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University of Houston-owned KUHA 91.7 FM Moving To HD Radio, Digital Format

The University of Houston Administrative and Finance Committee made the recommendation to the full board of regents, which is expected to approve the plan during its meeting on Thursday.

KUHA 91.7 FM was purchased from Rice University for $9.5 million in 2010. Most of the classical music and arts programming produced by Houston Public Media moved to the new station, along with live broadcasts with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera and local performing artists and groups. KUHF then adopted a 24-hour all news and information format.

Read more from Houston Public Media and Radio Survivor.

Next Generation Radio project taking applications for Minneapolis

For the National Student Electronic Media Convention, CBI will be partnering with Minnesota Public Radio News (MPR News) and NPR to sponsor another Next Generation Radio project. Selected students will have the opportunity to learn from professional journalists during a week-long program in Minneapolis, Oct. 19-24, 2015.

Next Generation Radio is a digital-first, multimedia journalism and professional development project for undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism and broadcast media.

More information and application instructions are available on the CBI Minneapolis site.

Michigan State University radio spotlights drumline

If you can’t make it back to campus to watch the Drumline gear up for the season, check out the great video above put together by students at The Impact, MSU’s award-winning radio station. The Impact is one of the nation’s largest college radio stations with more than 300 students working for volunteering at the student-run media outlet.

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Plus, Radio Survivor’s 11th podcast episode.

By |August 25th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conventions, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WPRB Princeton gears up to celebrate 75 years on the air

Founded in 1940, WPRB was one of the first college radio stations to broadcast on FM, and we’ve been recognized over the years by publications including The New York Times and Spin Magazine. Today, we have a strong following both at Princeton University and in the surrounding community– in fact, the station is one of the few spaces where college students interact with community members on a regular basis.

Over the past few months, we’ve been putting together an exhibit featuring photos, DJ testimonials, and station memorabilia from the past 75 years. We’ve also launched a brand-new website,, commemorating the station’s evolution.


Sale of public TV station could net $40 million for Ohio college

Dave Kielmeyer, BGSU’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, says the school would invest the funds from a sale back into academic programming.

Kielmeyer says if the university doesn’t sell, WBGU would still likely be consolidated with another station by the FCC.

Read more from the Akron Beacon Journal.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch and the 10th episode of their podcast.

By |August 18th, 2015|CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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WKNC hosts Radio Ride bike race 
WKNC’s Radio Ride is modeled after similar bike races hosted in the Triangle, including the HepCat and WESAcat races, and expects to draw between 50 and 100 participants. Riders will receive a set of clues pointing them to various checkpoints around the NC State campus and downtown Raleigh and should expect to bike between 15 and 20 miles. Prizes for the top finishers include donated items from Fyxation, Raleigh Denim and Negative Fun Records.

EMCC launches college radio station

East Mississippi Community College has taken to the air waves. The community college has launched it’s own radio station, the 100-watt WGTC 92.7 FM. The station broadcasts from the school’s Mayhew campus and reaches about 15 miles in each direction.

Read more from WTVA.

Sixty Seconds of NextRadio Glory Contest: Win your trip to CBI’s NSEMC!

Broadcast radio-for-smartphone app developer NextRadio is working with College Broadcasters Inc. on a contest for college broadcasters to create the best 60-second spot promoting the NextRadio app. Radio World quizzed CBI President Greg Weston on the details.

Read more from Radio World.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s latest podcast, a word on the Princeton Review station rankings and a college radio unicorn.

By |August 11th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

NextRadio® and CBI Launch Radio Spot Contest


NextRadio® and CBI Launch Radio Spot Contest

NextRadio seeking sixty second radio spot to include in National Awareness Campaign through college contest. Prizes include National Student Electronic Media Convention registrations, hotel accommodations and even airfare!

Indianapolis, IN.  August 5, 2015 – NextRadio and College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) have teamed up in search of the best-of-the-best in radio spot advertisements. College students nationwide can create and submit a sixty second radio spot promoting NextRadio. Entrants will get valuable experience creating a spot and the winner will get incredible exposure for themselves and the spot they created. To learn more about the contest and to submit your radio spot, visit

NextRadio is the smartphone app that allows listeners to see and hear local FM radio. NextRadio is a radio industry initiative supported by the National Association of Broadcasters, Radio Advertising Bureau, and most of the radio industry’s major owners and operators.

The contest is designed to offer college students an opportunity to conceive, create, and submit a commercial radio spot and compete within a real world context.  Learning by doing is essential to the student media experience and by partnering on this contest, NextRadio and CBI are providing students from coast to coast a chance for professional development that extends well beyond the confines of a college campus.

“Currently, 50,000-70,000 radio spots run each month supporting the NextRadio National Awareness Campaign, which launched in February. This is a huge opportunity for students to have their radio spot played nationally among thousands of broadcast stations and heard by millions. We will get the opportunity to showcase rising talent for the radio industry,” said Paul Brenner, President NextRadio.

“CBI is thrilled to team up with NextRadio to offer students from our media outlets this unprecedented opportunity to have their work appear in front of millions of listeners. Not only will the winners get national exposure for their talent, but they’ll also be able to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them at the National Student Electronic Media Convention,” said Greg Weston, President CBI.

The contest will run from August 17 – September 18, 2015. Winners will be announced on September 28, 2015. The first place winner will have their sixty second radio spot included in flight four of the NextRadio National Awareness Campaign, starting October 1, 2015. In addition to having their radio spot played on-air across the country, the winner will win one (1) National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) registration in Minneapolis, MN from October 22-24, 2015, a two (2) night hotel stay at Hyatt Regency from October 22-23, 2015, airfare travel to NSEMC (up to $500 value), and recognition during NSEMC. Students need to submit their radio spot through the submission process at To learn more about NSEMC visit

About TagStation, LLC and NextRadio®

TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners.  With partial funding from NAB Labs, TagStation also developed the NextRadio® hybrid radio smartphone app which uses TagStation® cloud services to provide a rich FM radio listening experience on smartphones and tablets by combining the devices’ built-in FM tuner and the internet. Founded in 2013, TagStation, LLC is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago, IL. For more information, about TagStation®, visit For more information about NextRadio®, visit

About CBI

CBI is a member-driven organization serving students and advisers of college and high school electronic media outlets. Through events, programs and a network of expertise, we provide our members with educational and professional development opportunities and facilitate advocacy. CBI currently represents more than 200 active radio and television member stations. For more information about CBI, visit

About National Student Electronic Media Convention

The National Student Electronic Media Convention is America’s top convention dedicated to the interests of student radio stations, TV/video outlets, and webcasters. The convention features breakout sessions led by advisers and media professionals, student-led roundtables, and networking opportunities. Among the highlights of this year’s NSEMC will be a pre-convention workshop for new and newer advisers, the presentation of the National Student Production Awards, and a keynote address by new media content strategist Clinton Forry. More information on the NSEMC can be found at


Media Contact:
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By |August 5th, 2015|About CBI, Member News|0 Comments

Student media in the news


Emory & Henry College almost ready with new home for WHEC

But before students can use the facility, the local radio station is moving in, WEHC. 90.7 FM is one of the only solar powered radio stations in the Southeast.

Radio staff say it’s a welcome change because the current station is on the third floor of a building with no elevator.

Read more from WCYB and Emory & Henry College.

UNLV students gain more shows and opportunities on KUNV

Two months ago, KUNV quietly swapped out its Monday-Friday nighttime smooth-jazz programming for a six-hour, student-curated show called The Nightshift, divided into two-hour blocks of indie rock, underground hip-hop (including Friday-night institution Word Up) and non-commercial electronic dance music.

Read more from Las Vegas Weekly.

Cougars & Mustangs: KGUR

Though when school is in session the station rarely stops during normal hours, it is a student-run project that appreciates all the help it can get. Will Pompe, the program director of KGUR, is highly interested in hearing student suggestions for the running of the station, such as requests for particular artists, and how often to allow airspace for advertising.

Read more from the New Times.

SUNY Old Westbury station featured in Radio Magazine
“Radio can play a major role in the development of a student at any stage of his or her academic career,” said OWWR Station Manager Joseph Manfredi.  “OWWR provides an environment that encourages students to find their own voice, their thought processes, and their self-perception while they assume ownership of their education and future.”
Read more from Old Westbury.
MSU grad takes charge of WMSV.
Helping these students reach their full radio potential is the task of station general manager Anthony Craven. A 2001 MSU graduate, Craven took charge of the station in June following the retirement of Steve Ellis, who worked more than three decades on campus.
Read more from the Washington Times.
CBI’s awards finalists coming soon
Finalists for the 2015 CBI National Student Production Awards will be announced starting Monday, Aug. 17 on the Minneapolis National Student Electronic Media Convention website.

By |August 4th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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Get the latest news on CBI Minneapolis

Check out the CBI Minneapolis page for the latest news and updates on the National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

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Tomball looks to launch local radio station

“We want to wait until school is back in session,” Parr said. “This is an effort to create a program that would work both Lone Star College-Tomball and Tomball ISD, and allow them to utilize the station itself as a broadcast outlet.”

Last summer, the Tomball City Council approved the acquisition of a low-powered FCC license to operate a local broadcasting system used to market city sponsored events, and broadcast public safety issues to residents.

Read more from the Houston Chronicle.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s LPFM watch, the WIUS reunions, and the Radio Survivor podcast.


By |July 28th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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KCPR Cal Poly Radio dispatches with its long-time community DJs as the college charts a new course

Three basic changes were announced: Only students can be regular DJs; all DJs must take a 2-unit class and then subsequently enroll in a 1-unit practicum; and there would be no more graveyard shifts, instead all programming between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. would be prerecorded.

Read more from the New Times.

Saint Leo University radio to hit the airwaves this fall

WSLS will broadcast on 92.7 FM from a small antenna at Pasco High School the university is renting for $10 a year. The signal will cover St. Leo and Dade City and reach into Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.

Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Session Proposals open for CBI NSEMC in Minneapolis

Session proposals are open through Aug. 1 for the fourth annual CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Minneapolis, Oct. 22-24. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the session proposals page.

KBA hosts the fourth annual WKU Radio Talent Institute
Over the ten days, college students, who had applied and were accepted into the Institute, will be taught on almost all aspects of radio, including on air, sports, news, production, promotions, digital and sales. There are no breakout sessions; all students are in every session.
Read more from FMQB.

Plus, Spinning Indie tours Howard University’s WHBC, the history of WIUS and their reunions and the latest Radio Survivor podcast.

By |July 21st, 2015|CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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Jamie Lynn Gilbert Upped To Associate Director At NC State Student Media-WKNC/Raleigh

NC State Student Media has promoted Assistant Coordinator/Director Jamie Lynn Gilbert to Associate Director. Gilbert has been in her Assistant role since May 2006, handling assessment efforts for the department and helping manage and develop budgets and the department website.
Read more from All Access.
Radio Survivor examines Top 10 lists and more
Numerous college radio stations tout that they are one of the best college radio stations in the country based upon inclusion in that list, even though the list has nothing to do with ranking the quality of a college radio station. It’s actually based upon student responses to the question, “How popular is the radio station?”
Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |July 14th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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Student Radio Station WXTJ To Begin Broadcasting on FM

WXTJ, a radio station run entirely by University of Virginia students, is slated to begin broadcasting at 100.1 FM – supplementing its continuing online broadcast – sometime within the coming months.

Read more from Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Columbus State’s first radio station debuts

“This is by far the biggest opportunity that we’ve gotten since I’ve been here,” said Lynch, 21, a 2012 Glenwood School graduate from Cusseta.

Read more from the Ledger-Enquirer.

Longtime adviser says Internet radio has a bright future, including at Chapman

As the longtime faculty adviser for Chapman Radio, Levy watched as the station transformed from a smattering of passionate students broadcasting out of a closet into one of the hottest names in college radio. Last semester, after 25 years with Chapman, Levy retired at the age of 72.

Read more from the Orange County Register.

Plus, LPFM updates and a new podcast episode from Radio Survivor.

By |July 7th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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KCWU-FM PD Nikki Marra Wins International Radio Award
Marra was recognized for her 2014 audio documentary, “The College Radio Road Trip,” where she traveled across the country interviewing, comparing and contrasting college radio stations through interviews with administrators, faculty and students at each institution.  The documentary was offered to all college radio stations as part of COLLEGE RADIO DAY 2014.
Read more from All Access.

By |June 30th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments