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November 12, 2007



"Let the big guys broadcast at 50,000 W, and toss out 100 W scraps to community groups."

While this sounds bad, it is actually pretty reasonable. How many community groups could feed a 50 kW rig? Even a 5 kW transmitter and antenna system can be a real handful, both in the engineering and financial sense. With the right people, a 100 W system can be purchased, run, and maintained on a tiny budget - the kind of budget that the community groups have.

Dr. Future

My radio show, "Future Quake" (, is broadcast on the low-power FM station WRFN, 98.9 FM in Pasquo, TN ( In our 2-3 years on air, we have become a type of "flagship" of what LPFM can be as a thriving entity with exciting and diverse programming of community interest. Every Tuesday night, from 8 to 10 PM,, I interview big name guests like Alvin Toffler (author of "Future Shock"), Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Dr. Jerome Corsi, and many others, from our simple plywood studio out in the woods, with listeners around the world via the Internet as well (I will typically feature a song or two from WFMU "Beware of the Blog" during my "Music for Meditation" breaks on the half hour). Unfortunately, even downtown Nashville cannot hear us, since we were shoved out in the country, and our signal will only reach the Western edges of town. The radio experience has been life changing for me, and my listeners and guests (many of which will not be heard on "establishment" radio). Please support and expand LPFM!


Thanks for keeping us apprised Liz.


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Steve PMX

LPFM has the potential to make considerable impact on the FM culture of an urban environment. There's one main LPFM station here in Washington DC (at least that I know of), and they do have cool and progressive programming. They've been in effect for 5 years or something, which you'd think is rare for being a stone's throw from the FCC headquarters building. I've caught the signal a few times driving through the city, and it was always some crazy Haitian drumming or experimental electronic stuff. They're called Radio CPR ( and there's a pretty good short article on the state of DC-area radio/LPFM potential here -

thanks for the great writeup, Liz.

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