the FCC getting ready to open a filing window sometime within the next several months to a year, I am considering the possibility
of applying for a low power FM (LPFM) station.
As is the case in most areas now, the two local country stations
pretty much stick to the safe top songs on the charts. Christian radio is either a satellite feed, as in the case of K-Love,
I am proposing more diversity, including the possibility of bringing "positive"
country, country and southern gospel, and classic contemporary Christian music into the programming mix. I am already going
to bring back one of my former music segments, "Super Southern Gospel Sunday," to the Big D Country stream. I also
hold the rights to broadcast "20 The Countdown Magazine" with Jon Rivers.
Positive country includes most
mainstream country that do not glamorize bar fights, drinking, or activities that undermine family values. So far, the Internet
station has launched more than 168,000 listener streaming sessions.
I have a studio building that's small but workable,
property to place the tower/antenna, and 24 years of experience in radio and media to bring to the table. My nonprofit is
well established in the community, as I founded it in 2001.
I propose to have the programming locally originated
(the exception possibly being a couple of syndicated specialty shows) and operate 24 hours a day.
would be streamed.
The LPFM service is noncommercial, meaning the station would need to be supported by underwriting
announcements and contributions.
Thus far, I have been able to secure: two small towers, one is 30 feet and one
is 45 feet. They are likely too small, but I'm appreciative of the donation, and time will tell... I am receiving
service from both country and now southern and country gospel music labels and distribution platforms.
will cost in the neighborhood of $1000, and the station can likely be built for under $10k. I have some of the equipment,
but there would be some additional items that are required by the FCC that are not needed for Internet-only stations.
Many of you know that I do play a lot of the top country songs in country music, and a wide variety of classic country.
Did you know that I also play a lot of new talent, indie artists, and that I especially look for songs with a positive message?
Or that I've gone to several Christian stations that were getting ready to throw away their music libraries? I've managed
to get material from two former CCM and one former old country station.
If a station that is Christian-owned but
offers music to the world and not just the choir members, please consider praying for me as I work through the inevitable
red tape that will be required to put such a station on the air.
Delta Star Radio of Florida, Inc., is a registered
Florida nonprofit, but is not a 501(c)3. Nevertheless, we are eligible to apply for this class of station as long as it is
If you would like to help financially, or by donating music, or other tangible gifts, the mailing
Delta Star Radio of Florida Inc.
2625 Doll Place
Tallahassee, FL 32311
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We currently operate as an Internet-only
station at http://www.bigdcountry.com
Your prayers and help would be much appreciated.
P.S. I am legally blind and
currently am struggling just to survive on a disability pay. I'd rather be doing radio, and this appears to be the only way
that it will ever happen again. If God closes this door as part of His will, I'm fine with that - but I will likely not attempt
to obtain a licensed radio station again.