LPFM.us Annual Inventory
At the end of the year, REC goes through our annual ritual called the LPFM Station Inventory. During Inventory, we search for all 2,000+ LPFM stations on the internet. The outcome of this search is shown on LPFM.US: The Official LPFM Directory and is used internally within REC for regulatory advocacy purposes.
Representatives of LPFM stations can submit their listing information any time of the year by visiting our LPFM.us Update Page.
What we look for
In our process, we first review the information that we have on file to assure that it is still current. We will look at websites, Facebook and Twitter pages.
If we do not have this information or if the information is outdated, we then search Google for the station by call letters, frequency and city and the name of the licensee. We may also search for the station at TuneIn.
We do not use information from other listing services or stream aggregators such as Streema, Radiostation.net, RadioLineup, Radio Locator, etc.
Any observations made during the search will be posted in the Comments field that can be viewed by looking at individual listings at LPFM.us. Comments starting with a 2 digit year ("22") are those that were made during inventory.
Active stations are those that we can find some kind of interenet presence and that there is evidence that the station is currently active. This could include recent Facebook posts by the station and recent posts on the station's website. A working stream will add weight to the active status of a station.
Likely Active Stations
Stations that have previous data in LPFM.us that were not able to find any recent activity such as website that is inactive, no recent Facebook or Twitter posts or other posts or articles that could suggest that the station may not be active. The status of any live stream will have some weight on this determination.
Stations that are reported as potentially active can be switched to Active status by filling out the LPFM.us Update Form.
Featured stations are those, that in the opinion of REC are stations that should be highlighted to the public. There are several factors that influence our decision to place a station in featured status (not all inclusive and can be subjective):
- Stations that are true community stations, making a difference in their local communities.
- Stations that provide a programming format that are unique to American radio.
- Stations that participate in the support, improvement and defense of the LPFM service through participation in public forums and in regulatory proceedings.
- Stations that maintain a relationship with REC Networks.
Randomly selected featured stations are shown on the main landing pages of LPFM.us and RECnet.com.
National Satellite Networks
REC recognizes that there are LPFM stations that were set up for the sole purpose of carrying a national satellite radio network, mainly as a result of campaigns by Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist organizations. These stations may carry a small amount of local "opt out" programming but a majority of their program schedule is from one or more national satellite networks. While this type of operation was never the true intention of the creation of LPFM, we can't deny the existence of these stations. Many of these stations have no other presence on the internet (other than the network's affilliate list), but in all fairness, we still search for the station using the methods shown above. If we find anything, we will add it.
REC also uses the affilliate lists from these networks to determine this classification, even if no other information about the station is found.
If we are not able to find any direct information about the station (station website, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc.), including cases where stations with previous information have completely disappeared, we must classify the station as such.
IF WE CAN'T FIND YOU... WE CAN'T LIST YOU!!!!!
In order to track the diversity in organizations that operate stations, REC uses a code for each station derived from the REC 6 Segments of LPFM. With some exceptions this segment is based on the licensee organization and not necessarily on the format of the station. In some cases, the "sub-segment" may reflect the station's format (such as a faith-based organization operating a format with secular appeal or a satellite network).
In the comments section, we will list some observations that we see either during the inventory or when a station proactively submits their information. Some of the notes you may see in those comments include:
|22, 23, etc.||Comments that begin with a 2 year number are those that were written during the annual inventory.|
|FB current||We were able to find a Facebook page for the station and there are recent posts (normally within the past two months).|
|The date when the last Facebook post was made. This would influence our decision to classify a station as "likely active".|
|FB dead link||The Facebook page also refers to a station website, however that link no longer points to the station website (either an error message, pointing to a message that the station had not paid for their hosting or a parked domain suggesting that the station allowed the domain to expire).|
|Stream dead||A stream URL referred to on the website or Facebook page no longer works.|
|Nothing found||Using the Google search methods shown above, no information about the station was found.|
|No info about station on org website.||A website for the licensee's organization was found however the website does not include any information about the radio station.|
|Reported silent at inventory||At the time of the inventory check, the station had filed for silent authority at the FCC and the FCC data shows the station in a silent status. Stations in FCC silent status are not shown on LPFM.us, however, once they resume operations and the FCC changes the facility status out of silent status, the listing will be restored on LPFM.us.|
|73860e||The LPFM station may possibly be engaged in an operating or management agreement with another broadcast station (LPFM or full-service), possibly in violation of §73.860(e) of the FCC Rules.|
|399b||Station's website or Facebook page is advertising opportunities for businesses to engage in what could be considered as advertising (such as the sale of 30 second spots) and/or the station is offering to broker time on the station in blocks of time (such as 30 minutes, per hour, etc.), even if it is to local churches. Commercial advertising that does not follow the underwriting guidelines in the REC Compliance Guide as well as the sale of brokered time are both considered "commercials" in respect to Section 399b of the Communications Act.|