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Community Radio Station Prepares To Broadcast City-wide

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Radio Free Nashville is the city's only entirely community-run radio station. Right now, only a select few in town can hear it on frequency 107.1, but station managers hope a new frequency approved by the Federal Communications Commission and money for a new transmitter will change that.

The station currently operates a 100-watt low power transmitter out of its tiny station in Pasquo that barely reaches outside of a five-mile radius that includes the Bellevue area.

Recently the FCC approved a frequency change that would allow the station to be heard across the entire city, but the station has to raise $20,000 to pay for new equipment and upgrading its transmitter.

Listeners hope that the expansion will bring a much needed voice in community radio to the entire city. Radio Free Nashville features a diverse range of genres of music, as well as some syndicated programming.

"They're trying to find their niche in a very crowded radio landscape in Nashville," listener Dennis Pepperack said.

Radio Free Nashville will be hosting a comedy night benefit at Mad Donna's restaurant and bar on Woodland Street in Nashville on Wednesday, September 4, at 8 p.m.


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