Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) has been issued a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build a low-power FM (LPFM) radio station serving Magnuson Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The arts-and-cultural nonprofit has 18 months to raise the $40,000 needed to build out the studio and get on the air.

Based in Magnuson Park, SPACE’s priority is to connect the park’s many stakeholders and visitors through community-based programming.“

Though tower placement and engineering can broaden a station’s reach, most LPFM stations operate on the energy of a 100-watt light bulb and broadcast in a 3- to 5-mile radius. The SPACE station at Magnuson Park will broadcast from noon to midnight, seven days a week, and will be found on 101.1 with call letters KMGP.

Prometheus Radio Project, a Philadelphia nonprofit, has worked since 2001 to make airwaves available to community groups. Their efforts resulted in the FCC opening a window for LPFM applications in 2013 and presented one of the first times frequencies were made available in metropolitan markets like Seattle.