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What are Low-Power FM (LPFM) community radio stations?

  • They’re an FCC-designated class of FM radio stations broadcasting at 100 watts or less, owned and operated by nonprofit organizations or coalitions. Because LPFM stations are noncommercial and don’t run advertisements, they aren’t subject to the same out-of-town corporate programming decisions as their commercial counterparts, and so are better able to serve local listeners.
  • LPFM stations are mainly supported by listener and sponsor donations and rely on community feedback to remain relevant and lively—unlike commercial stations, which are profit-driven, funded through advertising, and beholden to their corporate owners and shareholders.
  • Volunteers perform much of the on-air and behind-the-scenes work at LPFM stations, sometimes in coordination with a small full- or part-time paid technical and administrative staff. Many of these volunteers go on to professional broadcast careers.
  • Most LPFM stations run programming that is community-driven and locally produced. Some LPFM stations also broadcast programs of local interest from nonprofit syndication services, such as NPR (formerly National Public Radio) and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

For more about low-power FM radio, check out these resources:

Wikipedia: Low-Power Broadcasting