Manchester public TV station seeks radio license
Manchester Public Television Service is seeking a low-power FM (LPFM) license from the Federal Communications Commission. The station is among about two dozen nonprofit groups across the state that have lined up for LPFM licenses since the agency opened up the application process for new community-oriented stations last fall.
"It's a different avenue to broadcast meetings; people can listen to media, to sporting events," MPTS Executive Director Jason Cote said.
"We're leaning more toward government and emergency programing and education. We're hoping to partner with UNH-Manchester and also to introduce a high school class for radio. This is all under discussion," he said.
MPTS first submitted its application in November. One other organization in Manchester is seeking a license, the St. Joseph Catholic Family Center. The two Manchester applications are still under review.
Cote said MPTS is revising what it proposed in its original application. As outlined in its proposal to the FCC, the "MPTS Radio Project" was to include broadcasts of its local access television shows, including ones featuring the local political commentators Rich Girard and Joe Kelly Levasseur.
If it does win a license, MPTS would join two commercial radio stations in offering Manchester-centered coverage, WGIR-AM and WLMW-FM, which carries Girard's daily morning show.
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