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Speak Without Fear -
on Capitol Hill
Senate Bill 2505
Power FM Radio
in the US.
The LPFM bill
Sen. JOHN MCCAIN
COMMITTEE on a
sending the bill
bill, S. 2505,
that the FCC
of adding an
in the market.
Right: Alan Korn
Carol Pierson -
Harv Twite - GM,
Left to Right:
Anne and Harv
the Media Access
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FCC Approves LPFM Third Report and Order
details on the wide-ranging changes approved
by the Commission will be posted here as
soon as released by the FCC. Highlights
include help for the 40 LPFMs most at risk
use of contour studies to
fit LPFM stations where omni patterns do not
work. The FCC will dismiss
translator applications in excess of ten per
organization. Also the Order will address
local programming that is "overly
repetitive" and a new filing window was
promised "in the not too
Background information: general,
click here. and from Prometheus Radio
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 27, 2007
Mary Boyle (202) 736-5770
Communities need Low Power FM Radio
WASHINGTON - November 27 -The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) on Tuesday is scheduled to consider
rules that will likely diminish the operation of Low
Power FM (LPFM) Radio stations that provide valuable
information and diverse viewpoints to local communities.
These changes are likely to grant priority of airwaves
to commercial stations wanting translator frequencies
over local community LPFM stations. Low Power FM
stations are radio stations run by non-profit
organizations such as local governments, health and
social service groups, youth and senior groups and
others that serve the local community. They provide an
alternative to commercial radio and allow for much
greater diversity of communities to access the public’s
airwaves. In turn, LPFM stations add to the political
debate by increasing the diversity of viewpoints the
public hears as they make decisions in our democracy.
“In this era of media consolidation, we need Low Power
FM radio stations to provide a much-needed outlet for
local and diverse voices of our communities,” said
Common Cause President Bob Edgar. “The FCC must
prioritize access to the public’s airwaves to these
local voices over the desires of corporations to find
yet another signal to rebroadcast what they are already
airing on another station. This should be a no-brainer.”
Public Interest Groups Call for
Media Diversity and Localism in FCC Meeting
A coalition of organizations called on the
FCC to make consistent policies promoting media diversity and
localism across broadcast and cable rules and warned that
community radio rules must promote — not limit|
— the expansion
Media and Democracy Coalition - November
community in community radio?
Marty Racine/On Second Thought
Feb 17, 2005, 10:12 pm
... So, here's the deal. This town
can have a community station with local programming,
It can have a station that broadcasts meetings and hearings, or
not. It can
have a station
that is unafraid to probe issues, or not. It can have a station
plays music you won't hear
anywhere else, or not.
It is not up to the chamber. It is not up to KEDU. It's up to
you. 'Twas ever thus.
(Marty Racine is a former news director of KEDU LP, 102.3
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the public's First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the
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"It is the purpose of the First Amendment
to preserve an uninhibited
marketplace of ideas in which truth
will ultimately prevail... It is the right
of the public to
receive suitable access to social, political, esthetic, moral
and other ideas which is crucial here."
Low-Power FM Radio May Benefit From
By Drew Clark
(Wednesday, September 28) The FCC is considering a proposal
that could put more
low-power radio stations on the air -- in a move that comes
five years after an attempt
to do just that was dramatically curtailed by Congress.
Read the article
Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Sept 11-13
Blogcritics.org - USA
... In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, questions about
communications and community-controlled
local radio in a time of need are putting LPFM
legislation into sharp ...
In 2000, the FCC opened up the nation's airwaves to low power
stations. Since then, more than 675 local stations have gone on
the air in 50 states,
forming the national backbone for community broadcasting.
Now, local radio (LPFM) needs your help to survive and grow. The
FCC is considering
critical new measures that would prevent commercial stations
from pushing our
community broadcasters off the dial. Before the FCC decides,
they need to hear from you.
Please write the FCC and tell them to
protect Low Power FM radio stations.
It's taken commercial saturation of the radio waves to create
demand for something as
revolutionary as LPFM. These stations are locally driven and
noncommercial, providing news
and information to communities often ignored by mainstream
The FCC is modifying the 2000 rules that created LPFM stations.
If you have and value a local
station, or wish you had more homegrown broadcasting in your
area, the FCC needs to hear
from you right now.
Act now to protect and support local radio.
Robert W. McChesney
P.P.S. To learn more about LPFM, see
Power of the people:
Communities use low power FM to take back the Vermont airwaves
Indigos, Lawmakers Link For LPFM Legislation
Billboard Radio Monitor, NY - Jun 9, 2005
... Frisch told Billboard Radio Monitor the bill
will charge the FCC with using “every means
available to protect the 600 [LPFM] stations
currently operating ...
(press release), New Zealand - 13 hours
... The station had been
broadcasting on 101.7 FM on a low power frequency (LPFM)
since March 2003 but its limited range had been a
serious obstacle to building a ...
Community radio lobbies to stay alive
Express, India - Jun 12, 2005
... That is the threat, and
I've got nowhere to go." For Price to continue
broadcasting, he would have to reapply for an
LPFM frequency and possibly move his ...
NAB Holds Board Elections
FMQB, NJ -
21 hours ago
... Orlando also discussed
LPFM legislation in both the House and Senate
that would repeal 3rd adjacent channel protections
preserving interference-free listening ...
NAB Board Runs Through Radio Agenda
Radio Monitor, NY - Jun 15, 2005
... should be identified. He
also discussed proposed legislation to eliminate 3rd
adjacent channel protection from LPFM
stations. On the ...
Winning the Media Wars
Channel, NY - May 20, 2005
... As noted recently by the
Utne Reader, "the bill would expand LPFM
service nationwide, easing the burden on would-be
LPFM stations to prove noninterference with
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NorthMyrtleBeachOnline.com, SC - Jun 1,
... North Myrtle Beach is
also better prepared for getting information to the
public with the operation of its own LPFM
Radio Station at 98.7. ...
National Conference on Media Reform Reportback
Independent Media Center, NY - May 17,
... portland indymedia audio
folks have started doing this with Circle A Radio
from KBOO; both spokane, wa and moscow, id have
successul LPFM stations; someone ...
Smooth jazz hits right note with listeners
Today, FL - May 25, 2005
... Bennett hopes to expand
the station's coverage and maintain its LPFM
status by adding more transmitter towers across the
Community Radio Lobbies to Stay Alive
Financial Express -
... Price, who established his LPFM station in
March 2004, is among many local radio presidents,
broadcasters and producers who are feeling the heat of ...
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Low-power stations imperiled as giants gobble up frequencies
'Atlanta has seen a lot of radio consolidation,' says Indigo
By JOSH SANBURN
Cox News Service
Published on: 06/14/05
Washington — For most of his working life, Jim Price has been
helping others establish community radio stations in every state
of the country. But now, as president of his own station in
Ringgold, Ga., he might soon be out of a job.
Price runs WBFC-LP, a low-power radio station that serves his
North Georgia community, broadcasting local Southern gospel
music and public service announcements.
But about 60 miles north of Ringgold in McMinnville, Tenn.,
Clear Channel Communications, which owns hundreds of radio
stations across the country, is waiting for an application to go
through the Federal Communications Commission that would allow
it to begin broadcasting on Price's frequency.
"They moved in on the channel that I chose back in 2000," Price
said. "Two of us can't operate on the same channel. That is the
threat, and I've got nowhere to go."
For Price to continue broadcasting, he would have to reapply for
an LPFM frequency and possibly move his station elsewhere.
Price, who established his LPFM station in March 2004, is among
many local radio presidents, broadcasters and producers who are
feeling the heat of conglomerates like Clear Channel.
On Thursday, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) announced plans to
introduce legislation within two weeks to protect LPFM stations
from corporate interference.
Indigo Girls express concern
Slaughter championed LPFM alongside the band the Indigo Girls,
who said they were concerned about the loss of
community-oriented broadcasting, including in Atlanta.
"Atlanta has seen a lot of radio consolidation," said Amy Ray,
one of the band's members. "We really need for those outlying
areas of Atlanta, in the inner city of Atlanta, and all those
areas to have opportunities, because they have unique aspects of
their community and unique things going on."
FCC spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher said the commission was reviewing
Congress mandated that LPFM have secondary status, which means
commercial stations take precedence on the airwaves.
"Unfortunately, full-power FM just has a higher status," Fisher
LPFM licenses were created in 2000 to allow community-oriented
broadcasting within a 3- to 7-mile radius and are available only
to "noncommercial educational entities and public safety and
transportation organizations," according to the FCC. The
licenses are free to those entities and not available to
"individuals or for commercial operations."
However, LPFM stations like Price's are increasingly being
A similar case is under investigation by the FCC involving three
Idaho companies that received 1,026 free translator stations,
which are low-power but are not required to broadcast
noncommercial content. Radio Assist Ministry Inc., Edgewater
Broadcasting Inc. and World Radio Link have sold 85 of those
stations and have made close to $800,000. There are currently no
rules in place to prevent individuals from receiving large
numbers of translator stations or selling them, said Harold Feld,
a lawyer challenging the three groups.
Eric Burns, a spokesman for Slaughter, said her legislation
would direct the FCC to prevent future encroachment by large
companies. Clear Channel was unavailable for comment.
A bill introduced to a Senate committee in February would ensure
that licenses are available to both translator and LPFM stations
based on the needs of each community.
Price said he doubted he would get what he ultimately wants
anytime soon: primary status for LPFM. What would that mean for
people like him?
"I can't be bumped. I'm a real radio station," he said. "I dream
release) - New Zealand
... LPFM signals are available to anyone who wants
to set up a radio station but only
on a three kilowatt signal compared with 5-10 kilowatts for
Winning The Media Wars
... to prove noninterference with commercial
broadcasters." For more on LPFM,
including information on obtaining a license, contact Prometheus
Radio Project . ...
FM station applicants endure long wait
The Republican -
... They represent the distinct interests competing for
one available low-power
frequency modulation (LPFM) radio license - on
99.7 FM. ...
Radio Assist met with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps a few
days back. This is on the LPFM docket:
Confessions of a Listener
by GARRISON KEILLOR
The Return of Low-Power FM
Utne Reader Online - USA
... R-Ariz.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Maria Cantwell
(D-Wash.) introduced the
Local Community Radio Act of
2005. The bill would expand LPFM service nationwide
Can Congress Tune In and Turn On?
Guerrilla News Network
... To begin with, low-power FM radio (LPFM)-<>one
of the best vehicles for
developing and expanding community radio <>is back on the
Community Radio Leaders Gather for 30th Annual Conference
Business Wire (press
release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
... Community Radio stations will discuss the
opportunities and challenges facing stations
... challenges, expanded channels to provide more public
service, and LPFM...
Left off the dial
Boston Phoenix - Boston,MA,USA - LPFM Radio
... station," says Tridish, now the technical director for
Prometheus Radio, a collective of micro-radio activists
based in Philadelphia, where no LPFM slots are ...
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