I have spent the last couple of days creating and tweaking a petition to the Federal Communications Commission that urges them to FINALLY CREATE A LOW POWER AM RADIO SERVICE IN THE EXPANDED BAND (1610 - 1700 kHz). I am urging everyone to read and sign this petition which is now on line at the underlined link above.We need a low power radio service where individuals of modest means (not just "community groups") can become small time media entrepreneurs. We need a low power radio service where local independent businesses are supported and alternatives to corporate programming are provided.
Ten years ago, I was part of a working group that was urging the FCC to
create such a class of station. But the LPFM movement was in full swing
at the time and it was ignored. Had more people read the fine print and
discovered how restrictive LPFM is in regards to who can own
a station, and the fact that the majority of America's major urban
population will likely never get the chance to hear one, the
outcome back then may have been different.
What resurrected my interest in the push for LPAM was a development
over the past couple of weeks that changed my prospects concerning my
long standing proposed Indiegogo fundraiser. I had hoped it could
enable me to lease or eventually buy a licensed facility in north
central Massachusetts. Out of several stations examined in the proposed
fundraiser text, I had always thought that my best chances would be
with the two stations in Orange and Athol, 700 AM and 99.9 FM. But two
weeks ago... lo and behold... the owner did an about face and
decided to locally program the stations, and each with its own separate format.
Obviously, once an owner makes a commitment to locally program a
couple of his marginal "repeater" stations, the last thing he is
going to do at that point is sell them or lease them to someone else.
So, even if I went ahead with my Indiegogo fundraiser, and even reached
my goal, the odds of getting a foot in the door is now seriously
diminished. So I started thinking about altering the fundraiser in
favor of a network of Part 15 AM stations, simular to my current ones,
and how I wanted to build "the nation's largest chain of Part 15 AM
transmitters." But the problems and limits of such an undertaking
quickly set in. (I'll likely do it anyway if no better option comes
along.) And that brought me back to the LPAM effort of a decade ago and
how good that proposal was.
Once again, please take a little time to read and sign the petition at change.org.
It's for a good purpose that can potentially improve many lives and
change our culture for the better.