There is increasing interest and concern about the groups and agencies who applied for LPFM licenses. The Federal Communications Commission recently added a new page under the Mass Media Bureau to facilitate the research, titled LPFM Radio Broadcast Stations.
You can find the list of applicants per states in LPFM Reports.
Once you are in the LPFM Reports page just indicate the state, and the full list of applications or just the ones pending or approved. The next screen will be a listing of the LPFM applicants. Clicking the blue call sign or facility ID number in the columns will take you to an abbreviated info page about the applicant.
At the very bottom of that page is a reference to CDBS data. For access to the offical application form, which gives you all of the contact information, list of board members, plus exhibits the applicant has submitted, click on 'application list'. It is very important to view all of the exhibits.
There is a longer, perhaps more tedious way of getting into the FCC Application Search Page.
It is helpful to have the BNPL number or the facility ID number, the exact name of the applicant, city and state. In the field of service - select 'FM Low Power'; under application type select 'original construction permit'.
The next screen will either be a list of the application for a given state, or just the application you asked for. the options will be 'info' which is a summary of data, or 'application' which will be the entire Form 318 submitted by the applicant and exhibits.
If you believe that any of these applicants are in violation of the LPFM Report and Order, specifically the Code of Federal Regulations governing LPFM, you have the right to file a Petition to Deny if you are within the broadcast range of the proposed LPFM, or an Informal Objection if you are not.
We suggest you review immediately the LPFM projects in the following states:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Guam, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico,North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania,Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.
If you have any doubts that an applicant is not legitimate, is a non-existent organization, is in violation of LPFM eligibility and service requirements, please contact us immediately for instructions about how to contact the FCC about your concerns.
The Microradio Implementation Project along with many other national and regional groups dedicated to community media worked diligently during the last year and a half so that good LPFM initiatives were submitted to FCC. We celebrate their intiative, creativity, and commitment to serve their communities. However, we are also dismayed about the number of groups, individuals, and even radio and satellite networks who abused the privilege.
What you need to look for
1. Is the organization known in your community? How long? Do the exhibits support they have been around for two years or more
2. Do 75% of the board members live within 10 miles of the proposed LPFM transmitter?
3. Is the percentage of control of the station pretty even among the board members listed, and totals 100%?
4. If a group indicates that they are a local 'chapter of a national organization, is the mission of the LPFM application specifically local and distinct from the national group?
5. Does the applicant promise that 75% of its programming will be locally produced? How?
6. Is there any reference to a national radio or television network?
7. Are there applicants with the same name that have more than one LPFM proposal in your city? State?
8. Is there a frequency of boilerplate applications among the LPFM initiatives?
Do contact us as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns.