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WRKC’s Radio Home Visitor show marks 40 years on air

Radio Home Visitor turned 40 this week, with no signs of slowing down for middle age.

The hour-long program aimed at keeping the blind, visually impaired and homebound informed about their community has aired daily on WRKC, the King’s College radio station, since Sept. 2, 1974.

Read more from Citizen’s Voice.

FCC approves campus radio station at Coahoma juco

Coahoma Community College is launching a fundraising campaign to support a new radio station on the Clarksdale campus.

State Sen. Robert Jackson, D-Marks, is helping get the program started.

Read more from the Sun Herald.

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College Radio Day updates

Dropbox and SoundCloud sign on as partners, and more.

Read more from College Radio Day.


Social News Desk discount for CBI members


CBI members are eligible for a 30% discount from Social News Desk.  Providing our members with discount programs and special offers when available is one of the benefits of CBI membership.

Social News Desk is a social media content management system designed originally for broadcasters, but is now used by universities, government agencies, and others as well.  The company wishes to support campus media outlets, which is why Social News Desk is offering a discount to CBI members.  You can learn more about this offer in the attached flyer and more about the software by visiting  In addition to 30% off, the company is extending another offer to help members save money — two free month of service for members who sign up by Oct. 15.

Details on this offer can be found at Social News Desk will also be an exhibitor at NSEMC 2014 in Seattle, one of 15 different exhibitors signed up for our trade show on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 24.



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Student Media in the News


How important is college radio to today’s underground bands?

Local station WPRK at Rollins College continues broadcasting, as it has since 1952. On air every Wednesday at 5 p.m. is “Local Heroes,” which has been on air since the ’90s, when alternative rock dominated freeform shows. Currently hosted by George Wallace, Ilene Lieber and Daniel Pacchioni, the show’s intent is to highlight Orlando community figures doing interesting things in our city.

Read more from Orlando Weekly.


New boss at biggest club on campus

Spotted on campus: green-skinned man wearing blue underwear and a radio head.

It’s Chapman Radioman! He’s a hero of promotion, who aims to get Chapman Radio noticed by spinning records and hamming it up at campus events.

Read more from the Orange County Register.


Mesquite schools’ KEOM-FM radio is a power in wattage and education

Hits from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s aren’t much of a draw for the typical high school student. But the advanced broadcast journalism program’s true format might be considered a blend of dual credit, advanced placement and career technology. MISD has been providing that opportunity since Sept. 4, 1984 — long before educators adopted such terms.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News.


#SaveWRAS rally held at GSU

The fight to bring back the Georgia State University student-run Album 88 station back got a new push this week with a new school year.

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Student Media in the News


New Digs for WHWS and WEOS Radio

Catawba Foundation buying second Salisbury radio station, WSTP

Plus all the news from College Radio Watch on RadioSurvivor


Student Media in the News


College Media Matters interviews Reid Laurens, formerly of WRAS

During his time at the student-run radio station WRAS, Reid Laurens fell in love — with the news, broadcasting and his future wife. The Georgia State University alumnus worked in the WRAS news department from 1976 to 1978. So did his wife, Mary Ann.

As he recalls, “She had the 7 a.m. news shift and I had the 8 a.m. news shift, and I was asked to train her on how to use the equipment in the newsroom. After that she began staying after her news shift to see me when I came in to do my shift, and a few years later we got married, and we still are married, 32 years and three children later.”

Read the whole interview at College Media Matters.

Spotlight: SCAD Atlanta’s SCAD Atlanta Radio


Special thanks to Matthew Rusak, General Manager, for answering the questions!

scadatl3Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
The station was started in the fall of 2007 by a handful of ambitious SCAD Atlanta students. We are still a very young station but we have learned a great deal in seven years. Our reach continues to grow as does our diverse staff of DJs which includes students, alumni and faculty.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
SCAD Atlanta Radio is Internet streaming only which we consider to be one of our strengths. Our voices can be heard anywhere and at anytime around the world! I think there is also something to be said about a college radio station run by art school students. I am constantly amazed by not only their individual artistic talent, but by the energy, the creativity and the innovation that they bring in support of the station and its success. Artists work from a desire to communicate and I think that benefits us well to have an entire staff who are eager to share themselves and engage the listener. I like to think that SCAD Atlanta Radio broadcasts will inspire our audience too giving clear context to our station’s tagline, “SCAD Atlanta Radio — music for the right side of your brain.”

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
scadatl2When I was first looking to apply to the SCAD Atlanta campus, one of my priorities was to be sure that they had a radio station. I had wanted to be involved with college radio for a long time. The school I had transferred from did not have one. I loved music and I especially loved discovering new music and I felt I had to share that love. I was also hoping that it would give me a sense of belonging since I would be moving so far from friends and family. Still, I was very nervous about joining up once I got here. I felt I would be seen as too old or that my music tastes were uncool. I continued to listen to the station and go to radio events on campus but it was a whole year and a half before I even applied to be a DJ. It’s my only regret since starting at the station that I didn’t begin sooner. The DJs and managers were so friendly and supportive that I realized my fears were unfounded. I instantly felt that this was a place I belonged. I continue to work at SCAD Atlanta radio so I can in turn offer that same kind of welcoming.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Time will tell.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
scadatl1From my perspective, the hardest part of college radio is that the students who run it still have to be students. They have to deal with the same challenges and responsibilities that any other college student must face; homework, research papers, examinations, project deadlines, financial aid, finding room for sleep and having a social life.  However, knowing that students have to face these obstacles and seeing how they continue to commit themselves to their duties at the station exhibits one of the greatest parts of college radio. The students involved with the station are not here because they’re being paid to be. They do not earn a higher GPA just for being a part of it. They are not guaranteed success and fame for being a college DJ. They are here because they want to be, because of the passion they have. That is what makes being a part of college radio such a genuine experience. We take chances on unknown bands and albums because we have faith that there is always something new to discover. We are allowed to experiment and make mistakes because we are willing to learn from them. We support the success of our fellow students, not just at our own station but for all those involved in the college radio community.


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Streetsboro High School radio station upgrades in high gear

Four control boards at WSTB 88.9 FM, the Streetsboro High School radio station, will be replaced before the start of the new school year in August.

Alex Request Show

Alex, AKA The Doctor, hosts on the old console.

On June 25, the Streetsboro Board of Education unanimously accepted a bid from Broadcasters General Store for up to $42,925. The money would come from the district’s permanent improvement fund. It represents “the top end of the estimate,” Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said.

Read more from Streetsboro Gateway News.

Spotlight: University of the Incarnate Word’s KUIW


Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sports and Operations Director, for answering the questions.

KUIW4Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KUIW started in the spring of 2005. Since then KUIW has progressed and evolved into a division one radio station. KUIW members “DJ” majority of the campus events. Our station features a diverse background of personalities and ethnicities, which creates a culture and environment that all can strive in.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
“We are a student-ran station. Whatever ideas we have are implemented. Our manager just oversees us and keeps everything in line. We have the freedom and privileges to create the rules. We have the opportunity to pick and choose from a variety of music to play that caters to our diverse set of students on campus.”KUIW3

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I wanted to pursue a career into sports broadcasting beforehand, and I felt that working with KUIW would give me an opportunity to build my abilities to do so.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Funny story: I was asked to carry a speaker across campus because our dolly was misplaced. The entire day I received funny looks from everyone on campus.


What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part I would say is the mistakes you learn from. While finding out the hard way that “good idea” wasn’t so great. While on that journey you end up making a good friend or two.
The hardest part I would say are encountering the “less productive” people that join up. Every person has experienced that one person that joins up and simply doesn’t want to be there. I would say that is the hardest part because it makes the job more difficult to complete.


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CBI Update: Student Media in the News


College Radio Stations protest WRAS Deal, GSU considers alternative options

From Radio Ink: After a unique radio protest last week, where college stations across the country showed their support for WRAS in Atlanta, Georgia State University now says it is pursuing daytime broadcast options for WRAS Album 88. A release posted by the University Friday states, “Responding to concerns expressed by students at Album 88 and alumni, Georgia State University is pursuing options to secure daytime broadcast time for Album 88 after the Georgia State and Georgia Public Broadcasting partnership is initiated on June 29.”


CBI Update: Student media news

Students, alumni and fans continue to support Save WRAS movement

More than 11,000 people have signed a petition in support of WRAS, the student radio station of Georgia State University. The college inked a deal with Georgia Public Broadcasting, a state public broadcasting network of 17 public radio and nine television stations in Georgia, to turn over daytime programming to GPB. The shift was initially slated for June 1, and was announced on May 6, but was postponed until June 30 after discussions with alumni groups, students and locals.

Numerous people have spoken out about the change, including Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center, and CBI itself issued a statement. Students and alumni of WRAS have come together at to organize their efforts and inform people how they can help.

Susanna Capelouto, an Atlanta news reporter, WRAS alumna and current GPB news director, wrote candidly about the shift in a statement on last week. Capelouto was a guest speaker at the 2012 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Atlanta.

College Radio Day is organizing a simulcast for stations to show their support of WRAS, to air on Thursday, June 26. A preview is available, and stations may sign up here.

Also, long-time listener and local TV personality Doug Richards (also a guest at the 2012 CBI convention) delivered a comment on Atlanta’s local NBC affiliate, WXIA last week.

GAB Radio Talent Institute concludes this week

The ten-day Georgia Association of Broadcasters Radio Talent Institute concludes tomorrow at Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates participated in the 10-day series of workshops with professional broadcasters covering everything from on-air talent to sales and marketing.

Dan Vallie, Founder and President of the National Radio Talent System, started the system in 2013, and there are now four institutes: UGA, Appalachian State University in N.C., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Western Kentucky University.

Arizona college radio stations ask FCC for underwriting leeway

The Maricopa Community College is asking the Federal Communications Commission again for a waiver to broadcast more direct underwriting on its two stations, jazz station KJZZ-FM and classical station KBAQ-FM. Specifically, they’re requesting a three-year experimental window to include interest rates in underwriting announcements from banks, credit unions and car dealerships.


Wiley College reopens airwaves

Wiley College radio station KBWC 91.1 FM is back on the air after a three-month hiatus for renovations to the student union building where the station is housed. The station serves Marshall, Texas.