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Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM

More community media centers expand into low-power radio

Local programming may have begun as a feature of cable TV but shows are now routinely streamed live on the Internet and viewed on-demand.  Soon four media centers will also be carrying local shows on low-power radio stations, joining Oshkosh Community Media (WOCT 101.9) and Chippewa Valley Community Television (WRFP 101.9) that have been broadcasting for years.

The Sun Sun Prairie logoLow-power FM radio stations can operate at a maximum power of 100 watts and reach three to five miles.  In 2013, the FCC opened a rare licensing window and more than 2,800 non-profit organizations filed applications.  The cities of Waupaca, Stevens Point and Monona and the Sun Prairie Media Center all received construction permits.  Official operating licenses are contingent on being up and running by this summer.

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