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Saving College Radio Symposium Highlights Importance of Archiving Radio History

On Friday I spent an amazing day at University of Maryland, College Park for the Saving College Radio Symposium. Hosted by the University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections, the symposium was held in conjunction with the exhibit Saving College Radio: WMUC – Past, Present and Future. Throughout the day, archivists, scholars, and college radio participants talked about the culture of college radio and methods for preserving its legacy.
Read more from Jennifer Waits at Radio Survivor.



Rowan telethon to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House

It started out as an annual production for a great cause. But, for Rowan University students, the Rowan Television Network’s (RTN) Telethon has since become much more. It’s become a labor of love.

“We can’t stay away. We love being there and interacting with the children and their families. We want to be as involved as we can,” said telethon co-producer Joseph Ponisi, a junior radio/television/film (RTF) major from Holmdel.
Read more from the Dean Blog.

KJHK wins 24 broadcasting awards

University students working for KJHK, the student-run radio station at the University of Kansas, are “bringing home the blue” this month after receiving 24 broadcasting awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters organizes the 2014 Student Broadcasting Awards. The contest is statewide and recognizes exceptional student work in various different categories.  Student radio and television stations submit the entries.
Read more from The Daily Kansan.

Station Spotlight: University of Minnesota’s Radio K

Thanks to Jenny Ackerson, program director, for answering the questions.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Radio K was born in 1993, growing out of duct-taped together (but still completely perfect) WMMR with its legacy 770 AM signal. Today we sit (completely student run) with over 60 DJs, 300 volunteers, and ever growing ambition and hold on the Twin Cities.

Radio transmissions at the University of Minnesota date to 1912.  The station is the 10th oldest station still on the air, beating out WHA at the University of Wisconsin Madison by a few hours. That also makes Radio K, KUOM,  the oldest licensed non-commercial broadcast station in the country.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
Unlike many other stations, Radio K has the good blessing of having AM & FM signals, smartphone app, and an internet stream.  This helps us have a much broader dedicated fan base. We also have hundreds of in-studio sessions each year from local and national acts.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I chose to work at Radio K because it is the place where I feel most comfortable, and more importantly it’s a place I found to dedicate myself to. It’s hard to find a place to work with your peers and create a really, really great product.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
The craziest thing I’ve got to do for Radio K is (aside from DJing every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past 3 years) would be the numerous escapades in our K suit (our mascot) — going to baseball games (and throwing out the first pitch even though the K doesn’t have arms!), […]

Out in Radioland

Henry Ford Community College to host WHFR Radiothon beginning Sunday
Henry Ford Community College’s student-run radio station WHFR-FM (89.3) will hold Radiothon Week 2014 from Sunday, April 6, to Saturday, April 12, with live concerts and special on-air events scheduled, including the chance to win a weekend lease of a brand new Ford vehicle.
Read more from the Dearborn Press & Guide.


Radio station offers internships: Radio station WVIK, Quad-Cities NPR, is offering two paid internships for Augustana College students this fall.

The Robert and Patricia Hanson Foundation and the CD Wiman Memorial Trust have provided seed money for the positions. Plans are in place to create an endowment to fund the positions in future years.

Read more from the Quad City Times.


Out in Radio (and TV) Land

WESU, 88.1 FM from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. featured in Hartford Magazine.

TV, radio winners announced in Kentucky AP contest

Have station news for the CBI Blog? Email Jessica.

Help radio replace its studio board

The current studio board that is used by KUGR was purchased in 2006 – the current board replaced 30-year-old equipment. And it is already breaking down.
The studio board’s issues started when it partially stopped communicating with one of the computers during the Spring 2013 semester. Ever since then the board has continued to break down. These incidents include; freezing, randomly shutting down and rebooting, issues communicating with the transmitter, and general problems related with outdated technology.
All of these issues have forced the Board of Directors into looking to replace the current studio board, and that means that the station had to launch a massive fundraising campaign to replace it.

Read more from COUGCENTER.

Band to perform concert for Loras radio station’s return

In support of Loras College students re-launching the school’s radio station, KLCR, the band Almost Classy will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the ACC Ballrooms on the Loras campus.

Donations toward the radio station will be accepted. Head DJ, Josh Kessenich, will interview the band on KLRC at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.
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Read more about the return of KLCR from Loras College here.

Central Michigan University’s MHTV honored by Michigan Association of Broadcasters

Peter Orlik, the director of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said this is a victory for the school and the station because of the competition this year.

“This unprecedented string of victories was continued despite intense competition from electronic media departments on other campuses across the state,” Orlik said in a press release on March 12. “Michigan State and Grand Valley State were especially vigorous competitors for this honor.”
Read more from Central Michigan Life.

Station Spotlight: Ohio Northern University’s WONB

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
The precursor to WONB-FM was WONU. WONU was a carrier current station using an AM signal and was only heard in the afternoon.

In 1991, the FCC granted a non-commercial FM license to Ohio Northern University. The WONU call letters were already in use by another university’s FM station, thus WONB was born. Today, WONB is a 3,000-watt station, serving West Central Ohio, operating 24-7-365. In addition to the FM signal, WONB also streams at Throughout the week, the station airs four main musical formats: Oldies, Mainstream Top 40, Smooth Jazz and Gospel. In addition to being an entertainment source, WONB strives to be informative as well. The station airs more than 30,000 public service announcements per year, more than 100 newscasts per week and provides coverage of various Ohio Northern and Ada High School athletic events. A public affairs talk show, sports talk show and a church service are also included in the weekly schedule.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
WONB is a professionally managed, but student-run station. The station is operated as close to a professional station as possible, while still allowing student workers to have input in station decisions as well as ownership of much of the programming. WONB serves as both a co-curricular and extra-curricular activity for students. While WONB serves a purpose for the university and we do a lot to engage the university community, we also put a lot of effort into catering to and engaging the greater community. One of the most noticeable ways that we do this is through our daytime Oldies format. We realize that the majority of our […]