New Fort Myers Area Station Gets FCC Approval, Begins Fundraising
April 14, 2015 at 5:18 AM (PT)
A new radio station in DUNBAR, FL -- part of FORT MYERS -- has received FCC approval and has begun the fundraising process to get on the air, according to the NEWS-PRESS. The new DUNBAR COMMUNITY RADIO could debut on 90.5 FM within the next 18 months, according to director JOE BATTLE.
The station will broadcast music, talk shows, news and local politics relevant to the local community’s largely AFRICAN-AMERICAN audience, organizers said. A group of residents has been working on the radio station project for about two years. The station is affiliated with the DUNBAR GOSPEL ASSOCIATION.
“This community needs a voice,” said the project’s assistant director, LODOVIC KIMBLE, a psychology professor at KEISER UNIVERSITY. “We don’t have a media voice.”
The project follows the shutdown of a pirate radio station by the FCC in 2011. Despite its illegality, the station performed a valuable service for DUNBAR residents, said BATTLE.
“We need a way to share information within the community,” he said. “It’ll be a way to coordinate all of these groups so we can have a concerted effort to improve the community.”