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I thought I’d attempt to answer your question. I have run first an internet-only, and now a Part-15 station with some success. But it has been, and is,
a terribly tough road.
I ended up becoming what is known as a “commercial non=profit.” The
station is on a “commercial” frequency but is owned by a non-profit
organization. In my case, that organization is my wife and myself along with my parents. They help behind the scenes a bit, but I am the one running the station since I’m the only one that’s ever done it, and I did it in the commercial radio world for over 20 years.
To answer your question, the station does have ads, but I have had very little success locally. All of our paying advertisers are national. I only have
one transmitter with a range of about 2 miles normally. My station operates
as a “daytimer” running sunrise to sunset, then the internet continues on overnight.
The Part-15 station, by itself, isn’t that “successful” in terms of money. But
in combination with the internet, and a small “radio mall” I’m now making payments toward the purchase of “Resort Radio,” that most of the folks here are familiar with. So my extra $ is going to Bill-B as I work toward the relocation, and resurrection of, Bill’s awesome Part-15 station.
My Part-15 station, which is located outside the city limits where I live,
has garnered a fair number of listeners with its hybrid Christian/country morning and classic country afternoon, format. I’ve been quite pleased with the listener response. “Resort Radio” was, and will be, an oldies-format station with a Christian undertone as originally started by Bill-B.
Best wishes Josh!