Many of our listeners may not have the means to listen online, and of those who do, a great number may be unable to afford the data charges they would accrue in order to listen to us while on-the-go via a cellular data plan.
Their plan is to sell our frequency to Rhode Island Public Radio, an organization already broadcasting on 3 other FM frequencies. Furthermore, their programming is almost entirely syndicated, non-local programming already available to listeners of any other NPR affiliate (several of which can already be heard in the area). In exchange, the region would lose its only community-run independent station - a station which broadcasts music unlikely to be heard on commercial radio, along with a slate of locally-produced public affairs programming.
In order to fight back against the well-funded groups trying to strip us of our airspace, we'll need to file appropriate documents with the FCC; unfortunately, the costs of hiring a lawyer to draft these dense and technical documents is beyond our budget, and so we hope that the listening public will assist us in fighting back for the cause of local, non-commercial radio.
Our audience means the world to us, and the idea of abandoning so many of them with a shift to online-only broadcasts is unacceptable.
Every donation helps, and any funding left over after our legal fees will be used to assist the station's budget for equipment and other essentials.
Thank you so much for any assistance you may be able to provide - our team and our listenership appreciate it immensely!
While we didn't raise enough to hire a lawyer, we were able to do enough research in order to file our own petition to deny properly. In spite of the inability to hire a lawyer, your donations are invaluable in funding printing costs for fliers to get the word out, and for providing much-needed repairs and maintenance to our aging equipment.
We deeply and sincerely thank you all for your support, and we hope to continue providing you with the finest programming we can for as long as we can - hopefully via our FM frequency.
As an aside, we know these donations were collected with the principal goal of collecting enough to get a lawyer to draft our petition to deny - as mentioned, we did not raise enough to hire an attorney. If you are unhappy about your donation instead being used for raising awareness of our situation and for studio repair costs, please contact me for a refund.