Unweaving the web

With most of the visible radio stations checked for the first time in six months, additional things are being added to help track down the people and organizations behind radio applications, of which Low Power FM radio stations can be hard to find.

The first one I tried (by searching on the address and name on the application) turned up immediate results. WJUI-LPFM in New Jersey is licensed to the lofty named
“AMERICAN CNTR FOR CIVIL JUSTICE,RELIGIOUS LIBERTY&TOLERANCE”

Following the breadcrumbs brought me to Rabbi Jedidiah Perr, who is in the middle of a liberal vs Conservative controversy within the Jewish community.

http://forward.com/news/212835/was-terror-compensation-cash-diverted-to-orthodox/

It’s a pretty long story, but does hint at the types of organizations that want an LPFM radio license

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5 Responses to Unweaving the web

  1. briand75 says:

    So Jedidiah is a crook. I didn’t get the feeling that he was doing anything beyond gaining street cred with the Orthodox institutions in NJ and NYC. He was also most certainly filling his pockets. I take it there was some insight that crooks and greedy people want LPFM licenses.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      LPFM stations are non-profit by definition, including the license can’t be resold – only transferred to another non-profit.

      Roughly 2/3 of LPFMs are owned by religious organizations. Another 10–15% are Government or education system operated. A relatively few are operated by left wing political community groups and they generally flame out very fast unless they have government funding. Nobody wants to spend Saturday night at the station for the 2 people who are listening.

      This particular LPFM just got its license a few days ago. Where a tight nit community lives centered within a few miles of the transmitter, then it might have critical mass, like for Broadcasting religious services.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    Here is another example – KJVA-LP in San Bernardino CA was one I was unable to track down previously – it is licensed to Vida Abunte (Abundant Life in Spanish). By following a couple clicks, the address used to file the application comes back to the Trinity United Methodist Church of the Inland Empire. That doesn’t prove the church operates the LPFM, but does establish a connection.

    https://www.facebook.com/TUMCIE/

  3. Parrott says:

    I like the new Pic with the dinosaurs up top .
    its good
    parrott

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I was looking for a zombie AM radio station and instead found an odd collection of metal objects on the ground close to where the antenna should have been. When I zoomed to street level, that is what I found. I think it is in North Carolina, but beyond that I have no explanation. It doesn’t appear to be a public park

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