Friday, April 10, 2015

New Community Driven Radio Stations From Magnuson Go On Air Early Next Year


A new community radio station at Magnuson, serving Laurelhurst and other neighborhoods within 3-5 miles of the park, should be on the air by early 2016, with community-driven non-commercial programs.

SPACE (Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange) received an FCC permit to operate a low-power FM radio station, KMGP-LP 101.1 from noon-midnight, seven days a week, operating on the energy of a 100-watt light bulb.

The station will serve Laurelhurst, Lake City, University District, Kirkland and Green Lake.

Sabrina Roach, with Brown Paper Tickets Doer Program, is a fulll time advocate to help the SPACE community radio station, as well as 12 other community radio stations approved by the FCC to serve Puget Sound, as a “philanthropy in action” initiative for healthier communities.  
 She said, “this is big news for everyone in the NE Seattle area.

She added:

Communities are about to have a much larger voice on local airwaves.  Like our public libraries and community centers, community radio offers hands-on access and connection, education and entertainment that feeds and strengthens our neighborhoods.   
It adds another dimension to public services; it acts like ‘community glue,’ building bridges among unlikely groups of people representing different interests and demographics.

Two additional radio stations have applied for low-power radio licenses that would also serve Laurelhurst and other nearby neighborhoods, and are currently awaiting FCC Approval.

They are: 
  • Earth On-the-Air Independent Media / 96.9 FM / Serving: University District, Montlake, Fremont, Capitol Hill, Belltown, Queen Anne, Ravenna, Bryant, Green Lake, Laurelhurst, Windermere, Madison Park and parts of Madrona, Greenwood, Magnolia and Ballard.
  • Fulcrum Community Communications / 107.3 FM / Serving: Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne, Fremont, University District, Green Lake, Montlake, Bryant and parts of Greenwood and Capitol Hill.
Here is the full list of proposed broadcast coverage maps and information for all new FCC approved low power FM radio stations, and a place to sign-up for email updates on any of the newly-approved radio stations is available at:
Here is a sample program schedule. Here is how to get involved and donate.

Proposed broadcast coverage maps and information for all stations with FCC construction permits, plus the two additional Seattle-based applicants awaiting FCC approval are here.




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