The FCC has announced an open application period, starting on November 1, for new Low Power FM (LPFM) Radio Stations. The opening follows a brief blackout period for new applications (as announced HERE in July).
CORRECTION: Many thanks to David Oxenford for calling out an error in our reporting. An excerpt from his Broadcast Law Blog summarizes the correct situation:
The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice extending for two days the now-open window for the filing of applications for new LPFM stations – applicants now have until 12:00 PM Eastern Time on December 15, 2023 to file their applications.
See David Oxenford’s article HERE.
The LPFM station format was developed and launched in 2000, and 1,989 stations have been licensed. The upcoming filing opportunity will (presumably) create the first new LPFM stations since 2013.
A help center with filing instructions is HERE. “We understand that the FCC’s application filing systems aren’t always easy to understand and use,” the FCC notes wryly.
LPFM stations are often effective community outreach vehicles for nonprofits, schools, churches, and community centers.