All over the country there are low-power radio stations pumping out high-powered content relevant to their local communities. These stations are built and operated by community members, students, seniors, business people, towns, parents, colleges, neighbors and friends. The KLSN community is people joining together to contribute their time and talents to create diverse and special programming.
Our programming falls into the following main categories:
KLSN's broadcast tower is located on the ridge near Bypass Road and Lone Tree Blvd.
The transmitter's range varies from 5 to 15 miles depending upon the weather. If you're having difficulty hearing us, remember that large obstacles or thick building walls may block our signal. Click here for suggestions on improving radio reception. Our signal reaches Oakley, Antioch, Brentwood, Knightsen, Byron, Discovery Bay, and parts of Pittsburg, Bethel Island and Sherman Island. Within our broadcast area, there are a combined population of approximately 270,000 residents, 6 public high schools and two college campuses.
KLSN runs on the enthusiasm, creativity and energy of its volunteers! Join the team that runs KLSN Community Radio!
Internships and apprenticeships are available to both high school (16 years and older) and college students whose educational track would benefit from radio broadcasting experience. Contact the station for more information.
KLSN Community Radio is listener-supported! We provide a local alternative to for-profit commercial radio with lots of ads. Your support keeps us on the air. Please donate!
As a result of the Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established Low Power FM (LPFM) as a new designated class of radio station. These stations are allowed to operate at up to 100 watts of power, compared to the minimum 100 watt requirement for commercial stations. J&MC Quarterly Journal described LPFM as:
... necessary to offset the growing consolidation of station ownership in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which removed caps on radio ownership, as well as the decline of locally produced radio programming.
After President Obama signed The Local Community Radio Act of 2010 into law on January 4, 2010, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said,
Low power FM stations are small, but they make a giant contribution to local community programming. This important law eliminates the unnecessary restrictions that kept these local stations off the air in cities and towns across the country.
Compared to an average commercial FM station, LPFM community stations are very affordable. And they can be crucial for small communities in times of emergencies. A LPFM radio station can stay on the air even if the power goes out. Did you know that LPFM community stations saved lives during the Katrina hurricane disaster?
A LPFM station can strengthen community identity, create diversity on-air, and open up opportunities for interested students. It gives a voice to schools and organizations to promote many service-related projects that help better local neighborhoods.Source: Wikipedia