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MTVu announces finalists for College Radio Woodie awards

For the first time in show history, nominees will vie for the chunks of wood LIVE in primetime on MTV, with a 60-minute special starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 20 from the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The jam-packed hour will feature epic performances and appearances by some of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking artists – from headliners to the underground – while honoring those who made the biggest impact in music over the past year.

For more information and a complete list of nominees, visit the MTVu site.

Radio station coming to SCCC

The radio star is alive. In a matter of months, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) students will be broadcasting their favorite songs over the airwaves throughout the county and over the border into the neighboring states of New York and Pennsylvania.
 Read more from the Sparta Independent.

Former Nashville radio station finds new life as low-power FM

Founders of a forthcoming low-power FM station in Nashville, Tenn., aim to revive the spirit of a Vanderbilt University student-run station that went off the air in 2011 after the controversial sale of its broadcast license.
Read more from Current.

IU Kokomo to pull radio station off air at semester’s end

On Jan. 26, the student-run radio station at Indiana University Kokomo announced on its Facebook page that the university had decided to shut it down. Administrators say the low level of student interest in the station no longer justifies the expense of running it and the related class. The small, but dedicated group running the station says it understands, but still, they want to keep the broadcast going.

Read more from the Elkhart Truth.


Plus: Jennifer Waits from Spinning Indie builds her first FM radio!



By |February 24th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Spotlight: Bearcast


This week’s spotlight comes from Bearcast at the University of Cincinnati!

Interested in having your student broadcasting group on the spotlight blog? Email Jessica!

By |February 19th, 2015|Member News, Spotlight, Station Profile, Weekly Showcase|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


KTRU Rice Radio returning to FM

On Feb 9, music lovers in Houston rejoiced at the news that KTRU would be back on the airwaves. The station had been off the air, but available online since 2010 when their broadcast tower was sold. After a lengthy application approval with the FCC, KTRU will be assigned a new number on the dial and a new tower.

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KZSC will listen to its history during April alumni weekend

All former Slug Radio Wizards at KZSC are invited to “spin some classics and share personal reflections about their glory days on the air” on those respective dates, at any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Present tense KZSC staff “will be on hand to document your treasured stories and give flashback tours of KZSC’s redwood outpost,” the announcement that we received promised.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus: College Radio Watch has news on the annual HBCU college radio convention, anniversaries at KDVS and KSPC, and the KUWS documentary.

By |February 17th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Cleveland metalheads throw benefit concert for WJCU radio station at Maple Grove

“Let me think. . . . Wow, I started in 1982, so I’ve been on for 33 years,” says Peters, who sounds as if he had added up the years for the first time and was surprised by the tally. “Yeah, that’s pretty crazy — how do you plan for something like that?”

Generations of listeners have bonded over his “Metal on Metal” show, which airs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays.

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KTEQ Is Back on the Air

KTEQ(FM), the campus radio station of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D., has returned to the air after a 14-year hiatus. Although the station was programming via Internet streaming during that time, it has returned to the air on its original FM frequency of 91.3 MHz and with the original call letters KTEQ.
Read more from Radio World.

Waynestock 5 benefits WUTK college radio

The music festival showcases several local bands and musicians and every year the proceeds benefit a different organization or cause.

This year’s beneficiary was The University of Tennessee’s college radio station WUTK 90.3 The Rock.

Read more and see a video at Local 8 Now.

By |February 10th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


MCN87 Rings in the New Year with Upgrade

The studio had been upgraded to and analog platform in 2005. Analog is the most basic form of a television studio, which involves tapes and a lengthy process of completing and exporting finalized work. With the upgrade complete, the communications department is able to work in a high-definition or HD. The studio no longer needs tapes to record and the Tricaster eliminates the worry about aging decks and tape storage an organization. Television staffers will now digitally record data and store it in files, similar to a desktop computer saving a Word document.

Read more from The Highlander.

Radio Free Kokomo Told that Days are Numbered for Current College Radio Station and for Future LPFM

On Monday, college radio station Radio Free Kokomo announced that Indiana University, Kokomo will be shutting down the streaming radio station. According to a post on the Radio Free Kokomo page,

“Radio Free Kokomo is sad to announce that the university has decided that they will no longer be supporting the station as part of the IU Kokomo experience. What this means is that at the end of this semester, we will be shutting down.”

Read more from Radio Survivor.

A look inside WRBC

“For the Bates community, WRBC is about providing a fun space to chill out or play music,” Gluckow said. “I know people who did their radio from 4-6 AM in the morning, and every morning once a week the person who worked at the tollbooth would call in. Making those sorts of bridges is really cool.”

Read more from The Bates Student.

KBGA Radiothon raises funds for freeform programming

Starting Sunday, the nonprofit, student-run station will begin its annual Radiothon, to raise money to improve its equipment and keep programs like the “Kitten” (named after our culture’s fixation with cat photos) on the air.

As always, it boasts that it’s the only “free-form community radio station” in the Missoula Valley.

Read more from the Missoulian.

Pomona College’s KSPC CD & Record Expo a celebration of music media

“I don’t see the CD dying anytime soon,” said Dennis Callaci, general manager for Rhino Records in Claremont. “I’ve been here 26 years. I remember everybody was saying vinyl is over… It’s a replay of the LP.”

Read more from The Sun.

Northside launches student-run radio station

Room 934 at Northside High looks like most other classrooms — a white board filling one wall, computers throughout the room and desks positioned on one side. But starting at noon Monday, this room became something else entirely. It’s now the headquarters for KNHS, the school’s very own student-run radio station.

Read more from The Advertiser.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits Hollow Earth Radio and KXSU in Seattle.

By |February 3rd, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


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

Student Media in the News


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

Student Media in the News


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