The FCC Teaches Nonprofits How to Apply For Their Own Radio Station on National Radio Day

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Brown Paper Tickets Hosts National Radio Day Parties Aug. 20 Featuring Cake and Public Viewing of an FCC Webinar on How to Apply for one of Thousands of New Radio Stations

Nonprofits celebrate their opportunity to apply for one of thousands of radio stations across the country on National Radio Day, Aug. 20!

LPFM is an important and powerful tool for groups with a common purpose to communicate, cooperate, bond and thrive,” said Sabrina Roach, Doer specializing in public interest media for Brown Paper Tickets and director of the National Make Radio Challenge.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is hosting a webinar on how nonprofits can apply for a low-power FM (LPFM) radio station license, and Brown Paper Tickets is hosting a community webinar-viewing party, lunch and cake-cutting in Seattle, and donating cake to a similar event inspired in Denver, to honor National Radio Day, Aug. 20. The events are serving as a “last call” for nonprofits to begin their LPFM radio application for the final few frequencies available on the radio dial in many of the nation’s largest cities, and thousands possible in rural areas, in time for a once-in-a-lifetime, two-week window that the FCC will open Oct. 15.

Brown Paper Tickets is producing the National Radio Day parties as part of its National Make Radio Challenge, an initiative of the Brown Paper Tickets Doer Program for strengthening communities. More information can be found at http://community.brownpapertickets.com/Doers/radio.html .

The National Radio Day party in Seattle will be held at Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, with an FCC webinar-viewing from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and a free lunch, cake-cutting and forum where several nonprofit applicants will share their plans for the airwaves for King, Pierce and Kitsap counties, from noon to 1:30 p.m. In Colorado, Denhac, the Denver hackerspace, 975 East 58th Ave., will host an open house to share their plans for the airwaves at a similar cake-cutting celebration for National Radio Day at 8 p.m.

“Brown Paper Tickets’ social mission is strengthening communities, and the company firmly believes that LPFM is an important and powerful tool for groups with a common purpose to communicate, cooperate, bond and thrive,” said Sabrina Roach, Doer specializing in public interest media for Brown Paper Tickets and the director of the National Make Radio Challenge. The Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company has donated 5 percent of all profits to charity for more than 10 years, and has invested in bringing awareness about the LPFM opportunity to nonprofits, giving guidance on how to fund a station and on how to successfully complete the FCC application.

The National Radio Day celebrations are both free and open to the public. Registration for the Seattle event is requested at http://nationalradioday.brownpapertickets.com , or through Brown Paper Tickets’ 24-hour hotline at 1-800-838-3006. There is no registration required for the event at Denhac.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’d like to interview an engineer representing the FCC about today’s webinar and the low-power FM opportunity, give us a call! Also, a nonprofit from your city may be in the process of applying for a low-power FM radio station in October. Please contact us if you’d be interested in interviewing one to feature an applicant from your area, or if you’d like to interview Sabrina Roach, director of the National Make Radio Challenge about the National Radio Day festivities, part of a year-long campaign to proliferate LPFM in every city across the country, and the unique Brown Paper Tickets Doer Program for community engagement.

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