'Radio 13' in the Works for Nordeast Community

Updated: 11/08/2013 12:44 AM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

Northeast Minneapolis, also known as Nordeast, is an eclectic place.

The area is home to quaint eateries, bars, art and music. Soon, it will also be home to its very own local radio station called "Radio 13."

Music is a constant theme throughout the day at Maeve's on 13th Avenue in the Nordeast. Mary Cassidy-Holmers is the owner. She says the music they play draws a mixed crowd.

"Writers and teachers, bankers, it's so eclectic." She says she began hearing rumors that one of her regulars was planning to create a local station.

"The notion to be able to have something on that you can actually keep up with what's going on in your community, it's wonderful," she said.

Andrew McInnis is that customer and the creator of Radio 13.

"We're trying to do what's happening in this neighborhood for this neighborhood," he said.

In 2011 the Local Community Radio Act was passed. This bill opened up the airwaves by eliminating restrictions that kept 700 plus stations off the air.

"To apply for these stations you got to be a non-profit, you have to have an educational mission and it has to be non-commercial radio," McInnis said.

Right now McInnis is in the process of submitting his application to the FCC, looking for a tower site and setting up Radio 13's program.

"5 in the morning Polka hour, 6-9 coffee hour, we're going to shoot for 24 hours a day, they're going to give us a channel," McInnis said.

Channels are given a 3 to 5 mile broadcast radius and up to 100 watts.

"That covers all of Northeast, you get a lot of the north side, depending on what happens with the signal we may or may not have a shadow south," McInnis said.

McInnis says most of his funding will come from grants and fundraising. He plans to start streaming the station in the next 3 months. The station will hit the airwaves in about a year.