Friday, September 21, 2012
3:20 pm edt
I thought I'd give you an update on the low power FM (LPFM) quest.
Because pretty much everything is going on behind-the-scenes, it looks like nothing is happening.
One of the things that has been bothering me about the whole LPFM process is
having a competing applixant file for the same facilities that I am, which would result in a mutually-exclusive (MX) situation.
An MX scenario can drag on for months, or even years.
Roday I have retained an engineering/legal
firm to represent Delta Star Radio in the filing process. I've been familiar with this company for years. They have a reputation
for winning, even before things get locked into the dreaded MX situation.
The LPFM station is
a battle that I need to win - not only for the community, but for myself as well. I need a win in my life. I need a purpose
and a reason to get up each morning.
My application is strong on its own, Delta Star Radio qualifies
for every item that is worth a point under the FCC's "criteria." We are a long-standing organization, going on 12
years in Tallahassee; our programming will be totally originated on a local level; we plan daily live-and-local programming;
plus one thing they don't ask - I know, and understand, radio. I take it seriously and can offer unique programming
to the Tallahassee area.
I've been encouraged from the emails I've received this week. I need
your support to do this, so please get in touch if you would like more information. Weite me personally at email@example.com.
P.S. Our new fundraising site for the LPFM project is online. Read more about me, Delta Star, and our quest for better
radio for the Tallahassee area at http://www.gofundme.com/tallyhometownradio
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
9:06 pm edt
After a few days of soul-searching, I have decided that the time
has come to pull the plug on most of the advertising now heard on Big D Country. Effective immediately, all streams will basically
be available on a commercial-free basis.
For a few hours during the changeover, some VIPs
apparently received the "commercial" feed. I apologize if that happened to you. The changeover is now complete.
Most of the ads were "per-inquiry" ads. Our most recent results reports show that we aren't
earning enough from these to cover expenses. Likewise, the pay for the network ads is so low that after running them for almost
a full year, we are nowhere close to the threshold for us to be paid.
But, if we
are to continue from this point on, we simply must hear from more listeners. Basically, ONE donor has donated enough to cover
our monthly expenses ($107, roughly) for the past year. The PIs for the past year earned us $112, $50, $60 and $21. We earned
nothing from them during the past three months.
Dear listeners: It's now up to you. Hopefully
enough of you will contribute so that Big D Country can continue broadcasting. If there is no response, I can only assume
that we are no longer needed. In that case, once the funds run out, the music will stop. That's the position I find myself
in today. I can't survive on disability and fund the station out of pocket.
For some reason,
this website system does not allow me to copy and paste the PayPal donate button that I desired. Nevertheless, the station
has its iown account at firstname.lastname@example.org on PayPal. Please consider helping Big D Country stay on the air.
Meantime, enjoy commercial free country music. I'll keep it going as long as I am able to. Thank you.