If LPFM stations operating under a time share arrangement wish to temporarily alter their schedules for a specific event, they should follow these steps:
Yes, it’s possible to utilize the broadcasting hours that are not being used by the school during vacation and holiday periods. Since you are in a time-share agreement with the school, you could potentially make arrangements to broadcast during those periods when the school is closed. This way, you could maximize your station’s airtime and ensure compliance with the broadcasting requirements outlined in the rules. Just be sure to coordinate with the school and follow any necessary procedures to make use of the available hours.
As a school that is closing for summer vacation, you might be concerned about meeting the requirement to broadcast for 36 hours a week as specified by the regulations. According to §73.850 of the rules, schools are not required to broadcast on weekends or during periods designated as vacation or recess on the school calendar.