No new low-power FM construction permits this week, due primarily to the FCC taking its database systems offline for maintenance over the Labor Day holiday.
However, we do have two bits of good news to report from the LPFM world.
WXNA in Nashville, TN is a new station spearheaded by some former DJs and supporters of Vanderbilt University’s former college station, WRVU. According to The Tennessean WXNA surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 this week, putting the station on its way to broadcasting on 101.5 FM to Nashville’s Germantown, downtown and East Nashville neighborhoods.
The Chicago Independent Radio Project (a/k/a CHIRP) announced that its new low-power station will launch on October 7 at 1 PM Central Time. Broadcasting online since January 2010, CHIRP will be Chicago’s first truly independent community radio station on the FM dial.
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, CHIRP gets 65,000 “tune-ins” a month online and has built a team of 250 volunteers.