For comprehensive information on setting up a FM radio station in The United States please read on.

We have over 30 years experience setting up hundreds of low power FM, commercial AM & FM radio stations even part 15 and internet broadcasters, in addition to consulting on hundreds of other installations around the world.

If you are considering setting up a  radio station in The United States, it is essential to know what the available options are for you to get on the air.

We can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Including details on the various types of radio stations that can be established in The U.S. Some of these include:

  • Low Power FM
  • Commercial FM
  • Commercial AM
  • Streaming on the internet
  • Part 15 AM

For either of those options it is important to know:

  • Startup and ongoing costs for the station
  • Transmission and studio equipment that will be required
  • Information on how to obtain a FM or AM frequency
  • The exact process for securing the license and getting on the air

If you are seriously interested in setting up an FM radio station or an LPFM radio station in the U.S., you will need professional assistance to help make this a reality.

Give us an idea of exactly what you want to achieve with your radio station, the distance you want to broadcast to, etc. We will then compile a customized analysis of your situation that includes the options available to you, the costs that would be involved, as well as information on the broadcast and studio equipment you will need. Additionally you will receive instructions on how you should proceed next in the process to getting on air.

The consulting experience from The LPFM Store can alone help save thousands of dollars on equipment and licensing when setting up a  new radio station.  Additionally, we will speed up the process to getting you on the air by telling you in plain English exactly what steps that need to be taken.  We make filing an FCC LPFM application easy!

  1. My friend i want to star a LPFM station in springfield ma. for the pass 1 1/2yr….. and i have 1/2 the thing i need but not FM transmitter ….what kind is good low power F.M? is it a 100 watts or can i do more ? there LP station like Springfield Technical Community College 90.7 F.M they run the station at 4000 watts or like the station
    WLCQ-LPFM 99.7 Maximum Effective Radiated Power 100 Watts, what do this all mean????

    1. Radio stations have various classes of operation assigned by the FCC. The college station is in the full power class and is likely a Class A station – while the LPFM station is in the LPFM class – LP100 with a maximum of 100 watts. Proposed changes to FCC rules would increase that maximum power for LPFM to 250 watts in the 2013 filing window. The main thing you need before considering any of this is a license. This can be a lengthy process, equipment is easy to find, the license must be taken care of prior to even considering purchasing equipment.

    2. Lots of questions about Low Power FM Radio! Thats ok, thats why we’re here. Currently there is only one class of LPFM service and that is 50 – 100 watts. The FCC will soon be working on a proposal to increase this maximum power to 250 watts. The Communinity College radio station you mentioned is not considered an LPFM – it is in the full power class of Non Commercial Education radio stations. If you are seeking higher power than 100 watts, we can also assist with these types of applications through our parent firm Nexus Broadcast, LLC.

      The maximum power ERP refers to Effective Radiated power. This is a power level which takes many things into account, your local average terrain, antenna height, etc. There are many variables that effect this and the ERP is a method to ensure a certain signal strength at given distances. For instance an LPFM city grade 60 dbu contour goes out to 5.6km from your antenna. The signal goes further than that however. The city grade contour is very strong and should penetrate buildings within that contour. Going further into the 50 dbu and 40 dbu, the station will still be heard many miles beyond the city grade contour. However, outside the city grade contour the signal is weaker. Between the 60 DBU and 50 Dbu your signal would be strong in vehicles and stop the seek scanner on your car radio. Between the 50 and 40 Dbu contour, things get a bit more unpredictable, but generally an LPFM station can still be heard in this contour.

      Many things effect the range of any FM radio station. Height above average terrain, physical tower height, antenna type, coax length even guy wires. When you utilize our services to secure the LPFM Radio license, we help not only with the licensing process, but also when it is time to build the LPFM station. These types of things are complicated to a beginner but nothing you need to fear with Nexus on your side.

    1. With LPFM radio, the FCC does not have a main studio requirement. Therefore you are able to use your home as a location for a Low Power FM radio station studio. The only issues remaining would be local city or county laws regarding operating a business from your home. The FCC does not have a problem with this however.

    1. Teressa – you’ve contacted the right company! We will assist you with the LPFM Radio licensing process. With an LPFM Radio FCC filing window opening in 2013, your timing couldn’t be better!

    1. The FCC doesnt regulated the content of an LPFM other than it must contain no profanity, no commercial content and have some goal of an educational purpose. That last part is a very wide acceptance policy – dont worry about qualifying under the education part. We will guide you through this simple process to ensure you comply with every aspect of the qualifications!

  2. I was reading online that individuals are not allowed to start lpfm’s only non profit and government agencies is this true and if so how would a normal person without the assets to start a commercial fm go about applying for an lpfm

    1. It is true an individual may not be the licensee of an LPFM station. You can use an existing non-profit entity such as a non-profit corporation, church or association. If that is not possible, anyone can start a non-profit corporation easily with as little as one board member. So that need to be a barrier for you. We can help with that aspect of the process if necessary.

  3. so that means, if my ministry is corp.or im in a church thats corp. i can start a lpfm non-profit radio station and i dont have to pay right, i already have a christian internet radio station, all i need is the license and the fm transmitter and a anntena i have the rest of things, i use sam broadcaster .if i have to pay how much would it be ? i love doing this for the comunity talk positive and enjoy putting music i dont care how many miles they give me. please help me im already in the internet but i want to go local ocala florida 34476 my internet radio is LINK REDACTED

    1. The Federal Communications Commission does not charge a filing or regulatory fee for Low Power FM Radio Stations. Our firm handles all of the engineering exhibits creation, filing electronically and consulting with you to get this project started. We charge a flat fee for providing these services. The fee is dependent on the amount of work involved with your particular area and situation. Once a fee is determined it is a flat rate – no one likes surprises.

    1. We’re here to help Matt. We can get started with a free LPFM Radio Feasibility study for your area. Once a suitable frequency has been found we can proceed to the licensing application stage. We handle it all for you – no need to fear red tape, Nexus takes all the hassle out of the process.

  4. How do I find out if there is a frequency available in my rural community? I did one of the online queries based on GPS coordinates. It said no but all the information was quite confusing. I am 15 miles west of Wichita Kansas and only want to operate a small LPFM from my home.

    1. While there are online resources for a preliminary frequency check – its best to hire a consultant to handle the entire process to ensure your bets chance at success. While your sources tell you its not possible, a quick check shows there are indeed possible frequencies available at this location.

  5. We are a non-denominational church in Oneida NY, east of Syracuse. We are interested in starting a LPFM station within our city limits. We currently have an FCC Part 15 AM station and also broadcast via the internet.
    We have some technical expertise available to us, but we would like to get a ballpark figure of what the cost would be for assistance by your company in filing an application/ building permit and doing the necessary legal work to determine availability of air space (frequency allocation) in our area, etc.. Another words, we need assistance with the legal tasks necessary to obtain a licensed station.
    Could you reply and tell us what information is required from us, for you to make a reasonably accurate quotation for this work? Thanks so much.

        1. The signal of an LPFM station does not magically stop at 3 miles. This is the 60 dbu contour which is considered city grade, The coverage extends beyond that – 50 dbu, 40 dbu, etc. Properly built on a clean frequency an LPFM may extend up to 30 miles before it completely fades away.

  6. hi, i am interested in opening a ethnic commercial fm radio station probably of 1 kw power in san francisco or LA. do u think u will be able to help me in this.

    1. You have missed the LPFM filing window. This was conducted at the end of 2013. We may be able to help you with a full power station however – please call 800-83-NEXUS for information.

  7. I’ve worked as a sales manager and on air personality on a non commercial LPFM for almost two years. You can generates a substantial income with an LPFM. I’m now considering starting up several of my own. How much would it cost to have your company get us on air? Is it more cost effective to purchase an existing station? What are the costs associated with staying on air?

    1. LPFM applications are taken during designated filing windows. You can’t simply apply at will. The last filing window was in 2013. There will not likely be another window open for 3 – 5 years.

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