Today, many of us get our news from neighborhood blogs that report the goings-on in our local communities. These blogs and their popularity are indicative of how hyper-local news is effective in binding and supporting neighborhoods. Another growing source of local information are low-powered FM radio stations, which are non-commercial stations that operate at low power, for low cost, to a hyper-local community area. The popularity of hyper-local engagement has even caught the attention of the FCC, who recently approved the granting of hundreds more low-powered FM radio station licenses to local non-profits.
This provides a unique opportunity for non-profits to use the airwaves as a tool for broadcasting to their local community, and for making a difference in the world. We encourage any of the non-profits that we work with to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
Think about it — what would your non-profit be able to accomplish with your own community radio station?
Here’s the story of the community radio station WSLR 96.5 LPFM in Sarasota, Florida. This short documentary gives you a sense of the people, passion and vision that creates community radio and the valuable contributions that stations like WSLR give to their communities. Think how great it would be to have a station like WSLR in your town or city, promoting your causes to your very own hyper-local community! This is your opportunity to make that happen.
This announcement is important to us because Brown Paper tickets believes in building community by supporting non-profits and because we also consider the media to be an important tie that binds us together.
We witnessed this last weekend, at the national Grassroots Radio Conference, which gave on-air clinics on how to apply for a community radio station license, directions on how to build and operate a station, and more! We sponsored the event, helped with PR and our Radio/New Media Doer Sabrina Roach spoke at several of the sessions. We consider it our duty to support events like the GRC so that local community voices continue to be heard.
If low-powered FM radio sounds like something your non-profit could take advantage of and you’re interested in learning more about applying for a license, please contact Sabrina Roach here.
We’ll be listening for you on the airwaves.