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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Media Bridges to launch FM station, Radio Free Queen City

One of Cincinnati’s great unique assets is Media Bridges, our community media center. The non-profit organization operates four of the city’s public access television channels and broadcasts an Internet radio station, The Bridge.

Beginning August 1, Media Bridges will be adding yet another outlet as they launch Radio Free Queen City. This new low-power station, officially known as WVQC-LP, will broadcast on 95.7 FM. It will feature content produced by volunteers, focusing on issues, arts, and culture relevant to the community. The station will air city council meetings, some alternative national programming, and Spanish-language news. Media Bridges says WVQC will not duplicate the programming of other Cincinnati-area stations.

Media Bridges first applied for a license to operate an FM station in 2001, and the FCC granted the license last year. A campaign has been launched to raise the $127,000 needed to purchase the transmitter, build a new radio studio at Media Bridges’ Over-the-Rhine location, and fund the station’s first year of operation. Once operational, the FM signal will cover a 3-5 mile radius, and will presumably be streamed online for those outside the core of the city.

Cincinnati is currently served by another non-profit volunteer radio station, the East Walnut Hills-based WAIF, which has been surrounded by controversy in recent years.

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Radio tower photo courtesy of Flickr user maliciousmonkey.


Quimbob said...

Does it normally take 7 years to get a low power license ?!?
IIRC, WAIF was started by some Antiochians who got their start at WYSO.
Or, as Wessels states, "group of hippies".

Travis Estell said...

Not sure why there was a 7 year holdup. Seems a bit extreme to me.

Tom Bishop said...

To say the FCC has been less than generous to the LPFM community would be an understatement. Hopefully this will change with a new FCC and legislation that Prometheus Radio Project has gotten sponsored in the House called the Local Community Radio Act. This will free up more frequencies and streamline the process. You can see more here

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