To acquaint Tucson about the brief coming opportunity sometime in late 2011 or early 2012 to obtain FCC licenses to broadcast Low Power FM community radio
To identify and connect community groups who are interested in long-term participation in Low Power FM radio stations in any capacity
To provide guidance and expertise to suitable, non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that have been in operation for at least 2 years in preparing strong applications for licenses
To provide guidance and expertise in the logistics and equipment needed to create and maintain a Low Power FM radio station
To help with fund-raising for these efforts
Our strategy is to do the following:
- Identify non-profits who are qualified to apply for LPFM licenses
- Identify community groups who might be good candidates for participation
- Network with these groups to craft strong license applications
- Help the groups/non-profits who didn't get licenses to connect up with those who did for broadcasting
Some insights thanks to Prometheus Radio Project:
The best community radio stations are participatory, engaged locally, and serve their communities with a clear mission. They are led by a coalition of groups, strong leaders within the community, and have a dedicated group of volunteers.
We are holding meetings to begin mapping out a plan for community involvement. We wish to determine what communities in our area lack a voice in local media? What issues are underrepresented? Who are the people and organizations we want to engage? By finding out what kind of radio will be relevant to those we'd like to serve, we can start building listeners even before we build our stations.
Since the FCC hasn't yet released the new rules for the low power FM (LPFM) service, it's too early to begin picking a location or to know what channels are available in our community. We do know that those licenses will be available only to non-commercial entities, including non-profit organizations, schools, churches, emergency responders, and local governments. If you aren't associated with a non-profit organization, look for organizations locally that might make good partners.