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Low Power Radio for Greenfield Massachusetts & Franklin County
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WMCB Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a copy of the WMCB Handbook?
When did WMCB FM go live?
How do I get involved?
What are your hours of operation? AKA, why only from Noon to Midnight?
Where are you located?
Is your facility accessible?
Who runs WMCB?
Who receives the broadcast?
Do you have an internet feed I can access?
How do you determine which shows are available as podcasts?
Why is your music selection so gosh darned good?
How can I find out more about Low Power FM Radio?


Where can I get a copy of the WMCB Handbook?

The most recent version of the handbook was approved on March 27, 2012, and can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

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When did WMCB FM go live?

We began broadcasting live in May of 2008.

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How do I get Involved?

Take a quick tour of the station (it's just two rooms), become a DJ with a show of your own, volunteer to help behind the scenes, send us a PSA (public service announcement) about a local event, donate money, and/or participate in underwriting/fundraising.  Email wmcbfm@gmail.com to schedule a visit, find out about training, or get more information.

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What are your hours of operation?  AKA, why do you only broadcast from Noon to Midnight?

Our broadcast agreement with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) includes an arrangement to share half of our broadcast day with Greenfield's Living Waters Assembly of God Church.  Living Waters Radio operates from Midnight to Noon on the same frequency that we use from Noon to Midnight.  Our facility is open for live broadcasts by DJs from Noon until 8pm Monday through Thursday and Noon to 6pm on Friday.  Our programming can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online.

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Where are you located?

WMCB's studios are located within the offices of Greenfield Community Television, on the 1st Floor of 393 Main Street, in downtown Greenfield.

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Is your facility accessible?

Our building has an elevator and service dogs are welcome.

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Who runs WMCB?

WMCB is a collaborative effort, made up of volunteers, with the kind assistance of Greenfield Community Television.  WMCB operates under the guidance of GCTV's Board of Directors.

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Who receives the broadcast?

That depends on your proximity to our antenna, located near the corner of Silver and Chapman Streets, and your geographical position with regard to mountains and other obstacles to radio signals.  Most people in the town of Greenfield should be able to receive WMCB, as well as some residents of the surrounding towns.

WMCB's antenna location was the result of generous assistance from Sandri Oil Company.

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Do you have an internet feed I can access?

Yes!  WMCB's signal has been streaming online since August of 2010 and, though we only broadcast over the air from Noon to Midnight, the online feed has programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Check it out here!

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How do you determine which shows are available as podcasts?

Due to music licensing restrictions, only talk shows can be made available as podcasts.

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Why is your music selection so gosh darned good?

We feature a lot of local artists spun by local DJs.  The Pioneer Valley has the best music scene in the country, therefore our music is the best.

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How can I find out more about Low Power FM Radio?

Every community needs an LPFM station!  Check out these links:

Official US FCC information:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/lpfm/index.html

"How Stuff Works" link on LPFM (good first read)
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question330.htm

Wikipedia entry for LPFM:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-power_broadcasting

Prometheus Radio Project, the action and advocacy group for LPFM:
http://prometheusradio.org/

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