Member News

Student Media in the News


WSOU hosts successful food drive

The New Jersey student-run radio station at Seton Hall University completed a food drive for donations of nonperishable food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Spearheaded by station manager Erica Szczepaniak, hundreds of pounds of food and money was collected. The donations came primarily from students. Szczepaniak said, “We wanted to engage the campus community in a different way. Remotes in the University Center are great, but with food insecurity continuing to be a major societal  issue, we felt it was important to use the power of radio to get people involved in helping others.”

Read more from Radio Ink.


Spinning Indie visits Lyons Township High School station WLTL

When I stopped by the station late on a Friday afternoon, General Manager Chris Thomas met up with me to give me the grand tour. A 1997 graduate of Lyons Township High School, Thomas came back to campus in 2005 to run the station (and to teach English and television classes). He has plenty of help, as there are several faculty members who advise the station and there is also a group of student managers.

Read more from Spinning Indie.


FCC turns down proposed college radio underwriting ‘experiment’ yet again

The Maricopa Community College district’s latest appeal to the Federal Communications Commission to let it walk around some of the agency’s restrictions on underwriting spots has been turned down. Maricopa of Arizona runs jazz station KJZZ-FM and classical signal KBAQ-FM. Citing money troubles, it has been pressing the FCC for a waiver to expand the range of underwriter announcements on its streams.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |November 26th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Brockport alumnus fulfills dream as CNN reporter

“I came to Brockport because it was a perfect fit for me and it was two hours from home,” Nobles said. “There were also a lot of people from similar backgrounds and I really got the opportunity to find a lot of great opportunities there. I was really big at the college radio station. … The opportunities at Brockport were great because there were not a lot of kids, but there were a lot of jobs that needed to be done.”

During his time at WBSU 89.1, Nobles worked as sports director, news director and operations manager, as well as DJed and called football games. He was also president of the Brockport Student Government his senior year.

Read more from The Stylus.


Spinning Indie visits WLOY

WLOY, located on the ground floor of Bellarmine Hall, was built in fall 2002, although radio at Loyola University dates back to at least 1975. Currently broadcasting at low power (under the FCC’s part 15 rules) at 1620 AM as well as online, WLOY also hoping to be granted a new LPFM license.  It’s still awaiting word from the FCC, as it is facing heavy competition for the license in Baltimore. Seven groups, including another college radio station (Johns Hopkins University) applied for the same frequency (92.7 FM).

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Also, read why these college radio visits are so important.


R.E.M. credits college radio for laying the groundwork for their career

Every successful band had to start from somewhere. R.E.M. had their big breakthrough while touring college campuses and being played day and night on college radio.

Read more from VH1.




By |November 25th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


88.1 The Burg manager gets tattoo to memorialize station’s award

A slightly anxious Travis Box was right on time for his 2:30 appointment — no doubt thanks to the 10 members of his crew who walked him to the tattoo studio to witness the occasion.

Box is general manager of CWU’s student radio station, KCWU-FM 88.1 The ‘Burg. He was making good on a promise to his students: If The ‘Burg won a national award, Box would get his first-ever tattoo to memorialize their success.


Read more from The Daily Record.

College Radio Survives Despite Growing Challenges

Students are responsible for nearly every aspect of college radio stations. Fees are levied to pay for equipment and broadcasting licenses, while students themselves run the radio stations. Despite that, the stations still belong to the institutions that host them, not the students that make them possible. That means that when a college decides to sell its broadcasting license, students have little to no say in the deal, according to PopMatters.

Read more from U.S. News University Directory.

College Radio Watch: Protesting College Radio Takeovers + A Few New LPFM College Stations

The situation at Georgia State University’s WRAS-FM is a high profile example of public radio’s ongoing interest in urban FM signals. In a piece for PopMatters called The Uncertain Fate of College Radio, Joe Youorski recounts not only the loss of student daytime programming over WRAS-FM, but also makes comparisons with college radio shutdowns and drama at other schools.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Lakeland College seeks to finalize plans for a radio station

Imagine tuning into the sound of Lakeland’s own Internet radio station. Unbeknownst to many, the plans for a station have been in the works for several years and are now at the point where they could potentially become a reality.
Read more from the Lakeland Mirror.

Blue Colt Radio Hosts Halloween Promotion

Blue Colt Radio, The College’s broadcasting club consisting of students as disc jockeys called the “Colt jockeys,” celebrated Halloween with their promotional event, “No Brainer,” which included a bake sale and a prize giveaway on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in The College Center.

Read more from Quo Vadis.

Chaminade University radio club resurrected

Chaminade’s Radio Club is back in full swing after closing for lack of student participation a year ago.

Senior lecturer Tom Galli, who teaches Video Production and Internet Radio, likes how the school of Business and the Communication department and their students have resurrected the once defunct club.

Read more from the Chaminade Silversword.

Emory & Henry College debuts solar panels that now power radio station

According the the college, that makes it the first FM station in the Southeast to be powered by a solar array. Geography professor at the college, Ed Davis, says they university has been working on other projects just like this for years that reflect the school moving more towards sustainable energy.

Read more from WJHL.

Christian music takes over airwaves of former Jones College Radio frequencies in Jacksonville

Early Thursday WKTZ (90.9 FM) and WJAX (1220 AM) in Jacksonville started broadcasting K-Love, also known as KLUV, contemporary Christian music format.

The stations — formally home to Jones College Radio that broadcast beautiful music and easy listening — went to dead air a week ago.

Read more from the Florida Times-Union.

Brilliance In Bumps And Bruises, On Air And On Screen

WFMU is a public radio station, but its programming is a little different from, say, NPR programs like All Things Considered. The station, film director Tim K. Smith explains, started as the college radio station for Upsala College. When the college went bankrupt, DJs worked together, led by Freedman, to gain the station’s independence.

Learn more about the WFMU documentary Sex and Broadcasting from Public Radio East.



By |November 18th, 2014|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Submit comments by Nov. 26 to support webcasting rates

The statutory license for “Non-commercial Webcasters” (like you, quite likely) is due to expire at the end of 2015. CBI has negotiated a settlement with SoundExchange that would largely keep the same rates and terms of the statutory license in place for the next five years after that (from 2016 through 2020).

For this to happen though the Copyright Royalty Board needs to approve the settlement, but in order for them to do that, the Copyright Royalty Judges need to hear from you. They need to know you think the rates and terms in the settlement – essentially the same as the rates and terms you have been used to for the past few years – are reasonable.

Without that feedback there is no guarantee that the rates and terms for the next five years will be as good. (In fact, without that feedback there’s a real possibility they will not be.)

Letting the judges know that they should adopt the settlement is simple. First, read it at Then, send an email to on behalf of your station stating that you support the settlement as being a reasonable.  Send it on or before November 26, 2014.

By |November 17th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


IU Kokomo on the air, on Internet radio station

Riley, a junior new media major from New Palestine, is just one of the student DJs on the internet-based Radio Free Kokomo, a student organization that broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at

Read more from the IUK newsroom blog.


The Uncertain Fate of College Radio

Indeed, college radio sales and deals have happened at a variety of different schools throughout the US. The schools have ranged from small community colleges, such as Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania, to large institutions like Georgia State, with an undergraduate enrollment of around 25,000 students. Both public and private universities have sold their stations in similar manners. Stations have varied from the eclectic, freeform radio of KTRU and Colby-Sawyer’s WSCS to the tight, professional style of WRAS.

Read more from Pop Matters.


‘No Local Radio History Is Too Small’

The Radio Preservation Task Force calls itself the first national radio history project of the Library of Congress; it grew out of the Library’s ambitious National Recording Preservation Plan. I wrote earlier about the radio-related aims of the overall plan; see
Read more from Radio World.

Jacksonville’s Jones College Radio vanishes from the airwaves Thursday in wake of sale

Jones College agreed to sell the frequencies to Educational Media Foundation for about $3.38 million, a move approved by the Federal Communications Commission with the actual financial transaction expected to be completed in November.

Read more from the Florida Times-Union.

By |November 11th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


DJ Brosky delivers The Everything Bagel

Inside the quiet broadcast booths of campus radio station KWVA, University of Oregon senior Bryan Kalbrosky finds refuge from the EMU construction, which hammers on only a few yards away.

Read more from The Daily Emerald.

MU acquires radio station from Stephens College

MU officials announced Friday that the university will purchase radio station KWWC-FM from Stephens College.

Read more from The Maneater.

WESU honored for 75th anniversary on the air

On Nov. 2, elected city and state officials and university staff joined a large crowd of WESU volunteers and staff in Wesleyan’s Daniel Family Commons for an event commemorating the community radio station’s landmark 75th anniversary. State Representatives Matt Lesser and Joe Serra presented the WESU Board of Directors with a citation, and Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew was joined by Councilmen Grady Faulkner and David Bauer to present the station with a Proclamation from the City of Middletown.

Read more from Wesleyan College.

By |November 4th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

WETD 90.7 FM starts streaming online


WETD 90.7 FM officially began streaming its broadcast signal online through its newly renovated website,, on Sept. 27 during the Alfred State Homecoming/Family Weekend celebration.

This means the radio station can now be heard around the world, allowing Alfred State’s prospective students, alumni, and community members 24/7 access to WETD’s broadcast signal online. WETD students and staff worked tirelessly to provide this historic moment and positive comments from Alfred State students and alumni, and community members have been pouring into the radio station as a result.


WETD Technical Adviser Dale Burns and WETD General Manager Logan Merrill, an information technology: web development major from Campbell, NY, were instrumental in this process, continuing the work done over the past 10 years by other Alfred State and WETD alumni and staff.

“I know that our listeners who are alumni have been asking for streaming for quite some time and as someone who has a passion for radio, a passion for what we’re doing here at WETD and at Alfred State, I think streaming is a huge step forward for us,” Merrill said. “It allows people outside of our coverage area to tune in and to stay updated with what’s happening around the campus and the community.”

By |October 30th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

College Media in the News


YCParanormal brings radio to an otherworldly level

Still pursuing the paranormal more than 30 years later, Colonna started YCParanormal, a new 88.1 York College radio station from 9 to 11 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Read more from FlipSidePA.


WESU Radio Celebrates 75th Anniversary Nov. 2

Established in 1939 and currently celebrating its’ 75th anniversary, WESU is one of the oldest non-commercial radio stations in the United States. By day, Monday through Friday, WESU offers a diverse mix of news and public affairs from NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local media sources. Week nights and weekends WESU student and community volunteer broadcasters provide a freeform mix of creative music programming featuring music not readily available elsewhere on the radio.

Read more from Wesleyan.


KWCW agrees to FCC compromise over 8-year paperwork backlog

KWCW signed an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this summer to avoid court proceedings after they discovered an eight-year backlog of unfiled documents near the end of last year. The station will continue to broadcast under a limited license under supervision from the FCC.

Read more from the Whitman Pioneer.


By |October 29th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Rowan Radio marks 50 years

His first time live on Rowan Radio, Ricky Schuh was terrified.

More than 1.3 million potential listeners in a 30-mile radius of Rowan University were about to hear the freshman’s voice — stammers and all.

Read more from The Daily Journal.


BUTV10’s ‘Paper Trail’ creates campus buzz

The drama tells the story of a group of amoral college students who, after being placed on academic probation following a string of rowdy parties, resort to unethical means to keep their grades up.

Read more from BU Today.


Spinning Indie visits WHRC

In the five years since my last visit, WHRC struggled and then was recently resurrected as a streaming radio station. I’d been in contact with one of the students who got the station back up and running, so I was particularly excited to finally see the latest version of WHRC in person.

Read more from Spinning Indie.


By |October 21st, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


College Media Day grows

“This year’s celebration of College Radio Day definitely built off of last year,” Station Manager Erica Szczepaniak said. “Last year, WSOU focused mainly on discussing college radio with students throughout New Jersey from colleges such as Montclair State and NJIT. This year, WSOU not only met and broadcasted with students from Montclair, but also took it into our own hands to put together broadcasts from bands and media professionals that truly demonstrate to our wide variety of listeners just how important this day really is.”

Read more from The Setonian.


The Library of Congress Launches Radio Preservation Task Force

Growing out of the National Recording Preservation Plan (NRPP) of the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) is the Library of Congress’s first national radio history project.

And, Spinning Indie and Radio Survivor writer Jennifer Waits will be a Research Associate!

Plus, check out the NSEMC session, Archiving College Radio and its History, with Jennifer on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.


UTA Radio kicks off Rocktober

“You don’t necessarily need to know who the bands are, but just hang out and enjoy some music, and maybe discover some music,” Liguez said.

Read more from The Shorthorn.

By |October 14th, 2014|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments