Radio Council 3/6/2008 meeting held

The March meeting of the Radio Council was held on March 6 at the South District Office Police Station. Community gardens and orchards were discussed and tentative plans were made to have 5 minute local neighborhood garden reports once a week.

Fundraiser for CityWIDElpfm by Madison Hours

Of Paancakes and Raadio

On Sunday, February 10th, 8:30 - 11:00 AM we had a fundraiser for

CityWideLPFM radio 99.1

at the Wil-Mar Center (953 Jenifer St)
All you can eat, vegan: pancakes, roast pototos, and coffee and orange juice too

$7.50 -- A fundraiser for City Wide and Madison Hours

Recommended by WORT's Food and Popular Culture Critic, "Kitchen Review"

Radio Council Feb. 2008

The February meeting of the Radio Council for City Wide was changed to 7 pm on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, but subsequently canceled due to the weather. We had expected news from Eric about a grant CityWide has received.

Radio Council at the end of 2007

At our November 8 meeting we welcomed first time participant Bill Benedict. Eric indicated that once we purchase the required emergency broadcast equipment we will be able to start broadcasting from the antenna on his roof with other borrowed equipment. The steps needed to get our Speedway tower up are progressing.

The December Radio Council meeting that had been set for Dec. 6 at the the South District Office Police Station (825 Hughes Pl.) was canceled because the room was not available.

Test broadcasting ends

Two weeks of test broadcasting with a rented transmitter and a temporary tower on Eric's roof ended at noon on Oct. 20, 2007.

Radio Council - Oct.

The Radio Council's October meeting was Thursday Oct 11th, 8:00 pm (was 7) at the Southside Police Station (825 Hughes Place).

We worked on program scheduling, and heard about the test broadcasting.

License Granted

The FCC has granted our license to cover our construction permit. That is particularly good news as unlike many LPFM stations we did not have "Automatic Test Authority" to turn on our transmitter. Now we will finally be able to get started. We will still be transmitting from a temporary facility as we get work on straightening out the zoning details required by our zoning variance.

This is the time to get in on the ground floor. Come to the next Radio Council meeting.

News from FCC

On Friday we got some generally good news from the FCC. The good news (which actually came in a day or so before) is that when they grant our license to go on the air it will be a renewable license. There was one thought that we would have to do a separate process to be granted renewable status. A good deal of the last year has been spent ensuring that this would happen, so getting this status was not a surprise, but it is going to be more seamless than we thought.

But the news we got on Friday (actualy a clarification) is that while our construction permit is fulfilled, we cannot go on the air before that license is granted (which is not true of other stations in a less complex regulatory situation).

When the license will be granted is not clear. But it might be as early as this week (last week in Sept). On the other hand, it might not be granted until some time in October.

cityWIDE nearing program broadcasting

On the weekend of September 22nd early October we will fire up our transmitter. At the start we will mostly have station IDs and music. This is not unlike the other LPFM station in the greater Madison area (WIXL-LP 97.1 Lake City Church Inc.). For what it is worth, the WIXL signal sounds great on the West side which some thought would be too far to hear.

Dear Madison

We are a brand new radio station which means we have a short history and an ambitious agenda.

We received a license by the Federal Communications Commission a scant two years ago. Our license was granted to Madison Mainstream Radio and City Wide is one of two partners in Madison Mainstream Radio. Our Call Letters are WIDE-LP FM and boast (future tense) of being city-wide and low power.

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