RadioForPeople has launched in hopes of stirring up interest in building new non-commercial full-power FM stations. Sometime in early 2007 the FCC is supposed to open up a filing window for new station applications – something it hasn’t done in years.
RadioForPeople is a coalition consisting of the Prometheus Radio Project, National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Pacifica Radio, and Public Radio Capital. A similar project, Common Frequency, was founded half a year ago.
Not quite sure why the two haven’t combined forces (there is some overlap between their principals), though RadioForPeople has quickly mustered more institutional horsepower and fiscal resources. Now to find actual applicants for open frequencies in areas where a critical mass of interest can be fostered, otherwise godcasters are likely to get them all.