“World Radio Day” Event Feb. 13 Spotlights Local Applicants for New Local Low-Power FM (LPFM) Radio Stations in Seattle

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Brown Paper Tickets Announces Commitment to Fill Every Available LPFM Frequency in Seattle with a Qualified Applicant, as a Model for Success for Other Communities to Attain the Same Goal, Nationally

Brown Paper Tickets produces the only Official Seattle Event for United Nations World Radio Day

LPFM can fill a need for hyper-local news and music that connects people to their communities, and has suffered due to cutbacks from traditional media outlets.

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Seattle’s only official celebration of World Radio Day, declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will be a free community event spotlighting three local groups pledging to apply for one of Seattle’s new low-power FM (LPFM) radio licenses when the FCC opens what may be the only application window for large urban areas this October. All three organizations have been aided by Brown Paper Tickets with guidance to resources that may help them to succeed in the application process. The Seattle Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company has hired a full time Doer with a background in public interest media and in the LPFM movement to lead its initiative to fill every possible radio frequency in Seattle with a qualified LPFM applicant, as a model for success for other communities to attain the same goal, nationally.

The event is free and open to the public with registration either through Brown Paper Tickets’ 24-hour multi-lingual customer service hotline at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/336004. Recorded messages from the event will be shared on the official World Radio Day soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/world-radio-day.

Brown Paper Tickets will produce Seattle’s only official celebration of World Radio Day on Feb. 13 (https://worldradioday.crowdmap.com/), a day to celebrate radio as a medium and to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.    

As part of the World Radio Day celebration, Brown Paper Tickets will produce a community open house and press conference featuring three King County organizations making a public pledge to apply for one of Seattle’s new LPFM licenses when the FCC opens an application window in October.

Wed., Feb. 13, 2013, noon. Press conference begins at 12:30 p.m.

Hollow Earth Radio studios, 2018 A, E. Union Street, Seattle, 98122

Three organizations who are pledging to apply for LPFM licensing in King Co.

  • Sabrina Roach, “Doer,” Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Amoshaun Toft, The University of Washington Bothell
  • Rahwa Habte, OneAmerica
  • Forrest Baum, Hollow Earth Radio

The public is invited and welcome to attend!

It is estimated that there is room for 8 LPFM frequency licenses in Seattle. The application window for these licenses opens Oct. 15, yet not many nonprofits and communities who are eligible to apply for them are aware of this powerful opportunity that literally may never be offered again.

An average of 70% of events in Seattle with registration or ticketing through Brown Paper Tickets benefit a nonprofit organization. As social entrepreneurs with a strong, 12-year relationship with King County nonprofits and those who support them, the company feels a responsibility to do what is within its’ power to make sure they know that this once in a lifetime opportunity exists.

Brown Paper Tickets commits 5 percent of all profits to building healthy communities, as part of it’s Not-Just-For-Profit business model, and firmly believes that LPFM is an important and powerful tool in that mission.

Even in the digital age, radio reaches the widest audience worldwide, and is able to connect better with communities regardless of economics or education levels, reach listeners who are engaged in other activities and tell stories in a way that resonates in a different way than other forms of media are able to. LPFM can fill a need for hyper-local news and music that connects people to their communities, and has suffered due to cutbacks from traditional media outlets.


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