Without over-the-air radio capability, some organizations are providing engaging local and national programming with the needs of the community fully in mind. Community media organizations can include non-profit public access television providers and producers, streaming internet radio stations and independent media centers. The main goal of these organizations is information and entertainment. Radio can reach listeners in your community that do not have access to cable or can afford internet or a mobile data plan. They only need an FM radio.
Unlike other non-profit organizations, community media organizations have a board of directors that is most likely to be very active in steering the direction of the station although they may be assisted by one or more advisory boards that may include community members. The main board of directors would be the "parties" to the application and would be ultimately reponsible for the operation of the station in the eyes of the FCC. There are restrictions on board members who have an ownership stake in other broadcast stations (including low power TV stations) or daily news papers, former radio pirates and those with criminal records.
Your LPFM station can use the same volunteer and/or paid staff. If your organization is currently streaming, you may want to familiarize yourself with the FCC rules and consider following as many FCC rules as possible on your stream. This is the best training you can give for your air talent when the big date arrives and your organization is on FM radio.
Community media organizations can use the radio station to raise money for the organization and its radio operation. LPFM stations can not be used to raise funds for other organizations nor can they endorse candidates for public office. Stations may acknowledge underwriters and supporters on the air but they can not carry promotional commercial messages.
Once licensed, community media organizations can join the National Federation of Community Broadcasters to provide information about the construction of the station, building an audience, effective fundraising and have a voice in Washington.