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“In legal parlance a “Non Profit Organization” is not the same as a “Not-For-Profit Corporation,”
Well, if we’re going to nit-pick, a Not For Profit Corporation is a type of Non-Pofit Organization, except that an NPO (which is only an acronym) can also be a partnership, as opposed to a corporation. It’s like saying all Cognac is Brandy, but not all Brandy is Cognac.
I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but I do not believe it’s typical. There are many thousands of LPFM stations …
… which doesn’t even include Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico & The Virgin Islands, and which are in operation every day, whose experience may be much different than yours. And there will be many more due to the latest LPFM Community Radio bill, which allows more such stations in closer proximity via the findings of the FCC that third adjacent channel interference is much less than the previous regulations provided protection for.
Having said that, yes, personalities on any board can be troublesome, so you MUST allow your supporting community in on the process every step of the way. That’s the biggest problem on San Juan Island here because the organizer and president of the board is a man so heavily invested that he will NOT let the public into meetings and discussions (and other related ego problems which have alienated many former supporters).
In very stark contrast, KLOI 102.9 LPFM http://www.kloi.org/ on Lopez Island did the exact opposite … they threw open the meetings to the community to help decide what they wanted to do, got qualified volunteers, did everything as COMMUNITY. It’s mostly a farm community, so like having a ‘barn raising’, they had an ‘antenna raising’, complete with BBQ party. They followed the advice of Prometheus volunteers who walked them through the process and got them on the air in less than 2 years. It’s a great little station with a used 18-watt TX and a kit-built antenna, albeit you might not be interested in much of their programming, because it’s all about their LOCAL community. But it’s been in operation for more than 2 years, and is now for the first time, campaigning for underwriters (everything has been strictly listener supported). I expect nothing less than success from that group, but like all good things it takes careful consideration, planning, and time.
I think any, repeat ANY, effort in establishing a small radio station today is going to take a lot of patience. The learning curve is steep and fraught with obstacles, but never-the-less it can, has been, and will … be done. A regular-licensed FM station has to be basically a minimum of 100 watts, a regular licensed AM station minimum 250 watts.
Now, I know there has been discussions on the loosy-goosy 87.9mHz frequency, but please read on:
You can also currently have a licensed 50mw FM station operating on the TV channel 6, 87.9mHz, but it’s restricted to LIVE broadcast events, plus it requires you own another broadcast station or are a producer of TV programming (which for me, BTW, is another good reason to get into Internet video, which I’m doing) for a license fee of $135 for either a 4 or 8 year term. You can have an antenna with up to 6db gain, but not like an array or such. There are some other gear req’s, but I think it’s doable. Besides those, the only other restriction is that it cannot interfere with a regular licensed FM station or licensed LPFM station. However, Part 15 stations may NOT interfere with it. There is no ‘window’ for application filing, you can do it any time.
There are currently only 3 licensed stations operating on 87.9 in the U.S.
I haven’t read up on whether or not a single person or entity can have more than one license at a time, though.