The FCC has just made publicly available on its website the application for thousands of small community radio stations going up for grabs across the country. It's the first time in more than a decade these noncommercial stations are becoming available, including for the first time ever in most urban areas, where a station can reach hundreds of thousands of listeners. This is the biggest chance in decades for communities to own a piece of the broadcast airwaves.
From October 15-29, the FCC will accept applications for new community radio stations on the FM dial. The broadcast licenses are free, and only local non-profit groups like civic organizations, unions, schools and arts groups can apply for them. But when that two-week window ends, so does our biggest chance to own the airwaves.
Interested in starting a station or supporting others to get on air, the time to act is now.
Prometheus led the 15-year grassroots campaign to get more voices on the air. Now they're supporting hundreds of groups to apply and build new stations. We've partnered with them on this historic effort. They'll help your group navigate the FCC process, and connect you with resources, training materials, and others in your area who you could collaborate with. But hurry, You need to fill out an Applicant Group Profile by June 30 to be eligible for intensive support.
Join Prometheus on these free hour-long upcoming webinars:
June 26: Get on Air!
Learn the basics to start or support a community radio station: why it's important, costs, eligibility requirements, steps to apply, support that's available, and success stories.
July 2: How to Apply for an FCC Community Radio License
If you’re considering applying for a station, this will provide a more advanced walk-through of completing the application and avoiding common errors.