On Jan. 11 the Prometheus Radio Project posted an article giving the highlights from the long-awaited new rules for low power radio stations released by the FCC on November 30, 2012 at http://www.prometheusradio.org/highlights.
At midnight on Fridays "Over the Edge" has been discontinued. "Soft Comes the Night" starts an hour earlier.
From 9-10 am Saturday mornings Kenland Radio has been replaced with an hour of The Beatles (which had been temporarily discontinued).
As described at http://www.fcc.gov/events/open-commission-meeting-november-2012, the FCC will meet at 9 am CST on Friday Nov. 30 to finalize procedures to complete the processing of pending FM translator applications and completing implementation of the Local Community Radio Act. These are the final steps toward opening a filing window that will allow non-profit groups nationwide to apply for low power radio licenses. You can watch a live webcast of the meeting at http://www.fcc.gov/live. CityWIDE & SoulWIDE Radio will meet at 7 pm Sunday Dec.
The next application window for new low power FM radio station licenses is expected sometime in the summer of 2013. The FCC is to announce the dates by the end of this year. The Prometheus Radio Project is spreading the word and helping local groups prepare with a series of free Webinars being offered in November and December. The seminar titles are:
Put Your Hands on the Radio
Finding An Available Channel with Rfree
Creating an Online Presence for Your Station or Radio Project
Streaming Social Movements: Internet Streaming and Podcasting 101
Coming up July 26-29, 2012, at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana, IL is the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference. See http://www.grassrootsradioconference.org/ for details.
Registration cost before June 10 is $100/person.
Registration June 11 - July 22 is $125/person and late registration (July 23 - day of conference) is $150/person.
All persons interested in getting involved with CityWIDE Radio or in applying for their own FCC license for a new Madison area station this fall are encouraged to attend.
Thanks to Jim Hightower for recording CityWIDE Radio's first celebrity promo. You can hear his 2 min. commentary every weekday on WIDE-LP between 4:15 and 4:30 pm, and now from time to time his voice can be heard promoting our station as well as his daily "little pops of populism."
The following CityWIDE Radio schedule changes are being made for the new year, effective 1/2/2012:
Matt Rothschild's "Progressive Radio" show (which he posts each Monday on the web) is moving from Friday to Tuesday.
"Culture Shocks," heard Tuesday - Thursday in 2011, is shifting to Wednesday - Friday.
Photos of some of the installation work leading to the initiation of broadcasting from our Hammersley Road transmitter site have just been posted. See the About WIDE-LP link in the left column.
If you read about WIDE-LP in the Nov. 18 Isthmus cover story and were wondering "how can I get involved", here is your chance. CityWIDE Radio has an advisory Radio Council to provide citizen input on our programming and to help with community outreach. The Council's first meeting in some time is coming up next week. It will be at 7 pm at 5610 Hammersley Road, which is the home of the Program Director, Bob Park. It is also the location of the garage where our transmitter is currently located, so you will have a chance to see what hardware it takes to run a low power station.
The Isthmus cover story featuring our station and carrying the above title is now available online at http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=35233 .