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Little Raleigh Radio, one year on

Posted by on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Updated: This story has been updated to reflect the changes in the low power FM application of the organization formerly known as Capital Team Sports, Inc. The organization is now known as Oak City Media, Inc. and was the first local applicant to be granted a construction permit by the FCC. The group hopes to launch as 101.9 WKRP in Northeast Raleigh in 2015. 

Although it’s been a big year for Little Raleigh Radio—its live web stream launched February 17, airing live shows and new, prerecorded programming online every day since—founders Jacob Downey and Kelly Reid are still waiting to hear if they’ll get the low power FM station they’ve asked for.

Downey and Reid are now in competition with two other organizations that have applied for the 106.5 frequency from the FCC, down from four this time last year. Little Raleigh Radio’s original time share partner, a Raleigh Spanish-language church, moved its application from the 106.5 frequency to 106.7 in Clayton, after the two remaining organizations—both affiliated with the Catholic church—also applied for a time share agreement for the 106.5 frequency earlier this month.

“We considered moving our application with them, but from the beginning of the day to the end of the day, our vision is Radio for Raleigh from Raleigh,” Downey wrote in a Little Raleigh Radio December newsletter.

Downey says Little Raleigh Radio has filed a new objection against one of the organizations that applied for the time share, “on the basis that they provided incomplete and false information when disclosing their board of directors.” The group, the Corporation for Educational Advancement, or CEA, sponsors the Thomas International Center, whose mission, according to its website, is “cultural renewal in light of Western and Christian intellectual traditions” as represented in the writings of Thomas Aquinas.

A different Raleigh applicant, Oak City Media, Inc. (which has been granted its construction permit from the FCC for the 101.9 frequency and will launch in 2015) earlier filed an informal objection to CEA, seeking dismissal of its application on the basis that it is a foreign, rather than local, organization.

"We’re very high on the ideal that LPFM stations should represent local interests first and foremost," said D.P. McIntire, the executive director of Oak City Media. "In CEA’s case (and others at other frequencies being sought), there were items set forth in their application which led us to believe they may not adequately serve that interest. Among all those who applied for slots on the dial in Raleigh, including our own, Little Raleigh Radio’s mission and objectives best represent those interests."

The other group applying to share time on the 106.5 frequency is the Raleigh chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

“While we are in this fight to win it, this will be a waiting game,” the Little Raleigh Radio newsletter states. “We are using this time to find other ways to realize ways to achieve a terrestrial broadcast. Our leading idea is to reach out to existing stations that are looking for content for the new sub-channels that HD radio is making possible.”

Little Raleigh Radio has also been busy trying to raise money for music licensing fees, operating costs including rent and utilities and its nonprofit application filing fee. The group is currently hosting its first training class for station volunteers. The next training will be held in May, with workshops to be held in between.

Little Raleigh Radio will roll out a new website sometime in the next two months, and together with the Boys and Girls Club of southeast Raleigh, the group will hold a toy drive at Five Star restaurant on December 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information about the toy drive, or how to get involved with Little Raleigh Radio, email communications@littleraleighradio.org 


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