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Dec 5 2012 - 4:40pm

FCC anuncia la primera oportunidad
para pequeñas estaciones de radio comunitarias en 12 años

La primera oportunidad para las pequeñas estaciones de radio comunitarias en 12 años llegara en octubre de 2013. Prometheus Radio Project ayudará a los grupos sin fines de lucro para solicitar licencias.

30 de noviembre 2012

Nov 29 2012 - 2:49pm

First opportunity for small community radio stations in 12 years coming in October 2013
Prometheus Radio Project will help nonprofit groups to apply for licenses

November 30, 2012

Washington DC -- Today the Federal Communications Commission announced that for the first time in more than a decade, community groups nationwide will soon be able to start small, local radio stations. Nonprofit organizations, schools, Indian Tribes and public safety agencies can apply for Low Power FM (LPFM) stations in October 2013. For the first time ever, the agency will allow these noncommercial stations in urban areas. 

The news is long-awaited by the Prometheus Radio Project and its supporters, who led the grassroots coalition that pushed Congress to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2010. The law expanded community radio by directing the FCC to make more channels available nationwide, reversing an earlier law that relegated stations to rural settings. The FCC implemented the law by creating more flexible rules on where new stations can be located. 

“Finally, communities without a voice on the airwaves will have a chance to control their own local media,” said Brandy Doyle, Policy Director for the Prometheus Radio Project. "Thanks to the significant step forward today, we will see a wave of new radio stations that better reflects the diversity of our country.”

The 800+ low power stations already on the air are run by nonprofit groups, colleges, churches, and emergency responders. Many, such as the Oregon farmworker station KCPN, offer local programming in languages other than English, often hard to find on the radio dial. KPCN, also known as Radio Movimiento, plays Spanish-language news and information, organizes voter registration drives, and plays traditional and contemporary music.

Jul 20 2012 - 1:43pm


The Prometheus crew will be descending upon the Grassroots Radio Conference at the Urbana Independent Media Center to bring you the Get On the Air Clinic, a track of 10 workshops designed to give you all the tools and resources you need to start a community radio station. 

Jun 11 2012 - 12:00am

Published in Current, June 11, 2012
By Mike Janssen

Advocates for low-power FM are readying for a push to add hundreds of the mini-stations to the country’s airwaves as the FCC lays the groundwork for a filing window for LPFM applications, the first in more than a decade.

Apr 4 2012 - 12:00am

Oakland Local: "Local nonprofits get green light to launch community radio stations"

By: Barbara Grady 04/04/2012

Community groups that want to use the airwaves to reach local audiences suddenly have a new opportunity, thanks to some esoteric rulings by the Federal Communications Commission in late March.

Mar 30 2012 - 3:48pm
March 28th, 2012 | by Nan Rubin

My greatest personal satisfaction in a long public broadcasting career has come from building a radio station from scratch. Flipping the switch and filling that empty space on the radio dial with brand new sounds for the very first time — nothing can match it.

I’m close to social security age now, but signing my first station on the air in 1975 was one of the biggest thrills of my life

Mar 26 2012 - 11:00am

Meet RadioSpark, a new online community where groups that want to start a station and those that want to support them can connect.

Thinking about starting a station? Looking to volunteer and support a station? Sign up and connect with others working in your area. Are you an engineer or a lawyer with services to offer? This is the perfect place to let groups know about skills and availability.

Mar 23 2012 - 12:00am

Nieman Journalism Lab: "New FCC rules offer a “historic opportunity” for low-power community FM radio"

By 03/23/2012