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A lot of good thoughts and ideas.
Rev. Chrysafis, I liked your thought on adding the 219b (or whichever for different bands’ part 15). It’s maybe a bit more technical than some listeners would care about, but it’s such a brief addition and it clarifies the specifics for anyone who might actually have that sort of interest.
Greg, I would agree that “no confusion with” probably is saying don’t use a set of call letters (at least of a type that the FCC issues or a set that is already issued). But if the intent for that is for the listener to not confuse one station or type of station with another, then a bit of clarification is still in the spirit of avoiding confusion.
Lee, good idea on the “privately owned hobby station”. I’ll have to think about incorporating that into my working.
MRAM, great job and you’ve got an excellent voice! You definitely have that “call our friendly DJ” sort of sound going!
mojoe, also excellent, short, sweet and to the point.
I don’t figure we’ll all agree on exactly what should be in such a statement or even if such a statement is actually needed. I’m starting to think that I might head towards having more than one statement to cover the different points since I’d probably use it at least a few times per day, so one version might focus more on the legal/official/technical aspect, another might focus on it being local and in fact *neighborhood* oriented and inviting comments and ideas. That way they could be kept nice and short, but serve some purpose.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but sometimes I’ve been kind of annoyed if I’ve happened across a station that’s new (or new to me, anyway) and maybe liked it, but had to wonder if they *ever* give an ID or say anything about the station. Heck, one of the local LPFM stations, I stayed tuned in for almost 2 days to find out who and where they are. They were mostly just running a looped playlist and I *liked* the music, it certainly was different from what you hear on the regular stations around here.. But I had to listen for quite a while to actually catch an ID and enough talk to know what I was listening to. I was almost sure by that point that they were a pirate. They’ve gotten a lot better about ID and having djs that actually say something and recorded messages that mention who and what they are. I just happened to tune in on them in their first or second day on the air. They also got rid of that hum they had in the first week. I would have called and told them they had some hum, but it was a couple weeks before they thought to give a contact they could be reached through. Understandable though, they were just getting stuff together.
Being small or privately owned aren’t things that ever scared me away as a listener, or my father, for that matter. His favorite station back in the 60s was a little country station that was privately owned. It was WHYP in Northeast, PA. On technical points, it was kind of “unprofessional” at times. Like sometimes they’d forget and leave a record spinning after the song was over and you’d hear “kthunk..ssssssss..kthunk..ssssssss” for several minutes or even an hour. LOL The owner was a very opinionated older gentleman, given to long editorials about what he thought about life or events in the world, and the only ads they ran were for his little ice-cream company. On Sundays, he only played gospel and religious music, the rest of the time it was old country and “cowboy” songs. I still remember one of his talk bits, because it was so different than what one expected and my dad loved it so.. It went something like:
“The opinions expressed on this radio station.. Well, they’re mine. I own this station and I do most everything it takes to keep it running for you. So any opinion you hear on here is pretty much going to be mine. You don’t have to agree with it, this is a free country.”
40 yrs later, I can still remember that station and it’s call letters. LOL
But back to the point, sometimes that a station is local or neighborhood and what sort of station it is can be part of what makes it interesting to tune in to. While perhaps not a legal necessity for part15, I see a little information about the station as a courtesy for the listeners.