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Board Blog: Be a leader, not a critic

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I’ve been a director at WMUL-FM for three years now and only one person from the original board I was a part of is still here. I’ve seen five different promotions directors, four music directors, and three news directors, along with three different station managers.

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Amanda Reesman, CBI Student Representative

WMUL-FM has had hands-on directors, hands-off directors, and everything in-between. So now approaching the end my senior year, I think about all the different directors that have been on the Board of Directors at WMUL over the years. Some I’ve thought were the best we would ever have; only to be proven wrong. I’ve seen directors who I thought would be awful and they proved me wrong. So what happens when you disagree with someone’s position on the board?

You should be confident that those selected would do their job as proficiently as you would. They were picked for a reason, support them and help them if you can. Let them grow into the position; no one is perfect.

Remember that you are a leader and what you say may influence someone or a whole staff. So even if you don’t agree with who has the leadership role, keep it to yourself. There is a reason that person was chosen for that position, even if that reason isn’t immediately obvious to you. Don’t hinder their ability to work by making a negative comment that is not constructive. If any criticism is given, make sure it is constructive. Help build that person up, instead of tearing them down. Give the person the chance they deserve, if nothing else. It is hard to do anything with a finger pointed at your back.

If after a few weeks you still feel they haven’t done their job, speak with them about your concerns and what you think they could do to improve in their role. Finally, if nothing else works and you feel the person hasn’t improved, talk to your station manager or faculty advisor to express your concerns.

By |April 15th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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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

CMA joins February joint statement from CBI and SPLC

College Media Association joins the CBI Board of Directors and Student Press Law Center in our position on college athletics broadcasts below as a downloadable PDF.

Requests for information may be directed to the Executive Director here.

Statement including CMA (PDF)

Original statement on athletic broadcasting (PDF)

 

CMA joins CBI and SPLC in Stance on Student Media Outlets Covering College Athletics

College Media Association (CMA) joins College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) to stand behind student media outlets that have lost the ability to offer live game coverage of their schools’ athletic events due to exclusive agreements signed between athletic departments and commercial broadcasters.

“We appreciate our friends at CBI and SPLC for supporting student media by asking that student broadcasters not be shut out of invaluable learning experiences,” said Rachele Kanigel, CMA President. “We wholeheartedly lend our support to this statement.”

According to CBI and SPLC’s statement made Feb. 4, 2015, student-run media outlets are a vital part the experiential education offered on college campuses. Restricting or denying student access to high-profile events is both harmful to student development and antithetical to the value of the free exchange of ideas championed at educational institutions. Many professional sports broadcasters and journalists first developed their skills in student media. Cutting off access to student media outlets not only undermines the academic and co-curricular mission of higher education but also hinders the development of today’s students into tomorrow’s media professionals.

While we understand the economic imperatives behind these agreements, we believe these can exist co-operatively with student-operated broadcasts, which are generally non-commercial in nature. We cannot support contracts with outside entities that restrict the freedoms of student media, particularly when these agreements are made by college administrators only, without considering student opinions.

CMA, CBI and the SPLC would like to urge colleges and universities to consider student media outlets when considering broadcast rights agreements with outside entities, and to preserve the rights of student media outlets to cover their fellow students’ athletic events.

 

By |April 6th, 2015|CBI News|0 Comments

Spotlight: Streetsboro High School’s WSTB

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Special thanks to adviser Bob Long and student operations manager Quintin O’Boyle  for answering the questions!

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Junior Brantley “Dave” Groscost (next year’s Operations Manager) doing his AM drive show.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Bob: WSTB was licensed on March 23, 1972 to Streetsboro City Schools. For the first 4 years the station played a variety of different programming. In 1976 the station changed to a rock oldies format known at “Golden 91″. (At that time our frequency was 91.5MHz.) In 1982 we switched to contemporary hits. Then, in 1991things began to take off. We adopted a heavy metal format known at “V-ROCK … All Metal, All Day”. The metal format hung around for 8 years until 1999. In August 1999 we became the “Alternation” playing modern rock. We have continued that format for over 15 years with our weekly audience growing to over 25,000 listeners in the Akron/Cleveland market. This year we began “Rocket Radio Cybercasts” which provides Internet streaming of school events such as basketball and baseball games, band concerts, graduation, and Board of Education meetings. We are also in the process of designing a new radio station facility for our new high school which will open in 1-1/2 years.

What sets your station apart from other college radio and TV stations?
Bob: WSTB is a broadcast FM at 88.9 MHz on the air 24x7x365 and is operated Monday through Saturday solely by Streetsboro High School juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the broadcasting program. (On Sunday, community adults come in and play oldies rock ‘n’ roll from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.) The students not only learn how to broadcast, but they also learn business management skills, promotional techniques by working with community groups on events, and technology by helping to maintain our local network.

Quintin: I think what separates our radio from others is the quality of the sound. Our station is run by high school students and our listeners, unless told otherwise, are unaware of that fact. This shows the quality of our on-air sound.

Why did you choose to work at the radio/TV station?
Bob: My radio career began in 1968 when I was a student at the University of Akron (WAUP, now WZIP). I continued after college in commercial radio news with three years as a news editor at WHLO, Akron followed by eight years as News Director at WKNT (now WNIR) Kent/Akron. While there the opportunity to teach high school and run our local school radio station intrigued me so I moved up the road 5 miles to Streetsboro. I’ve been here ever since. (This is my 34th year of teaching classes and being General Manager of WSTB.)

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Seniors Alex Hahn and Quintin O’Boyle answer phones during our annual week-long membership drive.

Qunitin: There are approximately 100 high school ran radio stations in the U.S. and my high school is one of them. This is a coveted program to get into, having an opportunity of this magnitude was not something I planned on passing up.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Bob: In 1999, prior to our conducting our annual membership drive, we were going to have a Saturday night concert in the school gym featuring the local heavy metal band Mushroomhead. This was before they signed national and used to stop by the station from time to time just to hang out and chat on air with the DJs. The prospect of a heavy metal concert in the gym raised the ire of some people in the community. The result was a protest and threatened boycott of local businesses by local churches, a huge debate at City Hall with the Mayor canceling the show, followed by City Council changing the city law usurping a portion of the mayor’s power allowing the concert to go on. Then came the Columbine High School shooting 4 days before the concert. Everybody was so frightened and concerned that the concert was canceled and never rescheduled. Along the way we received more newspaper and TV news coverage than we ever imagined. We would walk into the station and randomly there would be a Cleveland TV news crew there looking for an update on the concert. It was a crazy three months.

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Monthly staff meeting lead by Operations Manager Quintin O’Boyle (seated at computer) and Program Director Alex Hahn.

What’s the best part of college radio/TV? And the hardest part?
Bob: I like the atmosphere of high school radio. It’s much less intense than being in commercial radio these days, plus it’s lots of fun working with the student staff. We enjoy doing new things together as well as traveling and schmoozing at the CBI conventions.

Quintin: The best part of this radio station is being able to learn how to work within and with a management staff, learning to work in a true business atmosphere and the being able to broadcast live on radio.

By |April 2nd, 2015|Spotlight, Station Profile|0 Comments

Board Blog: Are you building partnerships on campus and in the community?

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As the spring semester winds down and new leaders start to get selected at campus stations across the country, it’s time to start thinking about goals and station interactions for the next year.

Margaret Hair, CBI Secretary

Margaret Hair, CBI Secretary

At KJHK 90.7 FM in Lawrence, Kan., we’re in that phase where outgoing leaders are closing out projects and prioritizing goals for the next round of programming, and new leaders are starting to train and are ready to take on anything.

It’s a good time to take stock of our existing partnerships on campus and in the local community, and to think about further outreach that could happen.

KJHK has been fortunate to find supportive and savvy collaborators in several campus entities in the past two years. An agreement with a student programming board amps up station exposure through co-sponsored live music events. A growing collaboration with a performing arts venue has opened up opportunities for a broader range of educational and cultural events. And a partnership with the campus athletics department has dramatically increased the station’s ability to cover Olympic sports.

Those relationships are long-format, but not all partnerships have to start with a formal agreement or a year-long commitment.

If there’s a student group putting on an event that your station could be a part of, a campus office that could provide educational opportunities, or a community group that could benefit from station outreach, make contact and start a conversation about how both groups could benefit from working together.

Working with other groups is a vital part of being a valuable resource to your community. Think about how the station and other organizations could build off one another, and start reaching out.

By |April 1st, 2015|Board Blogs|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

Board Blog: It’s never too early to think about summer

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I know spring officially just began last week and, for many, you’re just coming off midterm exams/papers and spring break.

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

But I’m going to say it anyway.

What are your plans for your media operation to operate without a hitch this summer?

• Do you have office staffing during business hours every weekday?

• Are you going straight automation? Mix of live and automation? If so, who will be loading the automation/play-listing each day?

• Who will be updating your recorded promos all summer?

• Anyone scheduled to update content on your website?

• Weather? If you regularly air weather forecasts, your audience depends on them, so who will update several times each day?

These are just the tip of the iceberg of what many stations do every day/week, but what happens for three-plus months in the summer? Do you, in a sense, stop providing your audience with what they have come to depend on the other nine months?

How you can put this all together takes some planning and that needs to start soon. Some stations use alumni or community volunteers more during the summer, but these people also need to be organized to cover the bases listed above and then some.

Every summer since 1981, our station has hired “full-time” DJs (students) to each be on the air five days a week along with off-air responsibilities. Each is paid an hourly wage for their 20-25 on-air weekly hours.

It’s a significant part of our budget, but we feel that
1) it gives these students a true three-month snapshot of what a professional job in this field will be like and
2) we give our listeners a consistent product all year.

Both of these are equally important in our book.

You may not have the budget flexibility to duplicate this, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still provide your audience with what they have become accumstomed to the rest of the year.

It just takes a little planning.

By |March 25th, 2015|Board Blogs|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

Board Blog: Hiring new student leaders

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For many of us, the end of the school year is in sight. For student media, that means one group heading out the door and other on its way in. It also means that you’re probably in the process of bringing aboard a new group of student leaders.

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

At WPTS, we have a policy that students can only serve in a director position for one school year. This has its pros and cons. It’s good in that it ensures that we have a steady stream of new people and fresh ideas, and that we don’t have entrenched people resting on their laurels or burning out. On the down side, we often have great people who we want to keep in place and can’t. But, ultimately, we believe that student media exists to provide opportunities for our students, so maximizing the number of students who get leadership experience should be our priority.

Our system for hiring directors is as follows:

We have an advisory board who hires the Station Manager. The advisory board is comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and a broadcast professional. As General Manager, I chair the board but do not vote, which allows me to stay above the fray and work comfortably with whoever gets the position.

The Station Manager then hires the other directors “after consultation with the General Manager.” That phrase from our constitution is very vague, but I interpret that as meaning the Station Manager retains full authority to choose the directors, but I get a chance to tell the Station Manager when I think they’re making a mistake. Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don’t.

I advise the Station Manager is to look for two things in prospective directors: vision and passion. If a director has both, they have a good chance to succeed. If they have neither, they probably won’t. Technical/functional skills can be learned, but without vision they won’t be able to lead their staffs and without passion they’ll be crushed by the heavy responsibility of running a student media outlet.

One final thought: I think a formal application/interview hiring process is beneficial for both the media outlet and the student. It helps weed out less dedicated candidates and reduces the chance that students will simply hire their friends regardless of qualifications. For the student, a formal process is a valuable dry run before they look for jobs in the “real world.”

By |March 18th, 2015|Board Blogs|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