Today’s spotlight comes from Neumann Media at Neumann University in Aston, Penn. Thanks to Sean McDonald!
Some of you may be wondering what is in Minneapolis and why should you be excited for this year’s convention? Well after going there at the start of June for the board retreat I can give you three good reasons why everyone should be excited for this years conference in Minneapolis.
The first reason to be excited is there is some great food and it is pretty reasonably priced! While there I ate at a few places and my meals were delicious and the prices were pretty good too. I also found several other places I can’t wait to try including a local bakery that also makes coffee!
The second reason is for $1.75 you can ride the monorail all day, the rail can take you to and from the airport. It can also take you to the Mall of America! The station for the rail is just around eight blocks from the hotel and if that seems like a long walk to you, there is a free bus that will take you to the station that stops right outside the hotel.
The third reason is, the hotel is stunning! The rooms are spacious, with big windows and plenty of power outlets including one on each bedside table. The bathrooms were clean and modern I loved it.
So if you weren’t already excited for Minneapolis you should start getting excited! After my first trip there I can honestly say I am really excited to go back and try some things I didn’t have a chance to try before.
KEXP to Launch “Under the Needle: the KEXP Sessions” over College and Community Radio
According to KEXP, “Every year for the last five years, KEXP has recorded over 500 live on-air performances featuring great artists from across the musical spectrum.” With such a large collection of music content, the station decided that it would like to make that music more broadly available
Read more from Radio Survivor.
Drop in enrollment, funding at KCC is killing WKCC radio
WKCC, the public radio station for Kankakee and Iroquois counties and one of 160 rural stations in the U.S., is going off air by the end of the year, around the time it would have turned 8.
Read more from the Daily Journal.
Radio Survivor, an independent news website devoted to all things radio is debuting the premiere episode of the Radio Survivor Podcast on Tuesday, June 16.
The pilot episode of the Radio Survivor Podcast includes news about Santa Cruz, Calif. community radio station KUSP, details about the growth of low power FM (LPFM), a feature on the Free Music Archive, as well as commentary about the importance of college radio and about Pandora’s new radio station in South Dakota. It can be heard here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2015/06/10/radio-survivor-podcast-1-the-free-music-archive/
The CBI Board of Directors last week held its annual retreat at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, site of the upcoming National Student Electronic Media Convention. The venue and the surrounding neighborhood are tremendous and we are primed to have our best convention ever.
But, aside from convention planning, the Board dealt with a number of other organizational issues. To me, the most important was the creation and adoption of a new mission statement. It now reads:
CBI is a member-driven organization serving students and advisers of college and high school electronic media outlets. Through events, programs and a network of expertise, we provide our members with educational and professional development opportunities and facilitate advocacy.
While containing many elements present in our previous mission statement, I believe this is a big improvement and a great statement of what CBI offers to its members and the larger student electronic media community. The Board spent hours on this, and every word is intentional. So when we call ourselves “member-driven,” use terms like “serving,” and enumerate areas of focus such as “professional development” and “advocacy,” rest assured that the Board is not just giving lip service but is truly committed to leading CBI with these principles.
I am confident that, as leadership changes over the years, this mission statement will remain a touchstone that will help guide future Boards.
Briefly, here are a few other outcomes from the retreat:
Southwestern College Radio Station KSWC increases its power, changes frequency
“Essentially, this upgrade boosts our power by 10 times, allowing us to reach several other communities in the area, and allowing us to reach more listeners,” Castor says. “This upgrade is important for a couple of reasons.It shows incoming and current students in the radio program at Southwestern that they get a chance to use a radio station that could potentially reach thousands of new listeners in south central Kansas.”
Read more from the Winfield Courier.
Tuning Into WBOR, Bowdoin’s Beloved Freeform Radio Station
WBOR 91.1 FM this year was led by a crew of 14 devoted students and one community member (who runs the station during school breaks). Many more students, professors and locals hosted weekly one-hour music and talk shows. Walker Kennedy ’15, the station’s manager, said more than 100 DJs contributed to WBOR’s programming.
Red more from Bowdoin.
Solving the Mystery of the Ubiquitous Radio Station Call Letter Signs: The Leo Blais Interview
“The first signs were made around the time the ‘Slow Drivin’ maxi-single was released in 2008. I started sending them out as a way to thank the stations for playing the records. Also the letters represented the actual artwork that went into each album. People would send me photos they found on the internet with the signs being spotted in the background or on the stations walls. It was really nice to know how happy it made the people who received them.”
Read more from Radio Survivor.
From Holland, with love (from KFJC)
Forget LPs, CDs and MP3s: Foothill College’s KFJC staffers are going straight to the source. Earlier this week, nine radio station employees and volunteers boarded a plane for the Netherlands to conduct their fifth international live remote broadcast.
Read more from Palo Alto online.
Nick Canovas (WUML) Wins IRF’s Best College Radio DJ Competition
Congratulations to Nick Canovas of WUML for winning the International Radio Festival‘s best college radio DJ competition! His show, Time In The Study, which he hosts under the guise of DJ Dad, stood out from the competition and won him this title. His show focuses on “local and worldly underground indie music” interspersed with a healthy dose of self-proclaimed dad jokes.
Read more from CMJ.
KFJC to Broadcast Live from Eindhoven Psych Lab
Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM is excited to be traveling to the Netherlands in order to broadcast live from the Eindhoven Psych Lab. The two-day festival, which will take place at Effenaar in Eindhoven (Netherlands), will feature a range of performances by more than 30 modern-day psychedelic bands and artists from all over the world.
Read more from KFJC.
WKNC (88.1 FM) and KUOM (RADIO K) have joined forces to release “All Summer No Bummer,” a collaborative mixtape featuring 20 summery songs from the two respective states. Last week the stations premiered two tracks each day selected by the other station and then released the whole set for free download on Bandcamp on May 22.
University of Sioux Falls to Assign College Radio Station License to Local Pawn Shop
The University of Sioux Falls has filed paperwork with the FCC in order to assign the license for its student-run college radio station KCFS 94.5 FM to Badlands Airtime, which is affiliated with Sioux Falls, South Dakota pawn shop, Badlands Pawn. According to the Asset Purchase Agreement, the sale price for the KCFS license is $1.5 million.
Read more from Radio Survivor.
KBVR comes back to the future
Whether it is an interesting dissection of a graduate student’s research or a look into the history of jazz fusion, KBVR is home to over 130 different distinct personalities offering up different playlists, meaning something new every time you tune in. It’s a trip outside the daily algorithm-bubble where nothing outside of anticipated preference is ventured or gained—what radio can be with a little adventure.
Read more from the Corvallis Advocate.
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”
Those classic Gershwin lyrics have stood the test of time, but they don’t necessarily apply to student media. Because when the fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high, most of our students are somewhere other than at their campus media outlets.
For student media, it can be a challenge to continue to produce content throughout the summer. But, if you’re an FCC-licensed radio station, shutting down for the summer can put your station in jeopardy. And, even if you’re not, having compelling year-round programming is essential to maintaining your audience.
In this day and age, there are plenty of technical options that will take care of the bare minimum of keeping your programming running, but anything more than that takes real people.
Here at WPTS-FM, we have a few strategies to keep things fresh over the summer:
Ball State to create ‘David Letterman Collection’ to honor late night TV host’s retirement
“We saw in him someone who caught on quickly, extremely bright but was extremely funny,” said Al Rent, former manager at WBST, Ball State’s public radio station.
Read more from CBS4Indy.com.
Illinois Central college radio teaches English on the air
The loud ensemble was a feature on Voz Latina, or “Latin Voices,” a weekly community radio show run at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus that strives to teach Spanish speakers the English language. Although the band was just for its Christmas special, the show brings in locals every week to discuss, in both languages, careers and activities, an easygoing way for listeners to absorb vocabulary words while relating to real people in real situations.
Read more from the Washington Times.
Plus, Radio Survivor updates us on LPFM in Missouri and more.