Christian Community Broadcasters
is the "Ace" of community broadcasting because of its Advocacy
of Low Power, Consulting and FCC filing services, and Equipment
to transmit an FM signal. CCB was
founded by John and Henri Broomall in early 2000, shortly after the FCC
authorized Low Power FM radio in January 2000, to assist churches,
ministries, schools, and other community groups to apply for, construct,
and operate LPFM stations.
Christian Community Broadcasters was formed to provide Christian low power
broadcasters with support and advocacy. John Broomall, Sr.,
helped found Atlanta's non-commercial Christian television station,
WATC-DT 57, nearly 20 years ago, and served as its Underwriting Manager
until his retirement in 2012
In 2016 and 2017 the FCC decided to assist AM broadcasters by allowing them to acquire or apply for FM translators leading to the crowding of the FM dial in much of the United States, except rural areas. Already new translators, operating legally, were causing serious interference to LPFM stations, reducing their potential audience, and preventing moves to potentially better transmitter sites. Unfortunately the situation will get worse.
LPFM advocates, including CCB, would
like the FCC to allow Low Power FM stations to increase power to 250 and
accept applications for new LPFM stations. Unfortunately this may
never happen and if it did if might only benefit organizations in rural
areas where the radio dial is not full. FM frequencies in urban
areas that appear to be empty are either reserved for permittees not on
the air yet or serve as "buffer channels" for existing stations.
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