Apple Country Radio | Startup Time Frame

Time Frame

  • Spring – Fall 2013: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces its first low-power FM application window since 2000. A.P.P.L.E. Seed, Inc. votes to apply for an FCC license, donates seed money toward application costs, and hires professional broadcast engineering consultant Dave Doherty of Skywaves, LLC in Millbury, MA and FCC communications attorney Anne Thomas Paxson of the firm Borsari & Paxson in Washington, D.C. to help file its FCC construction permit application. Station mission statement, proposed programming format and program descriptions discussed and developed. Possible studio and transmitter sites in Brookfield identified. Station’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed go live.
  • Nov. – Dec. 2013: A.P.P.L.E. Seed sends its application to the FCC on November 14, 2013, applies for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service, and draws up a timeline for the station’s build-out and first year of operation.
  • Jan. – March 2014: Our construction permit application is GRANTED on January 27, 2014! Apple Country Radio assigned call letters WACF-LP. A.P.P.L.E. Seed‘s Board establishes station’s programming format and philosophy. Organizational bylaws revised and expanded.
  • April 2014 – January 2015:  A.P.P.L.E. Seed, Inc. receives its tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS! Station location lease signed. Station build-out plans completed and budget, equipment list and fundraising plan drawn up. Fundraising and volunteer recruitment begins.
  • February 2015 – September 2016: Station build-out begins at 20 Central Street, Brookfield, just down the street from the Town Hall. Staffing and program schedule completed. Antenna, tower and transmitter assembled and erected. Studio build-out completed and studio Open House announced. Community Advisory Board recruited. Volunteer training begins. Online streaming initiated.
  • October 2016: Inaugural test broadcast made. FCC deems station “operational;” and grants broadcasting license. Apple Country Radio begins broadcasting on 98.1 FM as a fully-licensed low-power station for Brookfield!

Starting a new station is a “long game,” but one we’re confident of winning—with your help!