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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.

Why Radio?

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.
Broadcast radio:

  • 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.

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2017/state-of-the-media-audio-today-2017.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-power_broadcasting#Origins_of_LPFM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-power_broadcasting#Local_Community_Radio_Act_of_2010

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6 responses »

  1. As a new resident of Oakley I discovered KLSN! I really enjoy the music line up and the local info. Our new home is in the neighborhood is just north of E. Cypress and Frank Hengel Drive. The static on the channel starts just east of Main Street and by the time I’m home I’ve lost the channel. That means the developing part of Oakley east of Picasso can’t access this amazing resource. Is it possible to expand the reception area? I will keep listening when out in my car. Thx

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    • The station is a Low Power FM radio station. LPFM stations have a limited broadcast range of just a few miles. You can get decent coverage from about Loveridge Rd in Pittsburg to Byron. However there are some dark spots in coverage throughout this area, E. Cypress is one of them. The station is working to remedy this in the near future.

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  2. Steven LoCastro

    I live in Brentwood and I just found this station and I love it!

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  3. found your station by accident and haven’t changed love the oldies, born and raised in Oakley

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  4. As a former ‘volunteer’ I’m very curious about where this project stands. I was a big believer, but certain management policies chased me away. What will the Friends of Oakley do to make this a legitimate operation before the FCC takes the license away – or is it too late?

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    • KLSN Project Status April 2018
      Current FCC Broadcast License Status
      • KLSN is under an FCC approved Special Temporary Authority permitting KLSN to be off the air for up to six months, with an additional six months if required.
      • There are no pending issues before the FCC regarding KLSN operations. FCC records show KLSN in full compliance with all FCC rules and regulation.
      KLSN Administrative Status
      • The Friends of Oakley is the registered owner of the KLSN 92.9 FM broadcast license.
      • The Friends of Oakley has engaged The San Francisco Study Center as fiscal sponsor for the KLSN Project. In this capacity, the Study Center holds title to, and manages, all financial and physical assets owned by KLSN, including property and equipment leases, facilities, volunteer and employee agreements, insurance obligations and HR liabilities.
      • Studio operations are managed by the Study Center’s designated project manager: Chris Ponsano.
      • The KLSN general manager is engaged by the Study Center and has dual reporting responsibilities to the executive director of the Study Center and the board of directors of the Friends of Oakley.
      KLSN Operational Status
      • Repairs are in progress and are almost complete. Our music database is being rebuilt. The station is being redesigned in order to streamline operations to insure FCC requirements are met and volunteers fully trained.
      • Replacement software licenses have been secured and are being installed on station equipment.
      • A complete equipment inventory is underway with an estimated completion by the end of April.
      • The target date to resume full power broadcasting is June 1st 2018.
      Tower Lease Agreement Status
      • American Tower is preparing a 5-year lease agreement proposal for the SF Study Center. Upon receipt of the completed lease agreement and a lease down payment, KLSN will re-commence broadcast testing — anticipated by the middle of May.
      • KLSN funds held in trust by the Study Center are sufficient to cover lease payments for three months, and to be supported by underwriting fees past that point.
      Funding and Facility Lease Status
      • Stolen and damaged broadcast equipment has been replaced.
      • 14 months remain on the Lauritzen’s Yacht Harbor lease for the studio and separate office.
      • The Sycamore Street office lease has 3 years remaining.
      • Music licenses for BMI and SESAC have been paid through March 2019.
      Station Personnel
      • KLSN has recruited two retired radio engineers to manage and direct the technical equipment repairs.
      • Three local DJs are reassembling our music playlist. The station sound and style will be restored to classic hits of the 70s, 80, and 90s. Community specific content will be developed as time and resources allow.
      • Other volunteers will produce our initial content to include weather reports produced by a radio weather service, activity calendars by participating schools, and community calendars.
      • KLSN current staff consists of the general manager and eight volunteers.

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