FAQ. Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Why start a station?
Jesus commissioned his disciples and us to Go Ye…! It is important that every communications medium be used to spread the Good News of the redeeming salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The question should not be “why start a radio station” but “why not start a radio station.” As Christians, we must take advantage of this unique and powerful media tool to spread the Good News!
2. What is the difference between an FM and LPFM radio station?
Signal strength is the main difference between FM and LPFM stations. “LP” stands for “low power” which means the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set power limitations. The FCC’s main goal for doing this is to allow non-profit organizations to provide their community with radio service.
3. What need will the station fill?
The station will broadcast programs that deliver the Good News of the Gospel. Biblical truth will be the center of WJEU’s programming mission. WJEU will be the only station of its kind in the immediate area and will serve as a community resource through locally produced programs along with coverage and promotion of community activities.
4. What area will WJEU’s signal cover?
The WJEU signal will cover a 15 to 20 miles radius from its broadcast site at 3936 Rainbow drive in Decatur, GA. This radius is more than most LPFM’s for two very reasons. The tower for the antenna will be over 100 feet and located on a high elevation.
5. What kind of programs will WJEU broadcast?
WJEU’s music line up will include gospel both contemporary and traditional, inspirational and praise, hymns and even spirituals. Of course there will be spoken word programs such as sermons. In addition, the station’s community affairs programs will cover, health, finances and spiritual growth to name a few. Other programs will include live specials such as call-in programs, live remotes, bible vignettes and children’s programs.
6. What will be the broadcast hours of the station?
The station will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
7. How much will it cost?
To build out a full powered FM station from the ground up can cost anywhere from three hundred and fifty thousand dollars to millions. Fortunately for WJEU, the low power start up cost will be approximately forty to sixty thousand dollars based on the final broadcast equipment costs (i.e. tower, antenna & transmitter).
8. Who will benefit?
The Decatur and Stone Mountain communities will directly benefit from the station, however streaming on the web will mean a worldwide reach for WJEU. Our hope is to cater to souls lost and found….shining the Light to those in darkness while reassuring those who struggle everyday to walk in righteous.
9. What is difference between a commercial and non-commercial station?
You hear the difference every day. Commercial stations make their money by airing commercials throughout their programs. Most often, commercials comprise twenty minutes of every broadcast hour. As a non-commercial station, the FCC will not allow WJEU to air commercials, however, we will be able to air what are called “underwriting spots.” These spots are limited on-air promotional spots designed to give companies and organizations an opportunity to broadcast their advertising message on the station. The station will also depend heavily on underwriting revenue along with tax-deductible listener to keep this non-commercial Christian station on the air.
10. When will the station be on the air?
We have secured a construction permit from the FCC that is valid until August 4, 2015. Based on FCC guidelines, if the station is not on the air by that date, we will be in danger of losing the construction permit and the ability to bring WJOU on line…forever! That’s right unless the FCC extends the deadline for everyone, failure to get the station on the air will result in loss of the construction permit forever.
11. What is the process for getting the station on the air?
We have accomplished the first and crucial step of this process. By God’s grace, we were issued our construction permit in just 4 months instead of the usual one to three years. Our signal study is complete, and we have secured the location for the station at the Mountainside SDA Church. The last and most important part of the process is to secure the funds to purchase the necessary equipment…primarily the tower, antenna and transmitter and broadcast automation system. We have already secured some production equipment thanks to a generous contribution from 91.9FM WCLK licensed to Clark Atlanta University.
12. How can I help?
Go to our website www.wjeu.org and listen to a sample of our programming fare. If you live in our broadcast area, we encourage you to complete our community survey so that we can design programs important to you and your neighbors. We hope you will join us as a praise partner by making a financial commitment to the station which is exteremly important to meeting our August 4 deadline
and getting this life changing, soul saving radio station on the air.
Most importantly, please keep this radio ministry in your prayers. Don’t forget to spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues and encourage them to join you in supporting your Christian radio station 103.7 WJEU-LPFM…The Word!
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