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WHY LOW POWER FM IS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO THE RADIO INDUSTRY

 

Opposing Low Power FM (LPFM) 
is a really really bad idea for broadcasters
:


By Christopher Maxwell
Ex-Employee of the radio industry
Ex-volunteer for "mainstreamed" so-called "public" radio stations
Disgruntled and talented consumer of audio programming.

The simple reason broadcasters should not oppose LPFM:
Blandness will kill the radio dial.

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:
 


Duncan American  Radio research shows that the "historically huge" decrease of 12% in listenership over the last decade is due to "lack of programming innovation." 

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.

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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:

  1. Shut down hundreds of their own "short spaced" stations.
  2. Or allow thousands upon thousands of applications for FULL POWER 30,000 and 50,000 watt third and second adjacent radio stations that will make the competition provided by LPFM look like a Mr. Microphone in the parking lot of your radio station!


Don't forget that the LPFM restricts ownership meaning that they are NOT A THREAT TO THE FISCAL VALUE OF CURRENT FM STATION STOCK.

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.

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Sincerely, Christopher Maxwell
Secretary/Treasurer Virginia Center for the Public Press
Radio Free Richmond Project
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contacting your 
Senator/Congressperson.

THANK-YOU for
contacting your FCC Commissioners

Thank-you for reading all this 
and considering helping us 
create a radio dial as diverse 
as the population that listens 
and pays taxes to regulate it.

Contact Information
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This is an effort to ensure that the public's airwaves are kept open for the benefit of all, not just the beautiful, rich or popular.

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! 

Lookup 
Your Congressmen
and Senators
by ZIP Code HERE
 

Ask your Federal Representatives and Senators to send a letter to the FCC Commissioners that we must:

1) Keep the FM dial FM
 (no "mandatory sunsetting" [prohibition] of affordable analog FM broadcasting)

2)  We want access to more choices in program values and sources [stations], not less.
Tell them to tell the FCC not to force a new standard for the FM dial for Digital Audio that will block your ability to hear the LPFM and smaller stations.

3) Help Digital Audio find a third separate "Digital Band" just as we moved FM to a different band from AM in the 1950s.



 
 
 

* What is "IBOC-DAB"? ("In Band On Channel--Digital Audio Broadcasting")
  

Digital Audio Broadcasting sends the sound out coded the same way a fax machine codes a picture, as little blocks that are "on" or "off" (the binary language of computers and other digital devices).

In Band On Channel describes where that digital signal is placed, in this case IN the FM BAND and centered ON their original signal  center location "CHANNEL"  on the FM dial.

If you drive up toward Washington DC and tune your radio to 106.5, then get within 20 miles of the test IBOC-DAB station, WJFK 106.7 in Alexandria, Va., you will hear a "buzz saw " sound, that is the digital carrier of the on-off-on encoded signal.

IBOC-DAB claims:
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?
 
 



























UPDATES:

Time Is Fleeting ...
1) "Goliath" will now 
attempt to kill Community Radio with the Digital Radio Farce.

First the monopolists will have to kill the Low Power FM radio stations that might use some of the spectrum they need to kill your favorite station!

They will do this by passing laws against the recent FCC decision to create LPFM stations:

HOUSE: HR3439
SENATE: SB2068

OUR RESPONSE TO THE HEARINGS:
[VCPP Testimony on HR3439]

[Resources on "Beeper Network" issue]

[Dr. Rappaport's Testimony to HR3439]
 
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Community radio is designed to encourage 
a diversity of cultures represented on the airwaves 

by encouraging a diversity of ownership/control. 
 

A diversity of people and organizations 
with different values and priorities 
will create a more inclusive media 
(and therefore government policy) 
because they will have different definitions 
of what is “newsworthy” and “viable” 
for sharing on the public's airwaves.
 
 


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