Saving College Radio Symposium Highlights Importance of Archiving Radio History

On Friday I spent an amazing day at University of Maryland, College Park for the Saving College Radio Symposium. Hosted by the University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections, the symposium was held in conjunction with the exhibit Saving College Radio: WMUC – Past, Present and Future. Throughout the day, archivists, scholars, and college radio participants talked about the culture of college radio and methods for preserving its legacy.
Read more from Jennifer Waits at Radio Survivor.



Out in Radioland: Who’s Coming to LPFM Next?

“Right now the biggest thing is defining community radio,” said Anthony “BeGee” Henry Sr., Stone Soup’s station/program manager. “You tell people its community radio and they say, ‘What’s that?’ ”
Read more from The Record.

“Since it is low-power, the radius that we hope it will cover will be 8 to 10 miles on 100 watts,” Pitts said. “You may be able to pick it up in the southern tip of Tennessee or in the eastern part of Mississippi, if you turn your dial right. It’s mainly going to cover thecampus and immediate metro.”
Read more from the Flor-Ala.

Rowan telethon to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House

It started out as an annual production for a great cause. But, for Rowan University students, the Rowan Television Network’s (RTN) Telethon has since become much more. It’s become a labor of love.

“We can’t stay away. We love being there and interacting with the children and their families. We want to be as involved as we can,” said telethon co-producer Joseph Ponisi, a junior radio/television/film (RTF) major from Holmdel.
Read more from the Dean Blog.

KJHK wins 24 broadcasting awards

University students working for KJHK, the student-run radio station at the University of Kansas, are “bringing home the blue” this month after receiving 24 broadcasting awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters organizes the 2014 Student Broadcasting Awards. The contest is statewide and recognizes exceptional student work in various different categories.  Student radio and television stations submit the entries.
Read more from The Daily Kansan.

Station Spotlight: University of Minnesota’s Radio K

Thanks to Jenny Ackerson, program director, for answering the questions.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Radio K was born in 1993, growing out of duct-taped together (but still completely perfect) WMMR with its legacy 770 AM signal. Today we sit (completely student run) with over 60 DJs, 300 volunteers, and ever growing ambition and hold on the Twin Cities.

Radio transmissions at the University of Minnesota date to 1912.  The station is the 10th oldest station still on the air, beating out WHA at the University of Wisconsin Madison by a few hours. That also makes Radio K, KUOM,  the oldest licensed non-commercial broadcast station in the country.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
Unlike many other stations, Radio K has the good blessing of having AM & FM signals, smartphone app, and an internet stream.  This helps us have a much broader dedicated fan base. We also have hundreds of in-studio sessions each year from local and national acts.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I chose to work at Radio K because it is the place where I feel most comfortable, and more importantly it’s a place I found to dedicate myself to. It’s hard to find a place to work with your peers and create a really, really great product.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
The craziest thing I’ve got to do for Radio K is (aside from DJing every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past 3 years) would be the numerous escapades in our K suit (our mascot) — going to baseball games (and throwing out the first pitch even though the K doesn’t have arms!), […]

David Letterman on WAGO Ball State University, from 1969

Now a recording of a 21-year-old Letterman’s April Fools Day 1969 broadcast has surfaced on the “non-profit digital library” Internet Archive. And although the sound quality isn’t great (what do you expect from a 40 year old college radio recording?) this broadcast time capsule shows Letterman’s absurdist sense of humor in its infancy.
Read more from the A.V. Club.


Out in Radioland

Henry Ford Community College to host WHFR Radiothon beginning Sunday
Henry Ford Community College’s student-run radio station WHFR-FM (89.3) will hold Radiothon Week 2014 from Sunday, April 6, to Saturday, April 12, with live concerts and special on-air events scheduled, including the chance to win a weekend lease of a brand new Ford vehicle.
Read more from the Dearborn Press & Guide.


Radio station offers internships: Radio station WVIK, Quad-Cities NPR, is offering two paid internships for Augustana College students this fall.

The Robert and Patricia Hanson Foundation and the CD Wiman Memorial Trust have provided seed money for the positions. Plans are in place to create an endowment to fund the positions in future years.

Read more from the Quad City Times.


Station Spotlight: Case Western Reserve University’s WRUW

Special thanks to station general manager Bethany Kaufman for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
WRUW is the college station of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. WRUW has its roots with the Flora Stone Mather College for women. It began as WFSM, “broadcasting” via a public address system in 1946. In 1955, WFSM evolved into WRAR, an AM carrier-current station. WRAR became WRUW FM 91.1 on February 22, 1967! Initially, WRUW was a 10-watt mono station broadcasting only to the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland. Since then, it has grown to 15,000 watts and broadcasts in stereo. It can be heard across most of northern Ohio, from the Pennsylvania border to parts of Michigan and even north into Canada. We can also be heard worldwide via our internet stream at!

WRUW has a live programmer broadcasting 24/7. We offer over 90 shows per semester ranging from jazz, funk, rock, and even polka music to public affairs and talk.


What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
Both our entirely freeform format and community member involvement set WRUW apart from other college radio stations. WRUW is purely an extracurricular activity for students; we are not affiliated with any academic department of Case Western Reserve University. Programmers have the freedom to broadcast nearly any material they would like within FCC regulations. In addition to our student programmers, we have many community member programmers as well. Some of them are Case graduates who have stayed in the area and stuck around the station. Some have no affiliation with Case outside of WRUW. Some have been with the station for decades! Our eclectic group of programmers […]

Out in Radio (and TV) Land

WESU, 88.1 FM from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. featured in Hartford Magazine.

TV, radio winners announced in Kentucky AP contest

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Help radio replace its studio board

The current studio board that is used by KUGR was purchased in 2006 – the current board replaced 30-year-old equipment. And it is already breaking down.
The studio board’s issues started when it partially stopped communicating with one of the computers during the Spring 2013 semester. Ever since then the board has continued to break down. These incidents include; freezing, randomly shutting down and rebooting, issues communicating with the transmitter, and general problems related with outdated technology.
All of these issues have forced the Board of Directors into looking to replace the current studio board, and that means that the station had to launch a massive fundraising campaign to replace it.

Read more from COUGCENTER.