A new Bellingham community radio station is streaming online, but needs support to get on the FM dial.
The station, KVWV-FM, is a project of Make.Shift, a Bellingham nonprofit that focuses on supporting local arts and music. Make.Shift received a low-power FM radio license in 2014.
The group recently launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com. The station needs $30,000, which will go toward microphones, mixing boards and other studio gear, as well as an antenna, transmitter and various off-site equipment.
According to the group’s crowd funding page, station programming could include everything from food culture, local music and arts coverage, local news, DJ shows, talk shows, live concert broadcasts, and teen-led youth programming.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Low Power FM as a class of radio station in 2000. One goal of the designation was to add diversity to the radio dial. Low-power FM stations operate at 100 watts or less and reach 3 to 7 miles from their transmitting sites.