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KFJC kicks off annual Month of Mayhem

For over half its lifespan KFJC has been dedicating their airwaves each fifth month of the year to become the month of Mayhem. What that means is an entertainment packed month – referred to as Mayhem (never “May”) throughout the next 31 days – of special programming features every day throughout the month …

Read more from Amoeblog.

Student-Run Courier TV Makes Debut at College of DuPage

“We want to show people what our students can do,” said Jennifer Piehl, Professor of Motion Picture/Television. “When class starts, no one is sitting still. We are always on the move, and students are completely immersed in their work.”

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

KCR honored by city of San Diego

“It’s one of those things you see other people get on TV, and to actually see KCR being recognized for all the hard work was really something special,” Programming Director Matt Hoffman said.

Read more from the Daily Aztec.

Plus, from Radio Survivor,  a special journal edition devoted to college, student, and university radio has just been published by Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. The issue is free and open to all readers.

 

By |May 5th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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KRUI celebrates 30 years

89.7 FM The Lab celebrated 30 years on the air on Saturday, April 18 with special events including an alumni reception, alumi shows and a show at The Mill.

Read more from the KRUI anniversary page.

WMXM teams up to promote suicide prevention

The students of the Lake Forest College radio station WMXM have teamed up with Chicago-based Hope For The Day for an event to promote suicide prevention. Hope in the Forest will be a three-day event celebrating stigma-free dialogue and self-expression.

Read more from the Daily North Shore.

Emerson’s WERS to program two nights of Boston’s Outside the Box festival

Though headliners for the event have not yet been named, attendees can expect plenty of national musical acts. According to a press release, the Outside the Box festival is partnering with Greater Media Boston (WKLB Country 102.5, WROR 105.7 and Magic 106.7,). And that there will be “nights devoted to country music and classic rock, and will incorporate Radio 92.9’s EarthFest, an annual concert staged at the Hatch Shell in the past,” reports the Globe. In addition, Emerson College radio station WERS has also programmed two nights of music performances.

Read more from BostInno.

‘Save WRAS’ supporters question GPB’s board meeting cancellation

The latest imbroglio: the Album 88 Alumni group called foul after GPB cancelled its quarterly April 15 board meeting last week the day before it was scheduled to happen.

In a press release, the group said GPB did this to avoid facing them and blamed GPB boss Teya Ryan. At least three WRAS supporters had signed up to speak at the meeting.

Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

WMUC uses college Launch UMD program to fund more sports broadcasts

The world of college radio, particularly in sports is a challenging one. Still viewed as just another campus club, the funding they get has to cover a sports, music and news department in one budget. There’s no dedicated funding, and once the latest round of cash runs out, they’ll have to do this all again. With NCAA athletics bringing in so much money nationally, little of that trickles down to the students broadcasting the achievements of their fellow classmates. It creates an interesting scenario socially, but that’s not an excuse not to be a professional.

Read more from the Washington Post.

By |April 28th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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High School Radio Day set for April 22

Wednesday, April 22 marks the 4th annual High School Radio Day. Inspired by College Radio Day, the event is a celebration of high school radio. So far, 69 stations have signed up to participate in the day (see a list here). On the High School Radio Day website, stations can register for the event, get information about a few high school school radio discussion groups, as well as learn about a new high school radio app.

Read more from Radio Survivor and Radio Ink.

Albright College’s WXAC Radio Celebrates 50 Years On Air

Albright College’s student-run radio station, WXAC 91.3 FM, will mark its 50th anniversary on Saturday, April 18, with a birthday bash bringing together former and current station members.

Read more from BCTV.

WFIT celebrates major milestone: 40 years in radio

Forty years ago from the basement of a dorm room at Roberts Hall at Florida Tech, a radio station was born. Then WFIT-FM (91.5), the student-run station focused on campus happenings, informing and entertaining. And, of course, music bellowed out over the airwaves. In those formative years, the radio play was a mix of the Psychedelic Furs, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, and Jimmy Buffet.

Read more from Florida Today.

WKNC creates award-winning music visualizer

A group of WKNC students placed second in NC State Libraries’ inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. Sponsored by Christie Digital systems, the competition called for students to create large-scale, data-driven “generative artwork” for display on the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus.

Read more from WKNC and All Access.

Weber State celebrates KWCR’s 50th anniversary

“KWCR has been broadcasting in FM for 50 years. That is pretty impressive, considering it’s run by students. So we thought that was monumental and something to be proud of,” said KWCR general manager Juan “JP” Orquiz.

Read more from The Signpost.

Plus Spinning Indie visits future LPFM ARTxFM and high school station KBCP.

By |April 21st, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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Coahoma Community College radio station coming to fruition

State Sen. Robert Jackson, D-Marks, I says the Federal Communication Commission gave final approval to the station in April. The goal is to have the 50,000-watt station operational by November.

Read more from KSL.com.

WVWC set for upgrades

West Virginia Wesleyan’s radio and broadcasting station is getting a makeover. The college received a gift from the Mary Albinson Chariable Remainder Annuity Trust. Upgrade to the college’s radio station come in part with the creation of a full media studio that will air its newest major, media studies.

See the story on WBOY.

Bethel College radio station updated

Jesse Kaufman, Bethel student and web developer for the college, made the changes as part of a graphics design internship. The station’s old logo was a drawing a student made in the 1990s of a radio tower. Kaufman updated the logo, giving it a radio look, while also referencing its internet connection.

Read more from The Kansan.

WVUP readies launch party

The new college radio station for West Virginia University at Parkersburg will have an official “launch party” Thursday to allow the community to see what it is doing.

Read more from the News and Sentinel.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits 9th Floor Radio at Laney College.

By |April 14th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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The Radio City
WBAR and WKCR: two college radio stations with two different aesthetics and two sets of challenges.

It’s the middle of the night, and most of us are asleep, finishing papers, or watching just one more episode on Netflix. But a handful of people at Columbia are wide awake and broadcasting their thoughts to the world through WBAR or WKCR, Columbia’s two on-campus radio stations.

Read more from the Columbia Spectator.

Opinion: For southern Illinois, WSIU is essential

Not only would this affect students negatively, the proposed cuts would impact the communities who depend on the services provided by WSIU. The television and radio programming offered on WSIU is broadcast to more than 3 million people across five states. These are people who rely on WSIU for their only PBS affiliation. Losing these services—or at the very least hindering their success—with drastic funding cuts hurts many more people than just student employees or faculty.

Read more from the Daily Egyptian.

Inside WCWM 90.9 FM

From news shows to movie reviews and everything in between, WCWM 90.9 FM gives students the opportunity to control the airwaves. Started in 1959 and located in the basement of Campus Center, WCWM 90.9 FM is William & Mary’s student-run radio station.

Read more from William & Mary.

WXJM brings music to your ears

WXJM, JMU’s student radio station, aired its first broadcast in 1990. Ever since, its number of broadcasts has significantly grown. The station is currently airing over 50 shows of numerous different genres including progressive, Americana and hard rock.

As a result of its growth, the station is now celebrating its 25th year of broadcasting. WXJM was also recently nominated for the first time for College Music Journal’s “Station of the Year” along with four other college stations. They were also nominated for an MTVU Woodie Award for college radio this spring.

Read more from The Breeze.

Funny or Moving, WKDU PSAs Are Impactful
“Their ‘Be the One’ campaign talks about how people who are in recovery or treatment for mental illness usually cite one person as the person they turned to in their darkest hour and helped them see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Burrell said. “That really touched me because you never really know what someone is going through. Sometimes all it takes is just listening to someone to let them know that their feelings matter and that you care about them … Be the one. It’s a powerful message.”
Read more from Drexel Now.

On WMCN: Improving our community radio station

Take a look at the roof of the library the next time you’re in the middle of campus. If you have the right angle, you’ll see a small antenna strapped into what looks like an orange life vest. That antenna is WMCN’s, and it pumps out six watts of broadcasting power.
Read more from The Mac Weekly.

Three Bucknell Students Suspended for Racial Slurs, Racial Violence Talk on Campus Radio

An investigation is underway at Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University centered on a segment of a weekly campus radio show which allegedly included racial slurs and talk “promoting racial violence.” Three students involved with the segment have been suspended pending the investigation’s outcome — the DJ in the booth at the time and a pair of guests.

Read more from College Media Matters.

Plus: Radio Survivor visits WONC and starts a Patreon fundraising campaign!

 

By |March 31st, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student media in the news

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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

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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

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

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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

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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 www.woffordradio.com. 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 GoUpstate.com.

 

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

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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