Letters: Give LPFMs a Break
LPFMs a Break
response to Scott Bailey’s letter regarding LPFMs “not playing
fair” (Reader’s Forum, Oct. 23) — they have bills to
pay, electric-phones-music license and such. They must receive funds
from somewhere, and in most cases it is from underwriting, since they
can’t sell advertising like the “big boys.”
long as they follow the FCC rules on underwriting, why shouldn’t
they sound professional? I have been broadcasting for more than 50
years, working at very large stations as well as very small ones. I
even worked at some AM stations, played discs by the armload, read
spots live and more.
I grew up with radio, and then at age 70 retired and thought I needed
to get away from radio for a while. How wrong was that! Now, at age
82, I am having a ball as manager of a 100-watt LPFM station. I have
excellent help at the station, and we sound every bit as good as, or
better than, several local commercial stations.
are not getting rich, just enough to pay the bills. We are serving
the local community with local news, weather, bake sales, yard sales
and more that the commercial stations don’t want to “clutter up”
their fine programing format.
your city doesn’t need an LPFM to add to the mix. After all, what
can those grubby kids add to the air that you can’t — or won’t
— do? “Local AMs like us was here first” … Wake up man, and
give ’em a chance. You might even learn from them!
Wheeler a Poor Choice for FCC
In my opinion, having former cable and wireless lobbyist Tom Wheeler
as the head of the FCC is like putting a mouse in charge of security
of a cheese factory.
would Mr. Wheeler care at all about terrestrial broadcasters after
having years of representing cellphone/wireless interests and their
spectrum requests? And what’s the chance of cable customers finally
getting a la carte packages after his years of representing
the cable companies?
broadcast engineer truly would have been the best choice for the FCC
chairman position, not a lobbyist, a politico or a lawyer.