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DNAV Launches FM Radio Licensing Program for Non-Profits

A new website provides relevant information for interested LPFM applicants

Editor’s note: The window for filing applications for new LPFM stations has been pushed back. It will now run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13. Learn more here

Consultant firm DNAV has launched a program to help non-profit organizations that hope to obtain FCC licenses for new low-power FM radio stations. The company has also launched a website to provide additional information and general guidance for potential applicants.

The website includes information on DNAV’s “Low-Power FM Licensing Team” program, created with the FCC’s next LPFM filing window in mind. It runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8.

“DNAV will offer several service options for community-based organizations that want to build, own and operate radio stations up to 100 Watts, ranging from initial consultation to complete, turnkey radio station design and integration services,” the company said in a press release. Qualified applicants include houses of worship and ministries, K–12 schools, universities, municipalities and government agencies that broadcast public safety information.

DNAV said the FCC has offered two LPFM filing windows to date — the previous one taking place in 2013, during which DNAV helped 15 radio stations obtain licenses.

“While few FM frequencies remain open in major markets, we see plenty of opportunities to help non-profits bring their messages to air in rural communities and small to medium markets,” said Principal Nick Straka in the release. “The FCC favors voices with a local presence and no current broadcast properties, and they will grant licenses to those who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

The process begins with a technical consulting phase that determines the best frequency and tower location for each application. DNAV said it will confirm how many frequencies remain available in the applicant’s market and create proposed coverage maps based on power levels, terrain challenges and adjacent channel coverage areas.

After managing the FCC application process, applicants who are granted construction permits can have DNAV assist with building and shipping equipment racks with on-air gear, providing turnkey design services for studios and transmitter sites and preparing final FCC paperwork following the construction of broadcast facilities.

[Related: “Taking It LPFM: Finding or Founding Your Nonprofit“]