The Seagull first went online in April of 2021 as “Sunny 105” with “Feel Good Variety” delivering local news, weather and traffic with commercial free pop and classic rock music from the 70s to now. We did not intend this station to be anything more than just a music station. However, it began to explode and we put more time, resources and focus on what was, Sunny 105. We entered in to an agreement with TV Delmarva and began broadcasting over the air on channel 14.6 in the late summer of 2021. We saw continuous growth, and in the fall of 2022 we rebranded to “The Seagull” in an effort to give the station a more localized approach for the mid shore of Maryland and lower Delaware. We also wanted to drop the number “105” from our name to avoid confusion to listeners. In December of 2022, we were the number one online streamed station playing continuous Christmas music for the second year in a row. In April of 2023, we lost the agreement to broadcast on TV Delmarva channel 14.6 as they were getting in to the FM broadcast business. Nonetheless, we remained as an online only station and continued to grow reaching over 100 thousand listeners consistently per month online alone. The summer of 2023 we became a top 5 most listened to radio station out of nearly 13,000 stations who are streaming on the Internet-Radio website. Even with this continuous, exceptional growth, it’s not enough for us. We’ve been working to find a way to get The Seagull back transmitting on the air and not just an online stream. In December of 2023 we filed an application with the FCC to obtain a license for 98.3 FM to serve the Mid Shore of Maryland. In January of 2024 that application was accepted for filing and we are now waiting on the FCC to grant us a construction permit.
Shore Community Broadcasting Inc. and The Seagull is a community led and managed radio broadcasting service providing access, information, communication, news, critical severe weather information and entertainment to Barclay, MD. We will provide a service targeting the diverse, underserved residents of the community. We will create, develop and promote community radio for the benefit of Barclay, MD and the surrounding areas in Northern Queen Anne's county and Northern Caroline county. The purpose of Shore Community Broadcasting's Nonprofit Incorporation is an independent, noncommercial, educational media organization.
Our Proposed Coverage Area
In the engineering study that was done in order for us to file for a Low Power FM (LPFM100) Construction Permit gives us an overall look at interference from neighboring stations. We are in a bit of a radio "dead zone" with just a few radio stations in our area delivering a strong signal. We are well within the distance requirements to neighboring stations and there are multiple channels vacant in Barclay, MD. This should allow our signal to be a little bit stronger and potentially go a little bit further than the computer is projecting. It is expected that we will get 6-7 miles of good, static free signal from our transmitter location with static being introduced to the signal beyond that. Our preliminary coverage map is posted here:
98.3 FM Population Reach
Based on our proposed transmission power of 100 watts, transmitter location, and our proposed frequency of 98.3 FM, we will reach over 4,000 households in 7 different zip codes across Queen Anne's and Caroline counties in MD, and western Kent county in DE. We will cover towns including Barclay, Sudlersville, Marydel, Henderson and Hartly to name a few. These numbers do not include any cars who will be driving through and potentially listening to our signal. More population stats are in the following image: