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LPFM Watch: Prometheus Wins Grant to Create ‘Impact Maps’

One new low-power FM stations was added to the rolls this week, with a construction permit awarded to Generation Vision in Brownsville, TX.

Prometheus Radio Project was awarded a $35,000 Prototype Fund grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant intends to provide early-stage funding for projects that foster civic engagement and give communities access to important information.

Prometheus’ project is to create “LPFM Radio Impact Maps” using software that would allow low-power stations to know better the propagation pattern of their signals, along with understanding the demographics of the people living in that area.

Engineering director Paul Bame told that, “We want to assure the success of low-powered radio stations by measuring their signal reach and potential audience, to help the broadcasters develop appropriate programming, tap into volunteers and attract underwriters. We’re also looking to pinpoint signal interference issues with adjacent commercial stations.”

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