|LPFM will save the FM dial
WHY LOW POWER FM IS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO THE RADIO INDUSTRY
The simple reason broadcasters should not oppose LPFM:
30% of CD sales are in music genres rarely heard on the FM dial. 20% of radio listenership is of noncommercial radio stations that are literally not counted, are deleted by the Arbitron ratings database. Talk and news radio research shows that there are more moderate and liberal listeners of news/talk ... yet most talk hosts are conservative. The current spreadsheet-driven market in radio programming severely overserves some audiences and almost totally ignores other substantial groups in America.
Technology is helping the wealthier members
of a more diverse America avoid "settling" for unsatisfying
programming choices on the FM dial:
If the radio industry opposes LPFM, people will continue buying the gadgets and subscriptions necessary to bypass the FM dial altogether to find that "programming innovation".
But if LPFM revives the FM dial by serving that third of America... then people will not spend the hundred$ of dollar$ to buy gadget$ that require a monthly $ub$cription.
And besides, since the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) supported the continued transmission by "Grandfathered Short Spaced" stations in 1996, and since the FCC agreed; if the industry succeeds in shooting down LPFM, then the FCC will be open to a lawsuit based on unequal protection under the law and regulation.
Currently the LPFM is a weak, watered down compromise. If that is shot down, and a lawsuit then opens third and EVEN SECOND adjacent broadcasting under "equal treatment under the law" ...
Then the NAB will be faced with a dilemma they don't want:
But a lawsuit opened set of FULL POWER second and third adjacent stations would NOT have ownership restrictions and thus would completely destroy the investment of existing FM broadcasters..
Considering what that would mean for a frustrated listener (lots of powerful competition), I almost hope that the a mislead Congress foolishly succeed with HR3439 and SB2068 that would kill the LPFM compromise offered by the FCC.
Sincerely, Christopher Maxwell
CENTER FOR THE PUBLIC PRESS PRESENTS:
This site is designed to address efforts by a powerful minority to bend public policy to their aide and benefit at our expense and loss of liberty and access to the many voices of a healthy Democratic Republic.
Their Basic Plan: Force a new standard for Digital Audio
Broadcasting (IBOC-DAB) * that destroys the remaining
stations that have resisted consolidation including any new LPFM stations
that are started.
Please call your Congressmen and Senators ... make sure they know you know that you want to hear your favorite station on the radios you already own!
Ask your Federal Representatives and Senators to send a letter to the FCC Commissioners that we must:
1) Keep the FM dial FM
2) We want access to more choices in program values
and sources [stations], not less.
3) Help Digital Audio find a third separate "Digital Band" just as we moved FM to a different band from AM in the 1950s.
1) Better sound (actually, less noise)
2) More robust signal (like your PCS cellphone)
3) The ability to put banner ads and weather maps or traffic wreck warning maps on a display on the radio faceplate.
Don't stare too long while driving or you're the next car wreck mapped!
There are those
who claim that your favorite station is threatened by the NEW Low Power
FM service stations
... what about that?
Community radio is designed to encourage
by encouraging a diversity of ownership/control.
A diversity of people and organizations
A healthy democracy hears from everyone, not
the beautiful or profitable people.
Newt Gingrich, 1994
"Information is the currency of democracy.",
You have a right in a Democratic Republic for your story to be heard
by those whose decisions affect your life ...