"How To Start A Low Power FM Radio Station"
by Stephen Kafka
"How To Apply For, Build and Operate A Low Power
FM Radio Station" by Stephen Kafka
"The LPFM Guidebook" by Stephen Kafka
What Is A Low Power FM Station ?
The Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service was created by the Commission in January 2, 2000. LPFM stations are authorized for noncommercial educational broadcasting only (no commercial operation) and operate with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 watts (0.1 kilowatts) or less, with maximum facilities of 100 watts ERP at 30 meters (100 feet) antenna height above average terrain (HAAT). The approximate service range of a 100 watt LPFM station is 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles radius). A construction permit is required before an LPFM station can be constructed or operated. List of LPFM stations : http://lpfmdatabase.weebly.com
NOW THAT YOUR GROUP, CHURCH, OR SCHOOL WANT TO BUILD, OR HAVE APPLIED FOR A LOW POWER FM, DO YOU KNOW HOW TO BUILD IT FOR LESS THAN $5,000, WITH NEW EQUIPMENT ?
AND, HAVE IT COVER ITS OWN EXPENSES, RIGHT AWAY, AND EASILY PAY FOR ITSELF IN LESS THAN 1 YEAR ?
AND, GIVE YOUR STATION MANAGER/DIRECTOR A YEARLY SALARY TO LIVE ON ?
IF NOT, SEND FOR THIS eBOOK !!!
Inside You'll Find ;
-A complete copy of all FCC rules, regarding LPFM.
-A guide to revenue producing programming, to make your station self-sufficient.
-A list of equipment suppliers, and costs for necessary equipment.
-Sources of local, low or no cost, qualified, engineering/ construction help.
-Source list of low, or no cost 24 hour programming, and reduced cost cd's, etc.
-A listing of all the licensing fees you'll have to pay on a yearly basis, to stay legal.
Plus, You'll Also ;
-Learn how to operate your station unattended.
-How remote broadcasts can be a goldmine for a LPFM.
-Internet streaming equipment, and information.
-How independent programmers can greatly benefit your station.
-How to get a volunteer worker program established.
-What you need to know about the Emergency Alert System. What equipment to buy, studio to transmitter links, and much more.
Low Power AM Option. (LPAM)
AND, IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO FILE IN THE LAST FILING WINDOW, AND WANT TO GO 'OVER THE AIR' RIGHT NOW, OR INCREASE YOUR LPFM'S COVERAGE ;
-How you can, without an FCC license, (and it's totally legal),
operate an AM station that covers 1.5+ mi. in all directions from your
transmitter (with "full quieting", 2+ mi. usable coverage), or an entire town with a network of
transmitters ! This can clean up problem areas for your LPFM, and open
up a new source of funding, delivering older listeners ! It is
currently being done in Flagstaff, AZ and elsewhere across the country.
The AM station in Flagstaff was once rated #3 out of all the stations in
town !! Legally, without an FCC license needed !
And, you can run this AM separately, for profit !
Finding a Transmitter For LPAM That
Performs Well Is Difficult. I'll Tell You The Manufacturer We Found,
That Provides A Solid, Exceptional Product For LPAM, With A Long List Of High
Profile, Business Testimonials
The cost for a LPAM is substantially less, with no need for EAS equipment !
THIS eBOOK WILL PAY FOR ITSELF REPEATEDLY !!!!!!
Recent (2014) Unsolicited Testimonials :
Steve, it has already helped, the antenna length will be 80 foot, if
City ordinances don't let me its nice to know I can go 60 foot with or
without there permission, thank you so much, I really needed this book,
and I have not had the time to read it from page to page yet I just
skimmed through it, I love it
my only hold up now is my registration to the AFF, then I believe I will get my construction permit, i am a singleton and that great !"
"Steve, Thank you so much! I appreciate your helping us." Sincerely,
"Thanks so much for the book--it is already filling our
radio station crew with tons of ideas. Guaranteed to pay for itself many
I purchased your book...great stuff!
-Over 250 copies of this eBook have been sold to LPFM applicants and new licensees, as of 12/2018. Including churches, schools, colleges and universities, state and local government entities and other groups.
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When you go "on the air", the best and worst of the
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Stephen G. Kafka, Consulting Broadcast Engineer has the experience to help you!
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We have years of experience to help you get the job done.
Former owner KIAE(FM) Aurora, NE 1980-85, (built from scratch and sold
station in '85) and former owner/operator K61CU-TV Lincoln, NE 1990-95, (performing the initial engineering work, to the actual construction and operation).
Applicant for several FM stations from 1983-87. (sold out to
competing applicants in Kearney, NE, Aspen, CO, Laramie, WYO, Red
Lodge, MT, Kingman, KN, etc) .
Wrote a book on low power FM stations, for aspiring owners, in 2002. Sold around 50 copies to applicants on file, with a very limited direct mail campaign.
Low powers now have regular type call letters like K J J J. The station broadcast music videos to start with, mainly aimed at the Univ of NE students who lived on campus. The University hadn't allowed Cablevision onto the campus, so the kids only had the major networks, 1 independent station (KPTM) and 61TV. (No Dish or Directv back then.) Programming started to include live sports feeds (football/basketball), classic movies, etc. An independent survey found that Ch. 61 had as many viewers as the #1 radio station had listeners. most times of the day. Back then, Nielsen refused to even list low powers, even if they had a sizable audience. The reason was never explained. They now do carry them, if they qualify with a large enough audience.
KIAE(FM) Aurora, NE (now KRGY-FM) March 1, 1980 103.1 mhz, 2.25KW at 90ft with a construction permit for 3KW at 250 ft.
The station started with a classic rock format, with classical music on Sundays from 6am -Noon. Quickly we added sports from the local team, the Aurora Huskies, the other schools in the county, Legion Baseball, and Univ. of NE sports. The format changed to country after awhile, then back to classic rock, and ended with a blues/rock format. One week before Christmas the station always went total Christmas music, with hours sponsored. Sports airtime was sold to a contract broadcaster, after the first 2 years, but the station did do it originally. Was the origination station for a 4 station network, set up to broadcast the basketball championships from Aurora a couple of times. No automation until last 1 1/2 yrs. All but one DJ trained on-the-air. About 10 total. Sold 1985.
"How To Apply For, Build and Operate a Low Power FM Radio Station"
Stephen KafkaJanuary 1, 2002
The book was available on Ebay, from Harlan's Warehouse, Harlan
Jacobsen owner. It gives a how-to on the process, with a detailed look
at how to make money with the station, to pay for itself, a manager and
small staff. It includes a copy of the FCC rules and regulations. It
was initially sold thru a limited direct mail campaign, to then current applicants, and later, downloadable online. Sold approx. 50 copies.
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Your radio or TV station project will be handled expediently, ranging from, for example, acquiring the rights to tower sites, to filing all necessary FCC paperwork for all minor and major engineering changes, to full licensing.
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