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Attention Non-Profits: Here's Your One-Time Chance to Build Progressive Media This Year

Attention Non-Profits: Here's Your One-Time Chance to Build Progressive Media This Year | LPFM | Scoop.it
Annoyed that the Kochs may buy up your media? Here’s how your own organization can capture a spot on the airwaves.

 

June 6, 2013  |  From being a space to organize social justice movements to providing listeners with life-saving information, low power FM (LPFM) radio stations have given thousands an opportunity to strengthen their communities.

 

LPFM stations are non-commercial radio stations that use only about 100 watts of power to operate — the same amount as a light bulb.  These stations, however, can reach hundreds of thousands of listeners and have a reach of a three to ten mile radius.  

 

The FCC began granting LPFM licenses in 2000, after smaller broadcasters were increasingly getting kicked off air due to media consolidation.

 

Congress halted the dispersal of these licenses, however, after large, powerful broadcasters lobbied them — falsely arguing that LPFMs would cause interference with their stations. While an independent, taxpayer-funded study disproved their interference claims, and the FCC urged Congress to revoke their restriction, Congress took no action for ten years.

Pressured largely by the Prometheus Radio Project, a non-profit committed to democratizing radio airwaves, Congress finally passed the Local Community Radio Act in 2011.

 

Now thousands of new LPFM licenses are up for grabs come October, when the FCC will open a short application window — of about five days — for non-profit organizations to apply.

 

The Prometheus Radio Project is now in the process of assisting people interested in applying. 

 

“People are very excited about the opportunity. Our phones are ringing off the hook with people who want to have the piece of the dial for their communities,” said, Julia Wierski, Prometheus’s development and communications director.

 

But the group hopes to continue to spread the word, as June is the final month of outreach in Prometheus’s 15-year campaign. They hope to identify and support at least 1000 organizations by the end of June who are interested in obtaining a LPFM license.

 

In order to apply, groups who are interested should already have existing community support. Starting a station costs about $15,000 — for equipment and engineering and legal fees — but groups will have years to fundraise for the start-up money and obtain underwriters. More information is available on Prometheus’s website, where groups can sign up to express their interest. Prometheus will be providing various types of support, from webinars to maintaining a help desk.

 

More here: http://www.alternet.org/media/potential-low-power-fm-community-radio-stations-prepare-fcc-license

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New community radio station meant to enhance democracy

New community radio station meant to enhance democracy | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Adam Parker

Aug. 17, 2014

 

Media Reform SC, a new low-power FM community radio station that recently secured a broadcast license is organizing a fundraiser for Aug. 24.

 

The "High & Dry" event, planned for 6 p.m. at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, will feature live music by Entropy Ensemble, Vikki Matsis and Lee Barbour, Lindsay Holler, Aaron Levy, Nick Jenkins, Grace Joyner, Camille Rhoden, Zach Bedell and Lucia Garcia and The Better Wild.

 

Suggested donation is $10-$20 and will benefit 96.3 LPFM Radio.

 

More here: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140817/PC1201/140819572/1003/community-radio-station-to-offer-music-and-talk

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Announcement from REC Networks regarding the closure of Nexus Broadcast, LLC | REC Networks

by Michi Eyre

Aug. 1, 2014

 

On July 31, 2014, Nexus Broadcast, LLC (Nexus) has informed Michelle Eyre Bradley dba REC Networks (REC) that effective August 1, 2014, that Nexus would “close”.   Nexus is currently in the process of winding down their operations.  

 

Nexus has advised REC that they will no longer be accepting new engineering service requests (that are sent to REC for handling) and they will have limited resources to service customers through the month of August. 

 

This has caught REC off-guard and now we are looking at how this will impact current customers of Nexus who have purchased RECnexus co-branded services as well as how this will affect new requests for application services.

 

More here: http://home.recnet.com/node/632

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Looking into the definition of community radio : Vernonbroadcaster

Looking into the definition of community radio : Vernonbroadcaster | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Terry O'Connor

July 28, 2014

 

WDRT prides itself on being the area’s only community radio station. But what is community radio, anyway and where did it come from?

 

The first community radio stations in the United States were formed shortly after World War II, when the Federal Communications Commission reserved the lower portion of the FM radio band – from 88 to 92 Mhz – for noncommercial educational broadcasting. While originally intentioned as a resource for large institutions such as schools, churches and universities, some citizens recognized it as an opportunity for radio to be put directly in the hands of The People.

 

Historically, radio broadcasting was exclusively the realm of paid professionals, and stations were dependent on selling advertising to cover costs and to provide profits for their private owners. Access to the airwaves was highly restricted, and the scope, perspective and type of programming available was limited to what was most profitable.

 

More here: http://lacrossetribune.com/vernonbroadcaster/news/opinion/looking-into-the-definition-of-community-radio/article_38cdd169-2b55-55e3-89b1-e3d350e06c69.html

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Guel hit with more dismissals | REC Networks

by Miche Eyre

July 28, 2014

 

On Monday, the FCC has dismissed 8 applications that were assisted by Hispanic Christian Community Network that is headed by Antonio Cesar Guel.  These dismissals include two dismissals in Minneapolis and one in Seattle.  The remaining dismissals were in Wisconsin and Texas. 

 

In these dismissals, the Commission sent a Letter of Inquiry to the tower owners to verify that either HCCN or the "applicant" received assurance (permission) to use that site for their tower.  In these cases, the tower owners make swom statements that they did not provide assurance to either HCCN or the "applicant". 

 

As site assurance had not been arranged on the date of application, the applications were dismissed by Peter Doyle, Chief of the FCC's Audio Division in the Media Bureau. 

 

More here: http://home.recnet.com/node/631

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LPFM News: Dismissals due to Lack of Non-Profit Status, Plus New Arts and HS Stations - Radio Survivor

LPFM News: Dismissals due to Lack of Non-Profit Status, Plus New Arts and HS Stations - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Waits

July 24, 2014

 

In LPFM news this week, most of the action is happening behind the scenes, with groups working to amend applications and work on potential settlement agreements. As Paul mentioned last week, REC Networks is monitoring the progress of various MX groups in the West.

 

Only a few applications have been granted in the past few weeks, including Spring Valley High School in Huntington, West Virginia on July 15 and Chrysalis Institute in Mariposa, California on July 21. A number of applications were dismissed this week, largely due to ineligibility because entities were not registered non-profits.

 

More here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/07/24/lpfm-watch-mm-dismissals-lpfm-news/

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Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves

Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves | LPFM | Scoop.it

by William Browning

July 7, 2014

 

The words of James Joyce going into West Point homes over the airwaves. The poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge crackling through the speakers of a car in Columbus. The tall tales of Mark Twain heard at night across the prairie.


That is the vision of one Lowndes County man.

 

Chris Howard, a 52-year-old with an appreciation of the written word, wants to create a Golden Triangle radio station called "Classic Book Radio" that only broadcasts prerecorded readings of classic literature. 

 

"No rap music, no country western, no Rush Limbaugh, just people reading," is what his station's website says. 

 

"Literacy is the goal," Howard says. 

 

More here: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=34646

 

It's a novel idea -- Howard believes it might be the first of its kind -- and it might happen. 

 

Read more: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=34646#ixzz37wWPlivN

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LPFM News: North Columbus Community Radio Application Dismissed after its "President" Denies Involvement with Group - Radio Survivor

LPFM News: North Columbus Community Radio Application Dismissed after its "President" Denies Involvement with Group - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Waits

July 3, 2014

 

On Monday, the application for a new LPFM license for North Columbus Community Radio in Columbus, Ohio was dismissed by the FCC. Several Informal Objections and Petitions to Deny (by REC Networks, Prometheus Radio Project, Common Frequency, and Percy Squire) were submitted in reference to this application. The application was dismissed by the request of the listed applicant Domingos Dealmeida.  Interestingly, although Dealmeida is listed as being President of North Columbus Community Radio on the application, an affidavit along with Percy Squire’s Amended Petition to Deny indicates that Dealmeida is not on the board of the non-profit applying for the license. In the Affidavit Dealmeida states,

 

"I am not a director of an entity known as North Columbus Community Radio (NCCR) and have no interest of any nature in this entity…I have not authorized anyone to file an application for a low power FM radio station on my behalf or on behalf of NCCR…I request that the Federal Communications Commission immediately dismiss any application for a broadcast license filed in my name or on behalf of NCCR…I reside at 2187 Ferris Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224. Juan Pineda does not reside at 2187 Ferris Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224.”

 

More here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/07/03/lpfm-watch-north-columbus-community-radio-application-dismissed/

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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

July 1, 2014

 

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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FCC staff reports fast clip for processing of LPFM apps | Current.org

FCC staff reports fast clip for processing of LPFM apps | Current.org | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Ben Mook

June 16, 2014

 

FCC commissioners got an update Friday on the status of low-power FM applications, six months after the closing of the most recent LPFM application window.

 

The FCC received 2,826 applications for low-power stations during the window, which ran from Oct. 17 to Nov. 15, 2013. As of April, FCC staff had granted permits to more than 1,200 of those applicants. They said Friday at a meeting of FCC commissioners that they expect to approve a total of 1,500 to 1,800 applications.

 

Meanwhile, FCC staffers are working to sort through 6,350 pending applications for FM translators, which will help to guarantee maximum availability of spectrum for use by new LPFMs.

 

Commissioners also learned that the FCC’s legal department is addressing an “unprecedented” number of objections to LPFM applications.

 

More at: http://www.current.org/2014/06/fcc-staff-reports-fast-clip-for-processing-of-lpfm-apps/#sthash.9HJtDrK0.dpuf

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Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance

Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance | LPFM | Scoop.it
Low-power FM radio stations bring a much-needed focus on local issues and culture.

 

by Christine St. Pierre

June 11, 2014

 

The many possibilities for low-power FM radio are inspiring. KOCZ Opelousas Community Radio in southern Louisiana celebrates local culture like zydeco, the accordion-and-washboard dance music rooted in the area’s Creole, French, and African American heritage. It also covers local politics—it’s the first radio station owned by a civil rights organization. In Northampton, Mass., WXOJ Valley Free Radio started broadcasting a program during the Occupy movement that continues to update listeners on local protests, groups, and larger issues. The program’s name? “Occupy the Airwaves,” of course.

 

More here: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-power-of-story/zydeco-justice-louisiana-s-hyperlocal-kocz-builds-community-and-self-reliance

 

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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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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: More Guel Dismissals, LPFM Supplier Closes

LPFM News: More Guel Dismissals, LPFM Supplier Closes | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

Aug. 7, 2014

 

Two new low-power FM construction permits were issued by the FCC this week, to stations in Santa Ana, CA and Ferndale, MI. There were also nine more dismissals of applications associated with Antonio Guel in Milwaukee, Denver, Houston, Des Moines, and Palm Springs.

 

Like last week’s dismissals, these were all cancelled because the Commission was unable to obtain “site assurance” from the owners of the radio towers indicated on these applications. In most cases this means the FCC contacted the tower owners, who then made sworn statements that they had not made any obligation to host the stations being applied for.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/08/07/lpfm-news-guel-dismissals-lpfm-supplier-closes/

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Radio World: LPFM Gear Supplier Nexus Broadcast Closed

Radio World: LPFM Gear Supplier Nexus Broadcast Closed | LPFM | Scoop.it

August 1, 2014

 

Thirty-year broadcast engineering consultancy and equipment producer Nexus Broadcast has closed and most of its employees let go.

 

Company President/CEO Leo Ashcraft confirmed the closing to Radio World, citing both his declining health and economics. “I can no longer operate the company effectively and have been unable to support a staff under the current economic climate in the broadcast industry,” he tells RW.

 

Global Spice has purchased the Nexus brand for an undisclosed amount and will resume production of Nexus brand of equipment such as transmitters and stereo generators “soon.” Edgar, Neb.-based Global Spice says the company offers tower erection packages, climbing service, FM and LPFM station build-out (in addition to selling spices, herbs and tea).

 

More at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/lpfm-gear-supplier-nexus-broadcast-closed/271639

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LPFM Watch: Eight More Guel Applications Dismissed, While Seven Non-Profits Are Granted New LPFMs - Radio Survivor

LPFM Watch: Eight More Guel Applications Dismissed, While Seven Non-Profits Are Granted New LPFMs - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Waits

July 31, 2014

 

On Monday, the FCC dismissed 8 more LPFM applications that were affiliated with Hispanic Christian Community Network owner Antonio Cesal Guel. As we’ve noted, Guelhelped to file at least 245 LPFM applications in fall 2013  and several groups have expressed a myriad of concerns about these applications.

 

Monday’s 8 dismissals were due to lack of verification that tower site locations had been approved by the site owners.  As REC Net reports,

 

"In these dismissals, the Commission sent a Letter of Inquiry to the tower owners to verify that either HCCN or the ‘applicant’ received assurance (permission) to use that site for their tower.  In these cases, the tower owners make swom statements that they did not provide assurance to either HCCN or the ‘applicant’.  As site assurance had not been arranged on the date of application, the applications were dismissed… All applications that were dismissed were singletons that were accepted for filing.”

 

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RALEIGH: Community radio station hopes to broadcast to Northeast Raleigh | Raleigh | NorthRaleighNews.com

RALEIGH: Community radio station hopes to broadcast to Northeast Raleigh | Raleigh | NorthRaleighNews.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Sarah Barr

July 27, 2014

 

RALEIGH — A new community radio station plans to be on the air providing a blend of music and talk for a northeastern stretch of the city by early 2015.

 

Oak City Media, the nonprofit behind the low-power FM (LPFM) station known as 101.9 WKRP, wants to provide listeners with a mix of entertainment and hyperlocal information that commercial stations cannot because of their larger audiences and reliance on advertising dollars.

 

An LPFM station has more freedom to provide local information, whether it’s an in-depth weather report or the latest on community events.

 

“Hopefully the people of Northeast Raleigh will see it as a resource, and hopefully they will help in any way they can,” said D.P. McIntire, executive director of the group.

 

More here: http://www.northraleighnews.com/2014/07/27/4032489/community-radio-station-hopes.html

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The Diverse Voices And Programming Of College Radio

The Diverse Voices And Programming Of College Radio | LPFM | Scoop.it

New Haven Living

July 17, 2014

 

The voices you heard reading the news on the local college station this morning or shouting out the final minutes of the basketball game last night might very well be the national radio personalities of tomorrow.

 

Whether they have shiny new equipment or broadcast from an used equipment closet, college radio stations usually attract a fascinating mix of personalities including long-time community voices, insomniacs, alt-rock geeks, media students, armchair psychologists and opinionated activists.

 

But no matter what their mix of programming is this week, month or year, they are delightfully different from the commercial mainstream market – as undeniably local as the neighborhood bar or mom-and-pop deli.

 

More here: http://www.courant.com/new-haven-living/cover-stories/nhl-the-diverse-voices-and-programming-of-college-radio-20140717,0,255433,full.story

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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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(Lo) Power to the People: Lexington has a new radio station on the way (and a patron saint)

(Lo) Power to the People: Lexington has a new radio station on the way (and a patron saint) | LPFM | Scoop.it

By Patrick O'Dowd

July 2, 2014

 

Lexington is no stranger to small-scale, independent radio. In fact, many of the minds behind the creation of the UK’s WRFL college radio have helped to rally behind a new project in Lexington initiated by local activist, Debra Hensley. This new station though will have an even narrower scope with hopes of handing the microphone directly to the masses.

 

The new station, which in the future will be found at 95.7 FM, is the product of a new type of license only recently made available again by the FCC. These Low Power FM (LPFM) stations cover only a micro-broadcast area—roughly 3-5 miles—but that narrow area allows the station to hone in on a specific community’s unique needs glossed over or ignored by larger (often corporate) radio stations.

 

The station, 95.7 FM. will operate under a “public safety” designation which means a portion of its programming must be dedicated to the topic. That can cover anything from emergency preparedness to issues of wellness or passing along “micro-level” information from Lexington’s first responders.

 

More here: http://www.aceweekly.com/2014/07/lo-power-to-the-people-lexington-has-a-new-radio-station-on-the-way-and-a-patron-saint/

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Low-Power Radio Is Incomplete | c2meworld.com

Low-Power Radio Is Incomplete | c2meworld.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

The FCC had granted more than 1,200 low-power additional FM applications as of early June. The Audio Division expects that number to grow to some 1,500 to 1,800 by year-end. In 2000–01, the commission granted 1,325 LPFM CPs; of those, some 774 were on-air as of March 31. Map source: FCC 

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by Don Schellhardt

July 2, 2014

 

This commentary is substantive but it’s also personal. Low-power FM radio has been my primary passion in life for the last 16 years. In 1997, I joined electronics technician and inventor Nickolaus Leggett in a Petition for Rulemaking to the FCC (RM-9208, later merged into MB Docket 99-25). This made me one of the first two parties to propose LPFM. In 1998, when the FCC began deliberations on LPFM, I co-founded, and led, The Amherst Alliance, an Internet-based citizens’ group that lobbied for LPFM.

 

In 2011, Congress enacted the Local Community Radio Act, mandating a major expansion of the LPFM radio service. At that time, I promised myself that I would phase out of LPFM activism and move on to other issues once the FCC had completed LCRA implementation.

 

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Tom Eblen: New Lexington radio station will focus on community engagement | Tom Eblen | Kentucky.com

Tom Eblen: New Lexington radio station will focus on community engagement | Tom Eblen | Kentucky.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Tom Eblen

June 21, 2014

 

If Lexington were to have a small, community-oriented radio station, what should its programming be? What roles should it play? Whose voices should be heard?

 

Those are some of the questions being asked by a local group now organizing such a station. They will convene several public meetings to get answers, and the first one is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 28 at Sayre School's Buttery Building, 194 N. Limestone St.

 

The Federal Communications Commission recently awarded the group a construction permit for a 100-watt FM station. It must be on the air by October 2015 and would have a broadcast radius of 3.5 miles from its transmitter on the Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus at Leestown and New Circle roads.


More here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/06/21/3303261/tom-eblen-new-lexington-radio.html?sp=/99/164/961/179/
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Radio World: LPFM: "The Little Engine That Could"

Radio World: LPFM: "The Little Engine That Could" | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Leslie Stimson

June 13, 2014

 

The FCC to date has granted more than 1,200 low-power FM applications from the recent filing window, and dismissed hundreds of others.

Audio Division officials gave commissioners an update on LPFM processing at today’s open meeting. The agency received 2,826 applications for new LPFMs since the window closed Oct. 15, 2013. That compares to 3,250 applications filed in the 2000-2001 time-frame.

Audio Division Deputy Chief of Engineering Jim Bradshaw told RW the agency hopes to have the tougher cases, the disputed applications, sorted out by year-end.

More at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/lpfm-the-little-engine-that-could/270879#sthash.esYj72qp.dpuf

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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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