Federal Communications Commission Approved by OMB
Washington, D.C. 20554 3060-0920
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FCC FORM 318
APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
FOR A LOW POWER FM BROADCAST STATION
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS (1) Part 0 "Commission Organization"
(2) Part 1 "Practice and Procedure"
Introduction (3) Part 73 "Radio Broadcast Services"
A. This form, together with the associated instructions and Copies of the Commission’s rules may be purchased from
worksheets, are designed to provide you with sufficient the Government Printing Office. Current prices may be
information to permit you to fully and accurately obtained from the GPO Customer Service Desk at (202)
complete an application for a construction permit for a low 512-1803. For payment by credit card, call (202) 512-
power FM (“LPFM”) station. Ultimately, however, if you 1800, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. e.s.t; facsimile orders may be
are awarded a construction permit and license for a new placed by dialing (202) 518-2233, 24 hours a day.
LPFM station, you will be required to know and comply Payment by check may be made to the Superintendent of
with all of the Commission’s rules and policies applicable Documents, Attn: New Orders, P.O. Box 371954,
to the LPFM service. Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954.
B. FCC Form 318 is used to apply for authority to construct a In addition, any rule in Title 47, including the LPFM
new LPFM broadcast station, to make changes in an rules in Part 73, may be retrieved by rule section number
authorized LPFM broadcast station, or to amend a pending via the Commission’s World Wide Web site. Applicants
Form 318 application. This application for a construction may locate any rule in Parts 0, 1, and 73 at
permit is the first step in the licensing process. Following http://www.fcc.gov/mb/asd/bickel/47CFRrule.html.
completion of station construction you must file a
separation application for an FCC license, FCC Form 319. D. Electronic Filing of Application Forms. Applicants
Applications for new stations and major change proposals must file Form 318 electronically. The Commission has
must be filed during a window filing period announced by developed an electronic version of this form that is
the Commission by public notice. All proposals for minor available on the Commission’s Web site. Each applicant
changes to LPFM authorizations are also to be filed on this filing electronically will benefit from “error checks” in
form. See 47 C.F.R. Section 73.870. The application the Form 318 computer software and obtain immediate
consists of the following sections: confirmation of the receipt of its application by the
Commission. The electronic version of this form can be
I. General Information accessed through the Consolidated Database System
II. Legal Information (CDBS) online electronic forms filing system, located at
III. Point System Factors the following site: http://www.fcc.gov/mb. Electronic
IV. Certification filing instructions are available in the CDBS User’s
V. LPFM Engineering Data and Preparer’s Guide. The Guide can be accessed from the MB web site,
Certification (for preparer of engineering sections of above, by clicking on the “CDBS” link. This action will
the application) take the user to the Media Bureau CDBS Electronic
Filing System site. The user should then click on the “Go
All applicants must complete Sections I, II, IV, and V. In to CDBS User’s Guide” link. Applicants may find it
Section II, however, applicants for major and minor useful to download and print a copy of the Guide for easy
changes in authorized stations need fill out only reference during application preparation. Internet access
Questions 1, 4, 6, 7, and 9. to the CDBS online electronic forms filing system
requires, at a minimum, a browser such as Netscape
C. This form makes many references to the Commission’s version 3.04 or Internet Explorer version 3.51, or later.
rules. Applicants should have on hand and be familiar with
current broadcast rules in Title 47 of the Code of Federal
All previous edition obsolete. FCC 318 Instructions
E. Electronic or Paper Filing of Amendments. mark the "Yes" certification when they are certain that the
Amendments to previously filed applications should be response is correct. A "No" response is required if the
prepared, signed, and filed in the same manner as the applicant is requesting a waiver of a pertinent rule and/or
original application, and should contain the following policy, or where the applicant is uncertain that the
information to identify the associated application: application fully satisfies the pertinent rule and/or policy.
A "No" response to a certification question for which an
(1) Applicant’s name; exhibit can be submitted will not cause the immediate
(2) Call letters, or specify “NEW”; dismissal of the application, provided that an appropriate
(3) Proposed channel number; exhibit is completed. However, the application includes
(4) Proposed station location; several certifications for which an explanatory exhibit
(5) File number of application being amended (if cannot be submitted. These include Section II, question 1
known); and (Certification), Question 2 (Eligibility), Question 4
(6) Date of filing of application being amended (if file (Community-Based Criteria) and Question 8 (Unlicensed
number is unknown). Operation). An applicant’s failure to respond “Yes” to
at least one certification contained in each of these
F. Defective Applications. Applicants should provide all questions will result in the return of its application with
information requested by this application. If any portions no opportunity to file a curative amendment.
of the application are not applicable, the applicant should so
state. Defective or incomplete applications will be J. The applicant or the applicant’s authorized legal
returned without consideration. If the FCC representative, if any, must sign the application.
inadvertently accepts a defective or incomplete application, Depending on the nature of the applicant, the application
that application may be dismissed. See 47 C.F.R. Section should be signed as follows: if a corporation, by an
73.3564(b). officer; if an unincorporated association, by a member
who is an officer (for an unincorporated educational
G. Current Information. In accordance with 47 C.F.R. institution, this could be a school superintendent, officer
Section 1.65, applicants have a continuing obligation to of the school board, or a university officer); if a
advise the Commission, through amendments, of any governmental entity, by such duly elected or appointed
substantial and material changes in the information official as is competent under the laws of the particular
furnished in this application. This requirement continues jurisdiction. Counsel may sign the application for his or
until the Commission action on this application is no longer her client, but only in cases of the applicant's disability or
subject to reconsideration by the Commission or review by absence from the United States. If the application is filed
any court. electronically, the signature will consist of the electronic
equivalent of the typed name of the individual.
H. This application requires applicants to certify compliance SECTION I: GENERAL INFORMATION
with various statutory and regulatory requirements.
Detailed instructions and three worksheets provide A. Question 1: Applicant Name, etc. The name of the
additional information regarding Commission rules and applicant stated in Question 1 shall be the exact name of
policies. These materials are designed to track the the agency, board, institution, organization, corporation
standards and criteria which the Commission applies to or association seeking the authorization. Do not list the
determine compliance and to increase the reliability of name of an individual. Individuals are not eligible for
applicant certifications. While applicants are required to LPFM licenses. The name of the applicant must be stated
review all application instructions and worksheets, they exactly in Question 1. In all other sections of this form,
generally are not required to complete or retain any an abbreviated name can be used to identify the applicant.
documentation created or collected to complete the
application. Applicants claiming a point for established State Abbreviation
community presence in response to Section III, Question
1, however, must document their claims as explained Applicants should use only those State abbreviations
further in the instructions for that section. approved by the U.S. Postal Service.
I. This application is presented primarily in a "Yes/No" Facility ID Number
certification format. However, it contains places for
submitting explanations and exhibits where necessary or The FCC assigns a unique facility identification number
appropriate. Each certification, explanation and exhibit to all authorized broadcast stations. New station
constitutes a material representation. Applicants may only applicants should leave this box blank. Applicants for
minor or major changes can obtain facility ID numbers noncommercial educational FM broadcast station will be
for their authorized LPFM stations at the Commission’s licensed only to a nonprofit educational organization and
World Wide Web site at www.fcc.gov/mb. Once at this upon showing that the station will be used for the
website, scroll down and select CDBS Public Access. advancement of an educational program.” The three
You can also obtain your facility ID number by calling basic NCE eligibility requirements are: (1) nonprofit
(202) 418-2700. Further, the facility ID number is organization; (2) an educational goal or purpose; and (3)
included on all Commission authorizations and postcards. use of station programming to further that educational
purpose. In considering these requirements, emphasis is
B. Question 2: Contact Representative. If the applicant is placed on proposed station programs which are clearly
represented by a representative or agent (for example, legal educational in nature, i.e., actually involve teaching or
counsel), that person's name, firm or company, and instruction, whether for formal credit or not. However, it
telephone/electronic mail address may be specified here, at is not necessary that the proposed station’s programming
the applicant’s option. be exclusively or even primarily educational in nature.
C. Question 3: Application Purpose. This question requires Subsection 2(a): Nonprofit Educational Institutions.
that the applicant identify the purpose of the application An institutional NCE applicant is either a public entity
and provide certain information for the facilities proposed (such as a governmental agency) or a private, nonprofit
in the FCC Form 318. Applicants for a new LPFM station entity which operates a bona fide, full-time school in the
should check “New Station.” Applicants updating community where it proposes to operate. Under the
information on a previously filed but not yet granted Commission’s standards, these applicants generally are
application for a new LPFM station should check presumed to have an educational purpose, and need only
“Amendment to pending application.” demonstrate how their proposed station programming will
be used to advance their educational purpose. Applicants
should provide detailed descriptions of the nature of their
SECTION II: LEGAL INFORMATION proposed station programming and, if possible, program
schedules. Applicants accredited by State departments of
A. Question 1: Certification. Each applicant is responsible education or recognized by regional and/or national
for the information that the application instructions and accrediting organizations should identify the accrediting
worksheets convey. The Commission's licensing processes entities. Applicants also should identify the documents
are premised on the accuracy and reliability of applicant establishing their nonprofit status, such as corporate
certifications. Thus, each applicant must carefully review charters or articles or incorporation. Applicants must be
all instructions and worksheet materials prior to completing prepared to furnish supporting documentation for their
this application. statements upon request by the Commission staff.
B. Question 2: Eligibility. Applicants for new LPFM Subsection 2(b): Nonprofit Educational
stations must certify their eligibility to own and operate Organizations. Organizational NCE applicants are
an LPFM station under Commission rules and private, nonprofit entities such as nonprofit foundations,
regulations. Each applicant must check one “Yes” box corporations or associations. Individuals cannot qualify
for this question and must check the other two boxes as organizational applicants. Under the Commission’s
“No.” An applicant should not submit an explanatory standards, these applicants must demonstrate both that
exhibit in connection with its Question 2 “No” response. they have an educational purpose and how their proposed
An applicant that answers “Yes” to certification 2a, 2b or station programming will be used to advance that
2c must submit with its application an exhibit that purpose. Applicants should provide detailed descriptions
describes the applicant’s educational program and how its of the nature of their proposed station programming and,
proposed station will be used to advance its educational if possible, program schedules. Applicants also should
program, as set forth in more detail below. Or, in the case identify the documents establishing their nonprofit status,
of a Public Safety Radio facility, the applicant must such as corporate charters or articles of incorporation.
describe how the proposed station will protect the safety Applicants must be prepared to furnish supporting
of life, health, or property. The exhibit also should documentation for their statements upon request by the
include the State and date of the applicant’s Commission staff.
Subsection 2(c): Public Safety Radio Service.
Subsections 2(a) and 2(b)—Noncommercial Applicants also may be eligible for an LPFM station
Educational (“NCE”) Applicants. An applicant may be authorization because the station proposes to provide
eligible for an LPFM station authorization under Section public safety radio services under Section 309(j)(2)(A) of
73.503 of the Commission’s rules, which provides that “a the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C.
Section 309(j)(2)(A). In order to qualify under this (3) restricts any exempted limited partner from
provision, an applicant must not be organized for profit, communicating with the licensee or the general
must use the proposed LPFM station for public safety partner on matters pertaining to the day-to-day
radio services to protect the safety of life, health, or operations of its business;
property, and the services must not be made commercially
available to the public. 47 U.S.C. Section 309(j)(2)(A); (4) empowers the general partner to veto any admissions
see also 47 C.F.R. Sections 90.17, 90.23, and 90.27. of additional general partners admitted by vote of the
exempt limited partners;
C. Question 3: Parties to the Application. This question is
designed to identify all individuals who may be subject to (5) prohibits any exempt limited partner from voting on
various FCC ownership rules and related statutory the removal of a general partner or limits this right to
restrictions. Specifically, as used in this application, the situations where the general partner is subject to
term "party to the application" includes any individual or bankruptcy proceedings, as described in Sections
entity whose ownership or positional interest in the 402 (4)-(5) of the Revised Uniform Limited
applicant is “attributable.” An “attributable interest” is an Partnership Act, is adjudicated incompetent by a
ownership interest in or relation to an applicant or licensee court of competent jurisdiction, or is removed for
which will give its holder that degree of influence or cause, as determined by an independent party;
control over the applicant or licensee sufficient to implicate
the Commission's multiple ownership rules. The (6) bars any exempt limited partner from performing
Commission’s policies and standards for attribution are any services to the limited partnership materially
set forth below. You will be answering questions about relating to its media activities, with the exception of
those individuals and entities listed in response to making loans to, or acting as a surety for, the
Question 3 when you respond to various other questions. business; and
Non-Stock Corporations or Other Non Stock Entities (7) states, in express terms, that any exempt limited
partner is prohibited from becoming actively
The applicant, the parent and subsidiary entities of the involved in the management or operation of the
applicant, and the officers, directors, and governing board media businesses of the partnership.
members of the applicant and its parent and subsidiary
entities are considered to be parties to the application, Notwithstanding conformance of the partnership agreement
with the exceptions provided by 47 C.F.R. Section to these criteria, however, the requisite certification cannot
73.858, which are set forth below. be made if the applicant has actual knowledge of a material
involvement of a limited partner in the management or
Partnerships and Limited Partnerships operation of the media-related businesses of the
partnership. In the event that the applicant cannot certify as
Partners and non-insulated limited partners are considered to the noninvolvement of a limited partner, the limited
to be parties to the application. A limited partner in a partner will be considered as a party to this application.
limited partnership is considered to be insulated if the
limited partner is not materially involved, directly or Limited Liability Companies
indirectly, in the management or operation of the media-
related activities of the partnership, and the applicant so The Commission treats an LLC as a limited partnership,
certifies in response to subsection b of Question 3. each of whose members is considered to be a party to the
Sufficient insulation of a limited partner for purposes of application. However, where an LLC member is insulated
this certification is assured if the limited partnership in the manner specified above with respect to a limited
agreement: partnership and where the relevant state statute authorizing
the LLC permits an LLC member to insulate itself in
(1) specifies that any exempt limited partner (if not a accordance with the Commission's criteria, that LLC
natural person, its directors, officers, partners, etc.) member is not considered a party to the application. In
cannot act as an employee of the limited partnership such a case, the applicant should certify "Yes" in response
if his or her functions, directly or indirectly, relate to to Section II, Question 3b.
the media enterprises of the company;
(2) bars any exempt limited partner from serving, in any
material capacity, as an independent contractor or The Commission’s multiple ownership attribution policies
agent with respect to the partnership's media and standards apply to LPFM applicants and licensees
enterprises; that are stock corporations, with the exceptions provided
by 47 C.F.R. Section 73.858, which are set forth below.
Generally, the applicant, the parent and subsidiary entities of the stock in that block is considered a party to this
of the applicant, the officers, directors, and governing application.
board members of the applicant and its parent and
subsidiary entities, and holders of voting stock interests in An investment company, insurance company or trust
the applicant of 5 percent or more are considered to be department of a bank is not considered a party to this
parties to the application. application, and an applicant may properly certify that
such entity's interest is non-attributable, IF its
a. Voting stock interests. Voting stock interests of 5 aggregated holding accounts for less than 20% of the
percent or more of the issued and outstanding voting outstanding votes in the applicant AND IF:
stock of the applicant are attributable, unless the
interest is passive in nature, in which case voting (1) such entity exercises no influence or control over
stock interests of 20 percent or more are attributable. the corporation, directly or indirectly; and
Worksheet 1b entitled “Non-Party Influence Over
Applicant” is provided to help determine whether an (2) such entity has no representatives among the
interest is passive in nature for purposes of the officers and directors of the corporation.
Commission’s attribution policies and standards.
Where the 5 percent stock owner is itself a b. Non-voting stock and debt interests. Non-voting
corporation, each of its stockholders, directors and stock and debt interests may be attributable under the
"executive" officers (president, vice-president, Commission’s “equity-debt-plus” (“EDP”)
secretary, treasurer or their equivalents) is considered a attribution standard. Under the EDP standard, the
party to this application UNLESS the applicant interest held, aggregating both equity and debt, must
submits as an exhibit a statement establishing that an exceed 33% of the total asset value (all equity plus all
individual director or officer will not exercise authority debt) of the applicant, a broadcast station licensee,
or influence in areas that will affect the applicant or the cable television system, daily newspaper or other
station. In this statement, the applicant should identify media outlet subject to the Commission's broadcast
the individual by name and title, describe the multiple ownership rules AND the interest holder must
individual's duties and responsibilities, and explain the either hold an attributable interest in a media outlet in
manner in which such individual is insulated from the the same market or supply over 15% of the total
corporate applicant and should not be attributed an weekly broadcast programming hours of the station in
interest in the corporate applicant or considered a party which the interest is held. For example, if a full-
to this application. In addition, a person or entity power broadcaster were to invest in an LPFM
holding an ownership interest in the corporate applicant and the investment accounted for more than
stockholder of the applicant is considered a party to 33 percent of the LPFM applicant’s total
this application ONLY IF that interest, when capitalization, the investment would be attributable
multiplied by the corporate stockholder's interest in the and would violate the cross-ownership prohibition of
applicant, would account for 5% or more of the issued 47 C.F.R. Section 73.860 of the Commission’s rules,
and outstanding voting stock of the applicant. For which is discussed below in the Instructions to
example, where Corporation X owns stock accounting Section II, Question 5. Similarly, if a director of the
for 25% of the applicant's votes, only Corporation X same full-power broadcaster were to act as an officer
shareholders holding 20 percent or more of the issued of the LPFM applicant, the director would be
and outstanding voting stock of Corporation X have a attributed with both stations and Section 73.860
5% or more indirect interest in the applicant (.25 x .20 would be violated.
= .05) and, therefore, are considered parties to this
application. In applying the multiplier, any entity Exceptions
holding more than 50% of its subsidiary will be
considered a 100% owner. Where the 5% stock owner Section 73.858 of the Commission’s rules establishes two
is a partnership, each general partner and any limited exceptions to the above-stated attribution policies and
partner that is non-insulated, regardless of the standards applicable to LPFM station applicants.
partnership interest, is considered a party to the Applicants relying on either of these attribution
application. exceptions should answer question 5b “No” and
provide an explanatory exhibit.
Stock subject to stockholder cooperative voting
agreements accounting for 50% or more of the votes in a. Section 73.858(a). Under this provision, members of
a corporate applicant will be treated as if held by a the board of directors of the parent of an LPFM
single entity and any stockholder holding 5% or more applicant or licensee may hold otherwise attributable
interests in a broadcast licensee, daily newspaper or
cable television system subject to the Commission’s (a) be physically headquartered or have a campus
multiple ownership rules and not have those interests within 10 miles, for applicants in the top 50 urban
attributed to them for purposes of an LPFM station markets, and 20 miles, for applicants outside of the
application, provided that the board members top 50 urban markets, of the transmitting antenna
holding such interests must recuse themselves from site proposed in its Application; or
any consideration of matters affecting the LPFM
station. Similarly, an officer or director of an LPFM (b) have 75 percent of its board members residing
station applicant or licensee may hold an otherwise within 10 miles, for applicants in the top 50 urban
attributable interest in a broadcast licensee, daily markets, and 20 miles, for applicants outside of the
newspaper or cable television system if: (1) the top 50 urban markets, of the transmitting antenna
LPFM applicant or licensee entity is a multi-faceted site proposed in its Application; or
organization, such as a university; (2) the duties of
the officer or director are wholly unrelated to the (c) for public safety radio service applicants only, have
LPFM station; and (3) the officer or director recuses jurisdiction within the service area of the proposed
himself or herself from consideration of any matters transmitting antenna site set forth in the application.
affecting the LPFM station. The purpose of these
exceptions is to permit entities, such as a university, E. Question 5: Ownership. This question is designed to
to become a LPFM station licensee, notwithstanding ensure that LPFM applicants do not violate FCC rules
the fact that certain members of the entity’s board prohibiting LPFM licensees from owning or controlling
hold attributable media interests. Applicants certain other types of media. The applicant must certify
applying for LPFM station licenses under this compliance with the Commission’s broadcast ownership
exception must submit an explanatory exhibit in rules, which initially will allow a party to hold an
response to Question 5b identifying the individuals attributable interest in only one LPFM station, and
with otherwise attributable interests. which generally prohibit an LPFM station licensee from
holding an attributable interest in any other broadcast
b. Section 73.858(b). Under this provision a local station, including any FM translator or low power
chapter of a national organization will not have the television station, or daily newspaper or cable television
attributable media interests of the national system. See 47 C.F.R. Section 73.855(b) and 73.860. The
organizations attributed to it, provided that the local LPFM rules include several exceptions to this general
chapter: (1) is incorporated in its local area prohibition for large multi-faceted entities, such as
separately from the national organization with which universities, and for local chapters of national
it is affiliated; and (2) has a distinct local presence organizations. Applicants should review Section II,
and mission. To satisfy the second element of this Question 3 instructions under the heading
standard, an applicant must demonstrate that it has “Exceptions.” Applicants relying on any of these
significant membership within its local area and that exceptions should answer question 5b “No” and
it has a local purpose that can be distinguished from submit an explanatory exhibit.
the purpose of the national organization with which it
is affiliated. For example, the purpose of raising Question 5(a): Ownership of other LPFM stations. If
awareness of the toxic waste problem in the United the applicant or any party to the application holds an
States would not satisfy the distinct local mission attributable interest in an LPFM station, you must check
requirement, but the purpose of raising awareness of “No.” A party may hold an attributable interest in only
the toxic waste problem in a particular local area one LPFM station for a period of two years from the date
would satisfy the distinct local mission requirement. that the Commission first accepts applications for new
Applicants applying for LPFM station licenses under LPFM stations.
this exception must submit an explanatory exhibit in
response to Question 5b demonstrating how they Question 5(b)(1): Other Media Interests. Neither an
meet the above-stated requirements. LPFM station licensee nor anyone with an attributable
interest in an LPFM station license may own or control:
D. Question 4: Community-Based Criteria. Applicants
must certify that they are locally-based to be eligible for • a daily newspaper of general circulation;
LPFM authorizations. An applicant must check “Yes” to • a cable television system; or
at least one of the certifications set forth in Question 4 to • any full power AM or FM radio station, FM translator
be eligible for an LPFM license. An applicant should not station or full or low power television station.
submit an explanatory exhibit in connection with its
Question 4 “No” responses. To be deemed local for A party applying for a new LPFM station license which
purposes of the Commission’s rules, an applicant must: has an attributable interest in a broadcast station or other
media subject to the Commission’s broadcast ownership of this application.
restrictions must divest such interest prior to the
commencement of operations of the LPFM station. Such G. Question 7: Adverse Findings. An applicant must
applicants must provide a “No” response to the disclose in response to Question 7 whether the applicant or
certification required by Question 5b and submit an any party to the application has been the subject of a final
explanatory exhibit identifying the broadcast station or adverse finding with respect to certain relevant non-
other media in which the applicant holds an attributable broadcast matters. The Commission's character policies
interest and setting forth the applicant’s intention to divest and litigation reporting requirements for broadcast
such interest. applicants focus on misconduct which involves a violation
of the Communications Act or a Commission rule or policy
Question 5(b)(2): If the applicant or any party to the and on the types of non-FCC misconduct listed in the
application holds an attributable interest in an application question 7 certification.
for an AM, FM, FM translator, or full or low power
television station, you must check “No” and provide an In responding to Question 7, the applicant should consider
exhibit that includes the file numbers of the pending any relevant adverse finding that occurred within the past
applications. ten years. Where that adverse finding was fully disclosed
to the Commission in an application filed on behalf of this
Question 5(c): Immediate Family Members. The applicant or in another broadcast station application and the
applicant must certify compliance with the Commission’s Commission, by specific ruling or by subsequent grant of
policies relating to the media interests of immediate the application, found the adverse finding not to be
family members. Worksheet 1 to this application form is disqualifying, it need not be reported again and the assignee
provided to help applicants determine their compliance may respond "Yes" to this question. However, an adverse
with these Commission’s policies. finding that has not been reported to the Commission and
considered in connection with a prior application would
Question 5(d): Investor Insulation and Non- require a "No" response.
Participation of Non-Party Investors and Creditors. Where the response to Question 7 is "No," the applicant
This question is only relevant if: must provide in an exhibit a full disclosure of the persons
and matters involved, including an identification of the
• the applicant is a limited partnership or a limited court or administrative body and the proceeding (by dates
liability corporation that seeks to insulate from and file numbers), and the disposition of the litigation.
attribution members or partners in accordance with Where the requisite information has been earlier disclosed
the Commission’s rules; or in connection with another pending application, or as
required by 47 C.F.R. Section 1.65(c), the applicant need
• the applicant has non-party investors, for example, only provide an identification of that previous submission
creditors, secured parties, or program suppliers, and by reference to the file number in the case of an application,
these investors have the capacity to influence the the call letters of the station regarding which the application
decision-making of the applicant. If these issues are or Section 1.65 information was filed, and the date of filing.
relevant to the applicant you should review
Worksheet 1 to this application. H. Question 8: Unlicensed Operation. Question 8 requires
the applicant to certify, under penalty of perjury, that
F. Question 6: Character Issues. Question 6 only applies to neither the applicant nor any party to the application has
those applicants or parties identified in Question 3 that have engaged in any manner, individually or with other
previously applied for a broadcast license. If neither the persons, groups, or organizations, in the unlicensed
applicant nor any party to the application has previously operation of any station in violation of Section 301 of the
applied for a license, you should check “Yes.” Specifically, Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C.
Question 6 asks an applicant to certify that neither it nor Section 301.
any party to the application has had any interest in or
connection with an application that was or is the subject of Applicants checking “No” to Questions 8 are ineligible
unresolved character issues. Where the response to for a license to operate an LPFM station. In addition,
Question 6 is “No,” the applicant must submit an exhibit applicants are warned that submission of false or
that includes an identification of the party having had the misleading statements will subject applicants to fines,
interest, the call letters and location of the station or file revocation of license, and applicable criminal penalties.
number of the application or docket, and a description of
the nature of the interests or connection, including relevant I. Question 9: Anti-Drug Abuse Act Certification. This
dates. The applicant should also fully explain why the question requires the applicant to certify that neither it nor
unresolved character issue is not an impediment to a grant any party to the application is subject to denial of federal
benefits pursuant to the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 point for each of the three criteria set forth below.
U.S.C. Section 862. Applicants may claim the point(s) for which they qualify
by certifying “Yes” in response to the question and, in
Section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 provides connection with Question 1 only, by submitting the
federal and state court judges the discretion to deny federal documentation set forth below. The applicant with the
benefits to individuals convicted of offenses consisting of highest point total in its mutually exclusive group will be
the distribution or possession of controlled substances. the tentative selectee, unless the mutual exclusivity is
Federal benefits within the scope of the statute include FCC resolved by settlement pursuant to 47 C.F.R. Section
authorizations. A "Yes" response to Question 9 constitutes 73.872(e). For more information see 47 C.F.R. Section
a certification that neither the applicant nor any party to this 73.872; Creation of a Low Power Radio Service, Report
application has been convicted of such an offense or, if it and Order in MM Docket No. 99-25, FCC 00-19, at ¶¶
has, it is not ineligible to receive the authorization sought 139-151 (released January 27, 2000).
by this application because of Section 5301.
B. Question 1: Established Community Presence. To
With respect to this question only, the term "party to the qualify for a point under this criterion, the applicant must
application" includes if the applicant is an individual, that have an established community presence of at least two
individual; if the applicant is a corporation or years’ duration in the community that it proposes to serve.
unincorporated association, all officers, directors, or Educational institution and organization applicants must
persons holding 5 percent or more of the outstanding stock be able to certify that, during the two years prior to
or shares (voting and/or non-voting) of the applicant; all application, (a) it has been in existence as a nonprofit
members if a membership association; and if the applicant educational institution or organization, and (b) has been
is a partnership, all general partners and all limited partners, physically headquartered, has had a campus, or has had
including both insulated and non-insulated limited partners, 75 percent of its governing board members residing
holding a 5 percent or more interest in the partnership. within 16.1 kilometers (10 miles) of the coordinates of the
proposed transmitting antenna. A public safety radio
service applicant only must be able to certify that during
SECTION III: POINT SYSTEM FACTORS the two years prior to application it had jurisdiction
within the service area of the proposed LPFM station.
A. The Commission will use a point system to select among Applicants claiming a point for this criterion also must
conflicting, i.e., “mutually exclusive,” LPFM applications submit evidence of their qualifications as an exhibit to
filed in the same window. This section allows applicants their application forms. This evidence must demonstrate
for new LPFM stations and for major changes to existing the date of commencement of the applicant’s existence
LPFM authorizations to claim points under this selection and the location(s) of the applicant’s headquarters,
procedure. campus, or governing board members’ residences (or, for
governmental public safety radio service applicants, the
LPFM new and/or major change applications are treated as area of jurisdiction) during the two years prior to the
mutually exclusive where the applications are filed in the application filing. For example, such evidence may
same window and the simultaneous operation of the two consist of copies of corporate charters, articles of
proposed stations would result in one (or both) stations incorporation, association, or partnership, or other written
causing objectionable interference to the other. The instruments filed with the appropriate governmental
Commission makes this determination on the basis of the agency (e.g., Secretary of State) documenting the
LPFM station-to-station distance separation requirements applicant’s period of existence. The location of an
set forth at Section 73.807 of the Commission’s rules. This applicant’s headquarters, campus, or governing board
rule establishes a minimum distance separation between members’ residences may be demonstrated by the
stations operating on the same frequency (also called co- submission of statements supported by the affidavit of a
channel) and also between those stations operating on first- person or persons with personal knowledge thereof.
adjacent channels. For example, if an LPFM station
application specifies a frequency of 94.7 MHz, the C. Question 2: Proposed Operating Hours. To qualify
Commission will determine whether co-channel proposals for a point under this criterion, applicants must pledge to
on 94.7 and first-adjacent channel proposals on 94.5 and operate at least 12 hours per day. The minimum
94.9 MHz meet the minimum separation requirements of 24 operating schedule for LPFM stations is five hours per
and 14 kilometers, respectively. Applications that do not day. See 47 C.F.R. Section 73.850. Applicants that claim
meet these minimums will be treated as mutually exclusive. a point for this criterion will be required to adhere to their
In these cases, the Commission will use the point system pledges to operate at least 12 hours per day. The
selection procedure to select one application for grant. Commission will use random audits to verify such
adherence, and also will consider written complaints. The
Mutually exclusive applications will be awarded one
Commission staff may issue letters of inquiry requiring Puerto Rico and Green Bank, West Virginia and the Table
submission of documentation in connection with such Mountain Radio Receiving Zone in Boulder County,
audits. Applicants that fail to fulfil their pledges will be Colorado. The written notification should be sent to the
subject to administrative sanctions including the appropriate address listed in Section 73.1030 and should
possibility of monetary forfeitures and revocation include antenna height and coordinates, frequency and
proceedings. power. The staff will coordinate applications with the
Commission’s Enforcement Bureau when there is the
D. Question 3: Local program origination. To qualify for potential for an adverse effect on an FCC monitoring
point under this criterion, applicants must pledge to station. However, prior notice to the Enforcement Bureau
originate locally at least eight hours of programming per is suggested when an applicant believes its facility may
day. Local origination is defined as the production of affect a monitoring station in the manner described in
programming within 16.1 kilometers (10 miles) of the Section 73.1030. The Commission need not be informed of
coordinates of the proposed transmitting antenna. the date of any notification.
Applicants that claim a point for this criterion will be
required to adhere to their pledges to originate locally at C. Tech Box. The applicant must accurately specify the
least eight hours of programming per day. The requested facilities in Questions 1 through 8 of the Tech
Commission will use random audits to verify such Box. Conflicting data found elsewhere in the application
adherence, and also will consider written complaints. The will be disregarded. All Questions must be completed.
Commission staff may issue letters of inquiry requiring The response "on file" is not acceptable. The response "not
submission of documentation in connection with such applicable" is not acceptable unless otherwise noted below.
audits. Applicants that fail to fulfil their pledges will be
subject to administrative sanctions including the Question 1: Class. The class, LP100 or LP10, must be
possibility of monetary forfeitures and revocation specified as defined by 47 C.F.R. Section 73.811. Note:
proceedings. Applications filed during a window period will only be
accepted if the specified class matches that set forth in the
public notice announcing the window.
SECTION V: LPFM ENGINEERING AND PREPARER'S
CERTIFICATION Question 2: Channel. The proposed channel must be
between 201 and 300. See 47 C.F.R. Section 73.805.
A. General Instructions for Section V. The engineering Applicants can determine which frequencies, if any, are
section contains a "Tech Box" in which the applicant available at any specific set of coordinates within the
specifies all technical data required for engineering review. United States and its territories by using a simple computer
In the event that there are any discrepancies between data program available at the Audio Division web-page
in the "Tech Box" and data submitted elsewhere in the http://www.fcc.gov/mb/asd/lpfm.
application, the data in the "Tech Box" will be controlling.
Question 3: Antenna Location Coordinates. The
Applicants are not required to provide specific transmitter proposed antenna site must be specified using North
make and model information on FCC Form 318. Rather, American Datum 27 (NAD 27) coordinates. Indicate North
the permit authorizing construction will require installation or South Latitude, and East or West Longitude. Applicants
of a FCC certified transmitter in compliance with the can determine coordinates with a 7.5 minutes series U.S.
provisions of 47 C.F.R. Section 73.1660. Applicants also Geological Survey topographic quadrangle map.
are not required to list the specific antenna make,
manufacturer, model number and number of bays for FM The latitude and longitude coordinates for all points in the
antennae on FCC Form 318. That data is submitted United States for this LPFM service are based upon the
following the completion of construction in an application 1927 North American Datum (NAD 27). The National
for covering license (FCC Form 319). Geodetic Survey is in the process of replacing NAD 27
with the more accurate 1983 North American Datum (NAD
B. Notifications. All applicants must comply with the 83) and updating current topographic maps. In addition,
requirements of 47 C.F.R. Section 73.1030. Specifically, coordinates determined by use of the satellite-based Global
applicants within affected areas must notify United States Positioning System already reflect the NAD 83 datum. To
Government radio astronomy installations, radio receiving prevent intermixing of data from these two sources, the
installations, and FCC monitoring stations of the proposed Commission has announced that, until further notice, all
facility and its possible impact on their operations. See LPFM applicants are to furnish coordinates based on NAD
Section 73.1030. Affected facilities requiring written 27 datum on all submissions and the Commission will
notification at the time the LPFM application is filed continue to specify NAD 27 coordinates in its data bases
include radio astronomy observatories located in Arecibo, and authorizations. Applicants may access a simple
computer program to convert NAD 83 coordinates to NAD ensure that the human environment is given
29 coordinates at http://www.fcc.gov/mb/asd/welcome consideration in all agency decision-making. Since
ALT.html. January 1, 1986, applications for new broadcast
stations, modifications of existing stations, and license
Question 4: Antenna Structure Registration Number. renewals must contain include either an environmental
The Antenna Structure Registration number should be assessment that will serve as the basis for further
entered here. Most towers greater than 61 meters (200 feet) Commission review and action, or a certification that
in height and those located near airports require antenna operation of the station will not have a significant
registration numbers. See 47 C.F.R. Section 17.4. If the environmental impact. See Section 1.1307. In this
tower does not require registration, indicate that registration regard, applicants are required to consider eight
is “Not Applicable,” or if the FAA has not yet determined environmental factors. These factors are listed in the
whether a proposed structure would be a hazard, indicate attached General Environmental Worksheet
whether the FAA Notification has been filed with the FAA. (Worksheet 2).
For more information regarding the Commission’s antenna
structure registration requirements, applicants may review Should the applicant be unable to conclude that its
the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Antenna proposal will have no significant impact on the quality
Structure Registration web site at of the human environment, it must submit an
http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/antenna. Environmental Assessment containing the following
Questions 5-7: Elevation and Heights. All heights must
be in meters, rounded to the nearest whole number. (1) A description of the facilities as well as
supporting structures and appurtenances, and a
Question 8: Power and Height Limitations. The staff description of the site as well as the surrounding
will determine an LPFM station’s antenna height above area and uses. If high-intensity white lighting is
average terrain (HAAT) from the Tech Box data for proposed or utilized within a residential area, the
coordinates, site elevation, and antenna radiation center EA must also address the impact of this lighting
above ground level. The effective radiated power (ERP) upon the residents.
specified on the LPFM construction permit authorization
will be given in a range that, when considered with the (2) A statement as to the zoning classification of the
staff-calculated HAAT, would allow operation within the site, and communications with, or proceedings
maximum and minimum ERP of the class of LPFM station before and determinations (if any) by zoning,
applied for. See 47 C.F.R. Section 73.811. planning, environmental and other local, state, or
federal authorities on matters relating to
D. Certifications. Questions 9-11 set forth a series of environmental effects.
certifications concerning the Commission's technical
standards and operational requirements for LPFM stations. (3) A statement as to whether construction of the
facilities has been a source of controversy on
Question 9: Interference. The applicant must certify that environmental grounds in the local community.
the proposal complies with the spacing provisions
contained in 47 C.F.R. Section 73.807. If the proposed (4) A discussion of environmental and other
facility will be fully-spaced under Section 73.807, the considerations that led to the selection of the
applicant should respond “Yes” to Question 9a and respond particular site and, if relevant, the particular
to “N/A” to Question 9b if the application proposes to facility; the nature and extent of any unavoidable
modify an authorized station that is currently short-spaced, adverse environmental effects; and any
the applicant must complete Question 9b. alternative sites or facilities that have been or
reasonably might be considered.
Question 10: TV Channel Six Interference. If the
proposed facility specifies operation on Channels 201-220, (5) If relevant, a statement why the site cannot meet
the applicant must certify that the proposal complies with the FCC guidelines for RF exposure with respect
the Channel Six spacing provisions contained in 47 C.F.R. to the public and workers.
b. RF Exposure Guidelines. In 1996, the Commission
Question 11: National Environmental Policy Act: modified its guidelines and procedures for evaluating
environmental effects of RF emissions. All LPFM
a. Environmental Impact. The National Environmental station applications subject to environmental
Policy Act of 1969 requires all federal agencies to processing must demonstrate compliance with the new
requirements. The new guidelines are explained in application that explains why the proposed facility
more detail in OET Bulletin 65, entitled Evaluating does not exceed the RF radiation exposure guidelines
Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human at locations where humans are likely to be present,
Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields, and/or describes measures or circumstances which will
Edition 97-01, released August, 1997, and Supplement prevent or discourage humans from entering those
A: Additional Information for Radio and Television areas where the RF exposure exceeds the guidelines,
Broadcast Stations (referred to here as "OET Bulletin e.g., fencing or remote location. The guidelines are
65" and "Supplement A," respectively). Both OET explained in more detail in OET Bulletin 65.
Bulletin 65 and Supplement A can be viewed and/or
downloaded from the FCC Internet site at E. Preparer's Certification. When someone other than the
http://www/fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety. Copies can also be applicant has prepared the engineering section of the FCC
purchased from the Commission's duplicating/research Form 318, Section V requires that person to certify, to the
contractor, International Transcription Services, Inc., best of his/her knowledge and belief, the veracity of the
1231 20th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 technical data supplied. The Section V preparer's
(telephone: (202) 857-3800; fax: (202) 857-3805. certification need not be completed if the engineering
Additional information may be obtained from the RF portion of the application has been prepared by the
Safety Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 418-2464 applicant. In that event, the applicant's Section IV, page 5
or from the FCC Call Center at 1-888-CALL FCC certification will cover the information provided in both the
(225-5322). legal and engineering sections of the application.
c. Worksheets. Worksheets 2 and 3 are designed to
facilitate and substantiate the certification called for FCC NOTICE REQUIRED BY THE PAPERWORK
in Section V, Question 11. The General REDUCTION ACT
Environmental Worksheet (Worksheet 2) should be
used by all applicants. The RF Exposure Worksheet If you do not provide the information requested on this form,
(Worksheet 3) will assist the applicant in completing the application may be returned without action having been
the required radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic taken upon it or its processing may be delayed while a request
field calculations to determine whether the proposed is made to provide the missing information. Your response is
station adequately protects the public and workers required to obtain the requested authorization.
from potentially harmful RF fields.
We have estimated that each response to this collection of
Some, but not all, stations will be able to use the RF information will take 45 minutes to 6 hours. Our estimate
Exposure Worksheet. The RF Exposure Worksheet includes the time to read the instructions, look through
allows the applicant to determine if its LPFM station existing records, gather and maintain the required data, and
would meet the Commission’s RF guidelines based actually complete and review the form or response. If you
upon the facility’s antenna height above ground level. have any comments on this burden estimate, or on how we can
Section One of the RF Exposure Worksheet is improve the collection and reduce the burden it causes you,
applicable to an LPFM station that is the only RF please e-mail them to email@example.com or send them to the
source on the only supporting structure in the area. Federal Communications Commission, AMD-PERM,
Such a facility may not exceed the Commission’s RF Paperwork Reduction Project (3060-0920), Washington, DC
limit. Section Two of the RF Exposure Worksheet 20554. Please DO NOT SEND COMPLETED
applies to an LPFM station that is one of several RF APPLICATIONS TO THIS ADDRESS. Remember - you are
sources at a site. In this case, the LPFM is excluded not required to respond to a collection of information
from a detailed showing of compliance if it does not sponsored by the Federal government, and the government
contribute more that 5% of the Commission’s RF limit. may not conduct or sponsor this collection, unless it displays a
currently valid OMB control number of if we fail to provide
Applicants that fail to meet these antenna height you with this notice. This collection has been assigned an
requirements will need to utilize more complex OMB control number of 3060-0920.
calculations or measurements to demonstrate
compliance and may require the assistance of a THE FOREGOING NOTICE IS REQUIRED BY THE
qualified consulting engineer to determine whether PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OF 1995, P.L. 104-13,
the proposed facility will meet the RF exposure OCTOBER 1, 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507.
guidelines. RF levels may still be acceptable based on
a more detailed evaluation of a number of variables,
e.g., antenna radiation patterns or measurement data.
In that case, the applicant must submit an exhibit to the
WORKSHEETS FOR FCC FORM 318
APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR A LOW POWER FM BROADCAST STATION
WORKSHEET #1a - FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
This worksheet is for use in connection with Section II, Question 5c of FCC Form 318, which requires the applicant to certify that
the applicant and the parties to the application are in compliance with the Commission's policies relating to media interests of
immediate family members (i.e., husband, wife, father, mother, sister, brother, son and/or daughter). This worksheet need not be
submitted with the application and retention of this worksheet is not required. However, an applicant's ability to produce a copy
upon request may prove helpful in determining compliance with the Commission's rules and policies.
The Commission does not presume that media interests of immediate family members should be attributed to the applicant and the
parties to the application. This presumption, however, is rebuttable. Accordingly, the applicant should examine the media interests
of the principals' immediate family members to determine whether or not those media interests will be independent and not subject
to common influence or control See Policy Statement, Clarification of Commission's Policies Regarding Spousal Attribution, 7
FCC Rcd 1920 (1992); Sevier Valley Broadcasting, Inc., 10 FCC Rcd 9795 (1995). An applicant should review this worksheet if
the answer to the following question is "Yes":
Does any member of the immediate family (i.e., husband, wife, father, mother, sister, brother, son and/or Yes No
daughter) of any party to the application have any interest in or connection with any other broadcast
station, pending broadcast application, or daily newspaper in the same area?
For purposes of this policy, a low power FM and a full-service broadcast station are in the same area if the entire proposed area of
service of the low power FM station is encompassed by the full-service station's principal community coverage contour (2 mV/m
contour for AM stations; 1 mV/m (60 dBu) for FM stations, including FM translator stations and FM booster stations; Grade A
contour for TV stations, including TV translator stations and LPTV stations). A low power FM station and a daily newspaper are in
the same area if the low power FM station's proposed area of service encompasses the entire community in which the daily
newspaper is published. (A daily newspaper is one that is published four or more days per week, is in the dominant language in the
market, and is circulated generally in the community of publication. A college newspaper is not considered to be circulated
generally. See 47 C.F.R. Section 73.3555(d) and Note 6.) Two low power FM stations are considered to be in the same area if their
transmitting antennas are located within seven miles of one another.
If the answer to the above-stated question is "Yes," answer the following questions for each such relationship:
1. Has the family member who is not included as a party to the application been involved in Yes No
negotiations for the construction of the station?
2. Has the family member who is not included as a party to the application provided financing or Yes No
otherwise been involved in the process of making financial arrangements for the construction of the
3. Is this the first broadcast ownership interest of the family member who is a party to the application? Yes No
4. Are the family members involved together in the management or operation of any other media Yes No
5. Are there any agreements, arrangements or understandings, either written or oral, between the Yes No
family members with same-area media interests for the participation of one family member in the
financial affairs, commercial practices, programming, or employment practices of the other family
member's media entity. Consider, for example, joint sales agreements, local marketing agreements,
and arrangements to share facilities or personnel.
If the applicant answers "No" to questions 1 through 5 above, the applicant may conclude that it is in compliance with the
Commission's policies relating to media interests of immediate family members. If the applicant answers "Yes" to any one of
questions 1 through 5 above, the applicant must answer "No" to Section II, Question 5c of FCC Form 318, and must submit an
explanatory exhibit providing a detailed statement regarding the business or media relationship involved between family members.
FCC 318 Worksheet 1a
WORKSHEET #1b - INVESTOR INSULATION AND NON-PARTY INFLUENCE OVER ASSIGNEE/APPLICANT
This section of the worksheet may be used in connection with Section II, question 5d of FCC Form 318, which requires the
applicant to certify that it complies with the Commission's restrictions relating to the insulation and non-participation of non-party
investors and creditors. See Review of the Commission's Regulations and Policies Affecting Investment in the Broadcast Industry,
14 FCC Rcd 12559 (1999). It indicates the kinds of contractual relationships that may, in the Commission's view, exceed the
authority of a properly insulated investor or demonstrate some indicia of de facto control by a creditor.
I. Investor Insulation
If an applicant is a limited partnership or a limited liability company ("LLC") that seeks to insulate partners or members in
accordance with the Commission's attribution rules, the applicant shall ensure that each such limited partner or LLC member is not
materially involved, directly or indirectly, in the management or operation of the media-related activities of the partnership or LLC.
To ensure that each such limited partner or LLC member is not materially involved, directly or indirectly, in the management or
operation of the media-related activities of the partnership or LLC, the applicant must answer the following inquiries. Do the
limited partnership or LLC enabling documents:
a. specify that any exempt limited partner/LLC member (if not a natural person, its directors, officers, Yes No
partners, etc.) cannot act as an employee of the limited partnership/LLC member if his or her
functions, directly or indirectly, relate to the media enterprises of such entity?
b. bar any exempt limited partner/LLC from serving, in any material capacity, as an independent Yes No
contractor or agent with respect to the partnership/LLC's media enterprises?
c. restrict any exempt limited partner/LLC member from communicating with the limited Yes No
partnership/LLC, the general partner, or any LLC management committee on matters pertaining to
the day-to-day operations of its business?
d. empower the general partner/LLC management committee to veto any admissions of additional Yes No
general partners/LLC members admitted by vote of the exempt limited partners/LLC members?
e. prohibit any exempt limited partner/LLC member from voting on the removal of a general Yes No
partner/LLC member or limit this right to situations where the general partner/LLC member is (i)
subject to bankruptcy proceedings, as described in Section 402(4)-(5) of the Revised Uniform
Limited Partnership Act, (ii) is adjudicated incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction, or (iii)
is removed for cause, as determined by an independent party?
f. bar any exempt limited partner/LLC member from performing any services to the limited Yes No
partnership/LLC materially relating to its media activities, with the exception of making loans to, or
acting as a surety for, the business?
g. state, in express terms, that any exempt limited partner/LLC member is prohibited from becoming Yes No
actively involved in the management or operation of the media businesses of the limited
If the answer is "Yes" to each of these conditions with regard to every limited partner and LLC member
that the applicant seeks to insulate and the relevant state statute authorizing the LLC permits a LLC
member to insulate itself in accordance with the Commission's criteria, the applicant may certify that it
complies with the Commission's restrictions regarding insulation of non-party investors. If "No" to the
foregoing, the applicant must respond "No" to Section II, Item 5d of FCC Form 318 and submit an
explanatory exhibit detailing the rights of any non-party investor and setting forth the applicant's reasons
for not treating the investor as a party to the application.
FCC 318 Worksheet 1b
II. Non-Party Influence Over Applicant
A. Non-party investors, i.e., investors with nonattributable interests, may have very limited powers over the operations of a
licensee. Accordingly, with respect to any agreement, arrangement or understanding involving insulated parties or other investors
with nonattributable interests, including creditors, secured parties, program suppliers, and any other persons not disclosed as parties
to this application, does such agreement:
1. give any non-party investor the right to vote on any matters decided by the applicant's board of Yes No
directors, partnership committee or other management group;
2. give any non-party investor the right to attend, or appoint an observer to attend, applicant board, Yes No
partnership or other management meetings;
3. place any limitation on applicant programming discretion; Yes No
4. give any non-party investor the right to vote on, approve or restrict applicant's actions on any matter Yes No
relating to programming, personnel or finances;
5. give any non-party creditor or any bond, debenture or warrant holder the right to vote on, approve Yes No
or restrict the applicant's actions on any matter relating to programming, personnel or finances;
6. give any non-party investor that holds a non-voting convertible interest the right to convert such an Yes No
interest and acquire control of the applicant based on the applicant's actions relating to
programming, personnel and finances;
7. give any non-party investor, creditor, or bond, debenture or warrant holder the right to vote on, Yes No
approve or deny the selection or removal of a general partner of an applicant partnership or a
member of the applicant's governing body; and
8. give any non-party investor, creditor, or bond, debenture or warrant holder the right to convert, Yes No
tender or require the tendering of stock pursuant to a put-or-call agreement based on the actions of
the applicant relating to programming, personnel or financing.
If the answer to all of these conditions is "No" with regard to every non-party investor and creditor, and Yes No
there are no other provisions that cede de facto control to a non-party, applicant may certify that it
complies with the Commission's restrictions regarding non-participation of non-party investors and
creditors. If the answer to any of these inquiries is "Yes," the applicant must respond "No" to Section II,
Item 5d of FCC Form 318 and submit an exhibit detailing the rights of any non-party investor and setting
forth the applicant's reasons for not treating the investor as a party to the application.
B. With respect to any loan agreement, has the applicant ensured that such agreement:
1. includes an unconditional promise by the applicant to pay on demand or on a specific date a sum Yes No
2. contains a fixed or defined variable rate of interest on the loan; and Yes No
3. does not prohibit the redemption of the loan by the applicant, or permit redemption at the option of Yes No
the lender only?
If the answer to each of these inquiries is "Yes," and if there are no other provisions that may give
non-party investors control, the applicant may conclude that it complies with the Commission's
restrictions regarding non-participation of non-party investors and creditors. If not, the applicant must
respond "No" to Section II, Item 5d of FCC Form 318 and submit an exhibit detailing the rights of the
lender and the obligations of the applicant for each loan agreement.
FCC 318 Worksheet 1b (Page 2)
Federal Communications Commission Approved by OMB
Washington, D. C. 20554 3060-0920 FOR
FCC 318 ONLY
APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
FOR A LOW POWER FM BROADCAST STATION FOR COMMISSION USE ONLY
Section I - General Information
1. Legal Name of the Applicant
City State or Country (if foreign address) ZIP Code
Telephone Number (include area code) E-Mail Address (if available)
Call Sign Facility ID Number
2. Contact Representative (if other than applicant) Firm or Company Name
City State or Country (if foreign address) ZIP Code
Telephone Number (include area code) E-Mail Address (if available)
3. Application Purpose.
New station Major modification of construction permit
Major change in licensed facility Minor modification of construction permit
Minor change in licensed facility Amendment to pending application
a. File number of original construction permit: N/A
b. Station location: City State
If an amendment, submit as an Exhibit a listing by section and question number of the portions of
the pending application that are being revised.
FCC Form 318
NOTE: The failure to include an explanatory exhibit providing full particulars in connection with a ''No'' response may
result in dismissal of the application. See General Instructions, Paragraph I for additional information regarding the
completion of explanatory exhibits.
Section II - Legal
New LPFM station applicants must complete all questions in Section II. Major and minor change applicants must complete only
questions 1, 4, 6, 7 and 9.
1. Certification. Applicant certifies that it has answered each question in this application Yes No
based on its review of the application instructions and worksheets. Applicant further
certifies that where it has made an affirmative certification below, this certification
constitutes its representation that the application satisfies each of the pertinent standards
and criteria set forth in the application, instructions, and worksheets.
2. Eligibility. Each applicant must answer ''Yes'' to one and ''No'' to two of the three
following certifications. An applicant should not submit an explanatory exhibit in
connection with these Question 2 ''No'' responses.
The applicant certifies that:
a. it is a nonprofit educational institution; Yes No
b. it is a nonprofit educational organization; Yes No
c. it proposes a noncommercial public safety radio service to protect the safety of life, Yes No
health or property.
If the answer to 2c is ''Yes,'' and the applicant is submitting multiple applications, is this Yes No
''priority'' application? See Creation of a Low Power Radio Service, application a
Memorandum Opinion and Order in MM Docket No. 99-25, FCC 00-349 at paragraphs N/A
79-80 (released September 28, 2000).
Note: Applicants that answer ''Yes'' to 2a., 2b. or 2c. must include an exhibit that describes Exhibit No.
the applicant's educational or public safety radio program and how its proposed station will
be used to advance its educational program or to protect the safety of life, health or
property. The exhibit should include the state and date of applicant's incorporation.
3. Parties to the Application.
a. List separately each party to the application including, as applicable, the applicant, its officers, directors, five percent or
greater stockholders, non-insulated partners, members, and all other persons and entities with attributable interests. If a
corporation or partnership holds an attributable interest in the applicant, list separately, as applicable, its officers,
directors, five percent or greater stockholders, non-insulated partners, and board members. Create a separate row for
each individual or entity. Attach additional pages if necessary.
(1) Name and address of party. (3) Positional Interest: Officer, director, general
partner, limited partner, LLC member, or
(2) Citizenship. investor/creditor attributable under the
Commission's equity/debt plus standard.
(4) Percentage of votes.
(5) Percentage of total assets (equity plus debt).
FCC Form 318 (Page 2)
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
b. Applicant certifies that equity and financial interests not set forth above are See Explanation
in Exhibit No.
4. Community-Based Criteria. The applicant certifies that:
a. it is a nonprofit educational institution or organization that is physically Yes No
headquartered or has a campus within 16.1 kilometers (10 miles), if applicant is in the
top 50 urban markets, and 32.1 kilometers (20 miles) if applicant is outside the top 50
urban markets, of the proposed transmitting antenna site set forth in this application;
b. it is a nonprofit educational institution or organization that has 75 percent of its board Yes No
members residing within 16.1 kilometers (10 miles), if applicant is in the top 50 urban
markets, and 32.1 kilometers (20 miles) if applicant is outside the top 50 urban
markets, of the proposed transmitting antenna site set forth in this application; or
c. it proposes a public safety radio service and has jurisdiction within the service area of Yes No
the proposed LPFM station.
Note: An applicant should not submit an explanatory exhibit in connection with these
Question 4 ''No'' responses.
5. Ownership. The applicant certifies, based on its completion of Worksheet I and its review
of the instructions to this application, that:
a. no party to this application has an attributable interest in any other low power FM Yes No
b. 1. no party to this application has an attributable interest in any non-LPFM broadcast
station, including any full power AM or FM station, FM translator station, full or
low power television station, or any other media subject to the Commission's See Explanation
broadcast ownership restrictions; in Exhibit No.
2. no party to this application has pending an application for a low power FM, full
power AM or FM station, FM translator station, or full or low power television Yes No
c. the applicant is in compliance with the Commission's policies relating to media interests Yes No
of immediate family members; and
d. the applicant is in compliance with the Commission's policies relating to investor Yes No
insulation and the non-participation of non-party investors and creditors.
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6. Character Issues. The applicant certifies that neither the applicant nor any party to the Yes No See Explanation
application has or has had any interest in, or connection with: in Exhibit No.
a. any broadcast application in any proceeding where character issues were left
unresolved or were resolved adversely against the applicant or party to the
b. any pending broadcast application in which character issues have been raised.
7. Adverse Findings. The applicant certifies that no adverse finding has been made and no Yes No
adverse final action has been taken by any court or administrative body as to the applicant,
any party to this application, or any non-party equity owner in the applicant, in a civil or
criminal proceeding brought under the provisions of any law related to the following: any
felony; mass media related antitrust or unfair competition; fraudulent statements to another
governmental unit; or discrimination?
If the answer is ''No,'' attach as an Exhibit a full disclosure concerning the persons and
matters involved, including an identification of the court or administrative body and the
proceeding (by dates and file numbers), and a description of the disposition of the matter.
Where the requisite information has been earlier disclosed in connection with another
application or as required by 47 C.F.R. Section 1.65, the applicant need only provide: (i) an
identification of that previous submission by reference to the file number in the case of an
application, the call letters of the station regarding which the application or Section 1.65
information was filed, and the date of filing; and (ii) the disposition of the previously
8. Unlicensed Operation. The applicant certifies, under penalty of perjury, that neither the Yes No
applicant nor any party to the application has engaged in any manner, individually or
with other persons, groups, organizations, or other entities, in the unlicensed operation of
any station in violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,
47 U.S.C. Section 301.
9. Anti-Drug Abuse Act Certification. Applicant certifies that neither the applicant nor any Yes No
party to the application is subject to denial of federal benefits pursuant to Section 5301 of
the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 U.S.C. Section 862.
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Section III - Point System Factors
New station and major change applicants must complete the following questions.
Point system factors are used only for selection among mutually exclusive applications for new LPFM stations and major
modifications of authorized LPFM stations. Mutually exclusive applicants will be awarded one point for each of the following:
1. Established community
a. Educational Institutions and Organizations. The applicant certifies that, for a Yes No
period of at least two years prior to the date of this application, it has existed as an
educational institution or organization and has been physically headquartered, has
had a campus, or has had seventy-five percent of its board members residing within
10 miles of the coordinates of the proposed transmitting antenna.
An applicant claiming a point under factor 1a. must submit an exhibit documenting
its established community presence. See instructions.
b. Public Safety Radio Service. The applicant certifies that, for a period of at least two Yes No
years prior to the date of this application, it has had jurisdiction within the service
area of the proposed public safety radio service LPFM station.
2. Proposed operating hours. The applicant pledges to operate the proposed station for at Yes No
least 12 hours per day.
3. Local program origination. The applicant pledges to originate locally at least eight hours Yes No
of programming per day.
Note: For purposes of this factor, local origination is the production of programming
within I 0 miles of the coordinates of the proposed transmitting antenna.
Section IV - Certification
The applicant certifies that the statements in this application are true, complete, and correct to the best of its knowledge and belief,
and are made in good faith.
The applicant acknowledges that all certifications and attached Exhibits are considered material representations.
The applicant acknowledges that the submission of false or misleading statements will subject the applicant to fines, revocation of
license(s), and applicable criminal penalties.
The applicant hereby waives any claim to the use of any particular frequency as against the regulatory power of the United States
because of the previous use of the same, whether by licensee or otherwise, and requests an authorization in accordance with this
application. (See Section 304 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.)
Typed or Printed Name of Person Signing Typed or Printed Title of Person Signing
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Section V - LPFM Engineering
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Applicants must list technical specifications accurately. Contradictory data found elsewhere
in this application will be disregarded. All items must be completed. The response ''on file'' is not acceptable.
1. Class: LP100 LP10
3. Antenna Location Coordinates: (NAD 27)
0 ' "
N S Latitude
0 ' "
E W Longitude
4. Antenna Structure Registration Number:
Not applicable FAA Notification Filed with FAA
5. Antenna Location Site Elevation Above Mean Sea Level: meters
6. Overall Tower Height Above Ground Level: meters
7. Height of Antenna Radiation Center Above Ground Level: meters
8. Power and height limitations. By checking ''Yes'', the applicant acknowledges that it will be Yes No
authorized to operate within the parameters defined in 47 C.F.R. Section 73.81 1 as calculated
based on the data specified herein.
An explanatory exhibit providing full particulars must be submitted for each question for which a ''No'' response is
9. a. Interference. The applicant certifies that the proposed facility complies with all Yes No
pertinent distance separation requirements of 47 C.F.R. Section 73.807.
Note: New station applications that fail to meet all Section 73.807 separation
requirements will be returned and not provided an opportunity to file a curative
b. Short-Spaced Stations. Major and minor change applicants responding ''No'' to Yes No See Explanation
Question 9a. must answer Question 9b. The applicant certifies that the proposed facility in Exhibit No.
modification complies with 47 C.F.R. Section 73.807(f). N/A
10. TV Channel 6 Interference (Channel 201-220). The applicant certifies that the proposed Yes No See Explanation
facility complies with 47 C.F.R. Section 73.825. in Exhibit No.
11. National Environmental Policy Act. The applicant certifies, based on its completion of
Yes No See Explanation
Worksheets 2 and 3 and its review of the instructions to this application, that the proposed
in Exhibit No.
facility is excluded from environmental processing under 47 C.F.R. Section 1.1306 (i.e.,
the facility will not have a significant environmental impact and complies with the
maximum permissible radio frequency electromagnetic exposure limits for controlled and
uncontrolled environments). Unless the applicant can determine compliance through the
use of the attached General Environmental and RF Exposure Worksheets, an Exhibit is
THE FOLLOWING PREPARER'S CERTIFICATION MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED.
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I certify that I have prepared Section V (Engineering Data) on behalf of the applicant, and that after such preparation, I have
examined and found it to be accurate and true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Name Relationship to Applicant (e.g., Consulting Engineer)
City State or Country (if foreign address) ZIP Code
Telephone Number (include area code) E-Mail Address (if available)
WILLFUL FALSE STATEMENTS ON THIS FORM ARE PUNISHABLE BY FINE AND/OR IMPRISONMENT (U.S. CODE,
TITLE 18, SECTION 1001), AND/OR REVOCATION OF ANY STATION LICENSE OR CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (U.S.
CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 312(a)(1)), AND/OR FORFEITURE (U.S. CODE, TITLE 47, SECTION 503).
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