Examining The LPFM Applications
The list of nearly 2800 applicants for a new LPFM license has been released by the FCC.
While many of the applications will end up in mutually-exclusive groups that will eventually be resolved via time sharing agreements or a points system. The FCC ranks the applicants by granting points for the applicant’s presence in the community for at least two years, commitment to broadcast at least twelve hours per day, and commitment to provide at least eight hours of locally originated programming each day. The applicant with the most points will be awarded the construction permit.
The biggest entanglement will be in Los Angeles where fifteen organizations applied for a station on 101.5, not counting applicants in nearby cities such as Compton, Conoga Park, Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena.
Applicants came from municipalities ranging from Tafuna, American Samoa to each of the big cities. Many applicants came from the expected array of religious organizations, universities, and schools to animal welfare groups, film viewers, and state departments of transportation.