Rest unassured that Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey, Conrad Black and all their Fortune 500 cronies are megawatt in every sense of the word.
Here’s the deal. The FCC usually needs you to operate at 6000W plus to broadcast as a legal radio station in the United States. You can also score a Low Power FM (LPFM) licence, which start at 100W and can drill down as low as 10W, but the FCC and LPFM have always have had an iffy relationship.
Microradio movementists say the FCC is squashing free and local radio, limiting the reach of educational institutions, non-profits and related associations. In keeping a tight reign on its interference regulations – no one radio station can be licensed for a frequency within 3 stops of another – critics say the FCC is relegating LPFM to the farmlands of Idaho where the airwaves have many more frequencies available than say, Boston or Philadelphia.
Read more about this on the FCC site here. But first, leave a comment and tell us what you are thinking about right now.
Over & out.