Radio World: This LPFM’s Time Has Come

by Mike Starling

August 20, 2014


The author is general manager and chief engineer of WHCP(LP), Cambridge, Md. He is former executive director of NPR Labs.


CAMBRIDGE, Md. — For radio zealots, nothing beats building a radio station from scratch. And those of us in the low-power FM movement are relishing the day when we will soon open the microphone for the debut of what will often be the area’s first community radio station.


While it may appear that Democrats and Republicans in Washington seldom agree on anything, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., were both big supporters of the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, which relaxed the third-adjacency channel restrictions. More than 1,000 new LPFMs are currently in the pipeline.


Thanks to the online resources from the FCC, Prometheus and RecNets, finding an available channel and applying for the construction permit couldn’t have been easier. It beats the months of labor, thousands in consulting expenses and hundreds of pages of supporting exhibits filed when applying for my first construction permit in 1975. The FCC’s processing was a Blitzkrieg pace — an early December notice of acceptance for filing, January cutoff date and a Feb. 10 construction permit award.


More at:’s-time-has-come/271977


Thanks to reporters David Hall and Sharon Mahoney, as well as the contributions of Mike Starling, the general manager of community radio station WHCP-FM (LP), Cambridge, Maryland for this article on the growth of low power community radio stations.  Thanks to bipartisan congressional support and new engineering studies which relaxed the third-adjacency channel restrictions, "more than 1,000 new LPFMs are currently in the pipeline."  For many isolated areas of the country, these low power stations will be the first community radio stations centered on local needs and programming.  Most of those who work at such stations are volunteers who are close to their neighborhoods and sensitive to their community’s needs.  These new stations will provide vital information during emergencies and highlight community concerns.  As "Radio World" stated: "This LPFM’s Time Has Come."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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