By Fred Sowder, WGOT board member
Nearly a year and a half after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a request for WGOT-LP, the Civic Media Center’s radio project, to move up the dial to its own frequency, plans have been coming together for a physical broadcast studio space. WGOT is partnering with Sweetwater Organic Coffee for this studio space. Board member Dave Drobach adds, “We are excited to have a physical studio and expand to a 24-hour LP-FM signal!”
Although the FCC has granted us our own frequency, the location of the tower (near I-75 and NW 39th Avenue) and power (100 watts) will not be changing because of current definitions of low power FM (LPFM) radio.
The 18-month deadline to have the new frequency and studio up and running will be in early July, so an extension request for another 18 months will be requested. WGOT’s engineer Kyle Magrill foresees no problems with this extension. “The FCC will approve all requests for extensions regardless of why you need it,” he explained.
In addition, WGOT-LP has acquired a wide variety of studio furniture from WUFT-FM, the University of Florida’s NPR affiliate, due to their ongoing upgrades of their present studio facilities. WGOT would like to sincerely thank Sweetwater Organic Coffee and WUFT-FM for their generous donations in making such progress possible. Stay tuned for more info as we decide what fundraising is needed to complete the studio.