For extended/more recent LPFM coverage, see
the News Archives.
Religious Broadcasting As Franchise
Operation - A
closer look at the commodification of FM translators reveals a larger
dimension to the proliferation of religious radio networks, and Calvary
Chapel in particular, including a somewhat startling link between some
of the various Chapels and their broadcast operations.
2/25/05 - God
Squads Fall From Grace - FM channels
are being bought and sold that would otherwise have been given away
for community radio use.
7/6/04 - Translator
Invasion's Impact on LPFM Quantified -
Eye-opening statistics from REC Networks glimpse the preliminary
impact of a translator flood on the availability of LPFM frequencies.
10/2/03 - Smokin'
Klose - National
Public Radio President Kevin Klose pays a visit to DIYmedia's hometown,
which allows for a chance to give him some public hot-seat
action about NPR's opposition to LPFM.
- LPFM: Crowded
Field, Slim Pickings - Those who've taken the
leap of faith and applied for a low power radio license are finding
roadblocks along the way in the most unusual places.
8/7/01 - The
LPFM Backlash - After having the rugged pulled
out from under them by a change in the rules - and a kick in the balls
from Clear Channel - a former LPFM applicant flips the switch without
6/19/01 - LPFM
in Court - A microbroadcaster who's been slugging
it out with the FCC for several years now may be on the verge of creating
a new loophole for those excluded by the new LPFM service.
Ways - As momentum gathers under the rollout
of the FCC's minimized LPFM service, its ties to the microradio movement
are written out of its history.
5/1/01 - A
Slow Demise? - While the FCC continues to trickle
out construction permits, Chairman Michael Powell is sending mixed signals
about LPFM's future.
- The Lucky
25 - Finally, some real action: FCC issues first
batch of LPFM station construction permits.
4/3/01 - LPFM
Lurches Forward - After several months of delay,
the FCC takes a step forward in implementing low power radio.
3/6/01 - LPFM:
Back from the Dead? - Can John McCain breathe
new life into low power radio?
2/20/01 - Low
Power Limbo - The rollout of new LPFM stations
is much slower than expected, and the political and bureaucratic momentum
is not swinging in our favor.
1/1/01 - New
Year: Same Game - What a difference a year can make.
How has the microradio landscape changed in the last tumultuous 12 months,
and has it been for the better or worse?
- Congress does the deed, attaching a rider to a federal
budget bill that eviscerates the new LPFM service.
11/28/00 - Moment
of Truth -
LPFM's fate will be decided by Congressional fiat at any moment. If
the service survives, the broadcast industry ready to pounce.
sends a bill to squelch low power radio to the White House as an attachment
to federal spending.
the Smoke-Filled Room - An
explanation of how the broadcast industry will eviscerate LPFM using a "killer amendment" to
the federal budget.
After getting shouted down in San Francisco, the radio industry rallies
back in its drive to kill LPFM.
Moves to Kill -
Less than ten votes now separate low power radio from potential death.
- On the
The broadcast industry takes to the home stretch in its fight to kill
off low power radio.
6/18/00 - Cannibalism
at its Best - Dissent and divisiveness within the ranks
of LPFM advocates shows the pluses and minuses of a diverse base of
- The McCain
Once-ardent foe of microradio appears to be coming around to support
LPFM. Is it a true change of heart, or are there ulterior motives?
5/8/00 - The
Senate Skirmish - Having conquered the House of Representatives,
the broadcast industry turns its attention to the Senate in the war
to kill low power radio.
- Halfway Dead
- The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly
to kill LPFM; we have a summary of the action with clips of the debate.
4/2/00 - Dueling
Editorials, Round Two - More industry anti-LPFM
propaganda masquerades as news - we provide another antidote.
3/25/00 - Calling
the Bluff - The NAB misleads Congress on the
LPFM issue - to the point of perjury?
2/26/00 - Asking
for More - One of LPFM's most instrumental proponents
is having second thoughts about the FCC's new proposal.
2/20/00 - Propaganda
- One month after the FCC legalizes LPFM, the National
Association of Broadcasters begins a massive propaganda and lobbying
effort for a Congressional override. Listen to our copy of the NAB's
infamous "LPFM Interference CD."
2/13/00 - Multiple
Threats - The broadcast lobby is gearing up both
in Congress and in court to overturn the FCC's LPFM decision, and pay-to-pray
religious broadcasters are gobbling up what space exists.
1/23/00 - All's
Not Well - The FCC may be gearing up to implement
low power radio, but its extinction is a possibility from other dangers.
1/20/00 - FCC
Legalizes FM - Summary of the program's initial
rule with reactions from each Commissioner. Real Audio required.
1/18/00 - A
Chat with Harold - EXCLUSIVE
- Harold Furchtgott-Roth visits town on the eve of the FCC's LPFM vote,
we get one last chance to pick his brains and pitch the case.
One - On the cusp of the FCC's LPFM vote - will
it be worth the fight?
12/6/99 - Radio
- With Video? - KZND in Anchorage, Alaska may
be airing an alternative music format, but only after masquerading
as a low-power TV station. How did they do it?
11/18/99 - The
End-Run Begins - Just days after the FCC closes the public
comment on the LPFM proposal, a supposed representative of the people
introduces legislation in Congress to abort the idea.
Reply Comments on LPFM -
Filed with the FCC to clarify some positions and refute others.
8/20/99 - The
Road Ahead - The FCC's public comment deadline on low
power radio petitions has closed. We sample the comments filed for a
flavor of the arguments both for and against.
7/31/99 - Official
Comments on LPFM - Filed with the FCC as it considers
MM 99-25, the official proposal for a new low power radio service.
While the broadcast industry lobbies nationally to stop the creation
of low power radio, its advocates lobby in grassroots style and rack
up an impressive list of supporters.
5/2/99 - Time's
Running Out - There's still a chance to get your
public comments on the record in the FCC's low power FM radio proposed
rulemaking. We've got pointers on what to say, how to say it, and how
to file comments with the Commission.
- The True
Face of the Dark Side - NAB censors webcast of FCC Chairman
William Kennard's speech, neatly excising his admonishment of the industry
for opposing LPFM.
the Propaganda - The NAB is seeding newspapers
with a "sample editorial" - we have a counterpoint culled
3/21/99 - Less
is More - The potential in a 10-watt radio station...
- First Skirmish
- Enemies of legal low power radio maneuver for the
3/7/99 - Gaining
Speed - The broadcast lobby rolls out its "Spectrum
Integrity Task Force" in the fight against LPFM.
2/27/99 - The
Brewing Congressional Conflict - Proponents of
LPFM rush to its defense in Congress as the broadcast industry begins
its full-court press.
2/14/99 - An
Enemy End Run - Less than a month into the FCC's
LPFM rulemaking process, and the NAB's already preparing to turn the
screws in Congress.
1/29/99 - It's
Only Just Begun - The FCC has officially begun
the rulemaking process on low power FM. Where do we go from here? The
road is long and hard...
11/16/98 - Greasing
the Wheel -
Scouting out support in Washington, D.C. for a run at legalizing low
power radio. The first comprehensive reportback on getting the process
11/1/98 - Controversy
in Michigan - Resolutions are pending in front of the
state legislature asking both houses to endorse the concept of low power
7/12/98 - Those
Opposed - Tymon summarizes several of the initial comments
filed in opposition to the FCC's licensing of low power radio.
7/5/98 - Those
in Favor - Philip Tymon of the National Lawyer's Guild
provides a snapshot of early commenters in favor of petitions in front
of the FCC to legalize low power FM.
5/15/98 - No
More Mickey Mouse Microradio - Pete triDish provides
a well-articulated vision for what any new low power radio service should
- The Opposition
is Getting Jumpy - Radio industry exec blast-faxes
stations urging massive anti-LPFM lobbying. Why not slip a check or
two as well?
4/10/98 - Stop
the Insanity! - The original FCC petitioners
for LPFM ask the agency to call a cease-fire in its war on microbroadcasters.
3/12/98 - RM-9208
Petitioners Talk Back - Those who helped get
the LPFM ball rolling file additional comments with the FCC on the
subject of "pirate" broadcasting.
3/6/98 - Counting
Your Chickens - The simple of idea of legal low-power
radio has people reaching for the microphone. Not so fast...