The FCC licensing process is very demanding. We make no guarantees you will receive a license, however, our success rate is better than 95%. It's absolutely critical to follow our consulting advice to establish yourself as the best candidate for a frequency.
Yes. Although we are the authority in LPFM licensing and are committed to filing singularly for available frequencies, occasionally an outside entity will apply. The FCC provides an opportunity to resolve frequency, time share and organizational conflicts following the licensing period. This is defined as an MX situation. Our team can assist in navigating an MX challenge.
The FCC does not allow LPFM to run "ads." However, an LPFM radio station can air "underwriting announcements." Underwriting announcements can be similar to ads, however they do not include a call to action, such as "get here for the best deals." We can advise on the grey area between ads and underwriting.
75% of the board members of an LPFM must have a listed local address within 20 miles of the LPFM transmitter. This allows maximum flexibility, but maintains the goal of LPFMs providing local information
LPFMs are legally licensed FM radio stations. You can air any content that meets the requirements of other AM and FM radio stations. LPFM are required to air a mandated amount of local information. Music and spoken word are both fine. LPFM cannot simulcast another station.
Yes and no. You cannot outright sell an LPFM license. However you can transfer an LPFM license to another non-profit or qualified organization that meets LPFM requirements. You can recoup the cost of equipment and the original construction costs of the LPFM.
The FCC has requirements that must be met regarding all broadcast equipment. We're here to guide you through the process of getting your station on the air. Be warned, as an LPFM station, violating FCC rules subjects your organization to the same laws as other AM and FM stations. Fines for violations typically start at $10,000. Do not buy your equipment from a non-FCC certified dealer.
FM is a line of sight technology. The higher the broadcasting antenna, the further the distance. We will provide you with a coverage map of your proposed signal. Typically LPFMs can be heard from several miles to 30 miles away.
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