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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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Radio World: Nearly 250 Entities Want Western LPFMs

Radio World: Nearly 250 Entities Want Western LPFMs | LPFM | Scoop.it

July 10, 2014

 

The FCC has issued a list of nearly 80 competing application groups for low-power FM licenses in the western U.S. It’s the first such group list released as the commission now begins making the harder decisions about who may get a new license.

The Audio Division has made tentative selections for what officials call “mutually exclusive” applications; the entities that filed the 248 applications for areas west of the Mississippi River and are vying for the same frequencies in a market.

The 12 states listed in the notice include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. A  Radio World review of the list shows Los Angeles has the most applicants: By far the biggest grouping is Group 27, with 25 applicants competing for one LPFM in or near Los Angeles; and there are at least two other groups of applications also in the L.A. area.

 

More here, with links:  http://www.radioworld.com/article/nearly-groups-want-western-lpfm/271244

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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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(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.

 

More at: http://www.c2meworld.com/management/low-power-radio-is-incomplete/

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LPFM Watch: Awaiting Word on Public Notice for Competing LPFM Groups in the West - Radio Survivor

LPFM Watch: Awaiting Word on Public Notice for Competing LPFM Groups in the West - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

In this week's LPFM news, 6 new LPFMs were granted and groups are awaiting word about an impending FCC notice regarding competitive groups in the west.

 

by Jennifer Waits

June 26, 2014

 

Earlier this week, REC Networks reported that the FCC will soon release a Public Notice regarding LPFM applicants in the western United States. This notice will apply to those applicants who are still in competition with others for the same frequency in mutually exclusive (MX) groups. According to REC Networks.

 

…"the upcoming Public Notice… will announce the scores, tentative selectees and the window openings for settlement agreements and objections.  The document is currently in ‘circulation’ meaning that it is being reviewed by the full Commission for approval…”

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/06/26/lpfm-watch-awaiting-word-public-notice-competiting-lpfm-groups-west/

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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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LPFM News: FCC Reports on Low-Power FM Progress

LPFM News: FCC Reports on Low-Power FM Progress | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

June 19, 2014

 

Last Friday the Media Bureau gave a presentation on its progress with LPFM to the full Commission during the FCC’s June open meeting. The Bureau reported some interesting facts about this licensing window.

For instance, the most applications were filed in Texas (303), California (285), Florida (276) and Oregon (91). The first 3 states aren’t much of a surprise, given that they are amongst the nation’s most populous (coming in at 2, 1 and 4, respectively). Oregon, however, is a bit more unexpected, since it’s the 28th most populous state.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/06/19/lpfm-news-fcc-reports-low-power-fm-progress/

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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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Children break into radio station, go on-air and start swearing

Children break into radio station, go on-air and start swearing | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Leesa Smith

June 13, 2014

 

Children broadcasted their own impromptu late night show complete with obscenities after breaking into a radio station in a remote town in Western Australia.

 

The youngsters, aged between eight and 14, broke into the buildings of the Wangki Yupurnanupurru community radio station in Fitzroy Crossing last week.


Station manager Angie Stahl told the ABC she had previously given the children lessons in community radio, and they figured out how to make the studio broadcast live.


‘So the cops got a call from an outlaying station ringing up to say, ‘I think you've got some kids on the radio, they're busy swearing, you'd better go bust them”.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2656837/Children-break-radio-station-air-start-swearing.html#ixzz3F7XcvY9R

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Heavenly airwaves - The Highland County Press - Hillsboro, Ohio

Heavenly airwaves - The Highland County Press - Hillsboro, Ohio | LPFM | Scoop.it

St. Mary Catholic Church granted radio station

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by Caitlin Ryan
June 13, 2014

A Hillsboro church has made local and regional history by becoming the first Highland County nonprofit organization and the first church of the more than 200 parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to be granted permission to build a radio station.

 

According to Father Mike Paraniuk, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church of Hillsboro, St. Mary has been granted permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build a low-power FM station (LPFM) at 106.9 FM.

 

"I am ecstatic about this new radio ministry as a gift from the Lord," Paraniuk said.

 

More here:  http://highlandcountypress.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=23114&SectionID=2&SubSectionID=20&S=1

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LPFM News: New College LPFMs Find Interference on Campus

LPFM News: New College LPFMs Find Interference on Campus | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

June 12, 2014

 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it was another slow week in LPFM news, with just 6 low-power FM construction permits granted. As Jennifer reported last week, the MX groups of applicants competing for frequencies will start being processed soon, beginning with 260 applicants in states west of the Mississippi River, excluding Texas.

 

In the news there are two college-based LPFMs that have already run into trouble on campus after receiving their construction permits.

 

Student government at the University of North Florida recently denied funding of $39,000 to Spinnaker Radio. Student body president Joseph Turner told WJCT News that the group already has $200,000, and doesn’t need the additional funds. The station’s manager, Scott Young, says that the money is already reserved for other purposes or part of an emergency fund. However, Young says the station building project will move forward, despite the student government’s denial.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/06/12/lpfm-news-new-college-lpfms-find-interference-campus/

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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 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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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

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. 
 
It's a novel idea -- Howard believes it might be the first of its kind -- and it might happen. 
 
He has business cards. He has a live frequency: 95.5. He has call-letters: WMFH-LP. He's even found an online database -- www.librivox.org -- with more than 7,000 audio books that are in the public domain. He's establishing the station as a non-profit. And in January he received a license from the Federal Communications Commission that allows him to operate a low-power FM radio station. 

 

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

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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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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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New community radio station’s inaugural broadcast July 4

New community radio station’s inaugural broadcast July 4 | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Andy Matarrese

June 25, 2014

 

Ellensburg Community Radio will air its first online broadcast July 4, and organizers hope unveiling the project, which has been in the works for more than a year, during the First Friday Art Walk and the city’s festivities for Independence Day will help introduce and excite the community over the station’s potential.

 

Ben Kaspar said the idea started more than a year ago, when he and Mollie Edson started thinking of ways to utilize the lower floor of the 420 Building, which Edson owns.

 

She suggested a radio station, which Kaspar said was the most promising and exciting idea.

 

“At first, it was just hearing ideas — what do we want the station to look like, why is it important?” he said.

 

Since then, the organizers have raised about $10,000 in start-up costs, including broadcasting equipment to start streaming content online.

 

More here:  http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/new-community-radio-station-s-inaugural-broadcast-july/article_a0bd1322-fc8a-11e3-841a-0019bb2963f4.html

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First MX Public Notice is now on circulation | REC Networks

by Michi Eyre

June 23, 2014

 

MX LPFM applicants in the western USA should be prepared for the upcoming Public Notice that will announce the scores, tentative selectees and the window openings for settlement agreements and objections.  

 

The document is currently in "circulation" meaning that it is being reviewed by the full Commission for approval.  Any decisions that involve points in MX situations must go through the full Commission.  

 

On the day the Public Notice is released, day 1 of the windows will open the next day. 

 

More here: http://home.recnet.com/node/624

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Is KPFA community radio going extinct?

Is KPFA community radio going extinct? | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Eric James Anderson

June 21, 2014

 

With its recent street protests, office occupations, and renegade broadcasts, Berkeley’s community radio station KPFA (94.1FM) typifies what people mean when they use the word “Berserkeley.” However, these confrontations are not merely some beatnik brouhaha, but in fact represent an existential threat to the future of community radio, and implicate one of Oakland’s current Mayoral candidates, Dan Siegel.

 

The most recent dispute is over the abrupt replacement of the locally-produced 8 a.m. show The Morning Mix with a radio program from LA called TheUprising, ostensibly because the new show will generate more revenue during pledge drives. In response to being rescheduled and shortened, the hosts of The Morning Mix held protest rallies outside the KPFA building and took over the studio on May 26 to air their concerns.

 

According to Andrés Soto, one of the hosts of The Morning Mix‘s five rotating shows, “I was really displeased that the morning mix has become a political football between rival factions…the morning mix, as an expression of authentic community voices, is what deserves to be heard.”

 

More here: http://oaklandlocal.com/2014/06/kpfa-community-radio/

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XRAY.FM Will Merge With KZME, Making Progressive Talk Radio Audible in Downtown Portland

XRAY.FM Will Merge With KZME, Making Progressive Talk Radio Audible in Downtown Portland | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Aaron Mesh

June 19, 2014

 

Nonprofit rock-and-talk radio startup XRAY.FM plans to merge with local music station KZME.FM this summer, doubling its signal reach.

 

That means XRAY.FM's programming—which has returned progressive talk hosts Carl Wolfson and Thom Hartmann to the radio dial—will finally be heard west of Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard.  

KZME's board voted last night to authorize its CEO to negotiate a proposal from XRAY.FM to combine lineups. The decision was first reported on Twitter last night by The Portland Tribune. 

 

(UPDATE, 7:10 pm: MetroEast Community Media CEO Rob Brading says negotiations with XRAY.FM aren't finalized. "I firmly believe those negotiations will result in a positive outcome," Brading says.)

XRAY.FM station organizer Jefferson Smith tells WW that the combined signals of the two stations could "double or triple" their reach. 

 

More here: http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-31771-xrayfm_will_merge_with_kzme_making_progressive_tal.html

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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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Kids Break Into Community Radio Station To Start Cussing On-Air

Kids Break Into Community Radio Station To Start Cussing On-Air | LPFM | Scoop.it

June 13, 2014

 

Listeners of Kimberley-region community radio station Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio received a surprise spot of entertainment last week when a group of children broke into the Fitzroy Crossing broadcaster's studios to host their own makeshift, swear word-heavy late-night show.

 

Police were alerted to the transgression when a concerned listener called to report the abundance of foul language seeping on to the airwaves, according to the ABC. The children, who were aged between eight and 14, had previously been given lessons by station manager Angie Stahl, who said they used their prior knowledge to make themselves go live.

 

"They were able to turn on all the microphones, turn on the panel and switch everything on in the right way, and decided to do a bit of a show themselves," she told the national broadcaster.

 

More here:  http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2014/06/13/kids-break-in-to-community-radio-station-to-start-cussing-on-air/

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A Glimpse at Community Radio in San Francisco - Radio Survivor

A Glimpse at Community Radio in San Francisco - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

An Exploratorium documentary looks at four different community radio stations in San Francisco (with video)

 

by Jennifer Waits

June 12, 2014

 

The Exploratorium, the long-time hands-on science museum in San Francisco,  just put together a short documentary about the plethora of community radio stations in the city of San Francisco. It’s a fun look at four different stations and it made me anxious to plot out more radio station field trips.

 

The community radio stations profiled in the piece include San Francisco Community Radio (also known as KUSF in Exile), Radio Valencia (which I visited in its very early days in 2010), Mutiny Radio (which I toured back when it was Pirate Cat Radio), and KPOO-FM. Although I’ve visited a few of these stations, I’ve yet to see KPOO-FM, so I was excited to catch a glimpse of its studio.

 

http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/06/12/glimpse-community-radio-san-francisco/

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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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