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24
Jun

FCC reaches decision in Northern California MX group

The FCC has reached a decision in the long-contested MX Group #37, which included four applicants filing to operate on 102.5 in San Francisco.  During the 2013 window, five organizations including SF Indefest, San Francisco Public Press (SFPP), Outsound, San Francisco Community Radio (SFCR)  to use 102.5.  All four applicants claimed 5 points and therefore were all tentative selectees.   A fifth applicant, Independent Arts and Media (IAM) was dismissed just prior to the MX window due to a inconsistent application. A board member appeared on more than one application.

During the MX window, Outsound and SFPP filed a time share agreement to aggregate their points.  SFCR and SF Indefest also filed a similar time share agreement.  After the MX window, all groups except Independent Arts and Media were 10 points thus resulting in the dismissal of IAM.   Several petitions to deny and informal objections were also filed during the window. 

24
Jun

Another Southern California LPFM granted

On Thursday, the FCC granted the LPFM construction permit application for The Los Angeles Social Justice Radio Project which proposed operations on 107.9 in the western portion of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.

LASJRP's application was a part of MX Group #40 which also included granted applications on 99.1 for Strategic International Ministries (operating as "99.1 The Ranch") in Simi Valley and Reach To The Top, still under construction in Venice. 

During the 2013 window, LASJRP, with the assistance of REC, filed for a site on the campus of Los Angeles Pierce College, a Los Angeles Community College with an agricultural program and proposed operations on 99.1. 

8
Jun

Common myths about LPFM

One of the things I spoke about at the 2016 LPFM Summit at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters in Denver was about the most common myths and misunderstandings that some have had about LPFM.  Many times, these misunderstands come from confusion with the full-power rules or because of how vague the rules and FCC policy has been on these subjects.

MYTH: LPFM stations are required to maintain a public file and make it available for public inspection.

FACT: Section 73.801 of the rules is a great cross reference to what other broadcast rules also apply to LPFM stations.  Section 73.3527 deals with the public inspection files for non-commercial broadcast stations.  73.801 does not cross reference 73.3527 as applying to LPFM.  This means that LPFM stations are not required to maintain a public inspection file.  

28
Apr

REC updates FCC on LPFM: Despite translators, many LP250 upgrades can still happen but LPFMs need more displacement options now

In a letter to the FCC commissioners and senior Media Bureau staff, REC has given an update to refresh the record on RM-11749, the REC LP-250 petition for rulemaking.  Despite the FCC's AM Revitalization efforts which involve an opportunity for Class C and D AM stations to obtain an FM translator and move it up to 250 miles, the percentage of granted LPFM stations that can upgrade to the proposed LP-250 service on the same channel has only fallen from 73% to 72%. While there will be three more filing windows for FM translators within the next year, REC does expect this number to fall further but overall, we expect the upgrade rate to remain extremely high. 

26
Apr

Southern California LPFMs step-up to help resolve 101.5 MX crunch

Existing LPFM stations in Southern California through coordination with Common Frequency have stepped-up to help reduce the number of applicants in the 101.5 MX group #27.  Group 27 originally started with 32 applicants all competing for a piece of 101.5, the only §73.807 spaced channel available region-wide.  

Last December, G-Final Cut, permittee of 99.1 in Carson had agreed to share time with Long Beach Community Television and Media.  G-Final has now filed a time share agreement with The Church in Anaheim to move their station to Anaheim and share time with the church on 101.5.    

Venice permittee, Reach For the Top has agreed to share time with several of the former "Westside 5" applicants including Future Roots, Machine Project and Echo Park Film Center.  The three applicants will co-locate at a commercial site in the Hollywood Hills on 99.1. 

In the San Fernando Valley, the organization Cinefamily has agreed to allow Glendale-based Materials & Applications share time on their 96.7 grant in the Verdugo Mountains.  

21
Mar

AM Revitalization: REC supports preservation of nighttime AM radio service, reasonable flexibility for translators, long term migration and X-band expansion

REC Networks has filed comments in the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in MB Docket 13-249, the AM Revitalization docket.  

In our comments, we stated our objections to the Commission's proposal to eliminate nighttime "sky wave" protections for clear-channel Class A AM stations stating that the nighttime service is a national resource but at the same time, called on Class A station owners to better program their stations to attract a nighttime audience.  Despite the many options for listeners, nighttime AM radio remains the only service available free of charge that does not require constant re-tuning and can reach into areas where there is insufficent AM and FM services.  

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