Paul McLane is editor in chief.
We’ve been telling you
about some of the many LPFM stations that will be coming on the air in the
United States. Here’s one that’s cut from my kind of cloth.
“Mississippi non-profit Classic Book Radio is starting a low-power FM
radio station which will broadcast readings from classic works of literature,”
states the press release.
It said Classic Book Radio was established to broadcast
classic audio books from the archive at LibriVox.org. It has a construction
permit for 95.5 MHz in Columbus, with call sign WMFH(LP).
station is trying to raise $15,000 via “crowd funding” on the Indigogo
Founder Christopher Howard, who has audio and amateur radio experience, is quoted in the
release saying the station wants to promote literacy. “We feel this can be an
important tool for introducing people to the large body of quality English
literature they might not otherwise experience, including timeless works from
Aesop to Melville and from Shakespeare to Mark Twain.”
are no royalties to pay for the text, because the material is all in the public
domain, he indicated. “Our programming content is
normal people sitting down to read to you.” Further, Howard writes on the station’s fundraising page: “We have a place to
operate. And we have a radio tower, 60 feet tall, which I have used for my
amateur radio hobby. We have reliable electricity and Internet. We
have a PC running the Rivendell radio library/scheduling/playback software and
a steadily growing body of downloaded content.” But he is seeking to raise money for studio
gear, EAS system, transmitter and streaming hosting service.
campaign runs til late March. Christopher Howard is seen in a promotional video below.
I wish him well; this kind of endeavor seems to me to represent the spirit of what LPFM is for. (Tell us about your own LPFM plans during this historic expansion of the FM service. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.)