Suffolk County Community College launches internet radio station
“It’s been an incredible experience,” said Joseph Panzarino, 19, a second year radio and television major from Sayville. “We built a radio station from scratch.”
Panzarino and about 100 other students working toward an associate degree will spend 150 hours staffing the station as part of a credit-bearing internship course. The internet-only station will stream commercial-free music 24 hours per day at scccir.com.
Read more from News Day.
Student morning radio show wakes up campus
The KTXT “On Air” sign lights up, the Red Raider Fanfare plays to start the show and Marks turns into a ball of energy, ready to entertain those who are listening early in the morning to inspire a productive day, he said.
Read more from the Daily Toreador.
What a week it was! More than 400 students from 85 schools converged on the Hyatt Regency River Walk in beautiful downtown San Antonio for the sixth annual CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention November 2-4, 2017.
Our event officially opened on Wednesday afternoon as students began receiving official credentials and complimentary CBI messenger bags filled with giveaway items, conference programs and information about local restaurants and points of interest. Attendees also received a vendor bingo card — making them eligible for valuable prizes that were given away throughout the week.
Sessions were well attended throughout the conference on a broad range of topics led by industry professionals, students, faculty and staff members and attorneys. Topic choices were expansive allowing a broad range of sessions for all participants — from radio, television, film, broadcast sports, newswriting, podcasting, copyright, FCC inspections, music scheduling, social media, management and training, diversity, programming, promotions, drone use, underwriting/fundraising, documentary work, and much more.
Students were given opportunities to have air checks, demo reels, and resumes reviewed by industry professionals. Others participated in station tours of Cox Media Group, KSAT-TV 12 ABC, and KSYM-FM San Antonio College.
The weekend culminated with the National Student Production Awards with finalists in 25 categories with finalists in 25 categories with CBI President John Morris as master of ceremonies. Prior to the handing out of trophies, the CBI board was introduced, followed by the presentation of the 2017 Joel Willer award to Chris Wheatley, retired manager of Television and Radio Operations at Ithaca College.
Students then heard a keynote address from Roger Lindley who discussed ways to make quality film productions on a limited budget. Finally, Jenny Lee, a former CBI attendee and current morning and mid-day host on San Antonio’s Magic 105.3 handed out trophies to hopeful nominees. Samples of winning entries were played during the ceremony as students posed for photos with their respective trophies. The complete awards list and clips of the winning entries are online here.
CBI’s NSEMC demonstrated once again that it is the place where students can make valuable connections with fellow broadcasters who become friends and sometimes colleagues. It is a place where ideas are shared, skills are refined, and contacts are made with respected industry professionals. We thank everyone for making the trip to Texas – to the beautiful and historic river walk area of San Antonio. We thank you for your support and your input as we look ahead to conventions to come in the future.
We will see you at the Renaissance Seattle hotel from October 25-27, 2018 for next year’s NSEMC!
Taking the time to look more deeply: 40 years of public radio in Idaho
The station grew out of a radio club on the campus of Boise State University that has roots all the way back to the 1930s, when the school was Boise Junior College. In the 1960s, the student radio station was a training ground, with low-power transmissions across campus. In the 1970s, after the school became Boise State University, the station settled on the call letters KBSU. The official launch didn’t really occur until 1977, when the station first joined the FM dial as a noncommercial broadcaster. Now it was legit.
Read more from The Idaho Statesman.
Heavy SF Power Trio Headlines Benefit For Community Radio Station
Late last month, the organization announced a major victory. The FCC granted the group a new frequency at 102.5 FM and approved its proposed call letters, KXSF, with plans to return to a terrestrial broadcast in January of 2018. However, the group still has a long way to go as far as raising funds for a new transmitter and other expenses to get the new radio station up and running in time for the January launch. With over half of the group’s goal of $80,000 already raised, the organization is hosting one of its biggest fundraisers yet this Saturday at Thee Parkside headlined by iconic SF doom-metal stalwarts Acid King.
Read more from CBS San Francisco.
Help us make the 2018 Seattle NSEMC better than ever
Whether you did or didn’t attend the 2017 NSEMC in San Antonio, we want your ideas for our 2018 convention in Seattle next October. Take the survey and let us know what you want to see from our programming in the Emerald City!
FSU radio station V89 celebrates 30 years on-air
V89, Florida State’s student-run, 24-hour radio station, is celebrating its 30th birthday. Having collected a dedicated following and garnering much respect, both locally and nationally, the station’s 30th birthday is exciting to many, especially when you consider that radio is supposedly a “dying industry.”
Read more from FSUNews.com.
CBI’s annual NSEMC celebrates, honors best in college broadcasting
Plus, Radio Survivor podcast #114.
Clarion radio takes on ‘War of the Worlds’
No, there are no real aliens on campus. This is just the basic premise of Madison College’s radio production of the classic “War of the Worlds.”
The radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds,” based on the book of the same name, was originally produced by Orson Welles and aired in 1938.
Read more from The Clarion.
New radio shows bring variety to KTXT-FM
New shows at KTXT-FM for the fall semester include “The Hard Knock Life,” which focuses primarily on underground and lesser known hip-hop; “Hair on Air,” a mix of hair rock and discussion-based segments; “The Happy Hour,” an hour full of “feel good” music; and much more. The station also plays predominantly alternative music, mixing styles up with the wide variety of shows mainly created and maintained by students.
Read more from the Daily Toreador.
KXLU celebrates 60 years with annual “Fundrazor”
This fall, KXLU – LMU’s FM radio station – celebrated 60 years since its founding. Beginning with an annual Alumni BBQ on Sept. 24, KXLU also kicked off its annual fundraising effort, “Fundrazor” on Oct. 19, which runs until Oct. 28. The the event runs 24-hours-a-day for 10 days, with live in-studio performances.
Read more from the Los Angeles Loyolan.
Spotify May Have Killed The Radio Star, But WALT Lives
A year ago, the lump sum of WALT Radio’s possessions—housed in their dilapidated office beneath an inch of dust—consisted of a frankly alarming number of R. Kelly vinyl albums and a handful of die-hard radio-enthusiasts. Its listeners had dwindled to the single digits. Its duct-taped insignia hung limply like aged wallpaper on the doorframe: a sentimental but melancholy reminder of the station’s heyday. WALT, Davidson’s radio broadcast club, was dying.
But something has changed in the past year: WALT has been refaced.
Read more from The Davidsonian.
KSYM rewards student volunteers with trip to national media convention
“Because the convention is in San Antonio this year, we have the opportunity to take a handful of students so that they can find out more about college media from around the country,” KSYM General Manager John Onderdonk said Oct. 4 in an interview. “These are students who have been volunteering around the radio station, attending the staff meetings and working hard.”
Read more from The Ranger.
The Countercultural Power of College Radio
On October 6, KSPC joined hundreds of other college radio stations in a celebration of College Radio Day. KSPC set up a booth with live DJs at the Smith Campus Center and hosted a Thai food social in the KSPC station. The goal was to draw attention to KSPC’s existence on campus and encourage people who may be unfamiliar with the station to get involved.
Read more from The Student Life.
Vinyl album exhibit honors student radio station’s 45th year
Gutkowski and Lacorato were among a crowd that celebrated 45 iconic albums released during the 45 years that student-run radio station WSDP-FM (88.1 The Park) has been on the air at the high school Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.
Music lovers, including radio station alumni, gathered Friday at the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex, or PARC, to kick off the Vinyl Recall exhibit that runs Oct. 24 through Nov. 16, with albums, artwork and other memorabilia on display.
Read more from Hometown Life.
Me Too: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in College Radio
For many, though, college radio can be an oasis. In her piece, Women in American College Radio, in the Panoptic last month, Sydney Catherine challenges women to work to dismantle the stereotypes that lead to many women eschewing the music and radio industries. She argues, “It’s up to the younger generation of women to change the discussion. Especially in an age where women in media are often relegated to sidekick status or even forgotten from the narrative, 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.”
Read more from Radio Survivor.
On to the next song…
“A college radio station is radically different from a professional one—both in terms of management and content—and since people were now coming to us for a chance to learn how professional radio works, we simply needed to start acting more like one,” Director of The ‘Burg 2 Rune Torgersen said.
Read more from The Observer.
Plus the College Radio Watch column.
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.
101 sessions, an award-winning Keynote Speaker, the River Walk and the Alamo. It’s CBI San Antonio 2017!
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.
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.
MHC radio station’s commitment to diversity
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: