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Zambia to community radio: you are on your own

When it comes to funding community radio stations, Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services can only offer some friendly advice: good luck with all that. “Let me make it very clear that it will not be possible for Government to fund community radio stations,” the Zambia Daily Mail quotes Chishimba Kambwili as saying. “Already we […]

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Report: London is pirate radio heaven (or hell, depending on your viewpoint)

The United Kingdom is so famous for its pirate radio stations that Hollywood made a movie about one. But as always the government is quite dour about these unlicensed signals, and has shut 400 of them down recently, according to a newspaper report. The London Evening Standard says that a quarter of the crackdowns over […]

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LPFM Watch: The Six Segments of LPFM + More Community Radio in Seattle

I just noticed a great piece on REC Networks, “The Six Segments of LPFM,” which outlines the wide array of groups that hold licenses for low power FM (LFPM) radio stations. As we’ve been following the growth of LPFM, particularly after the 2013 application window, I have been interested to learn more about stations in […]

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KUSP’s day of decision; Devizes radio is 20; more community radio for SE England

Community radio station KUSP-FM in Santa Cruz, California has posted the date for its next Board of Directors meeting: July 13 at the Aptos Community Foundation building at 6 PM. I presume that it is at that meeting or soon following that the Board will decide what kind of format to adopt for the station. “It […]

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Botswana debates whether community radio encourages “tribalism”

An advisory group to the Parliament of Botswana has unanimously endorsed the establishment of community radio stations in that southern African country to “mitigate communication breakdown between Dikgosi and their communities.” Dikgosi is the plural for Kgosi, a Setswana word for tribal chief. The problem, as the advisory board Ntlo ya Dikgosi sees it, is that […]

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LPFM Watch

LPFM Watch: Big Competition in LA Still Unresolved; The 250 Watt Battle

No new construction permits for low-power FM stations were issued this week, as the FCC tackles the remaining 7% of applications left to be processed. Amongst those are several MX groups of applicants competing for a single frequency. Southern California is home to two of these groups, with the one in Los Angeles being particularly […]

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FCC Approves St. Francis High School Radio Station’s Assignment to Mountain View Public Broadcasting – Is this the End of 87.9 FM?

In late 2014, St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California submitted paperwork to sell its KSFH-FM license to Mountain View Public Broadcasting. The assignment of the 87.9 FM non-commercial class D high school radio license (a rarity, as there are only a few licensed radio stations on 87.9 FM) was just approved by the […]

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Santa Cruz’s KUSP-FM now exploring three makeovers

After a lengthy discussion involving no less than ten different scenarios, it appears that KUSP-FM in Santa Cruz, California has whittled its proposed re-formatting down to three possibilities: a mixed news/information signal with the usual NPR content and volunteer music shows, a mostly music, volunteer-oriented station, or “a conventional public radio music station” a la KCRW […]

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LPFM Watch

LPFM Watch: NAB Opposes REC’s 250 Watt LPFM Proposal, KMRD Launch, and More News

With not too many remaining pending low power FM (LPFM) applications, we are starting to see very few construction permit grants at this point. The only new construction permit granted this week was to St. Joseph’s, Sykesville, Roman Catholic Congregation, Inc. in Eldersburg, Maryland. (more…) Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Will community radio benefit from India’s FM expansion?

The Indian media/commerce newsblog exchange4media is optimistic about community radio in that huge country. It has an interview with marketing expert Ashish Pherwani, who says that the expansion of FM in India will make the radio landscape there more diverse. Get ready to see “very small, regional players who are going to run one or two […]

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