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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

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KEXP to Launch “Under the Needle: the KEXP Sessions” over College and Community Radio

According to KEXP, “Every year for the last five years, KEXP has recorded over 500 live on-air performances featuring great artists from across the musical spectrum.” With such a large collection of music content, the station decided that it would like to make that music more broadly available

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Drop in enrollment, funding at KCC is killing WKCC radio

WKCC, the public radio station for Kankakee and Iroquois counties and one of 160 rural stations in the U.S., is going off air by the end of the year, around the time it would have turned 8.

Read more from the Daily Journal.

And more college radio news and LPFM news from Radio Survivor.


By |June 23rd, 2015|Broadcasting News, LPFM, Member News|0 Comments

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Southwestern College Radio Station KSWC increases its power, changes frequency

“Essentially, this upgrade boosts our power by 10 times, allowing us to reach several other communities in the area, and allowing us to reach more listeners,” Castor says. “This upgrade is important for a couple of reasons.It shows incoming and current students in the radio program at Southwestern that they get a chance to use a radio station that could potentially reach thousands of new listeners in south central Kansas.”

Read more from the Winfield Courier.

Tuning Into WBOR, Bowdoin’s Beloved Freeform Radio Station

WBOR 91.1 FM this year was led by a crew of 14 devoted students and one community member (who runs the station during school breaks). Many more students, professors and locals hosted weekly one-hour music and talk shows. Walker Kennedy ’15, the station’s manager, said more than 100 DJs contributed to WBOR’s programming.

Red more from Bowdoin.

Solving the Mystery of the Ubiquitous Radio Station Call Letter Signs: The Leo Blais Interview

“The first signs were made around the time the ‘Slow Drivin’ maxi-single was released in 2008. I started sending them out as a way to thank the stations for playing the records. Also the letters represented the actual artwork that went into each album. People would send me photos they found on the internet with the signs being spotted in the background or on the stations walls. It was really nice to know how happy it made the people who received them.”

Read more from Radio Survivor.

From Holland, with love (from KFJC)

Forget LPs, CDs and MP3s: Foothill College’s KFJC staffers are going straight to the source. Earlier this week, nine radio station employees and volunteers boarded a plane for the Netherlands to conduct their fifth international live remote broadcast.

Read more from Palo Alto online.

Nick Canovas (WUML) Wins IRF’s Best College Radio DJ Competition

Congratulations to Nick Canovas of WUML for winning the International Radio Festival‘s best college radio DJ competition! His show, Time In The Study, which he hosts under the guise of DJ Dad, stood out from the competition and won him this title. His show focuses on “local and worldly underground indie music” interspersed with a healthy dose of self-proclaimed dad jokes.

Read more from CMJ.

By |June 9th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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KFJC to Broadcast Live from Eindhoven Psych Lab

Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM is excited to be traveling to the Netherlands in order to broadcast live from the Eindhoven Psych Lab. 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.

Read more from KFJC.

NC State’s WKNC And University of Minnesota’s Radio K Join Forces On Mixtape
WKNC (88.1 FM) and KUOM (RADIO K) have joined forces to release “All Summer No Bummer,” a collaborative mixtape featuring 20 summery songs from the two respective states. Last week the stations premiered two tracks each day selected by the other station and then released the whole set for free download on Bandcamp on May 22.
Read more from All Access.

University of Sioux Falls to Assign College Radio Station License to Local Pawn Shop

The University of Sioux Falls has filed paperwork with the FCC in order to assign the license for its student-run college radio station KCFS 94.5 FM to Badlands Airtime, which is affiliated with Sioux Falls, South Dakota pawn shop, Badlands Pawn. According to the Asset Purchase Agreement, the sale price for the KCFS license is $1.5 million.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

KBVR comes back to the future

Whether it is an interesting dissection of a graduate student’s research or a look into the history of jazz fusion, KBVR is home to over 130 different distinct personalities offering up different playlists, meaning something new every time you tune in. It’s a trip outside the daily algorithm-bubble where nothing outside of anticipated preference is ventured or gained—what radio can be with a little adventure.

Read more from the Corvallis Advocate.

By |June 3rd, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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Ball State to create ‘David Letterman Collection’ to honor late night TV host’s retirement

“We saw in him someone who caught on quickly, extremely bright but was extremely funny,” said Al Rent, former manager at WBST, Ball State’s public radio station.

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Illinois Central college radio teaches English on the air

The loud ensemble was a feature on Voz Latina, or “Latin Voices,” a weekly community radio show run at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus that strives to teach Spanish speakers the English language. Although the band was just for its Christmas special, the show brings in locals every week to discuss, in both languages, careers and activities, an easygoing way for listeners to absorb vocabulary words while relating to real people in real situations.

Read more from the Washington Times.

Plus, Radio Survivor updates us on LPFM in Missouri and more.

By |May 26th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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FSU sells campus radio station to WUNC

Fayetteville State University is selling its 100,000-watt campus public radio station to WUNC Public Radio LLC for $1.75 million.

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Luther College’s KWLC takes a look back

Non-commercial college radio is a medium that thrives on a passion for sharing. Every semester we assemble a programming schedule that showcases the unique tastes and interests of over 50 different disc jockeys, all excited to share cutting-edge music of a variety of genres and formats. Our efforts to give exposure to these programs comes from a sincere desire to share with our audience in the discovery that makes broadcasting music so rewarding to begin with.

Read more from Luther College CHIPS.

By |May 19th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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Tune In: Resurrecting Grand Rapids’ Radio Mojo

“There is every reason this shouldn’t be happening, yet we have this (student station) with this constant activity,” O’Kelly says. “People keep saying radio is dying, that young people are not interested in radio. It’s not true.”

Read more from Revue.

Reed College and Drury University headed to LPFM

By my count, 76 colleges/universities have now received new LPFM construction permits (out of 1,849 total construction permits across all groups) resulting from the fall 2013 application window.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

By |May 12th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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KFJC kicks off annual Month of Mayhem

For over half its lifespan KFJC has been dedicating their airwaves each fifth month of the year to become the month of Mayhem. What that means is an entertainment packed month – referred to as Mayhem (never “May”) throughout the next 31 days – of special programming features every day throughout the month …

Read more from Amoeblog.

Student-Run Courier TV Makes Debut at College of DuPage

“We want to show people what our students can do,” said Jennifer Piehl, Professor of Motion Picture/Television. “When class starts, no one is sitting still. We are always on the move, and students are completely immersed in their work.”

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

KCR honored by city of San Diego

“It’s one of those things you see other people get on TV, and to actually see KCR being recognized for all the hard work was really something special,” Programming Director Matt Hoffman said.

Read more from the Daily Aztec.

Plus, from Radio Survivor,  a special journal edition devoted to college, student, and university radio has just been published by Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. The issue is free and open to all readers.


By |May 5th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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KRUI celebrates 30 years

89.7 FM The Lab celebrated 30 years on the air on Saturday, April 18 with special events including an alumni reception, alumi shows and a show at The Mill.

Read more from the KRUI anniversary page.

WMXM teams up to promote suicide prevention

The students of the Lake Forest College radio station WMXM have teamed up with Chicago-based Hope For The Day for an event to promote suicide prevention. Hope in the Forest will be a three-day event celebrating stigma-free dialogue and self-expression.

Read more from the Daily North Shore.

Emerson’s WERS to program two nights of Boston’s Outside the Box festival

Though headliners for the event have not yet been named, attendees can expect plenty of national musical acts. According to a press release, the Outside the Box festival is partnering with Greater Media Boston (WKLB Country 102.5, WROR 105.7 and Magic 106.7,). And that there will be “nights devoted to country music and classic rock, and will incorporate Radio 92.9’s EarthFest, an annual concert staged at the Hatch Shell in the past,” reports the Globe. In addition, Emerson College radio station WERS has also programmed two nights of music performances.

Read more from BostInno.

‘Save WRAS’ supporters question GPB’s board meeting cancellation

The latest imbroglio: the Album 88 Alumni group called foul after GPB cancelled its quarterly April 15 board meeting last week the day before it was scheduled to happen.

In a press release, the group said GPB did this to avoid facing them and blamed GPB boss Teya Ryan. At least three WRAS supporters had signed up to speak at the meeting.

Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

WMUC uses college Launch UMD program to fund more sports broadcasts

The world of college radio, particularly in sports is a challenging one. Still viewed as just another campus club, the funding they get has to cover a sports, music and news department in one budget. There’s no dedicated funding, and once the latest round of cash runs out, they’ll have to do this all again. With NCAA athletics bringing in so much money nationally, little of that trickles down to the students broadcasting the achievements of their fellow classmates. It creates an interesting scenario socially, but that’s not an excuse not to be a professional.

Read more from the Washington Post.

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

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High School Radio Day set for April 22

Wednesday, April 22 marks the 4th annual High School Radio Day. Inspired by College Radio Day, the event is a celebration of high school radio. So far, 69 stations have signed up to participate in the day (see a list here). On the High School Radio Day website, stations can register for the event, get information about a few high school school radio discussion groups, as well as learn about a new high school radio app.

Read more from Radio Survivor and Radio Ink.

Albright College’s WXAC Radio Celebrates 50 Years On Air

Albright College’s student-run radio station, WXAC 91.3 FM, will mark its 50th anniversary on Saturday, April 18, with a birthday bash bringing together former and current station members.

Read more from BCTV.

WFIT celebrates major milestone: 40 years in radio

Forty years ago from the basement of a dorm room at Roberts Hall at Florida Tech, a radio station was born. Then WFIT-FM (91.5), the student-run station focused on campus happenings, informing and entertaining. And, of course, music bellowed out over the airwaves. In those formative years, the radio play was a mix of the Psychedelic Furs, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, and Jimmy Buffet.

Read more from Florida Today.

WKNC creates award-winning music visualizer

A group of WKNC students placed second in NC State Libraries’ inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. Sponsored by Christie Digital systems, the competition called for students to create large-scale, data-driven “generative artwork” for display on the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus.

Read more from WKNC and All Access.

Weber State celebrates KWCR’s 50th anniversary

“KWCR has been broadcasting in FM for 50 years. That is pretty impressive, considering it’s run by students. So we thought that was monumental and something to be proud of,” said KWCR general manager Juan “JP” Orquiz.

Read more from The Signpost.

Plus Spinning Indie visits future LPFM ARTxFM and high school station KBCP.

By |April 21st, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments