Lying Media Bastards

April 8, 2007

Get Your Legal Radio On

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The FCC has just announced that it will accept applications for new, non-commercial, full-power FM radio licenses from October 12-19, 2007.

That’s the good news.

The bad news:

- very few frequencies are available in the US
- the required research and materials for the application will probably cost between $2500-$3500
- by the time the FCC reviews your application (which actually could be months or years later), you would need to prove that you have enough money to build your radio station and maintain it for at least 6 months (estimated $25,000-$250,000).

More about the application process here.

But to go back to good news, if there’s an open frequency in your area, there are a lot of organizations out there willing to help you out:

Prometheus Radio Project
Common Frequency
National Federation of Community Broadcasters
Pacifica Radio Foundation
Public Radio Capital
Radio for People

Of all those, Prometheus is probably the most active and most helpful, so I’d contact them first.

Posted by Jake on April 8, 2007 5:51 pm

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