Although there hasn’t been much FCC action related to low power FM (LPFM) in the past few weeks, numerous stations are working furiously to get on the air. In Texas, KUZU-LP is preparing to launch in the city of Denton. According to the Denton Record Chronicle, the station is actively fundraising and will host a benefit concert tomorrow night (Friday, April 22).
“For Denton residents Peter Salisbury, Erin Findley and Sashenka Lopez, there’s something charming about terrestrial radio. The three are on the board of Real Waves Radio Network, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that will operate a new Denton radio station: KUZU-FM (92.9). They say they aren’t opposed to online radio. There’s just something about twisting a knob — or pressing a ‘scan’ button — and hearing music and voices cut through the static,” writes the Denton Record Chronicle.
Another new LPFM, Mountain Streams Radio (WKYW-LP), represents an interesting collaboration between The Mineral County Historical Society (MCHS) and Potomac State College of West Virginia University (PSC). The Mineral Daily News Tribune writes that the station will,
…offer a broad mix of music with roots in West Virginia and the Appalachian region along with information of particular importance to Mineral County. The Historical Society owns the station, which will broadcast from facilities in the college’s Catamount Place residence hall, the former Potomac Valley Hospital building…As part of its partnership agreement with the college, WKYW will offer PSC students a wide range of opportunities for learning and work experience in such areas as journalism, engineering, computer science, and office management.”
Good luck to all of these new LPFMs!