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REC/RRPA position statement on "Pacifica Restructuring Project"

There is currently a petition being circulated to make some major changes on the board of directors at Pacifica Foundation.  This board includes representatives from all Pacifica-owned stations (KPFA, KPFK, WPFW, WBAI and KPFT).  Starting recently, the board also has representatives of the Pacifca affiliates.  These are the many LPFM and full-service FM community stations that promote the Pacifica Mission through the airing of programming and through the submission of programming to other affiliates.  

The current plan would completely gut the board, including those who I know, who are working hard to "fix" Pacifica from the inside.  This current plan also eliminates the local station boards which are the voices who represent the unique cultural needs of each of the 5 Pacifica-owned stations. 

Rant from Riverton: My take on the Saga saga

One piece of advice that I have been giving LPFM stations for quite awhile is to remind them that as renewals are coming up, they need to make sure they are complying with the rules because their dialmates are likely taking notes.

Now with the Petition to Deny period open on the first wave of broadcast renewals, we are starting to see the first signs of that note-taking that I warned about.

FCC proposes changes to public notices and renewal announcements while eliminating a major cost barrier to new-entrant LPFMs/NCEs

For the upcoming meeting on September 26, 2019, the FCC has released a draft of a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in MB Docket 17-264.  This rulemaking, initiated as a result of the Media Modernization proceeding (MB Docket 17-105) addresses the current issues faced by broadcasters with the issue around public notices in §73.3580 of the rules. 

REC had 3 CP grants today in the best interest of community and college radio

KBUU-LP booster site map.Radio reception is about to get better on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  Zuma Beach Emergency FM Broadcasters, an REC advocated station in our Southern California area of interest was granted today by the FCC, two new construction permit applications for FM boosters for KBUU-LP, Malibu, CA.  KBUU-1 will be located in Malibu Bluffs Park through an arrangement with the City of Malibu and will serve the eastern portion of Malibu including the Malibu Civic Center and Pepperdine University.  KBUU-2 will be located at Trancas Canyon overlooking Zuma Beach and will provide enhanced service to the Ventura County Line.

"Look For The Label!" Make sure that transmitter is certified.

LPFM Look For The Label. Is your transmitter certified?The recent situation at KLIE-LP has drawn attention to the unique aspect of the LPFM rules where a lab-tested certified transmitter model is required in the service. 

The certification requirement dates back to the 1990s prior to the establishment of the LPFM service with the surge of pirate radio operations that took place following the passage of the Telecom Act of 1996 which opened the door for the relaxing of the national ownership rules.  The certification requirement was to assure that unstable pirate equipment was not used in the licensed service. 

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