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LPFM … On the Air

Getting started in the exciting world of radio

Radio seems to be making a lot of news from the HD radio initiative to stations being sold/traded to the many LPFMs now hitting the airwaves. Many breaking into LPFM are just beginners and face the initial learning curve. Here are a few links that may be of help if this applies to you.

Putting the Me in Mecrophone
LPFMs are opening the door for a lot of new people into radio. Many have no broadcast experience but will eventually get the hang of “talking to ‘A’ listener” when they are at the mic. Addressing “a listener” is the approach that the best on-air personalities use, though in reality a jock will have MANY listeners (or so he hopes). Each individual listener feels as though the personality is talking directly with him/her. It’s not a secret nor a trick, it’s the means to effective communications. This link is an “On-Air Radio 101” primer. Though short … it’s sweet and accurate.

Radio Broadcast Definitions
Here are some expressions that can be unique to radio. Things from back-timing to cume which some people new to radio may have heard but not understood.

Straight From the FCC Horse’s Mouth
Anyone involved in LPFM must be/should be reading everything possible on the technology. Many folks seem to jump in enthusiastically but without the basics. The FCC’s Low Power FM (LPFM) Radio page is a good place to start.

Expert Advice
REC Networks and Michi Bradley have been at the forefront of the LPFM technology lead, even getting proposed rule-making before the FCC. The web site is an excellent LFPM reference source.

And finally …
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If you stumble across a good or unusual web site that might be of interest, please don’t hesitate to send me the link and any info you might have about it. My email address is [email protected].