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Touring College Radio Station WLOY at Loyola University Maryland

My final radio station visit during my trip to the D.C. area in April, 2014 was to see WLOY at Loyola University Maryland. I’ve known WLOY’s Operations Manager John Devecka for a few years now, so I took a quick side-trip to Baltimore in order to see the station before heading to the airport. Be […]

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LPFM News: Chicago Independent Radio Project To Take Off

Updated with quote from CHIRP General Manager Shawn Campbell, below. Just eight more low-power FM construction permits were issued in the last week, bringing the total to 1,476. Yesterday Matthew reported on the new LPFM station bringing an interesting mix of alternative and public bilingual programming to Bisbee, AZ. There are two more new stations […]

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New LPFM will bring alt/public bilingual mix to Bisbee, AZ

Congratulations to Borderlands Community Media, which has won a construction permit for a Low Power FM station in Bisbee, Arizona. One of the most interesting things about Borderlands application is that the non-profit published its proposed schedule. An interesting mix of public, alternative, and local bilingual programming in the lineup, including the Moth Radio Hour, local music […]

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You too can quit the Chinese Communist Party and get a Low Power FM station

About a year ago, just as the Federal Communications Commission was approving applications for Low Power FM construction permits, I wrote up a list of contenders with the most attention grabbing names. These include Bakersfield Burrito, Shaggers, Electron Benders, and Rusting Sprocket Art. But the most intriguing applicant, at least for me, was the Global […]

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College Radio Watch: Protesting College Radio Takeovers + A Few New LPFM College Stations

As the end of the year approaches, I’m already starting to think about what the overarching themes of 2014 were for college radio. Like many recent years, it’s been a mix of good and bad news this year. The situation at Georgia State University’s WRAS-FM is a high profile example of public radio’s ongoing interest […]

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LPFM Watch: 10 More LPFMs + Get Ready for KZIT, WSAX and WXOX

As of today, 1468 new low power FM (LPFM) construction permits have been issued as a result of the fall 2013 application window. As 2014 draws to a close, we’re hearing more and more about the plans for many of these new stations. In case you missed our other LPFM coverage this week, be sure […]

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New Book Chronicles LPFM Activism & Organizing

A new book chronicles “the practices of an activist organization focused on LPFM” during the first low-power licensing window at the turn of the century. Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism is written by Christina Dunbar-Hester, a professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Communication […]

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New Mexico “ghost town reborn” gets Low Power FM station

The Prometheus Radio Project has a blog post about its efforts on behalf of a fledgling Low Power FM radio station serving the hallowed town of Madrid, New Mexico. The LPFM station in question is KMRD, 96.9-LP, aka “Madrid Community Radio.” I am intrigued by the KMRD website description of Madrid’s environs, situated on the Turquoise […]

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LPFM News: New Stations Include Movie Theater & Library

First off, be sure to read contributor Gavin Dahl’s awesome article on budgeting for new LPFM stations. Advice comes from some great people at KDRT-LP, KIDE-FM, WRIR-LP and KYRS-FM. A fair number of construction permits were issues in the last week, twenty-six, bringing the total up to 1,458. Notable are two new stations in Los […]

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Your New LPFM Needs An Operating Budget

Budget planning is one of the keys to success for community radio stations. You will need to assess your revenue sources, account for all expenses, pay careful attention to your bookkeeping and be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. Some stations rely on staff-led budgeting, others divide up responsibilities among various committees. Whether you hire a bookkeeper, […]

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