While “The Voice” radio producers eagerly await word on Access Sacramento’s application with the FCC for approval to launch a new Low-Power FM radio station in midtown, their anticipation for even quicker improvements has already come true.

Radio Coordinator Shane Carpenter has completed ordering equipment for a full-remodel of Studio Two, with additional enhancements to upgrade elements of Studio One as well.

Access Sacramento Radio Producers Charlene Jones (left) and JoAnn Fuller broadcast a weekly progressive public affairs talk show on "The Voice."

Radio Producers Charlene Jones (left) and JoAnn Fuller broadcast a weekly progressive public affairs talk show on Access Sacramento’s “The Voice.”

The older of Access Sacramento’s two studios, Studio Two, will receive a new audio mixer (Audioarts R55E) identical to the board used in Studio One.  New speakers and computer equipment will also be installed to assist radio programmers with creating live and recorded programs for use on the cable channels and Internet.

Both Studios also will benefit from new microphone booms and windscreens.

Installation of the new equipment will mean occasional shutdowns of Studio Two during the early part of 2014, but the intention is to create only minimal disruption to the regular creation of radio programming.  Besides the new audio board, the large equipment racks that hold most of the equipment will be reset to facilitate convenient use and maintenance.

Access Sacramento’s radio and TV studios are closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 5 for maintenance and inventory, so member-producers will be pre-recording programs for use during the holiday time period.  That will also be the time for the audio board to be installed, with the rack elements to follow later in the month.

LPFM Application

As for the Low-Power FM radio station application, Access Sacramento is the only applicant for an open frequency at 96.5 FM.  Twelve other non-profit organizations have applied for six other frequencies in the Sacramento area.

The FCC is reviewing all of the applications and after they are officially “Accepted for Filing” there will be a 30-day review and comment period before the FCC will issue permission granting a construction permit.

There are no guarantees the FCC will grant any licenses, but a congressional order in 2011 requested the FCC begin a process for allowing more community programmers in the LPFM area.  Approximately 2,800 non-profit foundations, educational institutions and government agencies across the nation applied for the new licenses before the deadline Nov. 15, 2013.

For more information on becoming a radio programmer on Access Sacramento’s The Voice contact the main office or Radio Coordinator Shane Carpenter at 916-456-8600 extension 0.