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WKDU Celebrates Marathon Anniversary With 84 Hours of Electronic Music

For this year’s 14th annual EMM — there was a six-year hiatus that ended in 2014 — WKDU enlisted nearly 100 DJs to help keep the tunes spinning for three-and-a-half days, with musical selections running the gamut from house and techno to ambient and experimental, even including some live synthesizer performances. The extended weekend on the radio dial has so far pulled in almost $5,000 to help support Philly AIDS Thrift, with more donations still processing through the system.

Read more from Drexel University.

WVUM teams up with Wynwood’s III Points Festival

Students snacked on pizza and played corn hole, while local DJ Nick Leon played eclectic beats from his turntable at the UC Patio for WVUM’s annual Pre-Points party, which promotes Wynwood’s popular III Points Music, Art & Technology Festival.

Read more from The Miami Hurricane.

Tracing WESU’s Journey from “Mischievous Beginnings” to Innovative Present

“There are very few activities that fuse the Wesleyan community with the Middletown and Connecticut community at large in such a smooth, organic way,” Howard told me. “You can really build connections with non-Wesleyan people.”

Read more from The Wesleyan Argus.

Online student radio station now live

In a continued effort to expand its media platforms, Madison College’s The Clarion is set to go live with its first ever radio station this October. Over this past summer, advisor Doug Kirchberg and his team have taken on this project from scratch, establishing the foundation from which to grow.

Read more from The Clarion.

KCSM-TV deal back up for approval

In the latest attempt amidst a variety of unsuccessful tries to unplug from the television industry, San Mateo County Community College District officials will again consider a deal selling KCSM-TV.

The proposal going before the district Board of Trustees during a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, seeks to confirm an earlier decision to sell the station to a Santa Rosa public broadcaster.

Read more from The Daily Journal.

 

Plus, the College Radio Watch column, and, if you’re joining us in San Antonio for the NSEMC, we’ve still got spaces on our media tours, audio/radio clinics and video/TV clinics!

By | October 17th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

101 reasons, and then some, to come to #CBISanAntonio!

101 sessions, an award-winning Keynote Speaker, the River Walk and the Alamo. It’s CBI San Antonio 2017!

John Morris, CBI President

We are just weeks away from CBI San Antonio and the National Student Electronic Media Convention! I am very excited to get there for all that this offers, including great sessions, networking, an awesome location and, as always, great restaurants to visit.

Starting with the sessions, which is usually the first reason why most of us make the annual pilgrimage to the NSEMC. There is a great list of topics that will keep you learning all day each day. If you haven’t looked at the sessions, head to the convention site and check out the listings.  It doesn’t matter what area of student electronic media you are in, there are numerous topics that you will find interesting. If your specialty is video, a quick sampling will show you topics that cover sports video, approaches to make profession videos and how to get your video accepted in film festivals.

If audio and radio is your thing, there are sessions every hour that will help you and your media outlet improve. These topics include on-air tips, music scheduling, remotes and formatting. Regardless of your station’s genre, you will learn about new ideas from professionals, college instructors and your own peers. It’s amazing how often you can learn from students talking about different approaches that they take at their own outlets.

The NSEMC is much more than radio and TV. Beyond the hard skills that you can learn, there are also soft skills that will help you move up the management ladder, be it before or after graduation. Then, there are also the sessions covering social media, working with your school’s administration, and the growing popularity and necessity of podcasts. If you don’t return to your school with a notebook full of ideas to share with your station, well, you just weren’t paying attention.

As I mention a notebook, I strongly encourage you to take one with you, or whatever digital device on which you like to take notes. As you are learning, write down what was said, the approaches suggested, and the tips to help make changes. When you return to your student electronic media outlet, share those ideas with the rest of the staff. This way, learning will carry on to the next set of leaders. Even though I have been attending these conferences for over 10 years, it never ceases to amaze me that my staff and I learn something new every time.

We’ve worked to make the schedule flow so that you can attend a full morning of sessions, take an hour lunch, during which no sessions are happening, then back for an afternoon of learning. That’s for Thursday and Friday. Make sure that you stay for Saturday as well. We open the morning with more topics that will add to the knowledge you will have already gained. Then after a lunch break, we cap the NSEMC off with the keynote speaker and then the National Student Production Awards. Our keynote speaker, award-winning videographer Roger Lindley, will help you learn the tricks to making quality videos on a limited budget. This is something everyone will be able to use, even if you are in radio, social media, news, sports or any related field.

After the sessions, be sure to take in everything San Antonio offers, including conventions sites that have offer so much more. There’s the famous River Walk out the back door of the hotel, the Alamo a block outside the front door, incredible restaurants in all directions, and the general beauty and hospitality of the people of San Antonio. After you get to the hotel, you will find that everything you want or need is easily within walking distance, or perhaps a short and enjoyable boat ride.

By | October 12th, 2017|Board Blogs, Conferences|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

WXYC wants to take you out of your comfort zone

For Joanna Zhang, better known on air as DJ Spilt Coffee, WXYC is about much more than what song is playing.

“I think college radio is really cool because it’s more than just music, it’s the community that is also part of it,” Zhang said. “It creates a space for creativity to flow, like I’ve met some of the most creative people here.”

Zhang said the station’s managers are looking for people who are willing to learn. All of the new DJs’ love of music are put to the test during their first year, where they cover the early morning shifts to keep the 24-hour station going.

Read more from The Daily Tar Heel.

Davidson’s Local Classical Radio Station is Nationally Recognized; Celebrates Achievements and Classical Music

While it is not technically part of the college, WDAV has incredibly close ties to the institution. According to Kendra Intihar, Assistant General Manager & Director of Community Outreach, WDAV is “similar to the rest of the college; we report to the Board of Trustees. We interact with the college on a number of different levels. We have interns that intern with us from the college. We have student assistants as part of the federal work study.” WDAV employees even participate as pre-major advisors.

Read more from The Davidsonian.

Mount Holyoke College’s WMHC, the oldest historically female-run college radio station in the nation, was recently featured in an article in The Panoptic magazine about the importance of diversity in music.

“College radio exists as one of the few spaces where females and/or gender nonconforming individuals can safely express their views and foster a community,” the article said.

Read more from Mount Holyoke College.

New look KSBR provides opportunity for students

“Our job is to be a non-commercial, educational service for people who are either students on campus or not,” said James Rondeau, Director of Broadcast Services. “But hopefully we spread a good image of Saddleback and provide a service that other commercial broadcasters don’t.”

Read more from Lariat.

Studio A Rama concert in University Circle to mark 50 years of WRUW radio

For half a century, WRUW 91.1 FM has shaped generations of tastes with an eclectic mix of rock ‘n’ roll, avant-garde, blues, folk, reggae, ethnic and world music.

For 35 of those years, the Case Western Reserve University radio station has opened itself up to the public with Studio A Rama. Founded on a whim by a former WRUW DJ  Larry Collins, the bash has brought hundreds of bands and thousands of fans to Mather Courtyard, between Ford and Bellflower roads on the CWRU campus.

Read more from Cleveland.com.

 

Plus, highlights from College Radio Day around the world:

College Radio Watch: Happy College Radio Day

WMUL putting on Cutting Edge Fest to celebrate College Radio Day

WTJU & WXTJ are celebrating College Radio Day

K103 Gothenburg Student radio is host for World College Radio Day 2017

KTXT celebrates College Radio Day

College Radio Day at LBCC Honors VIP Records Owner Kelvin Anderson

“Passionately Vocal, Seriously Local” is the Theme for 24-Hour Marathon Planned for Seventh Annual College Radio Day by WP 88.7 FM

GVSU hosts annual College Radio Day

Music Preview: What to expect at College Radio Day

Support KLSU with College Radio Day and Barcadia concert Oct. 6

College Radio Day this Friday, October 6, will be “Passionately Vocal, Seriously Local”

College Radio Day Celebrates Localism, Unique Programming

 

 

 

By | October 10th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

Joining us in San Antonio? Early-bird registration rates extended

 Early-bird convention registration rates have been extended through Friday, Oct. 6!

Radio stations with a sense of community

But it’s another, unsung area of broadcasting that’s live and local to the hilt: community radio. These are the mostly tiny, mostly FM stations that focus on various forms of community: a neighborhood or a town, or a listenership devoted to eclectic or specific types of music. Many offer a mix of local talk, public affairs programming and music shows, often featuring artists performing live.

Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Signing off: WNKU goes silent after final broadcast

“My message is just thank you. Thank you for listening. Thank you to anyone who ever gave money to the radio station who supported us financially. Public radio is so important to communities. I don’t know if we could be more grateful,” Felix said.

Read more from WLWT Cincinnati.

Students should support all campus media

As a newly licensed DJ at WTSR 91.3FM, the College’s student radio station serving Mercer and Bucks counties, I’m faced with a single overbearing dilemma — not many people are actually listening. No matter what music I play or how well I do my part, I feel like people around campus will never get the chance to hear my work, nor the work of our radio station’s amazing executive board and general staff. Usually, I have to inform members of my family and friends through social media that I’ll be on air. Sometimes, I really feel like the sound of leaves blowing in the wind — you can faintly hear me in the background, but most of the time I go unnoticed.

Read more from The Signal.

Plus the College Radio Watch column and the Radio Survivor Podcast.

 

By | October 3rd, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conferences, Member News|0 Comments

FCC reminder: AM/FM License Renewals

License expires: Oct. 1, 2019
Renewal application to be filed by: June 1, 2019
States: D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia

License expires: Dec. 1, 2019
Renewal application to be filed by: Aug. 1, 2019
States: North Carolina, South Carolina

License expires: Feb. 1, 2020
Renewal application to be filed by: Oct. 1, 2019
States: Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

License expires: April 1, 2020
Renewal application to be filed by: Dec. 1, 2019
States: Alabama, Georgia

For a complete list, visit the FCC website.

By | September 28th, 2017|FCC|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

‘The little basement that rocks’

“I want to reach out to people who want to do it but are afraid because it is sort of public speaking,” Nguyen said. “I hesitated my entire first year and didn’t do it because I was scared and insecure with my speaking ability but when you start doing it there are a lot of people there to help you.”

Read more from Luther College CHIPS.

Trash House provides safe haven for creative students

Last Saturday displayed a pretty common Trash House weekend. The residence was hosting one of its myriad house shows, which featured local bands such as Sorority Boy and Sweet Tooth, and it served as a fundraiser for DREAMers on Grounds. Before the show, residents of the house shared their views about WXTJ and the radio subculture of the University.

Read more from The Cavalier Daily.

Tuning into ‘The Voice of Bucknell’

“There is a great deal of programming specifically geared toward students. There are things to learn through listening and we have a lot of great DJs that enjoy expressing their tastes in music to listeners,” Station Manager Haven Clark ’18 said.

Read more from The Bucknellian.

Student Org Profile: WUMD College Radio

In 1979, 20 years after the University of Michigan first opened its Dearborn campus, a group of engineering students appropriated school equipment to play vinyl. In the 80’s student members of the station took equipment off campus grounds to prevent the station from being closed and were nearly expelled. Flash forward to the night of September 14, 2017 on the second floor of the University Center and WUMD held its first general body meeting for the fall. The normally spacious-feeling room was packed past capacity with nearly 40 people.

Read more from The Michigan Journal.

Women in American College Radio

During the academic year it houses more than just physical copies of artistry, it serves as a refuge for the 40+ students who choose to devote their time to the organisation aptly named WMHC (Mount Holyoke College’s student radio station). The oldest historically female-run college radio station in the nation, it has truly seen it all: from the heydays of college radio in the late eighties and early nineties to the creation of streaming services. It’s a station that, like many other college radio outlets, is reflective of a fringe culture that society has deemed fading or even obsolete.

Read more from The Panoptic.

KVRX works to grow music diversity initiative

Even though KVRX is a student-run station with policies that make it difficult to give any one artist extreme exposure, Burky said an advantage is that DJs must rely on quality music to maintain an audience.

“The artists we’re trying to promote are artists that our DJs truly believe, with all their musical knowledge, are worth promoting and deserve a shot,” Burky said.

Read more from The Daily Texan.

10th Edition Published of Southeast Faculty Member’s Radio Textbook

“It is an honor to be selected by Focal Press to carry forward this pioneering text,” Mims said. “Our objective is to offer students a textbook that is as complete and comprehensive as possible to prepare them for their careers,” Mims said.

The introductory textbook, co-authored with Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Mass Communication in Nacogdoches, Texas, prepares students for careers in AM/FM and satellite broadcasting, podcasting and Internet radio streaming. The textbook has approximately 150 course adoptions, and its target readership is sophomores and juniors.

Read more from Southeast Missouri State University.

 

Plus, the College Radio Watch column.

 
By | September 26th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

San Antonio: ‘I Can’t Wait!’

“Looks amazing! I can’t wait to go and check out some of these panels with the rest of the staff.”

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

That is an actual quote from one of my students. It was in an email this student sent me after taking a look at the schedule for the National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC). It is not the first time someone has expressed this kind of enthusiasm to me when it comes to the NSEMC, and I don’t think it will be the last.

Simply put, attending the NSEMC is one of the best investments you will make this academic year. If you are involved with student-run electronic media, there is no better value in terms of time and money than this annual convention. I have yet to have any student tell me that attending the NSEMC was a waste of time. Through the years, they have found the experience to be not only valuable, but essential to becoming more effective student leaders and better at their student media jobs.

With the early-bird deadline for registration just a week away (the deadline for the lowest rate of $100 for members is Oct. 2!), now is a good time to take a peek at some of the things that are in store for NSEMC 2017. A few highlights include:

  • Incredible Sessions! With more than 100 sessions and panels scheduled, you will find plenty of topics that interest you. Check out the awesome line-up of sessions that CBI has put together here: https://www.askcbi.org/sanantonio/sessions/.
  • Improve Your Media Outlet. The NSEMC’s Video/TV and Radio/Audio Clinics are unique opportunities for a one-on-one (or group) meeting with an adviser from another student media outlet. The adviser will help you gain new insights into the questions and challenges faced by your media operation. You don’t have to go it alone! Sign up now to reserve your timeslot.
  • Become A Better Music Programmer. For 2017, we’ve incorporated MusicMaster’s highly successful Genius Day workshops into a series of sessions on Thursday, Nov. 2. Even if you don’t have MusicMaster at your station, you will benefit from the many music scheduling and programming tips you’ll learn throughout the day.
  • You’ll Laugh. You’ll Cry. You’ll Cheer. Whether you are a nominee or not, you don’t want to miss The National Student Production Awards on Saturday afternoon. Held right after the keynote address, you’ll see and hear the very best the student media world has to offer.
  • Get Ready to Impress. Back by popular demand, the NSEMC will feature private resume and demo reviews with award-winning radio report Glenn Schuck from America’s most listened to all news radio station, 1010 WINS in New York City. Space is limited, so sign up now. And don’t miss career-focused sessions like Getting Your First Job in TV, Breaking Into Sports Media and Working with Boomers.

  • Media Tours. CBI has secured three tours of media facilities in San Antonio. Registration is now open online.
  • Make New Friends. Whether you are a student, adviser, faculty member or industry professional, the NSEMC is an excellent place to connect with peers who share your interests and understand your struggles. Come ready to build a network of support and inspiration.
  • It’s San Antonio! The convention hotel is right on the famous Riverwalk, and from The Alamo to the San Antonio Museum of Art to Market Square, there is plenty to see and do after convention hours. Plus Mi Tierra is open 24 hours!

Each year the NSEMC keeps getting better. So if you haven’t already, make your plans now to join your fellow CBI members at NSEMC 2017. Again, the early bird registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 2. Visit https://www.askcbi.org/sanantonio/convention-registration/ to register.

I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

By | September 25th, 2017|Board Blogs, CBI News, Conferences|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

Join CBI in San Antonio Nov. 2-4 for the National Student Electronic Media Convention

Early-bird discounted registration rates are in effect through Oct. 1, and hotel rooms at the convention rate are available. The session schedule will be announced this week.

For more information, visit askcbi.org/sanantonio.

Underground UK: Turn alternative music on and conventional music off with WRFL

Since 1988, WRFL has played non-stop music 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year without interruptions with a human in the studio at all times.

WRFL has over 10,000 items in the studio and double that in storage.

“If you were to play all the albums through 24/7, 365 you wouldn’t be able to listen to all our music in your lifetime,” said Maya Collins-Paterson, WRFL General Manager.

Read more from the Kentucky Kernel.

Going with the flow: NKU professor keeps college radio tradition alive on WAIF-FM

“I don’t think I could really stop. It’s just what I do,” Katkin said. “I like to have the reason to listen to music, so it pushes me to keep listening to stuff because I have to put a show together. I like the pressure on me to do that. And I like to think about ways to be clever and creative with the format.”

Read more from The Northerner.

Curry College Radio Station Gets State-of-the-Art Renovation

“Everything is new–everything!” said Professor Alan Frank, director of the Curry College radio department and station. “There are new monitors, speakers…even the carpet is brand new. The only thing we’re still working on is getting a new chair.”

Read more from Currier Times.

What’s the Spin at KSUA? UAF’s college radio station is looking for new student involvement

Behind the old sticker covered doors lies the opportunity to learn new things. A way to express yourself, to be funny and weird or smart and sarcastic or make new friends. Having your own show gives you an opportunity to share the music you love and a place talk about the things that inspire you to an audience bigger than just your peers or classmates. It is a chance to get out of your comfort zone and maybe speak when you normally might not. The first time you sit down in one of the squeaky vintage chairs in the studio and man the sound board, can be intimidating, but you can’t help but bask in how cool it feels to be a college radio DJ.

Read more from The Sun Star.

By | September 19th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News

KCSN-KSBR FM merger aims to create new Southland public radio powerhouse

The two noncommercial stations soon to be united are KCSN-FM, based at Cal State Northridge, and KSBR-FM at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo in south Orange County, both of which have been operating for years on the same 88.5 FM frequency.

Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

Tentative sale reached for KCSM-TV

Should the tentative deal be approved by the board, it could close the book on a process which began in 2011 to sell KCSM-TV, under an effort to eliminate a nearly $1 million annual deficit. The district’s well-known jazz radio station, KCSM, is not part of the deal.

Read more from the San Mateo Daily Journal.

Billiken Club Defunded by SLU’s Student Government, Future Uncertain

Funding has dried up for the Billiken Club.

That’s according to a post from the Saint Louis University-based venue’s Facebook page posted yesterday. According to the statement, the venue and its parent group KSLU, which is also the college’s radio station, have been “essentially defunded” by the Student Government Association.

“Despite great turn out and consistent and increasing of attendance to numerous shows over the past few years, SGA has found that the expense of the booking and putting on events was an ‘undue burden’ on students,” reads a portion of the statement.

Read more from the Riverfront Times.

KFJC-FM co-hosts and Broadcasts from “Live from the Icelandic Underground” Festival in Rejkjavik

Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM will again travel overseas to present adventurous music to its listeners all over the world. For its 8th such international live remote broadcast, KFJC is partnering with Icelandic music distribution service/magazine MYRKFÆLNI to present the two-day festival: Live from the Icelandic Underground at Hurra in Reykjavik, Iceland on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16. Performances from ten Icelandic artists will be heard live over 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, with simultaneous live streaming audio and HD video viewable at KFJC.org.

To learn more about the event, visit kfjc.org.

WEQX’s Morad: ‘I don’t ever see me leaving this place’

Tucked away amongst retail outlets and luxury hotels of Manchester, Vermont, the WEQX house is an anomaly of sorts. It’s chock full of vintage recording equipment, platinum records and band paraphernalia. Autographs from artists like Mondo Cozmo line the walls and a cat (who goes by multiple names, all inspired by legendary musicians) roams the hallways.

Read more from The Daily Gazette.

By | September 12th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News