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Arts & Democracy Project Briefing Call: Radio for Arts, Culture and Community:

Arts & Democracy Project Briefing Call: Radio for Arts, Culture and Community

Jeff Rousset Prometheus Radio Project:

Jeff Rousset Prometheus Radio Project

Arts & Democracy on the Airwaves: Community radio for local arts :

Arts & Democracy on the Airwaves: Community radio for local arts Presented by Prometheus Radio Project Jeff Rousset:


Agenda Community radio: Amplify the arts! Low power FM radio Will there be opportunities in your town? Eligibility requirements Startup and recurring costs The timeline ahead Preparing while you wait Learn more & stay connected

Community radio: Amplify the arts!:

Community radio: Amplify the arts! Grassroots groups fought for over ten years to access the airwaves Local Community Radio Act signed into law January 2011 Thousands of new community stations coming nationwide One year to apply Radio is a tool for creative expression, social justice and community-building

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Community radio stations can be a home on the airwaves for local arts and artists.

They also needed records donated…:

They also needed records donated…

What's a low power FM community radio station?:

What's a low power FM community radio station? Low Power FM community radio stations are noncommercial, run by non-profits, schools, artists, community groups, emergency responders and churches. Not available to individuals or for commercial operations. Operate at 100 Watts or less and generally reach a 3-10 mile radius.


Most community radio stations play an eclectic mix of arts and cultural programming alongside news and public affairs, both local and syndicated.

Where will stations be available?:

Where will stations be available? • It's too soon to know exactly where channels will be open. • Rural areas will generally have more opportunities than urban areas. • The availability of urban stations will be particularly dependent on two upcoming rulemakings at the FCC. Get involved! • Once the FCC rules are finalized, you may need an engineer to locate an open channel in your area.

How do you check for a free channel?:

How do you check for a free channel? Short answer: There is no answer until the FCC finishes making the rules. Long answer: Do initial check at Yes almost certainly means yes No means you might be able to apply for a waiver with an engineer's help

Eligibility requirements:

Eligibility requirements To apply for a license, groups must: Have an available channel in their area Apply for only one license per entity Have non-profit status - includes schools, state registered or local government, not necessarily 501c3 Be a local entity, meaning a certain percentage of the board must live within 30 miles of the transmitter Broadcast at least 5 hours per day Collaborate with a nonprofit or acquire the status if you are not a registered nonprofit

Startup Costs:

Startup Costs Avg. $10,000 - $25,000 Application is FREE! Engineering and legal fees Study for application could cost $500-$3000 Studio equipment: $5,000 is minimal, sky's the limit Transmitting equipment $4,000-$12,000 Save $ by getting equipment and labor donated!

Recurring Costs:

Recurring Costs Rent Free if you already have a space People power Free if everyone is a volunteer Content licensing ~$600/year for on-air broadcast Additional costs for webstreams Equipment maintenance, office supplies, etc.


Timeline • Summer 2011 FCC rulemaking to find open channels for LPFM • Fall 2011 FCC rulemaking to set rules for LPFM • Spring 2012 (we hope) FCC rules are set, application form is online! • Summer 2012 (tentative) Applications are due! • 2012-2013 FCC awards licenses and stations begin to build • 2013-2015 Hundreds of community radio stations begin to transform their communities and change our media landscape!

Preparing While You Wait:

Preparing While You Wait Time before you apply, between when you apply and are awarded a license, and between when you're awarded the license and when you construct your station Fundraise Start planning station governance and mission,community engagement strategies, look at other station models Write FCC when rulemaking comes out Make media for the web, for existing stations, for your audience

Learn More, Stay Tuned, Stay Connected:

Learn More, Stay Tuned, Stay Connected Sign up for updates on starting a station, upcoming trainings, and the FCC process Join the discussion list for others hoping to start a community radio station Read our handout on preparing for a Low Power FM community radio station

John Freeman KOCZ Radio – Opelousas, LA:

John Freeman KOCZ Radio – Opelousas, LA

KOCZ Radio:

KOCZ Radio

KOCZ Radio station:

KOCZ Radio station

Hugo Morales Radio Bilingue:

Hugo Morales Radio Bilingue

Radio Bilingüe Vehicle for Cultural Integration   :

Radio Bilingüe Vehicle for Cultural Integration Radio Bilingüe Inc. The national voice of Latinos and other marginalized communities in the United States. Started as one station in the Central Valley of California and has grown to become a network of 5 stations and over 60 affiliates. A national radio service that began in 1976 by and for Latinos in the United States. Driven by the language, values and culture of the Latino community.


Radio Bilingüe Inc. Audiences Serving farmworkers, migrants, immigrants, second and third generation Latinos. Its most loyal base lies in the agricultural fields of the United States, among them: San Joaquin, Yakima, Napa, Imperial, Salinas, Las Cruces, & North Carolina It also reaches beyond the borders to the lands of the emigres.

Dialogue that empowers:

Radio Bilingüe Inc. Dialogue that empowers Radio that looks to the community as an essential resource that has the solutions to its own problems. Radio that believes that the people play a central role as agents of their own change because they are the most affected by their problems. Fosters dialogue between listeners and with experts in a search for the best path to follow.

Arts & Democracy Project Briefing Call: Radio for Arts, Culture and Community:

Arts & Democracy Project Briefing Call: Radio for Arts, Culture and Community To ask a question or make a comment, please dial *6 to be placed in the queue. Look for our follow-up email with the call recording later this week!

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