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4/17/01

You'd expect the issuance of the first construction permits for legal low power FM radio stations in more than 30 years to be accompanied by some fanfare.  Last week, when the FCC gave 25 LPFM applicants initial permission to start building their stations, it didn't even bother to issue a news release.

But the ball is rolling now: these selected applicants in five states can now raise their antenna and prepare to start broadcasting. Not surprisingly, none are located in major metropolitan areas, and in many locations the applicants could've applied for a full-power FM station license.

It is disappointing to note that of the first permits to be issued, almost half are going to churches and religious groups, including various Calvary Chapel-affiliated congregations around the country. Religious groups (including Calvary Chapel) have already hogged enough spectrum through the use of automated FM translator stations.

This is diversity? This is increasing community access to the airwaves?

Here's a breakdown of the first Lucky 25: if all goes as planned, these stations could be on the air by as early as this summer.

State

Applicant (Community of License)

Frequency

California

Lemoore Union High School District (Lemoore)

93.3

California

Holy Rosary Parish (Woodland)

93.3

California

The Lawyers Second Amendment Society (Porterville)

98.1

California

Evangelical Free Church of Turlock (Turlock)

100.5

California

Calvary Chapel (North Edwards)

102.3

California

Setec Astronomy Club (San Clemente)

104.1

California

Hmong American Communing, Inc. (Fresno)

104.5

California

Lake County Community Radio (Lucerne)

104.5

California

Bird Street Media Project (Oroville)

107.1

California

Calvary Chapel of the Redwoods (Smith River)

107.3

Georgia

Georgia Department of Transportation (Tallapoosa)

92.5

Georgia

Calvary Chapel Heartland (Fort Valley)

97.1

Georgia

Georgia Department of Transportation (Louise)

97.1

Georgia

Mountain Educational Services (Trenton)

98.7

Georgia

The Good News Church (Augusta)

100.3

Georgia

M&D Christian Educational Media (Colquitt)

103.3

Georgia

Georgia Department of Transportation (Lavonia)

105.3

Indiana

The Book of Life Bible Institute (Valparaiso)

93.5

Indiana

League of United Latin American Citizens (South Bend)

98.1

Louisiana

First Baptist Church of Mansfield (Mansfield)

106.1

Maine

Penobscot School (Rockland)

93.3

Maryland

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (Oakland)

95.3

Maryland

South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Government (Sherwood)

97.5

Maryland

Edinboro Early School (Severna Park)

107.9

Oklahoma

Covenant Life Ministries (Enid)

94.3

The FCC has also announced it'll take the final round of applications for 100-watt LPFM licenses in June. The agency originally had planned to hold two more filing windows for 10 states each, but decided to consolidate the two final windows into one to make up for previous delays in the LPFM rollout.