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LPFM Watch: More than 40 New Grants to Birthchoice, Art x FM, Poor Magazine, Providence Academy and Others

It was a big week for LPFM grants, with the total number of issued construction permits for the 2013 filing window passing 1400. More than 40 permits were granted in the past week to a wide range of non-profits, including cultural groups, public access television stations, religious groups, schools, arts-oriented non-profits, as well as to some existing streaming community radio stations.

In addition to grants, there were lots of engineering amendments filed, as LPFM hopefuls scrambled to tweak their proposals in order to get on the air.  You can take a look at updates on these amendments for the West and the East on the REC Networks site. Michelle Bradley of REC Networks also provides a nice overview of the status of all of the applications in the West, including details about cities where groups are still battling over available frequencies.

A few applications that we’ve been following were granted, including one for streaming radio station Art x FM in Louisville, Kentucky.

Three-Way Time Share Brings LPFM to Oakland and Alameda

Also, a time-share agreement east of San Francisco will be coming soon, as the FCC granted the applications for the three remaining applicants for 96.1 FM in the Alameda/Oakland area. Existing streaming radio station Alameda Community Radio will share the signal with Poor Magazine’s new community radio station and with the Alameda School District’s new high school radio station at Encinal High School in Alameda.


This week applications for the following groups were dismissed: Joy Broadcasting Inc. (Dade City, FL), Milken Community Schools (Los Angeles, CA), American Clearstream (Elmhurst, NY), California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA), Youth on Record (Denver, CO), Bread of Life Church (Commerce City, CO), and Corvallian Waves (Kailua-Kona, HI). I’d wondered about the previously granted Corvallian Waves, as I thought it was odd that an Oregon-based non-profit was proposing a station in Hawaii. The FCC dismissed the application because one of its Directors is party to another LPFM application.


Churches/Religious Organizations:

New Day Global Mission (Rochester, NY)

Sabbath Incorporated (Indianapolis, IN) -This “Christian educational organization” plans to “further the educational advancement of inner-city youth and adults” with a “hands-on curriculum.”

Evangel Cathedral of Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)

La Nueva Radio Restauracion 1620 AM Inc. (New Britain, CT)

Kingdom Impact Christian Cultural Church Inc. (Elkhart, IN)

Rios De Agua Viva Church of God (Lakeville, MN)

Iglesia Christiana Torrente de Cedron (Lynn, MA)

Word of Life Church of God (Holyoke, MA)

Temple Baptist Church (Powell, TN)

Partnership of African American Churches (Charleston West Side, WV)

First Apostolic Church (Maryville, TN)

Trinity Educational Association (El Paso, IL) – Plans to air syndicated Catholic radio programming.

Birthchoice (Raleigh, NC) – Plans to air syndicated Catholic radio programming as well as local programming. According to its application, it will “work with various area pro-life organizations to assist their educational efforts…”

Christ’s Church Apostolic (Aurora, CO) – in a time share with Ethiopian Community Television

St. Joseph Catholic Family Center (Manchester, NH)

Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles-Cromwell (Cromwell, CT)

Grace of Calvary Baptist Church (Erie, PA)

Max Out Foundation (Springfield, IL) – Plans to air “Christian education programming” as well as talk and call-in shows, according to its application.


The Harambee Academy (Dublin, OH) – This group is focused on “leadership development and community” and has programs that “include Africentric rites of passage for adolescents and young adults.” Proposed programs include Black Talk Radio, African Diaspora Music, news, and Jazz and R&B music.

Manchester Community College (Manchester, CT)

Alameda Unified School District (Alameda, CA) – The district is in a time share and plans to start a high school radio station at Encinal High School.

Benedictine University (Springfield, IL)

Manlius Pebble Hill School, Inc. (Dewitt, NY)

Providence Academy (Plymouth, MN) – Catholic college prep school for grades pre-K through high school.

Whitefish Bay School District Board (Whitefish Bay, WI)

Cities/Local Governments:

Town of Bedford (Bedford, NH)

Town of Enfield (Enfield, CT)

County of Montgomery (Horsham, PA)

Other Local Non-Profits:

Hispanic American Cultural Council (New Britain, CT)

SEMM Foundation (Columbus, OH) – This arts non-profit is focused on music education and plans to operate a jazz music station.

Somali American Community (Minneapolis, MN)

Central Ohio Green Education Fund (Columbus, OH)

Art x FM (Louisville, KY) -Currently a streaming radio station.

Syracuse Community Radio (Syracuse, NY) – This station has already been broadcasting over very low power.

Ohio Valley Peace (Wheeling, WV) – Plans to air a variety of music, talk and news. See its sample schedule on its website.

Richmond Radio Inc. (Richmond, KY) -Originally an Internet station, this group plans to air locally-based community programming

Crescent Hill Radio (Louisville, KY) – Currently a streaming radio station featuring local and regional music.

White Stone Radio Inc. (White Stone, VA)

M&M Community Development Inc. Oak Bluff Branch (Oak Bluff, MA) – Part of a larger non-profit group that “has helped to increase community awareness of hate crimes and raise money to rehabilitate burned churches in the south,” according to its application. It also plans to “educate local high school and college students in all aspects of radio station operations.” Other branches of this group applied for LPFM licenses, including one dismissed application in San Francisco.

Manchester Public Television Service (Manchester, NH) – This group already runs a city-funded cable television service that airs “public, education, and government affairs programming.”

Here and Again (Ottawa, IL ) – This group is “dedicated to the preservation of historic theatres and like properties in downtown locations” and plans to air news, talk, and music programming, according to its application.

Richmond Community Radio Inc. (Richmond, KY) – A new local community group, not to be confused with Richmond Radio Inc. (listed above).

New Lite Media (Rocky Mount, NC) – According to its application, this group has “had involvement with forums concerning our youth, economic development, religion and life essential skills.”

Ibero American Action League (Rochester, NY) – This group is focused on “the growth and development of Hispanic and other minorities in Rochester,” according to its application.

Poor Magazine (Oakland, CA) – Provides media access for the poor. In a time share with two other groups in Alameda.

Alameda Community Radio (Alameda, CA) – In a time share with two groups. Already has an existing streaming radio station.

Huckleberry Hill Music Society Inc. (Collinsville, CT)

Calvary Broadcasting Inc. (Greer, SC) – This could be a religious station, although its application is vague in regards to programming, stating that its, “goal is to advance scientific, religious, and educational purposes” and that programming will include “music and talk to encourage, edify, educate, enrich, and enlighten listeners.”

Latinos Pro Education (Goshen, IN)

Fifties Preservation Society (Biddeford, ME) – Station will air music from the 1950s and early 1960s in an attempt to help preserve the “music, culture, and lifestyles of the United States as they were in the 1950’s and early 1960s,” according to its application.

Ethiopian Community Television (Aurora, CO) -in a time-share with Christ’s Church Apostolic

Watershed Radio Project, Incorporated (Kilmarnock, VA)

East Sussex Public Broadcasting Company (Rehoboth Beach, DE)  – Plans to air local programming.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Louisville Chapter (Louisville, KY) – According to its application, this station will be an “alternative to commercial media and National Public Radio” with an “alternative programming format.”

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