Community radio, LP stations, Fundraising and You!

Community Radio is supported by listeners like you!

Community Radio is supported by listeners like you!

What is Community Radio?

Community radio is a service that offers a different model of broadcasting in relation to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve the geographical areas they can reach and are of interest.

Community radio airs content that is popular and relevant to its surrounding area’s interests, and can’t usually be found on commercial or mass-media broadcasts. The community influences, owns and operates the stations. They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.

WBDY-LP 99.5 FM offers two original community centered opportunities on-air. We invite local musicians and other artistic talent to come on air and talk with us, play unplugged, and are moving into a new studio soon in order to invite even larger local groups on-air. Not only that, but we also play locally created music on the airwaves, and give these community musicians another outlet to shine.

The Bundy, Binghamton’s Community Radio, also has multiple two-hour slots where anyone is invited from the community to run their own show. All you have to do, if interested, is email us at

What is an LP Station?

Low-power broadcasting refers to a broadcast station operating at a low electrical power to a smaller service area than "full power" stations within the same region.

Low Power FM (LPFM) is a non-commercial educational broadcast radio service created by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States in 2000. LPFM licenses, which are limited to a maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 watts.

LPFM classes

The original purpose of LPFM was to serve as an alternative to "radio homogenization", as described in the J&MC Quarterly Journal, as "... Necessary to offset the growing consolidation of station ownership in the wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which removed caps on radio ownership, as well as the decline of locally produced radio programming.

How does non-profit radio stay on-air?

Land-based radio stations do not charge their listeners for the product they create and distribute. Instead, they raise some funds from the ads they sell (or with the use of underwriters, such as WBDY does), they hold special events, or in some cases the syndication of their most popular shows and the special services they can provide to other radio stations can provide support.

Non-commercial radio, also called non-comm for short, includes college radio and community-based radio stations... Most non-commercial stations rely either on subsidies from a non-profit such as a university or listener contributions for their income.

Support Binghamton Community Radio, Donate or Pledge today!!

WBDY-LP (99.5 FM), Binghamton Community Radio, is preparing for its first-ever fund drive! We aim to raise $25,000 to keep this one-of-a-kind station viable and vibrant in the coming year!

 We hope to raise funds by doing what we do best -- building community by bringing people together through a shared love of community radio. Rest assured, this will be like no other radio fund drive.

 Ours will feature live-broadcasted events in the evening, live performances during Audio Classics Local Music Hour (11 a.m. - noon), and great conversations with our area’s most interesting, fun, and talented individuals. We are going to show Binghamton exactly what community radio should be!

 During the week, we’re also teaming up with Art of Binghamton and using the power of First Friday to get the word out.

 It’s non-stop great radio, from Monday, June 3rd to Monday, June 10th on 99.5 FM.

 A community radio station is only as strong as the collective efforts of those who care enough to ensure its continued longevity and development. 

 So please join us! There are many different ways to get involved:

 Learn more about the station.

 See what’s playing. 

Sign-up you and/or your organization to co-host.

And, because money is still important, make an early pledge to our fund drive today! No need to donate right now (but, hey, why not? Donate here or through Patreon). Pledging helps us figure out who's listening, supporting, and who we still need to reach. We also need equipment to run the station and support other local music, so donations that we can use as giveaways items, prizes, or for basket raffles are much appreciated!  

So, pledge today! 

Have any questions? Please don't hesitate to reach Program Director Andy Pragacz at or call the Bundy Museum at 607-772-9179.

Written by Colin Wood