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College Radio Survivor: Faculty Ask to Halt WDBK Sale, KRFH Launches LPFM, KDMC-LP Leaves Air, and More News

I spent last week traveling and happily immersed in the world of college radio and so this week’s College Radio Survivor will be a super-sized edition (apologies for the lack of a column last week). I presented at the Saving College Radio Symposium last Friday in College Park, Maryland and this Monday I gave a […]

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LPFM Watch: More College and High School Radio CPs, KDMC-LP to Leave Air and 100 MX Groups Eliminated

It’s been a slow week in the LPFM application world, with far more dismissals and amended applications than granted construction permits. At the end of day yesterday, the count of granted applications is now up to 1153, with recent grantees including Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (Oxnard, California) on April 14 and (just in time for […]

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Honduras community radio under attack: who murdered Carlos Mejia Orellana?

We are holding our breath here at Radio Survivor following the news of the murder of journalist Carlos Mejia Orellana, marketing manager of Radio Progreso in Honduras. A community based radio station run by the Jesuits of Central America Province, Radio Progreso has long been under attack in a country which suffered a military coup […]

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LPFM Watch: NAB Panel Addresses LPFM Interference Concerns and more LPFM News

The FCC released its first quarter radio station totals this week. And while the overall station count is up slightly in 2014, the number of LPFMs dipped two from the end of 2013. On the surface this might not make sense given the 1,148 low-power station construction permits the FCC has issued this year. But […]

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LPFM Watch: Low-Power Radio Workshop at NFCB & More LPFM News

The assignment of LPFM construction permits creeps forward, with the total now at 1137 new stations approved. It still seems like the FCC is not yet dealing with frequencies where there are multiple applicants, known as MX groups (for mutually exclusive). However, applicants that filed amendments in order to no longer compete with others are […]

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East and West Midlands, UK: community radio signals available

The United Kingdom’s broadcast regulator, Ofcom, just put out an invitation to apply for community radio licenses in West and East Midlands. These are official regions situated (as you might guess) right in the middle of England. What caught my eye, however, is this codicil in the announcement; “Applicants should note that there are currently […]

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radio stickers at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: Archiving College Radio History, Upcoming Events, and LPFM Update

Right now I’m dwelling on college radio’s past, as I prepare my presentation for University of Maryland’s “Saving College Radio” Symposium in two weeks. In connection with an exhibit about the history of student radio station WMUC, this symposium will focus on the importance of (and challenges inherent in) archiving college radio’s history. I’ve become […]

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LPFM Watch: Over 1100 Applications Granted so Far, including More than 40 for College Radio Stations

This week the total number of granted LPFM applications crossed 1100. LPFMs-to-be are already fundraising and making plans for their new stations. For example, in Portland, Oregon, Q Center’s station Wild Planet Radio, purportedly the “the world’s first nonprofit LGBTQ radio station,” is gearing up to get on the air, sharing a frequency with The […]

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KTVU at Pacifica Offices

Ousted Executive Director Summer Reese Occupies Pacifica Offices

Summer Reese, along with her mother and supporters, has been occupying the Pacifica Foundation’s offices in Berkeley, CA for almost ten days. Recall that Reese was abruptly fired from her position as Executive Director by the Pacifica National Board two weeks ago, without any public statements justifying the action. She and many others contest the […]

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College Radio Survivor: Radio Revived at WRAM, More Award Opportunities & Other News

This week, there were some interesting developments on the college radio front. The FCC finally closed the books on the contested future of the former Vanderbilt University FM radio station WRVU. Despite protests by supporters of the FM station, the license was assigned to Nashville Public Radio this week. For nearly three years, the station […]

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