PhillyCAM is a community media center that brings together the people of Philadelphia to make and share media that promotes creative expression, democratic values and civic participation. Our Low Power FM Radio Station is one of the many programs and services PhillyCAM offers for community use for its membership.
After a 27 year long battle for public access TV, in 2009, PhillyCAM aired its first programs on Comcast 66/966 and Verizon 29/30. Activists and independent media producers rejoiced when Philly opened its first public access media center in the city. Media producers now had a community platform where they could share their stories and educate the public. Since then PhillyCAM has broadcasted thousands of hours of rich, diverse programming from community members and trained hundreds of people in media production. In 2013, PhillyCAM set its sights on radio and submitted an application to the FCC for a Low Power FM radio license. In January 2015, PhillyCAM was awarded a construction permit to broadcast on 106.5 FM in Philadelphia. Since then, we have been working to train radio producers, build a radio membership, raise money, and create radio programming for our station. In the next 7 months, we’ll continue growing our radio project and working towards getting on the FM by summer of 2016!
What is LPFM?
Low Power FM Radio is a non-commercial secondary radio service offered by the FCC. The licenses are for non-commercial, educational purposes and only licensed to nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, or government transportation agencies. The Board of Directors of PhillyCAM will govern the radio station, along with the Executive Director. A Radio Committee has been assembled in order to build policies and infrastructure. The station will be one of the many programs and services PhillyCAM will offer to its members.
PhillyCAM Radio is a member supported participatory community station re-humanizing radio with local voices and original programming. We support content that celebrates, respects, and reflects the rich cultural makeup of the Philadelphia/South Jersey area and provides a platform for diverse community perspectives. PhillyCAM Radio provides a medium for underserved communities and music not heard on mainstream media. We value content that is educational, respectful, inclusive, and innovative.
PhillyCAM Radio Timeline
January 2015 - Construction permit received from the FCC to build 106.5 LPFM
Spring 2015 - Begin training radio producers. New class, DIY Radio Production is offered
Summer 2015 - Recruitment for radio station members
July - Fall 2015 - Programming/Production planning
October 23 - PhillyCAM 6 year anniversary - online radio station/fundraising launch
November - Radio station committees launched
December 2015 - Capital campaign for radio station implemented
Winter 2016 - Station build launch/recruit engineers
Spring 2015 - 2016 - Studio build/renovations
Summer 2016 - FM radio station launch