After seven years of preparation, Pawling Public Radio has begun the task of filling out the long and complicated application for FCC licensing.
On August first, PPR board members submitted the initial application to their filing consultant, NEXUS Communications, located in Texas.
Mr. Leo Ashcraft, President of Nexus Communications was tapped by PPR 18 months ago, when news of the impending FCC application filing window was announced. Since that time, Mr. Ashcraft has provided information to PPR leadership regarding important dates, timely information, and FCC requirements for licensing. Nexus will complete the engineering portion of the application, as well as assure all information submitted by PPR is accurately presented.
The official FCC filing application is due the week of October 15th, and the PPR Board of Directors expect to have their paperwork completed well in advance of this very important deadline.
Having spent the last several years making sure they were in complete compliance with FCC regulations for Low Power FM community licensing, Pawling Public Radio expects a positive outcome from their application, and hopes to be awarded a construction permit from the FCC, which is the next step in the official licensing process. They will then have 18 months to complete the purchase of all required equipment and to build or find space on an already existing antenna tower within a specified radius of their Pawling studio at 26 East Main Street in the Village.
When the final license is awarded, PPR’s broadcast area is expected to reach a 10-mile radius from their transmitter. At that time they will be able to apply for their official call letters, and will be airing original programming at least eight hours every day…So stay tuned!!