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Louisville arts Internet station will apply for Low Power FM license

ARTxFMHappy birthday to ARTxFM in Louisville, Kentucky. The Internet radio station has just finished celebrating its first year of streaming. Now its General Manager Sharon Scott writes to tell us that the non-profit will apply for a Low Power FM license this October. Scott was responding to my essay on “Hybrid Highbrow” radio.

“While the term ‘Hybrid Highbrow’ is new to us, the concept is not,” Scott wrote:

“Just now marking our first anniversary of broadcasting, ARTxFM has a highly diverse schedule that includes every kind of music you can imagine — from classical to jazz to country to hip hop to punk rock. We are also interested in radio-art experimentation and host daily arts news programs that bring in some of the best composers, authors, and performers the great city of Louisville has to offer. The response has been incredible among local and international listeners. It seems folks truly are interested in a station that is rich in diversity.”

ARTxFM cool mission statement here. The station is:

“Committed to providing artists and community members access to the airwaves for creative and experimental use, ARTxFM employs sound, music, and conversation to explore the hidden properties of audio broadcasting.  Sculpting with frequency that is delivered in watts, ARTxFM amplifies contemporary art ideas and broadcasts international creative dialog.

Our definition of artist is broad. It includes musicians, performers, writers, athletes, painters, photographers, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, philosophers, scientists, and more — the trained and untrained, the local and the superstar. ARTxFM functions with the belief that the greatest forms of art, like the greatest forms of democracy, flourish within the free and unfettered exchange of ideas.”

Louisville is, of course, a hugely important city in American arts and letters. Among its many virtues, it is home to the Louisville Orchestra, whose recordings introduced me to a universe of 20th-century composition. It is where I learned about composers like Henk Badings and Alan Hovaness and Walter Piston.

Judging by my search of Louisville via REC’s LPFM signal finder, there is a signal availability in a contour that covers Central, Algonquin, Emerson, and Audubon Parks. There are also some second adjacent maybes. ARTxFM’s relative newness may deprive it of a competitive point in the Federal Communications Commission’s Low Power FM application. But my guess is that some of its participants can show the FCC that they’re had an established community presence in Louisville since, well, since a long, long time ago.

I hope ARTxFM get’s their signal. Good luck to them. Don’t forget that the application window opens on October 15.

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2 Responses to Louisville arts Internet station will apply for Low Power FM license

  1. Sharon Scott September 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Thanks so much for the support Matthew — and for the information & inspiration Radio Survivor constantly provides!!!! Fingers crossed for this LPFM. We will keep you posted!

  2. Terry Decker May 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I don’t know if this email is the best way to make a connection, but here goes.-

    I understand that you have applied for the frequency formally used by BRYCC. I sincerely hope you succeed.

    If that does happen would you be interested in a volunteer who has been an engineer, radio personality, (WVEZ), and production manager? I am currently retired and run a small repair shop specializing in the repair and restoration of tube radios. I repair microphones and other high end electronics, am a professional photographer and have my own production studio. I mainly use the studio to clean up sound tracks for both amateur and professional videos.

    I did work on Spaulding’s intercom system and was given all of the equipment when They closed their AV department.

    And finally- I tried to be the technical adviser for the BRYCC radio station three separate times. Each time was a disaster. (You’d think I’d learn)

    If any of this sounds good to you please let me know. You have my email address.
    Terry E. Decker

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