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Resources for College Radio Stations Applying for LPFM licenses

FCC LogoThe FCC’s filing window for applicants who are interested in obtaining a new LPFM license is coming up in October and many groups are hopeful that college radio stations will take advantage of this rare opportunity to obtain a spot on the FM dial. At Radio Survivor we are working to connect college radio stations with information and resources in order to help make the filing process a little less daunting.

College stations are in a great position to apply for LPFM licenses. If a university already holds a license for a non-student run radio station, it can still apply for a student-run LPFM. Additionally, the FCC has modified its rules in order to be even more accommodating to student stations. According to the FCC website, “…where there are no conflicting applications, LPFM applications will be accepted for university student-run LPFM stations from universities holding LPFM licenses that are not student-run.  Separate college campuses within a university system, or individual high schools under a single school board, could each individually apply for LPFM construction permits.”

Matthew Lasar just posted a helpful walk-though of the LPFM application. His article includes screen shots of the entire application. Radio Survivor will be hosting our first-ever Twitter chat on August 22. The topic will be college radio and LPFM and we hope to have a productive conversation with both college radio station representatives and LPFM experts. When we confirm the time, it will be posted on, on our Twitter page, and on our Facebook page. In the meantime, see below for details about a few webinars coming up in the next few weeks. Additionally, Prometheus Radio Project has a whole bunch of archived presentations that delve into the intricacies of LPFM.

Upcoming LPFM online events:

Wednesday, July 31 from 6- 7pm Eastern time: “How to Fill out the Technical Part of the LPFM Application” Free online training. Details on the webinar can be found on the Prometheus Radio Project website.

Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm Eastern Time: “How to Start a Low Power FM Radio Station with Common Frequency” webinar. More details can be found on the Facebook invitation

Thursday, August 22 (time TBD): Radio Survivor Twitter chat on LPFM and college radio

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4 Responses to Resources for College Radio Stations Applying for LPFM licenses

  1. Will R August 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    CBI ( offers extensive and informative information about LPFM applications for members through its LPFM email list. Non-members can also ask questions directly at


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