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“There’s no sensible reason to exclude LPFM from being commercial.”
The entire premise for the existence of LPFM licensing is community, education, and information, not individuals or commercial organizations … thus the restrictions. At least now, the restrictions on proximity interference issues will allow more stations to exist.
Underwriting is similar to advertising on the surface, but closer examination will show obvious differences. Generally, underwriters can have passive announcements, but can’t actually advertise.
KLOI on Lopez Island finally got their first underwriter a little while ago, although they’ve been on the air for more than two years. Their funding has come from listener support ’til now. IIRC a number of local businesses approached them expecting to advertise cheaply, but backed off because of the restrictions. Hasn’t hurt their popularity, tho’.