The FCC's October 24 Webinar on Low Power FM Radio is available for viewing online at http://www.fcc.gov/events/october-24-webinar-on-low-power-fm-radio. The webinar answered questions about low power FM (LPFM) and the process for applying for a new LPFM license during the current October 15 - November 14, 2013, open filing window.
Change is in the air. We are in the middle of an FCC window, which may not come again, for new low power FM radio station license applications. This window, which ends Nov. 14, is also for major modification applications from existing LPFM stations. The FCC will answer questions about these applications during a live webinar which starts online at noon Madison time on Thursday Oct. 24. Go to http://www.fcc.gov/live to listen in, and see http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db1018/DA-1... for details.
At 7 pm on Saturday May 11, WIDE is holding a Spring Listener Party. If you are a listener, you are invited. Bring a snack or beverage to share.
It is happening at our transmitter house, 5610 Hammersley Rd, as we begin our 5th year of 100 watt broadcasting from here. Come and meet other listeners and members of the CityWIDE Radio board, and bring any comments you have on our programming.
CityWIDE Radio's air time on Friday, March 8th, will be devoted to women's voices and women's issues:
10 am On the Natural Sciences Hour - Susan Holechek & Kiona Ogle: "Young Women in Science," from Ask a Biologist, Arizona State University
12 noon On Story Classics at Noon - "A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, read by Karen Savage
4:05 pm On Skeptoid - "Finding Amelia Earhart"
5 pm On the Natural Sciences Hour - Susan Holechek & Kiona Ogle: "Young Women in Science," from Ask a Biologist, Arizona State University (repeated from 10 am)
On Jan. 11 the Prometheus Radio Project posted an article giving the highlights from the long-awaited new rules for low power radio stations released by the FCC on November 30, 2012 at http://www.prometheusradio.org/highlights.
At midnight on Fridays "Over the Edge" has been discontinued. "Soft Comes the Night" starts an hour earlier.
From 9-10 am Saturday mornings Kenland Radio has been replaced with an hour of The Beatles (which had been temporarily discontinued).
As described at http://www.fcc.gov/events/open-commission-meeting-november-2012, the FCC will meet at 9 am CST on Friday Nov. 30 to finalize procedures to complete the processing of pending FM translator applications and completing implementation of the Local Community Radio Act. These are the final steps toward opening a filing window that will allow non-profit groups nationwide to apply for low power radio licenses. You can watch a live webcast of the meeting at http://www.fcc.gov/live. CityWIDE & SoulWIDE Radio will meet at 7 pm Sunday Dec.
The next application window for new low power FM radio station licenses is expected sometime in the summer of 2013. The FCC is to announce the dates by the end of this year. The Prometheus Radio Project is spreading the word and helping local groups prepare with a series of free Webinars being offered in November and December. The seminar titles are:
Put Your Hands on the Radio
Finding An Available Channel with Rfree
Creating an Online Presence for Your Station or Radio Project
Streaming Social Movements: Internet Streaming and Podcasting 101
Coming up July 26-29, 2012, at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana, IL is the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference. See http://www.grassrootsradioconference.org/ for details.
Registration cost before June 10 is $100/person.
Registration June 11 - July 22 is $125/person and late registration (July 23 - day of conference) is $150/person.
All persons interested in getting involved with CityWIDE Radio or in applying for their own FCC license for a new Madison area station this fall are encouraged to attend.
Thanks to Jim Hightower for recording CityWIDE Radio's first celebrity promo. You can hear his 2 min. commentary every weekday on WIDE-LP between 4:15 and 4:30 pm, and now from time to time his voice can be heard promoting our station as well as his daily "little pops of populism."