FCC Grants LPFM Construction Permit

March 13, 2014 the Federal Communications Commission granted Delgado Community College a Construction Permit to build a 100 watt station on 98.9 MHz.  The college has 18 months to complete installation of the transmitter, antenna and ancillary equipment before applying for the actual broadcasting license.

Following a mandate outlined in the Community Radio Act of 2011, the FCC opened a filing window to allow–for the first time in 13 years–qualified non-profit groups to apply for a Low Power FM (LPFM) license.

Delgado TV & Radio Instructor Bob Dunn, faculty advisor for Dolphin Radio, says he estimates the equipment required for FM broadcasts will cost approximately $17,000.  Fundraising efforts, grant and underwriter solicitations are underway to raise the needed money.

When complete, the LPFM station will have “Grade A” coverage within about six miles of the Delgado City Park campus, and slightly lower-grade coverage beyond, signal sufficient enough to cover most of the New Orleans area.

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