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KBGA kicks off annual ‘Radiothon’ fundraiser

Every year, KBGA College Radio calls on its loyal listeners and community members to donate in support of the station. In exchange, donors receive premiums from local businesses and/or KBGA merchandise, as well as the pleasure of hearing engaging radio programming.

This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to upgrade office computers as well as in-studio equipment. During Radiothon, pledges can be made by calling 243-5242 or visiting

Read more from the Missoulian.

Eastern Oklahoma State College to launch KWLB

Eastern Oklahoma State College will soon launch KWLB 93.1 FM to bring the best mix of music to the local airwaves.

The college will celebrate the launch of the radio station with a “Flip the Switch” event on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom in Wilburton. The event, which is open to the public, will also recognize the partnership between Eastern and Oklahoma AT&T to make the project possible.


Read more from the McAlester News-Capital.

Also, according to the Jan. 21 issue of Tom Taylor NOW, this also affects KWLB’s programming:

What does Eastern Oklahoma State College have to do with the Dallas Cowboys? It’s not an obvious answer, but the college won the construction permits for two commercial FMs in the FCC’s Auction 93 – and on one of them, KWLB Red Oak (93.1), it will debut a commercial station that plays music and carries the NFL Dallas Cowboys. Eastern paid just $5,000 for what was originally a Class A facility, and successfully got it upgraded to Class C3, located east of McAlester.

WRAS student DJs accuse GPB leadership of violating open records laws

Opponents of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s takeover of WRAS-FM (88.5), the influential independent radio station formerly run by Georgia State University students, continued their fight at GPB’s first board meeting of the year by questioning the deal’s merits, slamming the state media network’s leadership, and accusing its top official of trying to sidestep transparency laws.

Read more from Atlanta’s Creative Loafing.

Springfield, Mass. Radio Host Takes His Show to the Super Bowl

“My sports broadcasting class, which I’m about to teach right now, will get a show-and-tell and maybe a few check-ins from celebrities in our field, sports broadcasting legends,” Belanger explains.

Read more from

Plus, Spinning Indie visits KUSF in exile and in Bothell, Wa. And, Radio Survivor catches up on College Radio Watch and LPFM updates.

By |January 27th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Spinning Indie visits two more college radio stations

Read about Rainy Dawg Radio and KEXP on Spinning Indie.

College Radio Watch: LPFM Launches, Student Radio History in the U.S. and New Zealand, and More College Radio News

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |January 20th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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Focal Press Updates ‘Keith’s Radio Station’

Thirty years ago, Michael C. Keith entered a small New England college to start a new career. Keith had spent the past 10 years as a professional broadcaster and was now transitioning into the world of teaching.

The first thing that he would learn was that the textbooks available on the subject at that time were woefully out of date. Radio was now format-driven and there were no textbooks available in 1986 teaching the kind of radio Keith had just left.

So he decided to write his own. He called it simply “The Radio Station” and he pitched his manuscript to Focal Press.

Read more from Radio World.

Framingham State’s College Radio Station WDJM Makes Deal with FCC to Address Public File Violations

In another instance of the FCC giving student-run college radio stations a break, Framingham State University radio station WDJM-FM in Framingham, Massachusetts agreed to pay a lesser penalty of $1,200 for public file violations. According to a Consent Decree adopted on December 31, 2014, the university agreed to pay the penalty and set up a compliance plan to prevent future violations.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |January 13th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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WKNC announces headliners for Double Barrel Benefit 12

WKNC 88.1 FM will hold its twelfth annual Double Barrel Benefit concert Saturday, Feb. 7 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh and Saturday, Feb. 14 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Lincoln Theatre will host Spider Bags to kick off the festival and Cat’s Cradle will feature Eternal Summers for the final night. The full lineup will be announced in early January.

Read more on the WKNC website.

Flagler College Radio DJ with post-polio syndrome signs off

Sandra Rodrigues may not see much of the world these days, but that hasn’t kept her from listening to it.

For 21 years, Rodrigues volunteered at Flagler College’s WFCF 88.5 FM, where she hosted the world music program. Saturday was her final show.

Read more from the Daily Journal.

10 Fascinating Things Spotted at College Radio Stations in 2014

Next week I’ll write up a comprehensive “2014 year in review” post about the state of college radio, but as I reflect back on the year, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite moments from my radio station tours.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

They Might Be Giants Resurrect Dial-A-Song in 2015

On top of all that, for the stations in the ever-growing Dial-A-Song Radio Network, each week They Might Be Giants will create custom materials for the Dial-A-Song segment, complete with interviews and other “programming notes.” So far, the band have already recruited 100 terrestrial stations to join the Dial-A-Song Radio Network, spanning college radio stations and underground networks from Germany, Ireland and Fairbanks, Alaska to Los Angeles’ A Fistful of Vinyl on KXLU to WHER 100.3 FM Seattle’s Under the Influence.
Read more from Rolling Stone.

2014 – A Pivotal Year for LPFM

While some applicants have already gotten their new LPFM radio stations up and running (including college radio station KRFH at Humboldt State), others are still working to build their stations.

Read more from Radio World.

By |January 6th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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College Radio Watch: How Did College Radio Influence Your Career Path and More College Radio News

I remember interviewing for my first “real” job after college and my future boss was impressed by my college radio past. We spent much of the interview talking about college radio and music, even though the job (a research assistant at an advertising agency) was seemingly unrelated. Something about having a common passion for music connected us and I think that definitely played a part in me getting the job.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Cal Poly eyes new direction for KCPR radio after controversy

“We’re not here to come down with a hammer,” Glick said. “We’re teachers first, and we take that very seriously. We’re committed to First Amendment rights. We’re working to create a relationship of trust and offer the best we have to give.”

Read more from The Tribune.

College of DuPage accepts radio station audit after potential fraud

After the College of DuPage disclosed potential fraud at its radio station earlier in the year, the school’s Board of Trustees on Dec. 18 accepted an audit of the station.

Performed by Crowe Horwath LLP, the yearly audit looked at July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

The audit resulted in a clean report, which stated financial documents “present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the WDCB-FM radio station.”

Read more from My Suburban Life.

LTTE: Student media raises qualified employees

With professional skills not being adequately tended to, how can students adequately find work after graduation that will meet the needs of employers?

Enter student media. At Colorado State University, student media comes in the form of student-run organizations such as the Collegian, 90.5 KCSU radio station, CTV and College Avenue. Each branch of the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp. is run by the students with professional media heads on staff to help with legal matters.

Read more from The Collegian.




By |December 23rd, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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CWU radio station launches food bank benefit

Student staff and volunteers at Central Washington University’s college radio station have written, produced and performed an Ellensburg-related remake of the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” as part of an effort to spread word about the needs of the FISH food bank, which burned down late November.

Read more from the Daily Record.

Go West, Young Broadcaster!

Jennifer Waits recaps her visit to CBI’s National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle for Radio World.

Despite Making Sacrifices for Family, a College Student Still Pursues His Dream

Mr. Montañez took advantage of a number of opportunities, landing several internships, including one at NY1 News and another at CBS Radio. He took command at Brooklyn College Radio by working his way up through the ranks to become the station’s sports director, as well as the program director, in charge of supervising the producers and broadcasters of 50 shows.

Read more from the New York Times.

WSUM Station Tour

WSUM might be the best college radio station in the nation. It is one of the few college stations that have a fundraising foundation. This makes them self-supporting and eager to please. Credit advisor Dave Black for building something truly remarkable at WSUM.

Read more from the ACRN blog and see the video tour.

The Biff Radio Station reaches new audiences

The Biff Radio Station can now be heard not only on its usual channel, 88.1, but also Avondale’s formerly unused channel, 89.5. The Biff is now the largest high school radio station in metro Detroit, reaching a potential audience of over half a million people.

Read more from The Hawkeye.



By |December 12th, 2014|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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Making More than Airwaves: A Look at WMLU

“Mics are live” says a student to himself as he turns on the mics. He pauses and counts down. 3, 2, 1, and then he proclaims into his microphone, “You are listening to WMLU 91.3 the music of Longwood University and Farmville, Virginia.”

Read more from The Rotunda.

 WRVU Friends Stage Quiet Comeback, Land Broadcast License

DJs who were once part of Vanderbilt’s radio station WRVU are in the midst of seeking a new home on the airwaves, and their comeback effort just made a giant leap.

Read more from Nashville Public Radio.

Meet the student DJs at KALX

If you tune in to 90.7 FM, you can hear its trademark eclectic mix of music. In 1962, KALX was broadcast out of a humble cigar box from Unit 2’s Ehrman Hall. Today, the KALX studio is hidden away in the basement of Barrows Hall, unbeknownst to most students and passersby.

Read more from The Clog.

Live From KCR

KCR’s mission is to give SDSU’s aspiring disc jockies, newscasters, sports broadcasters, radio personalities and other radio station personnel an opportunity to hone their skills and to serve the university and community through diverse, compelling content.

Read more from the SDSU news center.

College Radio Watch: KURE Must Move, KWCW GM Shares Advice When Facing FCC Violations and WESU Film Honors 75th Anniversary

Read more from College Radio Watch on Radio Survivor.


By |December 9th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Streetsboro High School radio station ‘valuable’ in emergency situations, fire lieutenant says

Streetsboro High School radio station, WSTB 88.9-FM, is an ‘important part of our community’ for its ability to provide warnings to residents during emergency situations, said School Board member Kevin Grimm, who is also a Streetsboro fire lieutenant.

Grimm said at the Oct. 9 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting the radio station “will be easily transferred over to the new high school,” which is in the process of being constructed and is expected to be finished in December 2016, school leaders said.

Read more from Streetsboro Gateway News.

By |December 2nd, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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

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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