In 1975, the National Alternative Radio Konvention, or NARK, resulted in a resolution to develop a national organization representing community broadcasters. The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) was founded shortly thereafter.
The initial mission of NFCB was to develop training manuals for stations, help stations obtain their FCC licenses, and set up the Program Exchange to facilitate sharing of programming tapes among stations. Tom Thomas and Terry Clifford set up NFCB’s national headquarters in a portion of their Washington, DC apartment.
Community radio experienced rapid growth in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as did NFCB. Membership rose to 75 stations.