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High School Radio Stations Alive and Well

May 28, 2004

Even with CD players and iPods, America's teens still listen to the radio. And they tune in even more when the DJs are their own age. Their unwavering devotion has meant that high school radio has managed to survive -- even thrive at the margins at the low end of the FM dial.

There are about 300 high school stations nationwide, said Fritz Kass, chief operating officer of the New Windsor, New York-based Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, an organization that serves mainly college stations. There are about 2,400 stations classified as educational by the Federal Communications Commission. There is no national organization specifically for high school stations, and the FCC does not maintain statistics on them.

Federal legislation passed in the 1960s set aside the frequencies between 88.1 and 91.9 for non-commercial stations of 100 watts or less. Even well-established high school stations operate largely at the mercy of the larger outlets. FCC rules require smaller stations, categorized as Class A, to make way on the FM band for larger stations in Classes B, C and D if conflicts arise.
 
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