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G-town Radio is coming to the FM Dial

G-town Radio has operated for several years as a community internet radio station serving NW Philadelphia. In early 2015 G-town Radio was awarded a license from the FCC to broadcast on the FM dial as a Low Power FM station. Since then we have been busy working on raising the money and planning the move to FM. We are closer than ever to making this happen. This page will contain updates and information on our progress. Scroll through to learn more. If would like to know about something not addressed here or have a comment email us at info@gtownradio.com.



Meet a Legend of NPR (and Me) on 6/11 Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 June 2017

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This Sunday, June 11, from 4-6 PM Weavers Way will host the event called The Foundations of Public Radio. Bill Siemering will be the featured presenter. For those who don't know Bill was the original producer of NPR's flagship news show, All Things Considered, as well as the author of NPR's mission statement and launched Fresh Air with Terry Gross while at WHYY. After that he went on to help launch community radio stations all over Africa.

But wait, there's more. Jim Bear, station manager of G-town Radio / WGGT-LP, will also present. He'll explain Low Power FM and the coming of community radio to NW Philadelphia. A Q&A will follow. The event is free but registration is needed. Click here to register.

Keep up to date on our LPFM progress on the LPFM homepage.

 
What You'll Hear on 92.9 FM Print E-mail
Friday, 02 June 2017

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If our frequency had a Facebook profile its relationship status would be 'It's complicated'.

LPFM licenses in crowded media markets (like Philadelphia) are limited and desired. This meant many parties applied for every open frequency on the dial. In the FCC scoring system ties are common and the end result is a frequency can be shared by multiple stations. That is what happened with 92.9 FM. G-town Radio is one of four different stations that will share the frequency. Three are based in Germantown and one in South Philadelphia. The Germantown based stations are G-town Radio, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) and Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC). South Philadelphia Community Radio is based in, you guessed it, South Philly. Each group is its own entity with their own set of call letters.

The three Germantown based groups will share the G-town Radio studio and broadcast location. They will share time from noon each Wednesday to midnight on Sunday. South Philly will then broadcast the next 2.5 days (midnight Sunday to noon Wednesday). Because of the distance between the two transmitters you most likely won't hear the S. Philly broadcast in Germantown and vice versa. While no one will argue this is an ideal situation it is what we have and all parties are determined to make it work.

G-town Radio will continue to stream on the internet 24 hours a day in addition to the FM broadcast. We will simulcast all FM programming and run original programming during non-FM hours.

Learn more on the LPFM homepage.

 
Where Will You Hear It? Print E-mail
Friday, 02 June 2017

G-town Radio will operate with the call letters WGGT-LP (the LP stands for low power). Our broadcast will be heard on 92.9 FM. Since NW Philadelphia sits on higher ground than the rest of the city we will only operate at about 40 watts BUT we have some great sight lines in all directions which means our signal should still have a decent reach. Although we won't know for sure until we flip the switch we should be heard over a 3-5 mile radius. This coverage map below (courtesy of Rec Networks) will give you an idea.

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Learn more on the LPFM homepage.

 
What is LPFM? Print E-mail
Friday, 02 June 2017

Low Power FM stations (LPFM) are community-based, non-commercial radio stations that operate at 100 watts or fewer. LPFM stations allow local broadcasters to serve their local communities. They address the interests of specific groups including neighborhoods, people of color, trade unions, and religious and linguistic communities, and provide a forum for news and debate about important local issues. Historically, community-based low power radio stations have been an important part of radio broadcasting. However, in 1978, the FCC put a freeze on issuing these low wattage licenses. This policy was reversed in 2000.

This info and more found here: http://www.civilrights.org/publications/low-power/what-is-lpfm.htm