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LPFM Watch: One Step Closer for San Francisco LPFMs, D.C. Area Station Tours, and More News

A flurry of low power FM (LPFM) updates means that it’s time for another edition of LPFM Watch, two months after we put a pause on our weekly updates. This week we learned that the FCC is closer to resolving the contentious battle for the new LPFM channel in San Francisco, with the application by SF Indiefest (San Francisco) dismissed and the tentative selection of Outsound rescinded, making way for San Francisco Community Radio and the San Francisco Public Press (as a potential time-share).

Down south, a permit has been granted in Los Angeles to the The Los Angeles Social Justice Radio Project. This brings the grand total of newly granted LPFM construction permits from the 2013 filing window to 1,916. Dismissed applications in the past two months include: Catedral de Alabanza (Canoga Park, CA), Tacoma Community Radio (Tacoma, WA), BJR Community Radio Inc. (Longwood, FL), Sincere Seven (Washington, D.C.) and North Sacramento Community Radio (Sacramento, CA).

My radio station field trip series also continued this week, this time with a focus on two new LPFM stations in the D.C. area: Takoma Radio (WOWD-LP) in Takoma Park, Maryland (see my visit here) and Radio Arlington (WERA-LP) in Arlington, Virginia (see my visit here).

And, it was a thrill to hear my Radio Survivor colleague Eric Klein’s audio tour of a small-town LPFM station in Fossil, Oregon. Hear all about his visit to KFSL-LP on this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast.

LPFM construction permits granted since April 27, 2016

The Church in Anaheim (Anaheim, CA)

Iglesias de Restauracion Filial South Bay (Compton, CA)

Edgewood High School (West Covina, CA)

Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise (Los Angeles, CA)

The Emperor’s Circle of Shen Yun (El Monte, CA)

Ballet Folklorico Ollin (Panorama City, CA)

Catalyst Long Beach Inc. (Long Beach, CA)

Prism Church of Los Angeles (Pasadena, CA)

Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory (Los Angeles, CA)

National Hispanic Media Coalition (Pasadena, CA)

Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District (Los Angeles, CA)

Abundant Grace Outreach Ministries Inc. (Roanoke, VA)

Fusion Faith Center (Albany, NY)

San Antonio Christian Church (San Antonio, TX)

Omega Christian Communications (San Antonio, TX)

Oriental Culture Center (West Covina, CA)

The Los Angeles Social Justice Radio Project (Los Angeles, CA)


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