Commemorating National Radio Day ~ August 20, 2016
REC supports radio
Across the country, broadcasters big and small are celebrating a day for radio. National Radio Day is a time to honor the medium that has relevance in the lives of every modern generation. While at one time, radio was solely on AM, the medium would eventually evolve to FM, SDARS (Sirius/XM) and terrestrial digital audio broadcasting. But the medium of radio does not stop there. Webcasting, podcasting and even predecessor mediums such as satellite audio subcarriers and telephone entertainment lines are and were used to deliver free thoughts, ideas and expression. Long before podcasting, REC was delivering this form of free speech through telephone entertainment lines of the late 1980s and there were predecessors doing the same thing since the 1970s.
While the days of the phone lines are long gone, REC is supporting the medium of audio transmission we call radio, both terrestrial and otherwise through several initiatives:
REC LPFM Advocacy and Services
REC remains one of the primary resources for LPFM advocacy and policy. Through the filing of rulemaking petitions such as RM-11749, fighting for LPFMs during AM revitalization, looking for new ways to help LPFM stations grow through the regulatory process and providing services to LPFM stations to demystify the FCC processes at a reasonable rate, REC supports LPFM. REC supports radio.
REC Database Services
REC supports radio through the operation of several websites including myLPFM.com which allows LPFM stations to locate potential alternate channels in the event of interference or needing to move, FCCdata.org which provides the most comprehensive regulatory information on all broadcast stations in the USA as well as Canada, Japan, UK, Ireland and Australia. FCC.today is your real-time looking glass into the activities of the Media Bureau at the FCC. When the FCC grants something, you will see it there first. REC also provides tracking and ad-hoc reporting to other like-minded organizations. REC supports radio.
REC Radio History Project
REC is gearing up for the 100th anniversary of licensed broadcast radio in 2021. REC is currently rebuilding the history of thousands of AM broadcast stations including the heritage stations that started as early as 1921. REC hopes to have all AM station FCC history cards digitized by 2021. Through the REC Radio History Project, we are also looking at other initiatives, including regulatory to help preserve aspects of our broadcast radio past and protect them for generations to come. REC supports radio.
REC supports J1 Radio, a 24-hour internet streaming service that broadcasts Japanese popular music as well as other information. J1 is currently REC's only creative outlet carrying on our tradition that we started in 1984. Non-commercial webcasting and podcasting are a very important part of the medium of radio and we support it. J1 is also a test bed for software design and the use of open source broadcasting tools such as Rivendell Automation. REC supports radio.
REC does support radio in many ways and we thank you for your support. Please feel free to help commerate National Radio Day with a donation to REC or using us for FCC broadcast filing services.
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