We told you a few weeks ago that the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 — which would allow more Low Power FM stations in towns, cities and suburbs across the United States — is currently making the rounds in Congress. In the meantime, we wanted to keep you up-to-date on the growing support for LPFM.
For those unfamiliar, LPFM is 100-watt non-commercial radio that can be broadcast at low cost to a small community area. FMC supports LPFM as an alternative to homogenized commercial radio, which has seen shrinking playlists and a loss of local focus over the past couple of decades. LPFM could also make broadcasting a real possibility for schools, labor unions, churches and non-profit groups. On the music side, these "microstations" would create an outlet for developing and local artists to get their music heard. And lets not forget those already-successful acts that for some reason never get any play on the corporate dial — non-commercial and LPFM stations can help bridge that gap.
Last week, FMC Communications Director, Casey Rae-Hunter was interviewed on Pacifica Radio along with Geraldo Reyes from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Cory Fischer-Hoffman of the Prometheus Radio Project to discuss how LPFM can help diversify the airwaves and serve local communities. Listen to the segment here.
So where is all of this LPFM stuff headed? Well, with the reintroduction of the Local Community Radio Act and bipartisan support including Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE) many think this is the year for LPFM. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, and will let you know how it all plays out. For more info, check out our LPFM fact sheet.