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/06/05/lpfm-watch-2/

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FCC outlines plans for LPFM MX handling. Western USA will be up first. | REC Networks

by Michi Eyre

May 30, 2014

 

On Thursday at the annual National Federation of Community Broadcasters conference in Reston, VA, an LPFM workshop was hosted by communications attorney Michael Couzens and featured guests from the FCC including Audio Division Chief Peter Doyle, Assistant Chief James Bradshaw and Staff Attorney Parul Desai.  

 

On singleton handling, Desai has stated that many of the informal objections and petitions to deny are questioning whether applicants are truly non-profit and whether they are actually local.  Many of these Petitions have been denied (thus granting the application).  While the Commission has been working fast on addressing these types of objections, those petitions that address complicated issues will take more time, Desai stated.  Peter Doyle has stated on singleton handling, the FCC staff has done more in the first 4 months of this window than they did in the first 4 years of the previous LPFM window, 14 years ago.  During the last window, application processing was "interrupted" by Congress passing the Radio Broadcast Protection Act resulting in theinvalidation of hundreds of applications that were third-adjacent channel short spaced. Doyle states that it is the Audio Division's goal to "get initial licensing decisions in calendar year 2014. It will take resources where I am not sure where they will come from."

 

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PRX Wins This American Life, Good News for Indie Producers

PRX Wins This American Life, Good News for Indie Producers | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

May 29, 2014

 

Like an episode of the “Public Radio Dating Game” (or “Pubcast Bachelor” if you prefer a more contemporary reference), five distributors vied for the hand of This American Life. But after all the wining and dining, questions and answers, and slow, slow dances, Ira Glass and company have chosen the Public Radio Exchange.

 

According to the New York Times, SiriusXM and NPR were amongst the five distributors competing for TAL’s affections. Given that there aren’t so many public radio distributors out there, it shouldn’t be hard to fill out the list. Interestingly, SiriusXM was hoping Glass would follow in Howard Stern’s footsteps, abandoning broadcast for the wilder environs of satellite radio, uninhibited by FCC content rules.

 

Glass told the Times that distributors told him that his program should be charging stations more to carry the program, but that isn’t a concern for the show.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/29/prx-wins-american-life-good-news-indie-producers/

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Podcasting News: From Broadcast to Podcast

Podcasting News: From Broadcast to Podcast | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

May 28, 2014

 

In this week’s podcasting news updates there are two new podcasting networks. One comes from the mainstream public radio world, while the other comes from the universe of local commercial morning shows.

PRI Launches SoundWorks

Public Radio International is catching up with NPR and PRX by starting its own podcast network. According to the network SoundWorks is “a set of PRI personalities who will expose and explore issues that are shaping both daily life and global trends.”

 

At launch the network has four shows: One with Farai, hosted by journalist Farai Chideya; Sideshow hosted by Studio 360’s Sean Rameswaram; Radio Ambulante Unscripted, which is an English-language offshoot of novelist/journalist Daniel Alarcón’s Spanish-languageRadio Ambulante show; and The World in Words, hosted by Patrick Cox, who runs the “language desk” for PRI’s daily news magazine, The World.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/28/podcasting-news-broadcast-podcast/

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SG B&A committee refuses to vote on Spinnaker Radio fund request for required LPFM broadcast equipment

SG B&A committee refuses to vote on Spinnaker Radio fund request for required LPFM broadcast equipment | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Brandon Thigpen

May 27, 2014

 

Spinnaker Radio requested $38,978.43 from Student Government to fund the construction of a low-power FM (LPFM) radio station that could broadcast approximately in a 3.5 mile radius from campus. No other business was on the agenda for the B&A meeting Thursday evening. 

The request died when no committee member would make a motion to vote on using A&S for the equipment and installation.

 

“I support the idea of the request and the end goal, but I disagree with how the way the Spinnaker wanted to get there,” said Joseph Turner, Student Body President. “This project does not have to be done on the backs of students, with student fee revenue.”

 

The FCC granted Spinnaker Radio permission for a construction permit to obtain and install a LPFM radio transmitter this spring.

 

Scott Young, Spinnaker Radio Station Manager, said out of approximately 2,800 nationwide applicants for construction permits, about 1,200 received a permit and Spinnaker Radio was one of the those approved.

More here:  http://unfspinnaker.com/sg-ba-committee-refuses-to-vote-on-spinnaker-radio-fund-request-for-required-lpfm-broadcast-equipment/

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New kid on the cellblock to be community radio station | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

New kid on the cellblock to be community radio station  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | LPFM | Scoop.it

A section of the former Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan is targeted for transformation.

 

by Doug Harlow

May 25, 2014

 

SKOWHEGAN — A once grim, concrete cellblock in the former Somerset County Jail will soon be home to the strains of blues, jazz, rock, folk and world music.

 

A new radio station is coming to the old jail and should be on the air this summer, said Maine radio veteran and project coordinator Annie Stillwater Gray.

 

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission granted a construction permit to the Wesserunsett Arts Council to operate a station at 98.1 on the FM radio dial.

 

“It’s a community station. That’s the main thing everyone ought to know,” Gray said. “It’s a noncommercial frequency, low power.”

 

Studios will be built in three jail cells and a stark day room at the former jail, now home to the Somerset Grist Mill and other businesses, including The Pickup Cafe and Community Supported Agriculture program and the Skowhegan Farmers’ Market.

 

More here:  http://www.pressherald.com/news/New_kid_on_the_cellblock_to_be_community_radio_station_.html

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Skowhegan’s old jail to house community radio station | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME

Skowhegan’s old jail to house community radio station  | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME | LPFM | Scoop.it

The station is to be run only by computer at first, but organizers hope to make it a place where volunteers will want to get involved in programing and broadcasting.

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by Doug Harlow

May 24, 2014

 

SKOWHEGAN — A once grim, concrete cellblock in the 1865 Somerset County Jail will soon be home to the musical strains of blues, jazz, rock, folk and world music.

 

A new radio station is coming to the former jail and should be on the air this summer, said Maine radio veteran and project coordinator Annie Stillwater Gray.

 

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission granted a construction permit to the Wesserunsett Arts Council to operate a station at 98.1 on the FM radio dial.

 

“It’s a community station. That’s the main thing everyone ought to know,” Gray said. “It’s a noncommercial frequency, low power.”

 

Studios will be built in three jail cells and a stark day room at the former jail, now home to the Somerset Grist Mill and other businesses, including The Pickup Cafe and Community Supported Agriculture program and the Skowhegan Farmers’ Market.

 

More here: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Skowhegan_s_old_jail_to_house_community_radio_station_.html?pagenum=full

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Radio station in Brookfield becoming reality

Radio station in Brookfield becoming reality | LPFM | Scoop.it

by J. P. Elllery

May 23, 2014

 

BROOKFIELD — They are shooting for next year to give birth to WACF-LP in Brookfield, to be known as Apple Country Radio, the area's first low-power FM radio station.

 

The hope was to obtain the call letters WACR for Apple Country Radio, but those were taken. 

It has been a long time since the region's first radio station came on the scene. That was in the mid-1940s, when WRMS in Ware, an AM radio station at 1250 on the dial, hit the airwaves. That station later had its call letters changed to WARE, a move that triggered an immediate controversy because at the time there was only one radio station in the country with call letters the same as the name of the community it was located in: WACO in Waco, Texas. 

That battle was finally resolved by the Federal Communications Commission, when it was agreed that from now on WACO would be the only station west of the Mississippi River to enjoy that distinction, and WARE the only station east of the Mississippi. 

More here:  http://www.telegram.com/article/20140523/TOWNNEWS/305239522&TEMPLATE=TOWNPORTAL

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Radio World: Appeal Period Begins for Dismissed LPFM Applications

Radio World: Appeal Period Begins for Dismissed LPFM Applications | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Leslie Stimson

May 20, 2014

 

Low-power FM applicants whose paperwork was dismissed last week by the FCC have 30 days to appeal.

 

That’s likely when the attorney representing Hispanic Christian Community Network’s Antonio Cesar Guel will respond. We reported the Media Bureau dismissed 14 LPFM applications filed by the HCCN.

 

The Media Bureau determined that the applicants made “major ownership changes” and/or did not have “reasonable site assurance” before filing their applications.

 

More at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/appeal-period-begins-for-dismissed-lpfm-applications/270469

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Radio World: FCC Tells Guel "No" on 14 LPFM Applications

Radio World: FCC Tells Guel "No" on 14 LPFM Applications | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul McLane

May 16, 2014

 

Here’s the latest in the case of the many LPFM applications of Antonio Cesar Guel. The FCC has dismissed 14 “singleton” applications for low-power FM construction permits with which he is associated. 

Guel had drawn criticism from some LPFM advocates regarding 245 applications filed by him and the Hispanic Christian Community Network, as we’ve reported. The attorney representing Guel and HCCN called those objections “unfounded and untrue.” 

In February, the commission wrote Guel a letter of inquiry citing commonalities and discrepancies among the 14 applications, including nine in Texas. The Media Bureau said at the time that it was “investigating potential statutory and rule violations and related instances of potential misrepresentation and/or lack of candor in connection with the applications.”

 

See more at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/fcc-tells-guel-no-on--lpfm-applications/270435#sthash.lHSuSWKi.dpuf

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Days left on Asheville FM fundraiser to launch on air

Days left on Asheville FM fundraiser to launch on air | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Carol Motsinger

May 15, 2014

 

At the Asheville Free Media's West Asheville studio, station managers posted a map of the world. They make marks when someone has logged onto the online radio station from a new location.

 

Since 2009, the nonprofit community station's content has been streamed by listeners in Belgium, Iceland, Brazil, France and Ecuador. The list extends to China, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Scotland, Japan and Thailand.

 

But now the volunteer-based organization has taken a step forward in reaching more people on part of the map that means most: Asheville. The organization learned this spring that the Federal Communication Commission approved its application for a low-powered FM station.

The application was for a construction permit for a 100-watt radio station, on the airwaves at 103.3 FM, which will be beamed from a radio tower atop Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. The station now has 18 months to raise the funds for the equipment and building costs. The organization launched an Indiegogo online crowdsourcing campaign to raise $45,000 to March; it's raised almost $17,000 by May 15. The campaign will end May 17.

 

More here:  http://www.citizen-times.com/story/carol-motsinger/2014/05/15/asheville-fm-fundraiser-radio/9123503/

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