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Radio World: FCC Takes Next Step in Processing LPFM Paperwork

Radio World: FCC Takes Next Step in Processing LPFM Paperwork | LPFM | Scoop.it

Sept. 8, 2014

 

The FCC has identified tentative selectees in 111 groups of mutually exclusive low-power FM applications.

The MX groups involve those individuals or entities vying for the same frequency in a market. When the distance between the facilities proposed in two window-filed applications does not meet the specified minimum distance separation requirements, the applications are treated as MX. An MX group consists of all applications which are mutually exclusive to at least one other application in the group.

In December, we reported, the Media Bureau identified the groups of MX LPFM applications filed during the LPFM window, and opened a 60-day window within which the applicants from each group could communicate with each other and attempt to resolve the conflicts through three methods — technical amendments, settlements, and time-share agreements.

 

More here:  http://www.radioworld.com/article/fcc-takes-next-step-in-processing-lpfm-paperwork/272276

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Tuning In: Local nonprofit to launch Charleston-oriented radio station

Tuning In: Local nonprofit to launch Charleston-oriented radio station | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Abigail Darlington

Sept. 7, 2014

 

They're starting a radio station.

 

"Should it say 'Community radio station?' " Vikki Matsis said from behind her laptop as she and other members of Media Reform S.C. drafted the opening of their first email newsletter about Ohm Radio.

 

"I think, keep it simple. It creates some intrigue," said Lee Barbour, a local musician and board member of the nonprofit. He's also Matsis' husband. "It's not every day people hear about a new radio station."

 

"OK. So, 'we're starting a radio station.' That's it! Simple. We'll add an exclamation point." Matsis said.

 

More here:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140907/PC05/140909616/1177/tuning-in-local-nonprofit-to-launch-charleston-oriented-radio-station

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Mixed signals: WMNF's search for new listeners and continued relevance

Mixed signals: WMNF's search for new listeners and continued relevance | LPFM | Scoop.it

Tampa's community-radio institution works to stay on mission while evolving in an ever-changing media landscape.

 

by Curtis Ross

Sept. 4, 2104

 

Tampa’s great radio experiment, WMNF 88.5 FM, is 35 years old, and its age is beginning to show. 

Once the only game in town for news, talk and music outside the mainstream, WMNF now finds itself just one of a multitude of media options vying for listeners.

Previously housed in a series of cramped, makeshift quarters, WMNF now broadcasts from a large, modern facility, with a large, modern mortgage to match.

Perhaps most troubling, its commitment to diversity, to providing a forum for minority voices, is being questioned.

“I still think it’s viable,” said Ray “Rayzilla” Villadonga, a longtime WMNF programmer. “Trying to keep it viable and surviving is really the dilemma.”

 

More here:  http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2014/09/04/mixed-signals-wmnfs-search-for-new-listeners-and-continued-relevance

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WHITEHALL, Mich.: Whitehall man's home nonprofit radio station - People Wires - MiamiHerald.com

WHITEHALL, Mich.: Whitehall man's home nonprofit radio station - People Wires - MiamiHerald.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Tony Wittkowski

Sept. 3, 2014

 

WHITEHALL, Mich. -- For the last three months, John Alan has spent the majority of his time at home, throwing electricity into the air.

 

Among corn fields and trees of Whitehall is a house that sits on top of a hill, secluded from the average passer-by. Inside the house — which Alan and his wife purchased almost three years ago — is enough equipment to duplicate a control room at NASA, according to The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1rCrHj1 ).

 

Through this venue, the Whitehall resident runs a nonprofit radio station that pumps numerous songs and melodies through the airways.

"On Sunday afternoons, I had my mother drive me around so I could stare at towers," says Alan, who found his calling before he could drive. "I was fascinated by the radio. At age 15, I lied about my age to get my first job in radio."


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True Tales Radio to share stories of WSCA's origin, history

Sept. 2, 2014

 

PORTSMOUTH — A special upcoming version of WSCA's storytelling program True Tales Radio will feature past and present members of Portsmouth Community Radio to share stories about the origin, building and operation of the Seacoast's first low-power FM station.

 

John Lovering, producer of True Tales Radio and host of Audio Theatre, has 16 people ready to step up to the microphone from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. The group will gather in the West End studio at 909 Islington St. to tell their stories to an in-studio audience and on-air listeners during the live special program.

 

"We are excited about celebrating the 10th anniversary of the station," Lovering said. "In the world of LPFM radio, that is no small accomplishment. We sincerely thank our members, underwriters and listeners for making it possible, and of course our volunteers who have donated hundreds of hours to bring our diverse programming to the Seacoast region for 10 years."

 

More here: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140902-NEWS-409020396

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Radio World: HD Radio on LPFM: Could It Be?

Radio World: HD Radio on LPFM: Could It Be? | LPFM | Scoop.it

The author is an engineer and LPFM veteran.
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by Dan Slentz

August 28, 2014

 

With the pending launch of more than 1,000 new FM radio stations, there’s been some discussion about whether any holders of these LPFM construction permits may attempt to go on the air as digital HD Radio stations. 

There are 814 LPFMs on the air from the first round of LPFM licensing more than a decade ago, according to FCC data. According to Rick Greenhut of HD Radio developer iBiquity, there are no HD LPFMs currently in existence.

 

This is neither surprising nor difficult to understand given the lack of radios (though this is changing); the cost of gear and licensing (though these are dropping); and the fact that 10 percent of an enterprise resource planning of 100 watts could barely “light a night light” (though a lot of power isn’t always needed to cover your audience).


More at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/hd-radio-on-lpfm-could-it-be/272091

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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. 

 

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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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North Omaha activist finally gets his radio station

North Omaha activist finally gets his radio station | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Joseph Morton

July 12, 2014

 

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators agreed this week to award a low-power FM radio license to a north Omaha community activist who has been working for years to get such a station going.

 

William King had expressed frustration that his efforts to get a license were stymied by a competing application connected with a Texas man who was involved in nearly 250 applications across the country.

 

The Federal Communications Commission gives extra credit to applicants with longstanding local connections, however, and it agreed to give King the go-ahead.

 

That news was welcomed by Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., who wrote the legislation that helped expand opportunities for low-power FM stations.

 

More here:  http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/north-omaha-activist-finally-gets-his-radio-station/article_3d120eba-dd26-5b00-ab0b-17877479f75c.html

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FCC Applies Point System to Resolve Conflicts Between Mutually Exclusive LPFM Applications – Sets Deadlines for Petitions to Deny and Amendments to Applications | Broadcast Law Blog

FCC Applies Point System to Resolve Conflicts Between Mutually Exclusive LPFM Applications – Sets Deadlines for Petitions to Deny and Amendments to Applications | Broadcast Law Blog | LPFM | Scoop.it

by David Oxenford

July 10, 2014

 

More LPFMs are on the way, and broadcasters have 30 days to file any objections to the coming new stations.  In an order just released by the FCC, the FCC applied its “point system” to select the winning applicant in groups of mutually exclusive applications filed in the recent LPFM window in Western states (as far east as Nebraska and Kansas).  Future selectees in other parts of the country will come in later public notices.  This notice starts the clock on several dates – including a 30 day petition to deny period where full-power stations can raise issues of interference and other issues against applicants, and applicants can raise issues against each other.  The notice also sets a 90 day window for LPFM applicants whose applications were under consideration in this notice to file applications to make changes in their applications – including major changes to new frequencies or different transmitter sites.

 

More here:  http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2014/07/articles/fcc-applies-point-system-to-resolve-conflicts-between-mutually-exclusive-lpfm-applications-sets-deadlines-for-petitions-to-deny-and-amendments-to-applications/

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List of Competing LPFM Applicants in Eastern States Released

List of Competing LPFM Applicants in Eastern States Released | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

Sept. 7, 2014

 

On Friday the FCC’s Media Bureau released the list of 111 LPFM MX groups in 24 eastern states and the District of Columbia. The states are: CT, MD, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, and WV.

 

MX groups are ones where multiple low-power FM community radio applicants are competing for the same frequency in a given location. The Commission has also identified the so-called “tentative selectees,” which are the applicants who are likely to receive a construction permit. Beginning Monday applicants have until December 8 to submit changes to their applications that might alter the outcome.

 

The FCC’s determinations are based upon a point system, awarded for aspects related to local service. 

 

More here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/09/07/list-competing-lpfm-applicants-24-eastern-states-released

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Longtime DJ starts radio station in his home - The Franklin News Post

Longtime DJ starts radio station in his home - The Franklin News Post | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Morris Stephenson

Sept. 5, 2014

 

There's a "new kid on the block" on the radio waves in Franklin County.

 

WQMR FM-LP (low power) or Q101.3 has been on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the station a license to broadcast, according to Executive Director Don Mattingly. The official business name is Brameldon Productions Inc.

 

Basically the station covers the southern half of Franklin County and northern Henry County.

 

"The station can be heard from Rocky Mount to Martinsville," Mattingly said. "Because of the high mountains that separate Fork Mountain from the Ferrum area, its signal cannot be picked up in that area. We also have listeners on Smith Mountain Lake.

 

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LPFM News: Petitions for Reconsideration; HD on LPFM? - Radio Survivor

LPFM News: Petitions for Reconsideration; HD on LPFM? - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

Sept. 4, 2014

 

There are just two new construction permits since last week’s LPFM Watch. Both are religious stations, in Adelanto, CA and Yuma, AZ. The holiday weekend probably slowed things down, but we’re also getting close to the next batch of MX groups of applicants competing for frequencies to be opened for resolution by the FCC.

Recall that there were more than 200 low-power FM applications associated with one person, Antonio Cesar Guel, raising suspicions amongst many in community radio, triggering informal objections, petitions to deny, along with an investigation by the FCC. A significant number of these applications were dismissed by the Commission, but on August 29 petitions for reconsideration were filed for eight of them in Appleton, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA, Garland, TX, Pecos, TX, and Texarkana, TX. All were dismissed because the Commission was unable to confirm that applicants had proper assurance to use their proposed transmitter sites.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/09/04/lpfm-news-petitions-reconsideration-hd-lpfm/

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Virtual Lancaster News Blog: Community Radio Project Seeks Volunteers

Virtual Lancaster News Blog: Community Radio Project Seeks Volunteers | LPFM | Scoop.it

Sept. 3, 2014

 

Now that Lancaster & Morecambe’s community radio project Beyond Radio (www.beyondradio.co.uk) has been awarded a 5 year broadcast licence (see previous report), the station is looking for volunteers for a very wide assortment of roles. There will also be aninformation / recruitment evening at the Borough in Dalton Square on Thursday 25 September.

Our previous local community radio project wasDiversity FM which closed in 2012. Duncan Moore was station manager and a presenter for Diversity FM, and he is now CEO of Proper Community Media (Lancaster) Ltd, the not for profit organisation behind Beyond Radio, which aims to have the new station fully operational early next year.

 

More here:  http://virtual-lancaster.blogspot.fr/2014/09/community-radio-project-seeks-volunteers.html

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Access to the Airwaves: A Musician’s Guide to Community Radio

Access to the Airwaves: A Musician’s Guide to Community Radio | LPFM | Scoop.it

Posted by Performer Magazine

August 21, 2014

 

All musicians dream of hearing their music on the radio, but unless you have a record deal with a major label, getting radio play is harder than ever. Whether it’s pop, country, hip-hop or oldies, stations play the same popular songs over and over again. These hit songs get so much airtime on commercial radio stations, little (if any) is left for music from local or independent musicians. But tune in to the right frequency and you’ll find one of the best and most under-appreciated resources for musicians: your community radio station.

What is Community Radio?

Community radio stations are non-commercial, independent and offer an alternative to the commercial radio programming that dominates our airwaves. Because they are independent, each station is as unique as the community it serves, but all share a commitment to providing everyone with access to radio and listeners with programming produced for and by their community.

Because they are funded by listeners, rather than advertising, community stations have the freedom to offer programming that is unique and different from commercial radio. Instead of sticking to a narrowly defined genre or “format,” like almost all commercial radio stations, all types of music can be heard on community radio as well as news and public affairs programming. No matter what kind of music you play, from noise to chamber music, there’s a good chance it will fit somewhere on your community station’s schedule.

More here: https://www.gigsalad.com/blog/access-to-the-airwaves-a-musicians-guide-to-community-radio

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Radio World: This LPFM’s Time Has Come

Radio World: This LPFM’s Time Has Come | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Mike Starling

August 20, 2014

 

The author is general manager and chief engineer of WHCP(LP), Cambridge, Md. He is former executive director of NPR Labs.

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. — For radio zealots, nothing beats building a radio station from scratch. And those of us in the low-power FM movement are relishing the day when we will soon open the microphone for the debut of what will often be the area’s first community radio station.

 

While it may appear that Democrats and Republicans in Washington seldom agree on anything, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., were both big supporters of the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, which relaxed the third-adjacency channel restrictions. More than 1,000 new LPFMs are currently in the pipeline.

 

Thanks to the online resources from the FCC, Prometheus and RecNets, finding an available channel and applying for the construction permit couldn’t have been easier. It beats the months of labor, thousands in consulting expenses and hundreds of pages of supporting exhibits filed when applying for my first construction permit in 1975. The FCC’s processing was a Blitzkrieg pace — an early December notice of acceptance for filing, January cutoff date and a Feb. 10 construction permit award.

 

More at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/this-lpfm’s-time-has-come/271977

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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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LPFM News: Original Proposer says LPFM is "Incomplete"

LPFM News: Original Proposer says LPFM is "Incomplete" | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

July 10, 2014

 

Four more LPFM construction permits were granted in the last week, but the big news is that the FCC released its list of 79 MX groups for states west of the Mississippi, as we reported yesterday. These are groups that are competing for a single frequency in their respective communities.

Now these applicants have the choice of working amongst themselves to resolve the competition, or the FCC will apply its point system to choose a winner. Another option is for two or more applicants to join forces and enter a time-sharing agreement. In groups of 3 or more applicants this might give the time-shared arrangement the extra oomph to win the license.

 

http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/07/10/lpfm-news-original-proposer-says-service-incomplete/

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