UCC wants local requirement for LPFM


The United Church of Christ has told the FCC that it didn’t fight to expand the LPFM service to see it filled with licensees that import programming from outside a station’s coverage area.
It essentially believes that the L in LPFM should stand not just for low, but for local as well.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a lengthy list of UCC members and other supporters of UCC’s position stated, “We supported the Act because we want to start radio stations, and listen to radio stations, that contain local programming responsive to the communities they serve. We are dismayed that some low power radio stations could get a precious license and not carry any locally-originated programming.”

They conclude, “Please heed the requests of the United Church of Christ, OC Inc., The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Prometheus Radio Project and ensure all low power radio stations will carry a minimum of locally-originated programming.”

According to UCC, 70 clergy and over 250 people of faith signed the letter.