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Jun 27 2007 - 9:24pm

A UMNS Report By Mike Hickcox* June 26, 2007

Known as "radio of the people, for the people, by the people," community radio is trying to break into U.S. large-market airwaves through legislation that would widen opportunities for more organizations to broadcast on Low Power FM stations.

Bills were introduced June 21 in the U.S. Congress that would open the door for more groups to obtain broadcasting licenses.

Jun 26 2007 - 10:07pm

Net Radio Broadcasters Plot "Day of Silence" June 26 

It's the first thing they warn you about when you start in radio: dead air is to be avoided at all costs. But unless radical steps are taken to alter the costs soon to be inflicted on web-based broadcasters, there's going to be a whole lot of dead air streaming over the internet.

On June 26, major webcasters such as,,, and popular Santa Monica, California-based KCRW are among those who will silence their feeds for 24 hours in a show of solidarity against the upcoming July 15 rate hike on net radio royalties. Though regular programming will indeed be interrupted, the broadcasters won't simply be broadcasting silence; many stations will run intermittent PSAs detailing the current plight of net radio interspersed with ambient noise to give listeners an idea of what they'll be hearing should the royalty increases stand. KCRW is producing an hour-long program pleading the case of net radio entitled "D-Day for Webcasters," which they plan to loop all day Tuesday. Additional broadcasters will continue to be added to the roster of supporters for this day of silence.

In other net radio news, late last month, several large webcasters (including National Public Radio and the Digital Media Association) filed an emergency stay to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the D.C. Circuit, seeking to delay the July 15 rate hike. The decision on whether or not to grant the stay will be made soon in an appellate court. Additionally, on Thursday, June 28, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing between artists and webcasters entitled "Assessing the Impact of the Copyright Royalty Board Decision to Increase Royalty Rates on Recording Artists and Webcasters."

In a related topic, recent bipartisan legislation has been sponsored by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to expand the way licenses are issued for low-power FM radio stations. (That would be regular terrestrial radio, not internet.)

A 2000 bill permitted churches, schools, labor unions and other community groups to apply for these licenses, but a stipulation in the ruling made the licenses available only in rural areas. The proposed legislation-- the "Local Community Radio Act of 2007"-- seeks to offer urban broadcasters an opportunity to earn one of these licenses, which would allow for innumerable alternatives to the current Clear Channel-dominated terrestrial radio options.


Jun 25 2007 - 12:55am

Native stations aim to double their number

An outreach campaign by Native Public Media is spreading the word among tribal groups about a rare opportunity for tribes and other communities to claim a share of FM spectrum.

Jun 22 2007 - 9:53pm
Doyle bill would encourage new low-power FM stations
Friday, June 22, 2007
May 3 2007 - 11:20pm

Congressman Mike Doyle Praises Low Power FM Radio Service

Diverse Groups Congratulate the Congressman for Leadership in Fight to Expand LPFM

Congressman Mike Doyle, a 7th-term Congressman from Pittsburgh, and the Vice Chair of Congress' Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, took a public opportunity to praise the low power FM service, as he keynoted the Future of Music Coalition's Technology and IP Day, the morning of Wednesday, May 2nd, in Washington, DC.

Apr 25 2007 - 10:14pm

Radio Conciencia

Audience of low-power station in Immokalee gets music, news from back home

Apr 15 2007 - 1:44am

By M.R. KROPKO Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press - Saturday, April 14, 2007


Leah Prussia likes to imagine a radio station connecting the 837,000-acre White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

"For us the big thing about it is community building, a way to link villages, woods, lakes and miles, and use it to discuss our local issues, traditions, culture and preserve the Ojibwe language," said Prussia, deputy director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

Apr 12 2007 - 11:54pm

Copyright 2005 Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

January 16, 2005 Sunday


LENGTH: 637 words

HEADLINE: Voice of the Valley

BYLINE: Emily Crawford Journal Staff Writer

From Wikipedia: the Pathetics, a Dixon band, perforning at a KLDK benifit for the Embudo Valley Community Library, January 14, 2007 The photo was taken by Clark Case, who along with the rest of the Dixon All Stars were waiting in the wings to take the stage


Small town radio station manager and a host of volunteers worked to get music, story time and other programming on the air

DIXON -- The small communities of the Embudo Valley south of Taos have never gotten much, if anything, in the way of radio reception.

But Clark Case, a local wood worker, and a merry bunch of radio enthusiasts have turned this town, population 1,222, into the voice of the valley with their new FM station KLDK 96.5.

Operating out of a narrow room next to the local library, the 100-watt frequency covers a five-mile radius, reaching from Dixon to Ojo Sarco to the southeast.

"It's kind of a pie in the sky for a dinky town to have a station," Case said. "But now, people are realizing it's really happening."

KLDK is one of approximately 1,000 new low-power FM stations the Federal Communications Commission agreed to license in January 2000. The stations are restricted to noncommercial educational broadcasting only.

FCC chairman William Kennard proposed creating the community stations to address concerns that diversity was plummeting on the radio landscape. Low-power FM station licenses were eliminated in the late 1970s, prompting radio "pirates" to take to the public airwaves illegally. In 1999, the FCC cracked down on the small, illegally run stations, silencing many of them.

On its Web site, the FCC states that the LPFM service "is designed to create new opportunities for new voices to be heard on the radio."

This was good news for radio fans, local musicians, amateur engineers and DJs, and listeners with a taste for the eclectic. For Case, it meant there was a possibility that the valley could have its own station.

On the air since Dec. 20, the station is taking its role as a community voice to heart -- and has also been a product of that community. In order to buy the technical equipment required to get on the air, volunteers raised $20,000 by holding fund-raisers, writing grants and soliciting donations, Case said.

Now that the station, which is licensed to the Embudo Valley Library, is on the air, Case is busy implementing some of his programming dreams. Many of them involve the community's youth.

He has formed a radio club at the Dixon elementary school. The students will create their own weekly radio programs, which will air on KLDK. Story time is at 7:30 p.m., and for the last few days, Winnie the Pooh and friends have ruled the airwaves.

Nighttime music programs offer willing ears a taste of the out-of-the-ordinary. All of the station's music is provided by those acting as DJs and members of the community. CDs are converted to MP3 files and downloaded onto the station's computer.

The diverse music programming is a reflection of the eclectic tastes of the community, Case said. On Wednesday nights, the classic country program is followed by heavy metal. "Pacific Coast Rambler" is an alt-country show on Thursdays and is followed by a reggae show.

Cultural Energy, a radio and media nonprofit group in Taos, is currently providing KLDK with programming, such as public lectures by Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now." Case hopes to subscribe to Pacifica News Service in the near future.

Now that the station is a reality, Case is discovering just how much work and programming it takes to be on the air 24 hours a day.

"You think it all up and see it in your mind, and the reality is it takes a lot of hours to fill up a week of programming," he said.

But he is getting a lot of help. Case estimated that at least 50 people will have produced their own show in the first year. Nearly 20 people are actively involved in running the station now, and Case expects that number to grow.

It is not likely however, that KLDK will ever outgrow its mission.

"The intent was that this would be a valley station," Case said. "I knew that this was something the town would benefit from."

GRAPHIC: PHOTO BY:EDDIE MOORE/JOURNAL PHOTO: Color Doug, a dog belonging to Clark Case, lounges on the floor of radio station KLDK-FM in Dixon. Case leads a group of area residents in operating the low-power station, which has been on the air since Dec. 20 and broadcasts to a five-mile radius. PHOTO BY:EDDIE MOORE/JOURNAL PHOTO: Color Clark Case leads a small group of volunteers who operate KLDK-FM, a 100-watt radio station located in Dixon. The low-power station has been on the air since Dec. 20. PHOTO: Color The music played on KLDK-FM, a 100-watt station in Dixon, is supplied by volunteers and listeners. PHOTO: Color KLDK-FM, a 100-watt radio station that broadcasts to a five-mile radius around Dixon, operates out of this small room next to the local library.

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Apr 10 2007 - 11:33pm


Copyright 2000 The Durham Herald Co.

Chapel Hill Herald (Durham, NC)

May 24, 2000 Wednesday

Final Edition


LENGTH: 1020 words

HEADLINE: Broadcasters are distorting the facts about the low-power FM issue



It's nice to see that corporate radio flack Wade Hargrove, counsel for the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, reads our local paper. Unfortunately, his assertions about the FCC's low-power FM radio program are just more of the same obfuscations and half-truths already perfected by the National Association of Broadcasters and National Public Radio in their successful campaign against freedom of choice in radio. Any hope we may have for community radio will die in Congress unless we act fast.

Apr 4 2007 - 11:19pm


Copyright 2000 Little Rock Newspapers, Inc.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)

January 21, 2000 Friday


LENGTH: 630 words

HEADLINE: New radio rules favor low-power FM stations Arkansas principal helped break new ground



The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules Thursday that could result in hundreds of new low-power FM radio stations springing up across America and one of the first could be in Arkansas.

Kevin McGaughey, principal of Brookland High School near Jonesboro, said he is prepared to submit the paperwork for a license to operate a station from the school. McGaughey has been working for the past year with the Low-Power Radio Coalition, an advocacy group in Washington D.C., to get the new rules approved.

"We want to develop a new learning opportunity and pull together the community," McGaughey said. "The possibilities are unlimited."

The FCC voted 4-1 to approve the new rules despite organized opposition from the National Association of Broadcasters, a lobby group representing major radio and television station owners, who argued that the low-power stations would create interference with existing stations.

"It's a sad day for radio listeners," said Edward Fritts, president of the association. He said his association "will review every option to undo the damage caused by low-power radio."

Proponents of the new rules and independent consultants disputed that argument. Dr. Ted Rappaport of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, who conducted a study of the issue, called the association's claims "blatant exaggerations."

The low-power stations can range between 10 watts and 100 watts, strong enough to cover up to about 7 square miles. Most commercial radio stations broadcast at up to 100,000 watts. The low-power stations also must be nonprofit organizations, which won't compete with existing stations.

The cost of starting a low-power station is less than $3,000, which will allow community groups, churches and schools to operate one.

"It's harder for smaller groups and individuals to get access to the airwaves," said FCC Chairman William Kennard, the agency's director. "What low-power FM radio will do is create an important new outlet."

McGaughey said he wants to start a station at his high school to use as a teaching tool. The students would operate the station with the supervision of a teacher, he said. The high school has about 280 students in Brookland, a town of about 1,100 people.

The School Board supports the proposal, McGaughey said, and has offered to help pay to start the station. He also is looking for state and federal grants that could help finance the station.

Michael Bracy, executive director of the Low-Power Radio Coalition, called McGaughey a pioneer in the effort to get FCC approval for the stations.

"The FCC acted because people like Kevin put a human face on the issue," Bracy said. "Kevin is one of the pioneers in this whole thing."

McGaughey has written letters to congressmen and the FCC supporting the new rules. Thursday, he was one of four participants nationwide who argued for the new rules in a conference call with about 40 congressional staff members.

"Brookland is becoming well-known in Washington," he said.

The FCC rules place several requirements on applicants. To hold a license during the first two years, groups must show that they are headquartered in or have three-quarters of their members residing within 10 miles of the proposed station.

No group can own more than one low-power station during the first two years. The licenses will be valid for eight years. Stations must broadcast at least 36 hours each week.

No existing broadcaster can have ownership or programming arrangements with any low-power station.

The FCC will decide cases where there are multiple applicants for one license by using a point system that favors those who have established community presence and pledge to air at least eight hours of local programming daily.

The FCC could begin issuing the licenses as early as May.

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