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United Nations "World Radio Day" Feb. 13 Spotlights Applicants for New Local Low-Power FM (LPFM) Radio Stations in Seattle

Brown Paper Tickets Announces Commitment to Fill Every Available LPFM Frequency in Seattle With a Qualified Applicant, as a Model for Success for Other Communities Across the U.S.A. To Attain the Same Goal

Feb. 13, 2013 (Seattle) World Radio Day has been declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as a day to celebrate radio as a medium and to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves. How appropriate that in Seattle, World Radio Day is being celebrated by introducing local community groups who are pledging to apply for one of the nation's new low-power FM (LPFM) radio licenses, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens the first application window to award licenses in the nation's largest cities this October. Seattle is one of six US cities hosting an official World Radio Day event.

All three Seattle community groups have been aided by event registration and ticketing company Brown Paper Tickets, receiving guidance to resources that may help them to succeed in the application process. The Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company has committed to filling every available LPFM frequency in Seattle with a qualified applicant, and to share best practices and resources publicly as a model for success for other communities across the US to attain the same goal. The company has employed a full-time "Doer" with a background in public interest media and in the LPFM movement; has hosted a free LPFM Information Session for community groups; and has posted an LPFM Toolkit, including links and information on $9 million in public funding that LPFM applicants are qualified to compete for (along with community projects in the arts, technology, youth education, and more,) in Seattle, access to free counsel on LPFM application, a fundraising tool, and a recording of the first LPFM information session, at

"Brown Paper Tickets commits 5 percent of all profits to building healthy communities, and we believe that LPFM is an important and powerful tool in that mission," said Sabrina Roach, Brown Paper Tickets' Doer specializing in public interest media and community engagement. "I can assist any group with direction for planning next steps and finding resources for their LPFM application," said Roach.

Roach, who has worked in public interest media for 11 years, produced the first LPFM information sessions last month, with the goal of illuminating a path for local nonprofits to evaluate the LPFM opportunity, and to create awareness for the resources available for helping them apply for, build and operate a radio station. The LPFM Toolkit was a product of the information, resources and best practices she discovered in producing the information session. "Public funding programs like the ones listed on our LPFM Toolkit are available in many cities across the US," Roach said. "Anyone interested in applying for an LPFM license can find inspiration, ideas and support for successfully applying and finding the resources that serve their community."

Brown Paper Tickets was influenced to take up the LPFM initiative due to its Not-Just-For-Profit business model, which translates the philosophy of "paying it forward" into a sustainable mission. "There isabsolutelyno necessity that anyone I work with is a Brown Paper Tickets customer, or even a potential or a possible customer. The Not-Just-For-Profit goal is larger than business Brown Paper Tickets wants to leave the world a better place for having been in business."

LPFM stations are non-commercial and operate at 100 watts, reaching a radius of 3.5 miles consistently, and often reaching listeners up to 10 miles away. This will be the first time that LPFM licenses will be awarded in major urban markets, such as Seattle. The Federal Communications Commission will begin accepting applications for these LPFM stations Oct. 15. There is no guarantee of another application window opening for major urban markets after this opportunity.

"Radio as a medium remains relevant and important to our communities," Roach said. "The opening of the application window for awarding LPFM licenses in our nation's large cities is our democracy in action."

About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets (, the Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, revolutionized the industry by putting free, professional tools for ticketing any-sized gathering on the Internet, and continues to champion the rights of ticket-buyers with the lowest fee for the most service in the industry. The company donates 5 percent of the profit from each ticket sale to build communities and nonprofits, pays its employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choosing, and employs a team of "Doers," experts in industries such as music, new media, makers, roller derby and more, to fix, improve and revolutionize the communities where we live, work and play.
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