Why Oct. 15, 2013 Will Change the Radio Dial Forever

The FM dial is about to become an auditory playground that could make the days when Top 40 hits and shock jocks dominated the airwaves feel like a distant memory.

Almost two years after Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act, the Federal Communications Commission has finally set the rules detailing what it will take for a nonprofit to get its very own radio station. These small Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations are expected to go on the air by the hundreds — possibly even thousands —in rural and urban areas alike in the coming years.

What does this mean for you?

Nonprofit organizations (think community groups, art spaces, schools, religious organizations, etc.) are now eligible to apply for LPFM licenses. If the FCC approves their applications, well, the sky’s the limit. I’ve heard of plans for youth-run stations, local-music stations, public affairs stations … anything’s possible.

The FCC, like a long-engaged couple, set the date for Oct. 15, 2013. This is when the application window for new stations will open. This date may seem distant, but with the many pieces applicants need to prepare, there’s a lot to do before then.

Think your community could benefit from its very own radio station? Check out the resources on the Prometheus Radio Project website for more details and sign up to get updates on what it takes to get started.

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