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College in process of attaining new radio station

February 7, 2014

The Sound of Monmouth College might just be getting a little bit louder. Monmouth has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build a new Low Power FM (LPFM) radio station. This service is offered by the FCC to non-profit organizations like Monmouth to further community programming. The station will allow WMCR to broadcast to an estimated five-mile radius, allowing the station to reach a larger audience than it ever has.

Getting a permit from the FCC was the first step towards a LPFM radio station. Chris Goble, WMCR advisor, doesn’t have all of the information regarding future steps, but he does know that WMCR has to work on getting the rest of the equipment for the station. “We are in a better position than most since we already have an internet station up and running with studio equipment,” Goble said. “Since we started the application process, I have been working with the Development Office. An alum had volunteered to help us develop a budget and explore the used equipment market to get the needed equipment. An estimated cost is around $10,000.”

Monmouth has 18 months to get the LPFM station up and running, though they can apply for an additional 18 months if needed. “I hope it doesn’t take that long, but we do need time to get a budget in place and raise the money for the equipment,” Goble said.

In addition to getting a new station, Goble is looking into moving the radio station from its current location in the basement of Stockdale to the third floor of Wallace Hall, which is also the home to the Communication Studies Department.

Goble is excited to share the experience of small-town broadcasting with Monmouth students. “Small town community radio was my first job in broadcasting…My hope is that will help the students see even more the value that radio has to serve a community,” Goble said of the new prospect. “The opportunity for the radio station to build on the town and gown relationship has great potential.”

Mackenzie Mahler
Copy Editor

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