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Spotlight: WLOY

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While not exactly a CBI spotlight feature, we just had to share this video from WLOY at Loyola University in Baltimore. Definitely keeping the FUN where it belongs — in college media!

If you’re a CBI member and interested in having your organization featured as a spotlight, email Jessica at itcontent@askcbi.org. We’ve got some great profiles coming up from student TV and radio groups across the country and we’d love to have you too.

By |January 29th, 2015|Spotlight|0 Comments

Board Blog: Secretary’s Updates

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Margaret Hair, CBI Secretary

Sending out a few notes from the CBI Secretary’s desk:

Coming this winter to a mailbox and inbox near you will be the latest edition of the CBInsights newsletter. Along with information about upcoming CBI events and processes, we like to include pieces on topics currently relevant to CBI media members. If there are topics you’d like to see addressed in future editions of CBInsights, feel free to send them my way at membership@askcbi.org.

Secondly, a reminder to save these dates in your fall 2015 calendars: Oct. 22-24. That’s when CBI will host its annual National Student Electronic Media Convention at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Check back regularly for more information about the CBI Minneapolis webpage.

Questions about CBI membership? Get in touch at membership@askcbi.org.

By |January 28th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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KBGA kicks off annual ‘Radiothon’ fundraiser

Every year, KBGA College Radio calls on its loyal listeners and community members to donate in support of the station. In exchange, donors receive premiums from local businesses and/or KBGA merchandise, as well as the pleasure of hearing engaging radio programming.

This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to upgrade office computers as well as in-studio equipment. During Radiothon, pledges can be made by calling 243-5242 or visiting kbga.org.

Read more from the Missoulian.

Eastern Oklahoma State College to launch KWLB

Eastern Oklahoma State College will soon launch KWLB 93.1 FM to bring the best mix of music to the local airwaves.

The college will celebrate the launch of the radio station with a “Flip the Switch” event on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom in Wilburton. The event, which is open to the public, will also recognize the partnership between Eastern and Oklahoma AT&T to make the project possible.

 

Read more from the McAlester News-Capital.

Also, according to the Jan. 21 issue of Tom Taylor NOW, this also affects KWLB’s programming:

What does Eastern Oklahoma State College have to do with the Dallas Cowboys? It’s not an obvious answer, but the college won the construction permits for two commercial FMs in the FCC’s Auction 93 – and on one of them, KWLB Red Oak (93.1), it will debut a commercial station that plays music and carries the NFL Dallas Cowboys. Eastern paid just $5,000 for what was originally a Class A facility, and successfully got it upgraded to Class C3, located east of McAlester.

WRAS student DJs accuse GPB leadership of violating open records laws

Opponents of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s takeover of WRAS-FM (88.5), the influential independent radio station formerly run by Georgia State University students, continued their fight at GPB’s first board meeting of the year by questioning the deal’s merits, slamming the state media network’s leadership, and accusing its top official of trying to sidestep transparency laws.

Read more from Atlanta’s Creative Loafing.

Springfield, Mass. Radio Host Takes His Show to the Super Bowl

“My sports broadcasting class, which I’m about to teach right now, will get a show-and-tell and maybe a few check-ins from celebrities in our field, sports broadcasting legends,” Belanger explains.

Read more from wggb.com.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits KUSF in exile and UWave.fm in Bothell, Wa. And, Radio Survivor catches up on College Radio Watch and LPFM updates.

By |January 27th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Work hard, be patient

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My dream when I entered the world of college broadcasting and part of my professional background is in the sports area of our field, so I found the latest edition of Radio Ink’s ranking of the Top 30 sports talk shows in the nation (at least of those nominated) to be insightful reading.

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Each was asked to give advice to aspiring sports broadcasters and, even if you not pursuing or interested in sports, their thoughts are applicable to just about any area of the media field.

Mike Flegler of the Flegler and Mazz show in Boston said, “Most anyone who has a job a young broadcaster would want had to work for years and years to reach that level. Our current show started in 2009, when I was 40 years old. Finally, the job I always wanted to have. It took me 18 years. And it could end at any moment. Work your ass off and be patient.”

Mike Mulligan of the Mully and Hanley show in Chicago says, “Know your subject. Know the background of it. Know as much as you can about the people you are covering or talking about. Differentiate yourself by learning as much as you can about a subject in order to speak knowledgeably about it. Content is king.”

And Dan Berstein of the Boers and Bernstein show in Chicago offers, “Nothing replaces the years actually on various beats (as a reporter or columnist). Traveling on the road, establishing relationships with players and coaches, and understanding the truths in sports that can only be learned over time as a part of everyday life. The idea of breaking into the business is misguided. I think, since quality broadcasting most often comes from someone who knows how to write and report, and form well-considered opinions.”

And finally Michael Kay from New York City says that, if sports is your passion, you’ll need to build your reputation everywhere you can, “no matter what the platform. Don’t shy away from podcasts or blogs—just get your name out there and work 10 times harder and longer than the next person.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

By |January 21st, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Spinning Indie visits two more college radio stations

Read about Rainy Dawg Radio and KEXP on Spinning Indie.

College Radio Watch: LPFM Launches, Student Radio History in the U.S. and New Zealand, and More College Radio News

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |January 20th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Focal Press Updates ‘Keith’s Radio Station’

Thirty years ago, Michael C. Keith entered a small New England college to start a new career. Keith had spent the past 10 years as a professional broadcaster and was now transitioning into the world of teaching.

The first thing that he would learn was that the textbooks available on the subject at that time were woefully out of date. Radio was now format-driven and there were no textbooks available in 1986 teaching the kind of radio Keith had just left.

So he decided to write his own. He called it simply “The Radio Station” and he pitched his manuscript to Focal Press.

Read more from Radio World.

Framingham State’s College Radio Station WDJM Makes Deal with FCC to Address Public File Violations

In another instance of the FCC giving student-run college radio stations a break, Framingham State University radio station WDJM-FM in Framingham, Massachusetts agreed to pay a lesser penalty of $1,200 for public file violations. According to a Consent Decree adopted on December 31, 2014, the university agreed to pay the penalty and set up a compliance plan to prevent future violations.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |January 13th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Raising Expectations and Meeting Goals

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The New Year’s parties are a memory. The top x lists of 2014 are old news. You have just returned to life as normal at your school and your media outlet. It is easy to put all of the new years thoughts behind you and just continue on the same road you have been on, but there is also an opportunity for you to do more, to raise the bar for what is expected and more importantly to help create a vision for the future of your student media outlet.

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Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Leaders do not lead by tasking people to obtain unspoken goals. Leaders lead by creating large organizational goals which every part of the leadership team buys into and believes in. If every member of the leadership team strives to obtain a better level of existence and the end goal is a common goal, you will have a strong combined group effort to reach that goal. The individual tasks assigned to the leadership team will take on new meaning and provide the individuals with a motivation to achieve and complete those tasks.

In order for this to work, the common goal must be something that the vast majority of the leadership team can agree upon. One thing must be clear is that mediocrity and doing the same thing you have done for years will not continue to work. Audio and video based communication via outlets like yours has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Consumption of what you produce and what others produce has changed a lot in the last 5-10 years and it will continue to evolve. Likewise, what is expected of your organization is evolving. Whether those expectations are set by the schools administration, the student government, or the academic department, expectations are evolving. Student media outlets in most schools no longer exists because the participants want them to exist, but because they are seen as (dare I say it) an asset. If your organization is not serving the needs of those who fund it, those who are liable for its operations and those cannot find you in their current media consumption habits, you become irrelevant. If you are irrelevant to your sources of support, you will likely cease to exist.

Take stock of your media consumption habits and those of your peers. Take stock of those who you HOPE you are reaching with your operations. How do they consume media? How will they consume media in the next couple of years? Are you reaching them? Are you available to them? Are you delivering the experience they expect? More importantly, are you trying to reach the right audience which will provide you with the support you need?

For many student media outlets, the goal has not been to be the number one rated station, rather to provide education, insights into underexposed artists/genres, to educate students in the art of communication. This post is not meant to disrupt those goals but rather to help elevate the thought process of sustainability, at a minimum, while helping you to focus on what is essential to survive in your environment. This is not the same at all schools, but those running the station need to know and react accordingly. Despite altruistic goals, if the support is not there, you need to either develop the support for your current programming or change.

By |January 7th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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WKNC announces headliners for Double Barrel Benefit 12

WKNC 88.1 FM will hold its twelfth annual Double Barrel Benefit concert Saturday, Feb. 7 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh and Saturday, Feb. 14 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Lincoln Theatre will host Spider Bags to kick off the festival and Cat’s Cradle will feature Eternal Summers for the final night. The full lineup will be announced in early January.

Read more on the WKNC website.

Flagler College Radio DJ with post-polio syndrome signs off

Sandra Rodrigues may not see much of the world these days, but that hasn’t kept her from listening to it.

For 21 years, Rodrigues volunteered at Flagler College’s WFCF 88.5 FM, where she hosted the world music program. Saturday was her final show.

Read more from the Daily Journal.

10 Fascinating Things Spotted at College Radio Stations in 2014

Next week I’ll write up a comprehensive “2014 year in review” post about the state of college radio, but as I reflect back on the year, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite moments from my radio station tours.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

They Might Be Giants Resurrect Dial-A-Song in 2015

On top of all that, for the stations in the ever-growing Dial-A-Song Radio Network, each week They Might Be Giants will create custom materials for the Dial-A-Song segment, complete with interviews and other “programming notes.” So far, the band have already recruited 100 terrestrial stations to join the Dial-A-Song Radio Network, spanning college radio stations and underground networks from Germany, Ireland and Fairbanks, Alaska to Los Angeles’ A Fistful of Vinyl on KXLU to WHER 100.3 FM Seattle’s Under the Influence.
Read more from Rolling Stone.

2014 – A Pivotal Year for LPFM

While some applicants have already gotten their new LPFM radio stations up and running (including college radio station KRFH at Humboldt State), others are still working to build their stations.

Read more from Radio World.

By |January 6th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: A Muskie Christmas

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Although the holiday season is coming to a close, I’d like share how our Orbit Media students at Muskingum University spread Christmas cheer through a student-produced special program titled “A Muskingum Christmas.”

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

The story goes something like this … I was at #CBISeattle and my audio production class was feeling extra creative to get into the holiday spirit. When I returned from the convention, the pitch for the variety show style program was sketched on a napkin and students were anxiously awaiting approval from the department to move forward. The shared excitement to get the show off the ground was very contagious.

Within six weeks, students wrote the script, recruited the cast, singers, and broadcast crew to produce “A Muskingum Christmas!” The show was performed in our campus theatre in front of a live audience the day before finals week began. Cast members and singers collaborated from the theatre and music departments, with a special ukulele performance by a history department colleague. Fellow students, faculty, staff, community members, and families filled our theatre. The program additionally aired live on our TV cable channel and radio station, with re-airings through Christmas.

Behind the scenes, the program was an innovative way to bring together a theatre performance with our broadcast capabilities, as the program could be seen or heard live three ways. I recommend collaborating across disciplines for a broadcast production like this if you have the available resources. Our students are planning on making “A Muskingum Christmas” an annual tradition.

Check out the performance on our Orbit TV YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/3OQO4GsKrek?t=15s

By |December 31st, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Board Blog: Looking ahead to 2015’s opportunities

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I’m not the type of guy to do a Christmas blog, so instead I’ll touch upon a great conversation I recently had with audio/sound engineer, who produces for many well-known celebrities.

Herbert Jay Dunmore,  CBI Vice President

Herbert Jay Dunmore, CBI Vice President

The conversation was about the future of audio and video production. The cost of hardware, microphones, mixers and cameras, have gone down significantly in price. It’s relatively easy for someone to enter the production/broadcast realm, regardless of experience. If your video goes viral via YouTube, you often have a solid platform that you can use to promote your craft. What does this mean for professionals and college students in the process of obtaining their degree? Is this method a easy way to circumvent the traditional process?

Online resources such as Hulu, YouTube, Netflix others are positioning themselves as the new cable through broadcast IPTV and appointment television. The one fact that remains is that the skill set necessary to produce quality work is very important. This can be obtained a few ways: shadowing professionals, internships, taking college courses. This, of course, is also achieved through attending events such as CBI’s national conference, where students can share ideas and experiences and have one-on-one time with professionals.

I’m looking forward to a few sessions that I plan to bring to Minnesota 2015 such as Drone Cinematography, which is a whole new area of production that has risen very quickly and is promising to open up an entirely new realm of proficiency skill sets and certifications. Also interesting is the future of the 4K standard and the direction that it will be going in the future. There are so many on the horizon in 2015, especially between the months of January and April. It’s very exciting time for technology; I appreciate the opportunity to contribute my knowledge to aid in providing our students and adviser members with the information and confidence that they are well prepared.

I wish every one a safe and fruitful holiday season. Looking forward to connecting again in the New Year.

By |December 24th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments