ABOUT OUR STATION
We are a freeform, non-commercial, volunteer-run, low power radio station for and by the Madrid, Cerrillos and 87010 community, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA.
Madrid Community Radio broadcasts at 96.9 FM and streams online at kmrd.fm/listen
HOW’D IT HAPPEN?
In an historic opportunity for grassroots media, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced last fall that it temporarily would open an application-filing window for non-commercial Low Power FM community radio station licenses. Chosen applicants across the country were awarded licenses to construct new radio stations and occupy previously available frequencies along the FM dial.
The Madrid Cultural Projects 501(c)(3) was awarded our very own LPFM license in February, 2014. Madrid Community Radio, KMRD 96.9 took its first breath after months with our fingers crossed. Our first ON AIR broadcast was at high noon on June 16, 2015.
WHY LOW POWER FM RADIO?
Low Power FM (LPFM) stations like KMRD 96.9 are an alternative to commercial radio programming, and currently over 1,000 new stations are in the works nation-wide as a result of the Local Community Radio Act. We see our community radio project as part of an exiting movement in contemporary media practices, one that stands in contrast to ongoing media consolidation. Our friends at the Prometheus Radio Project (an organization that lobbied for local community radio stations for over ten years and currently supports the growth of new LPFM stations) envision “a nationwide community radio infrastructure made up of hundreds of independent, locally-orientated stations, part of a global movement to put media in the hands of the people.”
Madrid Community Radio shares this vision, and we are proud to be part of a community of broadcast engineers, radio enthusiasts, and local supporters that has pulled together to bring our own LPFM station to fruition.
KMRD will grant the tools of media to the members of our diverse community, comprised of artists, youth, veterans, storytellers, historians, old-timers, music fans, and everyone in between. The radio station will serve Madrid, Cerrillos, and the surrounding areas, and will contribute to democratizing media across Santa Fe County and beyond.
More information about the historic Local Community Radio Act and what Low Power FM radio means for community organizing and media democracy can be found here: Prometheus Radio Project.