WCRP means We're Community Radio around Pottstown
We went on the air September 1 ,2005 as WCRP after begining life as WFXI in 1997. Our signal was poor so we had a small audience. But that has changed! Thanks to contributions from businesses such as flowersbycolleen we have Hamilton transmitters. We air old time radio shows from the Yesterday USA radio network weekdays.Saturday and Sunday you can hear great radio such as Nightwatch,Ghostly Talk and The strange dave show.
Part 15 radio
About 10 years ago the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), began a trend of deregulation that changed the face of radio broadcasting in the United States. Medium, and small market broadcast owners were being purchased left, and right by larger broadcasters, at prices they couldn't refuse! Not to mention, many of these owners had tremendous debt loads, and endless overhead. Deregulation also allowed larger owners to purchase other large media companies to form massive broadcast conglomerates... which put more little guys out of business. Today, the radio industry has a new face, and you will find the same radio group owners in every town U.S.A. such as; Clear Channel, Cumulus, CBS, and Emmis to name a few... of course there are ONLY a few! Community groups from around the country rose to show their anger at the FCC for such changes, which eventually silenced many voices in cities across America. So the government looked into the concept of Low-Power broadcasting (LP), which includes television, and radio outlets. There was various criteria for being eligible, mainly for non-profit, and public service groups. Once again, many small commercial broadcasters felt left out in the cold. Many applicants must be screened, and chosen for assigned frequencies which are available in their area, and must broadcast via low-power coverage. Once thousands of applicants flooded the FCC for LP outlets, many were assigned, and then the freeze began. The Feds began to suspend applications in order to catch up with all of the paperwork, and massive flux of diverse community interest. Low-power FM radio would be almost as hard as purchasing an existing FM, which at today's inflated prices would be a long shot for minority broadcasters with small budgets. However, the FCC had a little known broadcast rule known as Part 15 (Code of Federal Regulations; Title 47, Volume 1, Sec. 15.219) which allows anyone to broadcast a radio station on the AM band from 510-1700 kHz legally! These stations are known as LPAM (Low-Power AM), and are spreading over the U.S. at alarming rates since late 2002. Hundreds have signed on, with commercial, and non-commercial formats serving small, and isolated communities. Recently a handful have become successful commercially, even making profits for themselves.Now for the small broadcaster who was squeezed out of business by the big boys, or wanna-be owners who couldn't afford a broadcast property, Part 15 has become a godsend! Quietly many commercial formats are being exposed over these LPAM outlets, which are competing for ad dollars on their own terms. In addition, many national radio networks are accepting affiliation over these stations, in terms of expanding their national reach for niche programming.Now the radio industry is seeing new blood pumped into AM, and that entity is Part 15 LPAM broadcasting.
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