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Board Blog: Introducing the CBI member directory

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Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

One of the best aspects of CBI is the ability to network with peers across the country. While the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention and our very active listerv are the organization’s two biggest networking tools, CBI is pleased to introduce a new one: the CBI membership database. The CBI member database is an exclusive benefit to CBI members. This searchable database lists each current CBI member media by name, school and primary contact. To protect your privacy, all media members must be logged in to our membership portal to view any directory information. Head over to http://www.askcbi.org/?page_id=5050 to log in. If you do not know or can’t remember your password, you can reset it from that page. If you don’t know the email associated with your member media, or if your member email needs to be changed, please contact me at membership@askcbi.org.

You’ll notice right now the database is a little bare. We want to leave it up to individual media outlets to decide how much information to share with your fellow members. Once logged in, select “view profile” and then “privacy.” Feel free to add any or all details, from mailing address and website to your job title and alternate contact email. You can also uncheck the “show profile to others” option to keep your information private. While you are at it, please make any updates or corrections to your member profile.

You have no doubt heard us refer to CBI as a member driven organization. Not everyone can attend our national convention or wants to participate on our listserv, so this directory is a great way to connect with your peer radio, video and multimedia outlets.

Student Media in the News

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Colby-Sawyer College sells WSCS, in New London, N.H., to the Vinikoor Foundation, according to a purchase agreement and coverage on Radio Survivor.

New Haven Living profiled college stations in a cover story, including WNHU, WCNI, WQAQ, WVOF, WSIN and WHRT.

Cal Poly station KCPR could face some challenges following a sexually explicit fundraiser by DJs, according to Cal Coast News.

 

Getting ready for Seattle?

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Registration for the third annual College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Electronic Media Convention is now open. CBI, along with more than 400 students, advisers/managers and electronic media professionals, will be in beautiful Seattle Oct. 23-25 for three days packed with high quality educational sessions.

Highlights:

If this is the first you are hearing about this event, that means that you are not subscribed to any of the CBI email lists. These invaluable email lists allow you watch topics, be informed of changes in the laws and regulations that impact your organization and ask questions of your peers. For more information about the email lists, visit our listserv page.

Questions? Contact CBI.

Spotlight: SCAD Atlanta’s SCAD Atlanta Radio

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Special thanks to Matthew Rusak, General Manager, for answering the questions!

scadatl3Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
The station was started in the fall of 2007 by a handful of ambitious SCAD Atlanta students. We are still a very young station but we have learned a great deal in seven years. Our reach continues to grow as does our diverse staff of DJs which includes students, alumni and faculty.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
SCAD Atlanta Radio is Internet streaming only which we consider to be one of our strengths. Our voices can be heard anywhere and at anytime around the world! I think there is also something to be said about a college radio station run by art school students. I am constantly amazed by not only their individual artistic talent, but by the energy, the creativity and the innovation that they bring in support of the station and its success. Artists work from a desire to communicate and I think that benefits us well to have an entire staff who are eager to share themselves and engage the listener. I like to think that SCAD Atlanta Radio broadcasts will inspire our audience too giving clear context to our station’s tagline, “SCAD Atlanta Radio — music for the right side of your brain.”

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
scadatl2When I was first looking to apply to the SCAD Atlanta campus, one of my priorities was to be sure that they had a radio station. I had wanted to be involved with college radio for a long time. The school I had transferred from did not have one. I loved music and I especially loved discovering new music and I felt I had to share that love. I was also hoping that it would give me a sense of belonging since I would be moving so far from friends and family. Still, I was very nervous about joining up once I got here. I felt I would be seen as too old or that my music tastes were uncool. I continued to listen to the station and go to radio events on campus but it was a whole year and a half before I even applied to be a DJ. It’s my only regret since starting at the station that I didn’t begin sooner. The DJs and managers were so friendly and supportive that I realized my fears were unfounded. I instantly felt that this was a place I belonged. I continue to work at SCAD Atlanta radio so I can in turn offer that same kind of welcoming.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Time will tell.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
scadatl1From my perspective, the hardest part of college radio is that the students who run it still have to be students. They have to deal with the same challenges and responsibilities that any other college student must face; homework, research papers, examinations, project deadlines, financial aid, finding room for sleep and having a social life.  However, knowing that students have to face these obstacles and seeing how they continue to commit themselves to their duties at the station exhibits one of the greatest parts of college radio. The students involved with the station are not here because they’re being paid to be. They do not earn a higher GPA just for being a part of it. They are not guaranteed success and fame for being a college DJ. They are here because they want to be, because of the passion they have. That is what makes being a part of college radio such a genuine experience. We take chances on unknown bands and albums because we have faith that there is always something new to discover. We are allowed to experiment and make mistakes because we are willing to learn from them. We support the success of our fellow students, not just at our own station but for all those involved in the college radio community.

 

Want your station profiled for a CBI Spotlight? Email Jessica!

Board Blog: Seattle and the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention

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I could write about the nearly 100 sessions and events we are busy planning for the convention—as well as some of the great speakers that will be present sessions for you—but I am not going to do that. I could write about the awards programs and keynote speaker. Not going to do that either. I could mention all of the great networking opportunities and educational opportunities the event offers or about how you will come back with great ideas and feel energized, but I will resist the temptation.

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Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

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Space Needle, photo by Jordon Kalilich, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Instead, I will focus on what Seattle has to offer. A lot of people think of music and the Space Needle when they think of Seattle, and they should. The music history of Seattle is well known, so I will not recount it for you, but rest assured the music scene in the city is still vibrant.

The Space Needle is a landmark that is readily recognizable and associated with Seattle. It was built in less than a year for the 1962 World’s Fair and engineered to withstand earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude. A sight to see for sure, but a little hint, there are some amazing views available in other locations (not to mention the location of the evening social event we have planned for you, which will be different this year).

Speaking of the Space needle and Music, adjacent to the space needle is the EMP Museum (formerly known as the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame). The Museum hosts exhibits, interactive displays and educational material related to risk-taking ideas which influence contemporary pop culture. It also annually hosts an annual 21-and-under battle of the bands contest.

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EMP Museum, photo by Cacophony, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Both of these are located in Seattle Center, which also features museums, shopping, dining, artwork, gardens, theaters and venues.

The convention hotel is also located just blocks from Pike Place Market, and while you are there, do not miss the gum wall.

If, somehow, the Mariners make the World Series, Safeco is not an unreasonable distance from the hotel. If you arrive early or plan to stay an extra day, you might want to relax on the state-run ferry at an economical price with an opportunity to enjoy the views and visit another part of the area.

For the “more experienced” (ahem) advisers, you might enjoy a trip down memory lane with a visit to the Seattle Pinball Museum. Admission is a tad pricey, but play is free.

Of course Seattle has a lot more to offer so you should check out travel sites such as Yelp, Trip Adviser or the visit Seattle site among others to discover what Seattle has to offer to you for your pre- and post-convention activities. Along those lines, both students and advisers are well advised to make sure that the educational and networking opportunities offered at the convention are not missed because a member of your delegation becomes a tourist.

If you have thoughts about what sites are a must see, venues to visit, where to eat, etc. Please share. If you have tips to share about how to make sure those attending the convention actually attend the convention and bring back resources to your station to share with others, please share. I would like to use your comments as the basis of my next Board Blog post.

Finally, do not forget to submit your session proposals.

Submit session proposals for Seattle

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CBI, as a member driven and funded organization, depends highly on you to contribute your shared knowledge and resources.  In fact, the sharing of knowledge is an essential reason why CBI exists.  If  you have expertise in some matter, whether it be events, promotions, news, careers, sports, engineering, careers, WordPress, social media, convergence, and more. Whatever you think others would benefit from in a session, we encourage you to submit a session proposal.  Not every proposal received is accepted as CBI wants to continue its great session approval rating.

If you do not feel qualified, perhaps you know people who are.  Contact them and ask them if they have an hour to speak at the convention.  Or if you feel you are somewhat qualified, but would like to have others to rely upon to fill your knowledge gap, CBI can help.

If you know professionals in the local Seattle market, contact them.

CBI wants to see the most proposals possible so we can continue to select the best possible sessions for you.

Questions?  Please send them to seattle@askcbi.org.  Ready to submit a proposal (even a partial one)? Visit http://askcbi.org/seattle/sessions-and-speakerssession-proposals/.

Streetsboro High School radio station upgrades in high gear

Four control boards at WSTB 88.9 FM, the Streetsboro High School radio station, will be replaced before the start of the new school year in August.

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Alex, AKA The Doctor, hosts on the old console.

On June 25, the Streetsboro Board of Education unanimously accepted a bid from Broadcasters General Store for up to $42,925. The money would come from the district’s permanent improvement fund. It represents “the top end of the estimate,” Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said.

Read more from Streetsboro Gateway News.

Spotlight: University of the Incarnate Word’s KUIW

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Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sports and Operations Director, for answering the questions.

KUIW4Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KUIW started in the spring of 2005. Since then KUIW has progressed and evolved into a division one radio station. KUIW members “DJ” majority of the campus events. Our station features a diverse background of personalities and ethnicities, which creates a culture and environment that all can strive in.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
“We are a student-ran station. Whatever ideas we have are implemented. Our manager just oversees us and keeps everything in line. We have the freedom and privileges to create the rules. We have the opportunity to pick and choose from a variety of music to play that caters to our diverse set of students on campus.”KUIW3

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I wanted to pursue a career into sports broadcasting beforehand, and I felt that working with KUIW would give me an opportunity to build my abilities to do so.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Funny story: I was asked to carry a speaker across campus because our dolly was misplaced. The entire day I received funny looks from everyone on campus.

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What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part I would say is the mistakes you learn from. While finding out the hard way that “good idea” wasn’t so great. While on that journey you end up making a good friend or two.
The hardest part I would say are encountering the “less productive” people that join up. Every person has experienced that one person that joins up and simply doesn’t want to be there. I would say that is the hardest part because it makes the job more difficult to complete.

 

Want your group profiled for a CBI spotlight? Email Jessica.

Board Blog: Your Fresh Fiscal Year

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July 1st marks the midpoint on the calendar, the realization that the better part of the academic summer is already behind us, and the start of a new fiscal year. As CBI’s Treasurer, here are a few commonly asked questions we receive about renewals, plus some helpful hints to expedite your upcoming membership and convention payments:

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Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

1. My school’s business office needs a copy of CBI’s IRS W-9 form to process our payment. No problem, we have that covered! Visit our W-9 webpage to download a copy for your school: http://www.askcbi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/CBIW9.pdf.

2. What’s the quickest way to process my membership payment? If your school permits advisers to use a credit card to process memberships, CBI happily accepts PayPal payments. Access the link by logging into our membership database, Wild Apricot. Login information for returning CBI members is found in the email sent to advisers last week for the 2014-2015 year. If you did not receive a renewal email, contact our Secretary, Jamie Lynn Gilbert at membership@askcbi.org. Current 2013-2014 memberships are active through September 1st.

3. I mailed my check to CBI two weeks ago. Why isn’t my membership confirmed at this time? CBI’s snail mail is sent to our UPS Box in Hummelstown, Penn. Mail is forwarded to me in Ohio twice a month. If your school prefers check payments over credit cards, plan for 3-4 weeks processing time. Please keep this window in mind if paying by check for #CBISeattle Early Bird Convention Registration by the October 1st deadline.

Speaking of Seattle, registration is open! As you make plans to attend, bookmark our website for convention and hotel registration. I booked my hotel room this week over the phone — the processing time was fast and the agent was very easy to work with to plan my stay! Online hotel registration is also available. Links are on our NSEMC website at askcbi.org/seattle

This is my fourth year happily serving on the CBI Board of Directors. Please contact me for questions about membership or convention payments at treasurer@askcbi.org. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Seattle!

 

Spotlight: Indiana State University’s WISU

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Special thanks to Rich Green, station manager and instructor, for answering the questions!

WISU3Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
89.7 WISU is currently in its 50th year of operations at Indiana State University. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary during Homecoming in October. WISU has gone through many transitions throughout the years.  WISU began playing Jazz and Symphony music. As the years progressed, they began playing music from many different genres including international music, reggae, R&B, and some throwback music. Up until this past year WISU played “Real Good Rock” from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and “Hot Mix” from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. WISU now plays a variety of top 40, alternative, hip-hop, and EDM. WISU now has specialty show including “In the Mix” with DJ Rob Rich, “The Alternative Underground” “Throwback Thursdays” and “The Fuse.” Also, WISU does live play-by-play for sporting event s and just launched a news division with daily live newscasts.

WISU1What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
WISU is unique in that it combines many genres of popular music into one station. While the station continues to break new and upcoming artists, there is still a sense awareness at ISU and the Terre Haute community to play some popular music you won’t hear anywhere but WISU. Students pay attention to the trends, and the underground to find the best music for our station

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I chose to work in college radio largely based on my experiences when I was an undergrad. It showed me the importance of student involvement. I’ts not always about joining a club, but the friends you make for life. I had a great adviser, Deb Lesser, at Illinois State. Getting to learn from her was an incredible honor. She took an interest in all of her students and I hope to give students the same chances I had.

WISU2What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
We did play by play for the “Trike Race” during homecoming this year. It was hilarious to see the students broadcast such a fun event and use their NASCAR euphemisms. We also had an adult Easter egg hunt for the students. You think it’s fun—but then Nerf weapons become involved, the next thing you know you are shutting yourself in your office and wishing for more ammo.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is watching the kids grow up in front of your eyes. From day one they have no idea about anything and the next day they are your station manager or sports director. I always live for those “ah-ha” moments where it all just clicks. It’s an incredible journey that changes from year to year. However, the hardest part is having to say goodbye to students every semester. Sometimes you forget they are only here a few years, and the time flies by so fast.