What is Rochester Free Radio?

Rochester Free Radio, Inc. is a non profit 501c3 organization that operates as an LPFM non-profit community radio station at 106.3 FM in Rochester, NY.  Our legal call letters are WRFZ-LP.

What’s LPFM mean?

Low Power FM. This a relatively new service in American radio.  In a nutshell, in more recent years, the government granted LPFM licenses to many non profit community groups around the country. LPFM stations could then broadcast on unused FM frequencies in their particular community.  In fairness to these existing adjacent stations, to avoid interference, LPFMs operate at a lower power.

So you’re hard to pick up?

Actually, our antenna is pretty high up in the air and that gives us pretty good signal coverage for Rochester and most surrounding burbs.  And we’re working on technical improvements to squeeze out as much “juice” as we can.  By the way, you can also listen to us online at RochesterFreeRadio.com and also on your Android or IPhone device by downloading our free app.

Why the call letters WRFZ if you’re “Rochester Free Radio?” Why not WRFR?

The WRFR call letters were already taken by Rockland(Maine) Free Radio several years ago.

What’s with the “LP” suffix at the end of the call letters?

LP stand for “Low Power.”  All licensed LPFM stations(including us) use the hyphenated LP suffix as part of their call letters, per FCC law.

How do I make a tax deductible donation to Rochester Free Radio.

You can be a monthly patron by going to Patheon.com/RocFreeRadio or make a one time donation at Paypal.com.  Or send us a check/money order to Rochester Free Radio, 1115 East Main Street, Rochester, NY  14609.

And if I do donate, how do I know my hard earned money won’t go towards executive salaries, corporate cars, expensive parties, out of town trips, etc.?

No.  Never.  We are an all volunteer group.  All money we receive is used to pay rent, utilities and music royalties. Anything left goes toward technical upgrades.  We’re not about money, but need some to stay on the air.

“Some guy” told me you’re just a bunch of washed up former radio guys who hog up the whole thing for your own selfish needs.  True?

Absurd.  We do have some people with previous professional radio experience and we have many other people with no radio background to speak of who just want to be part of our thing.

I’d like to get involved.  Do you still need people to do weekly shows and/or volunteer for behind the scenes work?

Yes.  Just drop us at line at rochesterfreeradio@gmail.com.