KLSN 92.9 FM
The Federal Communications Commission awarded a low power FM (LPFM) radio station construction permit to the Friends of Oakley on February 4, 2014. KLSN 92.9 FM began broadcasting on March 3, 2017, and can be heard by up to 250,000 residents across Oakley, Antioch, Brentwood and other communities of East Contra Costa County.
KLSN broadcasts classic hits, high school sports, and community calendars containing announcements of local events and area happenings, with future plans for locally-produced programs of community interest, education and entertainment.
KLSN is run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who believe in the mission of nonprofit locally-controlled community radio, train new volunteers, and work to keep the station functioning. The Friends of Oakley holds the broadcast license and provides governance with its sitting Board of Directors.
A LPFM station can strengthen community identity, create diversity on-air, and open up opportunities for interested students and residents. It gives a voice to schools and organizations to promote many service-related projects that help better local neighborhoods.
Commercial radio is expensive both to build and operate. This places its use far outside the reach of most organizations and citizens. Compared to an average commercial FM station, LPFM community stations are very affordable. And they can be crucial for small communities in times of emergencies.
Radio is the Most Effective Means to Reach the Community
In 2016, Neilson reported on the effectiveness of various forms of media . According to this report, radio reaches more adults than broadcast television, satellite or cable services, smartphones and tablets, and the internet. The reason for radio’s dominance becomes clear when the following are considered.
- Is in almost every car in the country.
- Requires no access to networks or the internet.
- Is always on and available.
- Is completely free.
- Has been around for 100 years.
The Case for Community Radio
The deregulatory provisions of 1996 Telecommunications Act removed many barriers to media ownership, quickly bringing about a consolidation of most radio stations under the umbrella of only a few corporations. This resulted in listeners hearing the same content across most stations as well as a drastic loss of programming that covered local news and information.
In January 2000, the FCC established LPFM as a new class of radio station. These stations broadcast at up to 100 watts and are assigned to schools and nonprofit organizations. LPFM’s serve as an alternative to “radio homogenization”, as described in the J&MC Quarterly Journal, as “… Necessary to offset the growing consolidation of station ownership in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which removed caps on radio ownership, as well as the decline of locally produced radio programming. ”
In a statement after passage of The Local Community Radio Act of 2010, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said, “Low power FM stations are small, but they make a giant contribution to local community programming. This important law eliminates the unnecessary restrictions that kept these local stations off the air in cities and towns across the country. ”
Learn More About Your Community Radio Station!
Information about KLSN, including how to contribute by either volunteering or donating, can be found at their website at http://www.klsn.org or by contacting the station at (925) 625-KLSN.