Vesci says allowing more low-power stations is important because they can supply something that's in very short supply on the airwaves: "Localized programming. You're just not getting that any longer" from most commercial stations, he says.
Most radio stations these days that are owned by giant chains don't really have any live DJs, Vesci points out. Disc jockeys located in some distant city pre-record stuff and send it around to local stations so that it sounds like they're in your area. "It's not really local programming," he insists.
Right now, according to Vesci, there are barely half-a-dozen low-power stations operating in Connecticut, but he is hoping a favorable FCC ruling will open the door to much more in the way of truly local broadcasts.
In the end, according to Rice, the FCC's upcoming ruling is likely to mean a lot more to folks in the wide open spaces out West.
"This has a lot of traction in Montana [where the radio spectrum is much less crowded]," Rice says, "but very little here in Connecticut."
"It's so congested in Connecticut," he says. "It's really, really tight."