btw the FCC is trying to get "space" for low power community radio stations including urban
areas...perhaps to serve the type of audience that Hot 97, Touch 106.1, and many others
are trying to serve with their pirate stations. The dial is already crowded as it is and
remember there are also many applications out there for translators (examples: the 103.7 somewhere areound Saugus //WSMA; the 101.5 in Rockport //WERS, etc.)[And it's tough
to even find a spot to do your own XM/Sir. sat. radio or mp3 player-through-your-car-radio...)
>>One of the main challenges facing the FCC is the backlog of 6500 applications for FM translator repeater stations. Because of the relaxed spacing requirements enacted by the LCRA, many of these translator applications would compete for spaces on the dial that would otherwise be suitable for a new LPFM community stationhttp://www.radiosurvivor.com/2012/03/19/fcc-acts-to-preserve-space-for-new-low-power-community-radio-stations/
(Some "open spaces" have at least temporarily been filled by pirates of course)
The article above mentions that perhaps LPFM licenses might be "favored" since they serve
the local community.
(Perhaps, as in, NOT running some church from Idaho. Local content...wow.)
There are some LPFMs out there like The Radiator** in Burlington VT that almost seem like
college stations, with various music, public affairs, etc.
You could almost imagine such a station in Boston that would have specialty shows, etc.
Instead of having an illegal station pumping out dancehall music, you could have a show
dedicated to it. If the local Iglesia de Dios wants Spanish language religion, they can have
a show on such a station (WMWM does this kind of thing...or go to one of the legit
AM stations around--in places like Lynn, Quincy, Waltham, Newton). A legal, LPFM station to
serve a community, not a pirate. Obviously people out there are rarin' to go on the air
and we go back to We Don't Need No Stinkin' License. But the FCC is needed to keep
stations from stepping on each other in the few spots left.
**-WOMM-LP (105.9 FM) is a federally licensed, low-power, non-commercial community radio station based in Burlington, Vermont. WOMM features a variety of formatted shows driven by the on-air personalities who staff the station. It uses the slogan "The Radiator, Burlington's community radio station broadcasting with 100 watts of fury."
WOMM has a 100-watt mono signal and broadcasts within Chittenden County, Vermonthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOMM-LP