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It’s time to make Haiti’s 40+ community radio stations legit

Reading the Miami Herald’s piece on Haiti’s 40 or so community radio stations, I kept wondering to myself, are they legal or not? The article says these signals are “difficult to locate” and have “no official listings and, under Haitian law, the stations do not exist.” So they’re not exactly pirate but they’re not really legitimate […]

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LPFM Watch

LPFM Watch: Another LPFM with Questionable HQ Dismissed

The past few weeks we’ve written about some low power FM (LPFM) application dismissals due to various discrepancies, most notably false addresses listed on the applications. The FCC is making its way through the remaining LPFM candidates from the 2013 application window and is sussing out some shenanigans that have happened along the way. This […]

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LPFM Watch

LPFM Watch: From Veterans to Newbies, New LPFMs Eye the Airwaves

While recording this week’s podcast, Eric Klein regaled me with tales of his experience hanging on out a roof with Freeform Portland volunteers, as they worked to install an antenna for the new lower power FM (LPFM) station in Portland, Oregon. He described how many of the team were college radio veterans hoping to replicate […]

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LPFM Watch

LPFM Watch: More than a Year of Silence Leads to LPFM Cancellation

Licensed radio stations of all types–including LPFMs–are required to stay on the air, unless granted specific and limited exemptions by the FCC. The logic is clear and sound: licenses are for broadcasting, not collecting and monopolizing like so many empty parcels of land. A church-owned station in Buffalo, WY recently fell afoul of this rule. […]

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Podcast #38 – Survey Says: Stations Must Be on the Internet & YouTube

The annual Infinite Dial survey of American listening habits is out. Paul and Eric analyze the results and what they indicate for community and college radio and podcasting. In particular, Paul argues that declining radio ownership and young people’s affinity for YouTube mean stations absolutely must broadcast online and should use video. He asks: Are […]

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Sound Advice: 5 Ways New LPFMs Can Build Community Support Today

This might surprise you, but I spend quite a bit of time thinking about how community-focused broadcasters (and podcasters, for that matter) can create healthy organizations that result in amazing programming. Part of this requires shaking off decades-old assumptions about community radio, as well as embracing the challenges of today’s media environment. Many of my […]

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LPFM Watch

LPFM Watch: Construction Permits Issued to Three Religious Groups & More News

Over the past few weeks, the FCC has granted construction permits to three new low power FM (LPFM) radio stations. Those new stations include Freedom Christian Fellowship in Madras, Oregon, Iglesia Cristiana Amor Y Restauracion in Houston, Texas, and Mount Zion Church in Bemidji, Minnesota. Additionally, a number of stations are set to launch in […]

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