This summer there will be plenty of opportunities to not only learn about how to build your own radio station (see Paul’s post about Free Radio Berkeley’s “Build Your Own Radio Station” summer camp), but there will also be events focused on spreading the word about low power FM (LPFM) and upcoming opportunities for those dreaming of having a brand new radio station.
Prometheus Radio Project has deemed the upcoming months Radio Summer and is embarking on a project to enlist volunteers to help disseminate information about the upcoming LPFM application window in the United States in light of the recently passed Local Community Radio Act. According to the Prometheus Radio Project website:
“As early as next year, there will be a chance to apply for thousands of new community radio licenses. These non-commercial stations will broadcast local news, independent music and arts, and other diverse programming not heard on commercial radio. Radio Summer is a chance for independent media lovers nationwide to hit the road, host a volunteer, lead an event, or spread the word about this amazing opportunity.”
Prometheus is asking for volunteers to spread the word about LPFM through street teams, road trips, and local events. On their website they also offer a LPFM 101 cheat sheet, with answers to common questions about community radio and the licensing process as well as information about how to start up a new low power community radio station. Those who register on Prometheus’s website will also get sent details about upcoming events and webinars focused on the nuts and bolts of starting up a radio station.
If you are thinking about starting up a LPFM station, you might also want to look at some of the suggestions (including tips on other events this summer) given by Common Frequency during their FM broadcasting brainstorming session at the recent UCRN college radio conference.