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Airwaves: January 13, 2012

Go green with KNX

Mark your calendars ... KNX (1070 AM) wants to help you and your business go green.

Friday, January 20th at 8 AM, the all news station will present a free panel discussion and resource expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. KNX Business Hour host Frank Mottek will moderate a discussion that explores and explains how “going green” can be good for the bottom line ... why being socially responsible doesn’t have to mean fiscal irresponsibility.

Admission is free to the public, but advanced registration is required. Head over to for details.

No Harm, No Foul

A few years ago when the FCC decided to allow upstart broadcasters in many cities to broadcast on low-powered FM stations ranging from 10 to 1000 watts, the outcry from commercial stations as well as public was loud and fierce. Those LPFMs will destroy the FM band, they essentially said. Especially galling was the outcry from many public stations, considering that many started as LPFMs themselves.

Turns out that the fears were unwarranted. In a 100 page report submitted to Congress last week, the FCC determined that LPFMs had essentially no impact on the operation of commercial or public radio stations on revenue, ratings or interference.

Exactly what I said a decade ago.

LPFMs are designed as small signal stations to fill a void left by commercial stations, for example covering youth sports, playing music not found on other stations, or even acting as an inexpensive way for local businesses to advertise. The radio equivalent of small-town newspapers, albeit with limited reach.

At one time North High in Torrance had a 10-watt student-run radio station, and if I am not mistaken the old transmitter is still on top of the industrial arts building ... unused since the school’s broadcast license expired. Long Beach State had 10-watt student-run KSUL until the administration shut it down in 1981. I know that San Pedro High’s Communications House is very interested in an LPFM license -- as I am sure are others; unfortunately the FCC never opened up the local area to even the 10-watt licenses. Maybe with this new study they will reconsider.

Above the Law

KFWB (980 AM) has a new weekend show. West of Legal started January 1st and focusses on legal issues in the news, new laws and advice for everyday legal problems. THe program runs Sundays 1 - 2 PM.

The program is hosted by attorney William Seegmiller who hopes that the program will help people understand laws and how they impact their lives ... to get people to look into their legal rights rather than being intimidated by the law and by lawyers.

Radio Rewind

KPCC (89.3 FM) recently released a new version of their own radio app for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Reader Kim Ba of Torrance was so impressed she had to write.

“This app is so cool, I can actually pause the audio if someone calls me or comes to the door, Ba wrote. “Or I can rewind and replay part of the audio in case I think to myself, ‘did they really say what I think they said?’”

It’s available in the app store.


Copyright © 2012 Richard Wagoner and Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

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