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To contact us about participating in the 2016 NSEMC, visit the contact page.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and our Facebook for more updates as they are released, and check out last year’s 2015 conference site from Minneapolis Oct. 22-24.

By | March 25th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Colorado Mountain College collaborates with local shop for spirited show

After a quick crash course on digital media, the couple — owners of Cooper Wine and Spirits in Glenwood Springs — got to work on what would become “Sip Happens.” Launched in April, the informal, educational booze podcast has focused primarily on alcoholic history. The Bradys have devoted episodes to the wine’s journey through the millennia — from the Middle East in 6,000 BC to ancient Rome and into the birth of sparkling wine in the middle ages and the invention of the cork. Another looked at Irish whiskey’s rise and fall in popularity through the political and military conflicts of the 20th century.

Read more from the Aspen Times.

WNTI-FM sold to Penn

In a twist on the recent college radio station sales news, usually bad, Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., sold its WNTI(FM). The good news is that it was sold to another school, the University of Pennsylvania. The price was a cool $1.75 million.
Read more from Radio World.
WRAS still vital to Atlanta’s music scene after GPB takeover
It was a harsh blow to the station’s four-decade legacy as a leader in the national college radio scene, and an Atlanta music institution. But it was by no means the death knell. Two years later, maintaining relevance in the face of such crippling change is a difficult task for the young DJs who have inherited the station’s day-to-day operations. But the student staff — WRAScals, as they affectionately call themselves in meetings and emails — are adapting to the changes and finding new ways to keep WRAS an integral part of Atlanta’s music scene.
Read more from Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Plus, Radio Survivor celebrates The Gas Pipe Networks, the College Radio Watch column and the 50th Radio Survivor podcast.

 

 


By | June 21st, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Student media can be part of the solution

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One of the biggest issues facing young people, particularly college students, today is mental health. Counseling centers on campuses throughout the country are reporting dramatic increases in demands for their services. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from all other illnesses combined.

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

Experts say that two of the most effective tactics in preventing suicide and getting help for people suffering from mental health concerns are raising awareness and reducing stigma. Schools nationwide are trying to figure out how to get these messages out to their students. Student media outlets are uniquely positioned to support these efforts.

It is the responsibility of student media outlets to incorporate mental health matters into their programming. There are any number of ways this can be done, ranging from simply running PSAs to news coverage to offering regular airtime to your campus’s counseling center or other campus groups tackling these issues.

There are also more creative and impactful ways to pitch in. If you’re a music station, why not do a series on musicians who have dealt with mental health challenges (Elliott Smith, Syd Barrett, etc.), tagged with a list of resources available in your area? Or host a benefit concert for local mental health organizations.

While this might not sound like a “fit” with your normal programming, your audience is, or is close to people who are, dealing with mental health issues. They will be receptive to the topic.

Finally, don’t forget that it’s likely that some of your staff members are struggling with these same challenges. Working in the media is very demanding, and student media participants have to juggle that with classes and, in many cases, other jobs. That can lead to stress and anxiety, among other problems.

If you’re a student leader or adviser, please be sensitive to this. Raise awareness: Consider including self-care in your training process for student leaders. Watch for warning signs (which include withdrawal, anxiety, changes in eating/sleeping patterns, loss of interest) and be prepared to direct students to resources on your campus. Examine your messaging: Are you placing unreasonable expectations and demands on already stressed-out students? Above all, make sure students know that they can count on you for support.

Student media should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

 

By | June 15th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Radio Recollections: Stanford University’s KZSU in the 1950s

One of the students who lived down the hall from me in the freshman dorm had volunteered to work at KZSU. He said, “Why don’t you join me? It’s fun.” So, I got started because I needed an activity.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Gettysburg’s first radio station on air for one day

In March 1924, Prof. E. G. Ports, a professor of physics at Gettysburg College, turned a switch and the college led Gettysburg into the modern age.

Read more from Gettysburg Times.

Plus, the latest on CBI’s convention in Philadelphia.

By | June 14th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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College Radio Station KFJC to Broadcast from Overseas from the Eindhoven Psych Lab on June 10 and 11

Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM is excited to be returning to the Netherlands in order to broadcast live from the Eindhoven Psych Lab for the second year in a row. The two-day festival, which will take place at Effenaar in Eindhoven (Netherlands), will feature a range of performances by more than 30 modern-day psychedelic bands and artists from all over the world. KFJC broadcast 23 hours of music and interviews from last year’s event and expects to air a similar amount in 2016.

Tune in online at: http://kfjc.org/netcast. View the live video feed at http://live.kfjc.org.

EMCC’s radio station breaking new ground

Since its first broadcast nearly a year ago, East Mississippi Community College’s radio station on the Golden Triangle campus has grown its listenership through innovative content that includes original live radio drama that harkens back to the 1940s and early 1950s, when audio was king.

On Wednesday, EMCC’s WGTC 92.7 FM will debut the first episode of “Search for Happiness.” The storyline revolves around a fictional Bartlesville, Oklahoma, oil tycoon by the name of J.D. Gray whose three grown daughters discover he has eloped with a woman not much older than they are.

Read more from The Dispatch.

Sound Salvation: Spinning the tales and tracks of a college radio DJ

The (impossibly cool) DJs walked us through the basics: what they do, what the training process is like, what it means to be part of WKDU, and their longstanding policy of no top 40 music — from ever, forever. A group in the back sporting t-shirts of some such bands wrinkled their noses and pulled out their iPhones. I leaned in.

Read more from the Smart Set.

Tiny Desks Of Atlanta: Local Groups Document Music Scene

“Because we’ve done a lot of local bands, it’s kind of like we’ve created a catalog of the scene at this current moment in time,” said Valeiras. “If the videos were ever to surface in the future, it’s something people can go through to see what Atlanta was like.”

Read more from WABE.

Plus, the latest on CBI’s convention in Philadelphia and Spinning Indie’s 101st Radio Station Field Trip.

By | June 7th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Students can love radio

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Like many readers of Radio World, I started in radio before the era of consolidation. It was a time when there were a lot more opportunities for high school and college students to become involved with radio stations in their communities. The 1,000 watt AM station in my town welcomed young people interested in broadcasting and took generations of students under its wing. When I went off to college, the local stations there employed a number of college kids part time, including me. There were opportunities in news, music, production, engineering, and more. During high school or college this is how many of us got our start in radio.

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

I found myself thinking back on those days recently because audio is enjoying a renaissance among young listeners. More and more, I find students coming to my university with the same kind of passion for audio that I had at their age. This tracks with Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” studies that show we are in a great era for audio consumption, and audio is what radio has always been about. Today’s podcasts, streaming services, and more are all built on the foundation of decades of radio broadcasting.

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A growing number of students come to campus primed to explore their enthusiasm for audio and they quickly discover that their school’s student media outlets are the perfect places to experiment and learn. This is certainly true where I work. At WSOU(FM), the station I manage for Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., the staff of WSOU has more than doubled in just three years to 150 students, many of them freshmen and sophomores. They don’t see radio as dead. Rather, it is simply part of their 21st century media landscape and diet. They love radio!

This interest in audio isn’t limited to college students. As part of our mission to serve the local community, WSOU has long taken high school students as interns, but we usually hear from just one student per year.

This spring has been different, however. High school students are now actively seeking us out, looking for the chance to learn the craft. These students have done their homework. They know their areas of interest and the kinds of skills they need to develop in order to thrive. It is why they are coming to stations like WSOU for experience and to be mentored. It is not unlike when I was their age and knocked on the door of that local AM station to see what was behind that door and learn. Some of these high school students have been so motivated to learn that they became good enough to go on air as newscasters and sportscasters. That bodes well for their futures, and ours.

Campus stations now often fill the role that the old mom and pop stations did when I was a teen and young adult. College stations are the farm team for future radio professionals, but all of us who care about the fate of radio have role to play in developing the next generation. We cannot let folks like Audible, Pandora, Gimlet, Panoply, Google, and Spotify poach our talent by being the ones most welcoming to today’s students.

This is why I encourage all radio stations become more engaged with colleges and universities at all levels, as well as with high school juniors and seniors. It’s important to build relationships that extend well beyond simply taking students as interns. The more that stations and groups are engaged with students, the more likely we will revitalize our programming and cultivate new generations of listeners.

Here are a few suggestions for how commercial and professional noncommercial stations and those that work within them can build stronger relationships with up-and-coming audio talent:

  • Volunteering to critique air checks from students or becoming a mentor to a student
  • Having your PD spend time on your local college or high school campuses to talk with students
  • Giving students an hour or two on your station and challenging them to “come up with something great”
  • Getting your GSM to collaborate with a university’s business school to develop a curriculum that truly prepares students for media sales
  • Using college kids for your high school sports play-by-play
  • Inviting professors, teachers, advisers, student affairs staffers and others to your station
  • Engaging a college or high school kid as a “reverse mentor” for you or your team. It’s a great way to remain current on technological and cultural trends
  • Listening to the student-run stations in your market. You might be surprised and inspired by what you hear

FM took off, in part, because radio let some young, passionate people play around and come up with something new and different that listeners liked and wanted. Radio is better off when there are real partnerships with young adults, where we experiment and create together. This is how we keep young people engaged and excited about radio and audio careers. It’s also what we need to ensure our industry’s survival.

Read this, and other Campus View columns at Radio World.

By | June 1st, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Alabama college radio station WLJS to reach more listeners

“We are just in the final phases of getting the legal paperwork and everything worked out,” said Mike Stedham, manager of JSU student media and adviser to the university’s radio station.

 The new radio translator being put into place will take the 91.9 frequency and rebroadcast it onto a different frequency, 102.1, which will allow the JSU radio station to reach into other communities such as Anniston and Oxford.
Read more from the Anniston Star.

Indiana doctoral student hosts radio show named ‘Native Spirit’

Once a week, Two Bears provides her listeners contemporary and traditional Native American music with a show called “Native Music,” which airs from 10 a.m. to noon the first and last Sunday of the month on 91.3 and 98.1.

“I have always loved Native American music and Native American musicians,” Two Bears said.

Read more from the Indiana Daily Student.

KWDC organizers leaving for new venture; station offline until fall semester

Organizers of San Joaquin Delta College’s fledgling radio station are taking their voices elsewhere after college officials decided that KWDC must shut down for the summer.

Their permanent departure is also the apparent result of a disagreement over whether the station should serve primarily the campus or the surrounding community.

Read more from Recordnet.com.

Spinning Indie visits 100th college station: WPRB
Are you ready? Drum roll… It’s time for my 100th radio station field trip post. Eight years after my first radio station field trip, I’ve traveled to various pockets of the United States (covering 14 states, plus District of Columbia) and Ireland in order to feast my eyes on a wide range of radio stations, including high school, college, commercial, religious, pirate, community, low power FM, and even a pop-up radio station. For my 100th report, I ventured to Princeton University’s college radio station WPRB-FM.
Read more from Radio Survivor.
CBI convention hotel reservations, session proposals and registration open

Reservations are now open at the Philadelphia Sonesta Hotel for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 20-22. Submissions are being accepted for session proposals as well. For more information, visit the CBI Philadelphia convention site.

By | May 31st, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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CBI convention session proposals, registration open

Also, submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Radio heads: Self-expression is part of the show at detail-oriented WHRB

“It’s an act of self-expression. I get to choose what I play on the air, and have an audience of dedicated listeners — most who say nice things, some who yell at us,” said Eli Lee, a junior from Dunster House who serves as co-director of the station’s Record Hospital.

Read more from the Harvard Gazette.

Spinning Indie’s 99th college radio field trip: WHCS

The 1971 letter called for not only an FM radio station that could cover New York City (a 50,000 watt station time-shared with WNYE-FM), but also for a college radio network. The college radio network was described as “consisting of the college radio stations (campus-limited radio clubs) at their respective campuses within the City University, and/or their communication department’s studio facilities, with the capacity of originating live programming for the FM station.”

Read more from Spinning Indie.

WIDR’s Gianna Capadona retakes radio

“We’re really unique in where we have a combination of student DJs and community member DJs,” Capadona said. “You get people who have been here twenty years and have seen WIDR go through many different stages. It’s always changing, so it’s really cool to be able to get different perspectives on things.”

Read more from the Western Herald.

CBI Secretary-elect Paul Crutcher debuts audiophile column in Greenwood Index-Journal

Crutcher, who is the broadcast specialist and XLR Radio general manager at Lander University, will do his part to bridge the gap between two sets of audiophiles (and some who might lie somewhere in between) — the digital MP3 gang and the vinyl faithful. His column, titled “Off the Record,” debuts in Sunday’s Accent section and will be published every two weeks — or more frequently, depending on his ability to crank out a column while pursuing a master’s degree while running the radio station and organizing Lander University’s Film Festival and… well, you get the idea.

Read more from the Index-Journal, and the first column here.

Plus, Spinning Indie gets ready for the 100th college radio field trip, lists the 10 best things a kid noticed on the trips and the 47th podcast episode.

By | May 24th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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CBI convention session proposals, registration open

Also, submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Convention registration is also open.

UCLA professor reminisces the start of admiration for punk music

Rosenak was in San Francisco when he first heard punk music on his radio. Radio host Rodney Bingenheimer played the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK” on his show “Rodney On The Roq.” Rosenak bought his first punk records in a small San Francisco record store during the summer of 1977.

When he returned to the University of Redlands in the fall, he played The Jam’s single, “In the City” for Reinhard, his high school best friend. Reinhard thought the song was raw and full of emotion, so different from the pop or rock that played on the radio.

“We were both so excited,” Reinhard said. “It was like the best stuff we’ve ever heard.”

Read more from The Daily Bruin.

GAB Radio Talent Institute returns to UGA

Bob Houghton, President of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, commented, “We need this for radio, we need it for broadcasting…I knew we needed it, but even then didn’t realize how special it is until going through the experience of the Institute. Broadcasters from all over the state come and give their time and expertise. These students will be the leaders in our business 10, 20, 30 years from now; we have a great deal of pride in what we are accomplishing.”

To find out more about regional Radio Talent Institutes, visit their website.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column.

By | May 17th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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CBI production awards deadline Friday, May 13

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

Also, submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

At Hofstra, on WRHU, They’re Live With the Islanders

King has become a mentor as well as a play-by-play man, and he now says of working with students: “It’s one of the best parts of my job. I never saw that coming, because most professionals don’t have to do that.”

Read more from the New York Times.

Akron’s 91.3 The Summit continues to make radio waves with launch of ‘The 330’

After more than 20 years as one of the area’s top public radio stations, Akron Public Schools WAPS (91.3-FM) “The Summit” officially expanded its terrestrial signal April 22 to reach new broadcasting frontiers.

Read more from The Suburbanite.

Hastings College station goes off air

“I was shocked to say the least; it definitely came as a surprise to me. I mean, I remember my first radio show here was “Of Monsters and Men” and I talked about horror ideas, and that was such a cool thing to do as a freshman. I’m going to miss that, but at the same time I’m excited to see what’s coming,” said Briton Rodenborg, station manager.

Read more from Nebraska.tv.

WRAS DJ Nadia Deljou hits the airwaves for a farewell 24-hour set

For the past two years Deljou has pumped out late night tunes with the electro-centered late night show Beatscape Lounge. As tradition dictates for a graduating WRAScal, Deljou is joining the scores of others who have hosted graduation sets, which average about six hours. But Deljou, who has spent days and nights dedicated to scouring new sounds and listening to new albums, says “there’s no way in hell I can fit everything into that time.”

Read more from Creative Loafing Atlanta.

 

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WBCR Brooklyn, their latest podcast, LPFM watch, College Radio Watch and College Radio News columns.

 

By | May 10th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: How to handle station swag

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Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

College radio stations, as well as some college television stations, are known for their swag. From artistic T-shirts to coffee mugs to DIY zines and dubbed cassette mixtapes, stations have a lot to offer their audience merchandise-wise. If done correctly, merch can also be a big revenue generator. If done incorrectly, it can be a major headache for all involved. Here are some tips to start or augment a merch department, along with a guide for how to run a merch table at an event.

Decide what to offer

T-shirts are an easy first choice. They can be relatively cheap to produce and have a high markup value. The standard logo on a white or colored shirt will work, but don’t be afraid to mix it up. If you don’t have graphic designers or artists on staff, consider holding a contest for design submissions. Fans will be jazzed to see their work represented and you can offer free T-shirts as compensation. Be sure to have the creator sign a release form for the work.

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Remember not everything has to be a Hanes Beefy Tee! If your audience is more into American Apparel then go with a higher quality brand. Yes, it will cost more but you can also charge a higher price for it. Long sleeved shirts, hoodies and tank tops might also have appeal.

When you are ready to expand beyond T-shirts, there are countless options to consider: hats, earplugs, sunglasses, insulated lunch bags, water bottles, you name it. Because it would not be a board blog without a shameless plug, come to CBI’s National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 20-22 in Philadelphia (registration is now open!) and check out our moderately famous “Swag Swap” and social where radio, video and multimedia operations from across the country display their best stuff.

Buy a cash box and a receipt book

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If you are going to sell station merchandise, you need to keep track of that cash! Buy a cash box and, if possible, keep it stocked with 50, $1 bills. There is nothing worse than having to turn paying customers away because they only have a $20 and you don’t have any change. The cash should not be used for anything else and every time you make a deposit, leave the $50 in the box. You will also need a receipt book. This is primarily for your internal recordkeeping, but sometimes a customer will request a receipt so it helps to have a book with carbonless copies. I personally recommend the Adams brand SC1182 money/rent receipt book. Teach everyone working the merch table how much detail you need on each receipt.

Make a price list

Stickers, buttons, key chains, pens and other swag bought in bulk are typically giveaway items. A good rule is if something cost you more than $2, you should probably sell it to recoup some of the costs. Once you decide what items you are selling and for how much, WRITE IT DOWN! A number of staff might handle your merch sales and you cannot expect them to remember prices. Printed price lists also help cut down on confusion at concerts or other events where talking can be difficult. If you allow staff to purchase some merchandise at a reduced price, write that down too.

Count everything – twice

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If you are selling merch at an event, count exactly how many sellable items you are taking. If you have T-shirts, write down how many you have of each size. At the end of the event, count everything again. If you sold two small T-shirts and three mediums for $10 each, that means you should have an extra $50 in your cash box. Having reliable pre- and post-event numbers will save you a great deal of frustration if your merch workers skipped any receipts or didn’t write the size of the T-shirt sold. This will also help you keep accurate count of exactly how much you sold to report as taxable income to your University accounting office.

By | May 4th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments