What is LPFM? Low Power FM radio stations are non-commercial stations run by non-profit organizations, schools, community groups, churches, or government agencies. They are largely run by volunteers and support local programming. Their effective power is limited to 100 watts, which covers about a 3-4 mile radius - enough, for example to cover about two-thirds of the city of Modesto. Car radios are actually the most sensitive, commonly available radios today, so they may pick up stations from much further away than a typical clock radio or indoor FM receiver. A possible "coverage map" for our potential station may be seen here.
(Compared to, say, the highest class commercial radio station which may operate up to an effective power of 100kw, and cover a radius of 60-70 miles or more depending, for example, on their antenna height and the surrounding terrain.)
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. Your coverage map looks like it covers all of Modesto! But I can't hear it where I am.
Update 12/29/2016: Our range (or listening area) appears to have improved by twice as much; we can reach Kiernan & Tully; down to Roseburg; west to the 99; and east to Coffee Road along Sylvan Avenue. Also we are heard now in parts of Riverbank! Please contact us to let us know where you are listening to GraceRadio!
A. The map was a prediction of possible signal coverage, made before the station went on the air. Actual coverage depends on many factors... For example, we are receiving (expected) interference from not one, but two distant FM stations...
Q. I thought this was a non-commercial station? What about those announcements where someone is talking about such-and-such a cause, then asks for a donation? Aren't those commercials?
A. Non-commercial stations are allowed to raise money for their own expenses; so, for example, GraceRadio may accept donations or grants, and we may respond with an on-air acknowledgments. Also, non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses alike may sponsor a particular radio program or programs.
A program producer may offer a radio program to a station at no cost to the station, but simply with the agreement for the station to air the program in trade, essentially, for the air time to broadcast the program. The program producer (a non-profit organization itself) may then ask for donations during its program to support its organization and other non-profit organizations. This producer also may, in turn, be sponsored by another organization or business as well. As part of regular non-commercial programming, this is also allowed.
If you are interested in donating to support this station, please contact us or click on our "Donate" button on the left.