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Starting a low power FM (LPFM) community radio station offers so much to cities and towns. There are many resources to help.

From the chance to share local culture to providing opportunities for residents to learn radio, low power FM (LPFM) media organizations represent something special. Many LPFMs, like all community radio, need help and tools to do better radio, and to stay in legal compliance.

Here are just a few assets in low power FM (LPFM) community radio stations’ toolbox:

NFCB Member Area. NFCB’s many LPFM member station receive a range of webinars, materials, consulting and assistance. Our Member Area offers many documents for low power FMs, including a Public Radio Legal Handbook, an Underwriting Guide, programming tutorials, job descriptions and development/fundraising guidance. The Member Area is available for member stations. Non-member stations can join today.

Community Media Assistance Project: CMAP works “to identify and assist local, community organizations to be aware of opportunities to apply for non-commercial radio stations, and then help them through the process of submitting an application, and through the build process.” From fact sheets and information on construction permits, CMAP is a warehouse of important resources.

REC Networks: Led by Michelle Bradley, “REC has always believed in a citizen’s right to access the airwaves and has been advocating for an entry-level low power broadcast service since the late 90s when Don Shellhardt and Nickolaus Leggett were concepting an idea for a new low power FM radio service.” REC has an immense number of tools for LPFM, including news, a streaming channel of content and many legal and regulatory walkthroughs.

Prometheus Radio Project: According to its mission, Prometheus “builds participatory radio for social justice organizing and community expression.” Best known for its work in building local stations, Prometheus does much policy and education work, technical training and support for low power FM (LPFM) community radio stations.

Visit NFCB’s website regularly for more low power FM (LPFM) articles and commentaries.

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