An update to the 10,000 radios needed story:
Apparently the 10,000 radios are being purchased as a donation tomorrow
morning at 09:00am as a gift from Democracy Now.
The radio station is going to be online as soon as possible. Currently
the station techs aren’t sure of an ETA. The station crew hasn’t even
been allowed inside of the astrodome to build their station. They have
not been given a space, they have not started building and this is
because a harris county official “pretty far down the hierarchy” is
afraid of gansta rap music. They are worried about potential danger of
those 10,000 radios inciting some sort of issue.
As far as I can tell, the 10,000 radio requirement was the thing holding
up the LPFM transmitter as of yesterday. As of today, it appears freedom
of the dial is going to cause a problem when it comes time to give out
those radios. Please bear in mind that the person resisting this is not
an FCC official. This station is licensed by the FCC but it must have
it’s transmitter inside of the Astrodome.
This single official is holding up the the ability to have live radio
being broadcast. As a matter of respect the radio crew refuses to
release her name because they don’t want to cause ill will. They simply
wish to have their station up and running outside of the politics
inherent to an event like this.