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Northwest Community Media Gathers in Portland this Weekend

This weekend the Alliance for Community Media’s Northwest Chapter will hold its conference on March 31 and April 1 in Portland, OR, hosted by Open Signal community media. Although ACM has historically represented public access, educational and government cable television channels (so-called PEG channels), this event also invites community radio folks to participate. This cross-medium […]

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Logo for community radio station WRIR-LP. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #124 – Community Radio Station WRIR-LP in Richmond, Virginia

A little over a week ago, I got back from a radio-filled trip to Virginia, which included a stay in Charlottesville for the College Radio: Then, Now, and Next symposium and visits to nine radio stations throughout the state. Before heading to the airport, I trekked to a couple of radio stations, starting off with […]

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Station not on the Internet? You’re Losing Young Listeners, Big Time

Your broadcast station–LPFM, community, college–needs to have its programming on the internet, one way or another. Now. Why? Because you risk missing a generation of listeners whose media intake is primarily online. YouTube is where they hang out the most, but online radio is also a destination. Where they’re moving away from is your AM […]

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Podcast 84 - Three Radios

How To Improve Your LPFM, Community & College Radio Reception

One of our Patreon supporters dropped us a line to ask if we’d take up the question of how to improve reception of low-powered stations. It’s a challenge most radio lovers have faced, not quite being able to tune in your favorite college or community station, especially inside a house or office, even when that […]

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Podcast 84 - Three Radios

Podcast #84 – Improving Your Radio Reception

LPFM, college and community stations are great, but because of low power many of them are also hard to hear, especially inside your house or office. Based on an inquiry from one of our Patreon supporters, we dedicate this episode to helping you improve your reception. Broadcaster and radio reviewer extraordinaire Jay Allen, the man […]

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Entrance to LPFM community radio station KUHS-LP. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #121 – Solar-Powered LPFM KUHS-LP in Hot Springs, Arkansas

My grand tour of Arkansas radio stations concluded with a trip to see KUHS-LP in Hot Springs. Host of the 2016 Grassroots Radio Conference (GRC), KUHS-LP is a new, solar-powered low power FM (LPFM) station, having launched over 97.9 FM in August, 2015. As far as field trips, my visit to KUHS was different from […]

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1951: Uncle Sam produces military training film on independent radio

It is beyond me why The United States Army produced a documentary on running an independent radio station in 1951, but here you have it. “Also serving the public,” the film notes, “are radio stations without networks. Typical is this small independent station in New York.” The “typical” indie station the Army focused on was […]

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