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LPFM radio station WERA-LP's legal ID posted in radio station studio. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Field Trip #104 – Radio Arlington Station WERA-LP

My next stop on my grand radio tour in the Washington, D.C. area was to low power FM (LPFM) community radio station Radio Arlington (WERA-LP) in Arlington, Virginia. A project of Arlington Independent Media (AIM), the station launched over 96.7 FM in December, 2015, just a few months prior to my visit on February 28, […]

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Radio Station Field Trip #103 – Touring Takoma Radio as it nears its LPFM Launch

It’s been particularly exciting for me to visit some of the new low power FM (LPFM) community radio stations that are in development thanks to the Local Community Radio Act. After an all-day field trip from Washington, D.C. to Culpeper, Virginia (to see the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center), […]

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Community Radio Pays Off with Collective Effort for the Greater Good

Editor’s Note: In last week’s edition of our free email newsletter, the Radio Survivor Bulletin, I asked readers to share what keeps them motivated and excited to create great radio, even when burnout begins creeping in. Rachel Duchak responded and directed me to this short essay she wrote for her website, Central Coast Foodie. It’s […]

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Podcast #45 – The Controversy of Firsts

College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits joins for a discussion on the difficulty of claiming “firsts” in radio. Sparked by claims that WTBU in Boston was the first college station to stream online in 1999, Jennifer, Eric and Paul examine these kinds of proclamations. Then Paul shares some low-power FM news from Los Angeles where the […]

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Podcast #41 – Raising the Antenna

Eric attended the volunteer effort to raise the antenna for new low-power FM station Freeform Portland. Interviewing some of the participants, he discovered a shared history in college radio and a common dedication to freeform musical expression. By popular demand we want to turn the Radio Survivor Podcast into a weekly radio program for any […]

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LPFM Watch: 3 Applications Dismissed for Illegitimate Addresses

Three low-power FM applications associated with alleged serial-applicant Antonio Cesar Guel were dismissed by the FCC on Wednesday. In all three cases the Commission found that the applicant addresses provided to the FCC were not legitimate. In perhaps the most absurd case, the headquarters location listed for Beaumont Iglesias Cristo Viene turned out to be […]

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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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