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Students of WRAS 88.5 FM file appeal against GSU-GPB partnership

Although the Georgia State – Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) partnership to obtain 14 hours of analog air-time from WRAS 88.5 FM went into effect on June 29, students of the station filed an appeal against the decision with the Georgia Board of Regents (BoR) on March 12.

Zachary Lancaster, president of the nonprofit organization Album 88 Alumni (A88A), said students were frustrated with all of their attempts to negotiate about the decision.

“The students have made multiple attempts to engage in meaningful discussion with both GSU administrators and with GPB but for naught,” he said. “The students have been taking this process one step at a time. This was the next logical step.”

Read more from the Georgia State Signal.

Merrimack College ‘Goes Live’ this fall

After months of planning and finalizing, Merrimack College will have its first ever Internet college radio station by this fall. Professor Jake Turner and senior Lisa Vassallo have teamed up to give students the chance to control playlists they want to hear at the station. In the near future, students can join the Radio Club and Radio Production class to determine the music and content featured on the station. Music isn’t the only feature you can take part in. If you have any interest in news casting or talking on air, you can practice your skills thanks to the radio station as well.

Read more from The Beacon.

New look, features make tuning in to Bethel radio station easier

From jazz to country to heavy metal music, you can probably find it on Bethel College’s student-run radio station, KBCU 88.1 FM.

For most of the station’s existence, the listening audience has been limited to “greater metropolitan North Newton” (not a large geographical range). But new technology in recent years, and a just-launched branding campaign by a Bethel graphic design major, aim to change that.

Read more from Bethel College.

KSYM kicks off annual pledge drive

“This is always a time of year where we really get to see, talk and visit with our fans and listeners, because they really do become family,” Williams said. “It’s really nice to talk to music fans in general because there is something in (a music fan’s) core that we just understand about each other.

Read more from The Ranger.

Forsyth Tech’s radio station begins broadcasting

“We are so excited,” said Amy Davis-Moore, the college’s program coordinator for its broadcasting and production technology program. “We have done it small stages. It just didn’t happen overnight.”

Read more from the Winston-Salem Journal.

And: WLKL turns 40, and WSTB from Streetsboro High School turned 40 on March 23.

Plus, College Radio Watch checks in on WKNC’s history project and visits WRVG-LP.

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

Student Media in the News


Student DJs file Board of Regents appeal over GSU’s role in WRAS deal

The fight for Album 88’s future doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. After months of protests, heated meetings, and unsuccessful negotiations, Georgia State University student DJs have filed an appeal with state officials to contest the deal that handed over most of the radio station’s airtime to Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Read more from Atlanta’s Creative Loafing.

KBVR-FM broadcasts marathon send-off for Snell Hall

The broadcasting booth for Oregon State University’s student radio station KBVR-FM was crowded with sound boards, schedules of shows and sponsors, computer monitors and microphones, but one of the most noticeable features of the room in Snell Hall was its graffiti. Drawings of cartoon characters, band names, random doodles and, yes, a few profanities, covered the walls, doors and pretty much every flat surface in the small room.

Read more from Corvallis Gazette-Times.

KRNU celebrates its 45th year of providing experience for young broadcasters

“The best thing about broadcasting is that everybody looks forward to change,” Walklin said. “People in broadcasting have to move very quickly with that kind of process.”

Read more from The Daily Nebraskan.

WSOU Becomes the Only College and New York Radio Station Reporting to Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart

Seton Hall University’s WSOU 89.5 FM is now the only radio station in the New York radio market reporting to Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Indicator new music chart. This also makes WSOU the only student-run college radio station in the nation to submit its weekly new music spins to the Billboard tally.

Read more from Seton Hall University.

Henry Ford College’s radio station hosts benefit holistic fair

Henry Ford College’s independent, alternative radio station WHFR (89.3 FM) will host its third annual holistic fair, The Festival of Enlightenment, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 in the Student and Culinary Arts Center (Building M), located on the main campus.

Read more from the Press & Guide.

Plus, Radio Survivor tours Georgetown’s WRVG-LP and UC Santa Barbara’s KCSB and what Sung-Min Kim learned as a DJ at WMUC.

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

Spotlight: WMCX Monmouth University


Special thanks to Danielle Gerts, general manager, for answering the questions!


Give a little history about your station and where your station is now?

WMCX was started in the 1960s in a closet on the top floor of Monmouth University’s student center. A studio was built in the same place two years later, and we were a 10 watt station (we only reached the parking lot). In 1987 we moved to the frequency we have now (88.9fm) and became a 1,000 watt station. Since then, the station and its popularity has grown immensely. In 2002, the Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication was built, and that is where WMCX has found its new home. We are the only station on the Jersey Shore that plays “modern rock with an edge,” and recently we have been focusing on highlighting local bands. Just this past May, WMCX celebrated its 40th birthday.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
monmouth1WMCX is different from other college stations because we have not only a local following, but an international one as well. Due to the “listen live” streaming radio feature on the website, we have listeners from Ukraine, Australia, and countless other countries.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I decided to become part of the WMCX family because everyone is so welcoming. I call it a family because truly that is what it is. Sometimes we argue like brothers and sisters, but at the end of the day we all truly love each other and the station. WMCX has become a home away from home for not only me, but all of the members. I cannot think of one person at The X that doesn’t feel the same way.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
monmouth2We are currently planning the craziest event for WMCX. On March 13th (Friday the 13th), we are having a 24-Hour Music Fest. Since December, we have booked a total of 24 bands who will all have a one hour slot to play a live set on-air and be interviewed by a member of The X. Everyone attending will be staying awake for all 24 hours … it should be interesting to say the least.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is having an outlet to express yourself. The two hours per week that I have my show, I get to play the music that I love, and share it with the community around me. Also, I have made so many of my closest friends at WMCX. College radio is what made my experience at MU memorable. The hardest part of working at the station is having to separate business from fun. I am friends with everyone at the station, but I’m also the general manager. The hardest thing is having to sometimes put friendship to the side for a little while, and think of it as a business relationship.


By |March 5th, 2015|Member News, Spotlight, Station Profile|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Wofford students start campus radio station

Wofford College students are bringing their love of radio and communications to the Internet with the launch of a new campus radio station.

WOCO Radio officially launches at 7 p.m. Sunday, at The station, in partnership with online radio company Live365, will feature a variety of music, talk shows and event coverage, all student led.

Read more from


Brooklyn College Television and Radio Students to Launch Web-based Miniseries

“The purpose of this series of courses is to give our students the opportunity to create original content from the first time they sit down at a keyboard, and then take that project all the way through to completion,” says Television and Radio Chair Stuart MacLelland. “Our hope is that students get the full aesthetic experience of creating an original series, so that they can transform what they write into an audiovisual program that has meaning and connects with audiences.”

Read more from Brooklyn College.

These radio shows are all talk—in a good way

Video may have killed the radio star, but there is still a devoted group who carry out the craft of talk radio in the modern world. They often go without a face, just a name. They do this not in a faraway place, but right under your feet. From the basement of the New University Union, these disciples of frequency modulation live to be heard. They’re a little group called WHRW 90.5 FM, Binghamton University’s own free-format radio station.

Read more from The Pipe Dream.

Social Networks May Save College Radio
An analysis of 23 university stations in Spain found that college radio embraced social networking – and social networking embraced it back.  In social networks, “university radios maintain their identity associated the sound” because, although they are multimedia platforms, the radios prioritize posting links to audio contents, finds Lucia Casajús at Universitat Jaume I, whose thesis in late January was “University Radios and Social Networks”.
Read more from science blog Science 2.0.

Plus, lots of news on Radio Survivor’s College Radio Survivor.

By |March 3rd, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News, Webcasting|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


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|1 Comment

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.

See more from

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.

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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