KZSM: We answer your questions

During our functions and appearances, our radio staff are often asked many questions about your true community radio station. The novelty of having a community radio station has evolved into curious interest from our listeners. It would be difficult to answer the myriad questions that we get asked. In this and subsequent columns I will attempt to address as many as I can.

Where can we find you on the radio dial? Currently, our programming is broadcast over the internet and not through traditional radio. Listening to our programming requires the use of any device which is capable an internet signal. The advantage of this is that we have listeners tuning in from all over the world. One may also tune in through their computers while working. The disadvantage is that traffic reports which are broadcast on Friday afternoons are not accessible while driving home from work in your car. This situation is being addressed and although progress has been slow, we continue to move forward to obtain a Low Power broadcast license.

What is a Low Power License? A Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast license consists of 100-watt stations which reach an area with a radius of approximately three and one-half miles. Often, these LP stations are maintained for use as Emergency Broadcast stations and other non-commercial endeavors. There may be licenses issued for constructing stations which would allow for test broadcasting for short periods to ensure that all equipment is operating appropriately and at acceptable transmission levels. What is a pirate radio station? The name pirate station originated from the practice of transmitting radio programming from ships that were situated in international waters just off the coast of coastal state. The term has come to be applied to stations operating regular, continuous programming without a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC.)

If you have not had the opportunity to speak with any member of our staff and you have questions of your own that you would like to have answered, let us know. We will be more than happy to provide you with as much information as we have at hand. Of course, our staff meetings are always open to the public, so anyone is free to come and join us every third Wednesday at Wake the Dead Coffee House from 7:30 until 9 p.m. Bring your questions and your ideas!

KZSM (Just a little bit south of weird!)

San Marcos Daily Record

(512) 392-2458
P.O. Box 1109, San Marcos, TX 78666