The low power radio community as reflected on these forums tends to consist of single stations with music formats. Growth is usually talked about in terms of obtaining a better transmitter, improved antenna, and larger playlist.
KDX Worldround Radio and HBR (Jim Henry's Honeybrook Radio) are the only two talk stations I know of, not counting LPFM stations like WCFI (MRAM) and WLSL (DHR). It is surprising there aren't more talk stations given the volatility of world affairs.
Since our inception in 2007 KDX has been on a Yo-Yo string always expanding and shrinking as we try new things and then pull back because of limited resources.
In about 2010 we first tested the running of two radio streams from a single computer, with KDX1 and KDX2. This came about as a response to finding more good radio programs than time allowed on a single station, but if audience measurement was an objective the effort did not result in more listeners, but that has never been more than an observation since KDX exists entirely to serve myself in a terribly bland radio market where sports and Christianity account for millions of wasted watts that do no more than give me something to criticize and avoid.
Now it's growth time again as I have three formats in mind and look forward to being able to select, based on the mood of the moment, by simply turning the dial, rather than fiddling with a single playlist.
In this thread I'll be laying out the experiments and advancements as KDX divides into three distinct stations: KDX, KHZ, and KEGO.
We'll need more transmitters and antenna sites, as well as enlargement of our computer power to accomodate so many program feeds while keeping it manageable.
During this whole process I want to get other stations thinking about their expansion plans and adding your experience to this thread because this hobby has been slumping and seems stagnant, if our forums are any indication.
Is the age of part 15 and low power radio becoming yesterday's hobby? Don't you think it's up to us to keep it on life support and promote new growth?