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Low Power FM News: 3 New Stations & 250-watt Comments

This week saw a jump in low-power FM construction permits from the FCC, but that isn’t saying much. A whopping three were approved, compared to none last week, bringing the total to 1,860 new LPFMs.

These three new stations go to:
* Taller Cultural Jaycoa, Inc at 107.9 FM in Augadilla, PR
* New Times Culture and Education Center at 101.9 FM in Atlanta, GA
* Organizatcion Cristiana La Hermosa Internacional, Inc at 99.9 FM in Denton, TX

Virginia LPFM’s License Cancelled

Unfortunately one LPFM station had its license cancelled this week. According to the warning letter sent in April by the FCC to WRRW-LP in Williamsburg, VA, the station had been silent since “at least December 28, 2012.” The station failed to respond within 30 days, triggering the cancellation. WRRW-LP was part of the first wave of LPFM stations from the first application window in 2000, receiving its full license in 2005.

Strangely the station’s website and live stream are still active, listing a 102.5 FM frequency and making no mention of being off-air. I suspect the stream is automated, and nobody turned it off.

Comments on 250-Watt Proposal

The FCC is currently accepting comments on a proposal to allow qualified LPFM stations the opportunity to increase their power from a maximium of 100 watts to 250 watts. The comment window is open until June 15.

In an “FCC Extra” feature for our weekly Radio Survivor Bulletin email newsletter, Matthew wrote an overview of the comments submitted so far, noting that so far the proposal “is a hit.”

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