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WETD 90.7 FM starts streaming online

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WETD 90.7 FM officially began streaming its broadcast signal online through its newly renovated website, www.wetd.fm, on Sept. 27 during the Alfred State Homecoming/Family Weekend celebration.

This means the radio station can now be heard around the world, allowing Alfred State’s prospective students, alumni, and community members 24/7 access to WETD’s broadcast signal online. WETD students and staff worked tirelessly to provide this historic moment and positive comments from Alfred State students and alumni, and community members have been pouring into the radio station as a result.

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WETD Technical Adviser Dale Burns and WETD General Manager Logan Merrill, an information technology: web development major from Campbell, NY, were instrumental in this process, continuing the work done over the past 10 years by other Alfred State and WETD alumni and staff.

“I know that our listeners who are alumni have been asking for streaming for quite some time and as someone who has a passion for radio, a passion for what we’re doing here at WETD and at Alfred State, I think streaming is a huge step forward for us,” Merrill said. “It allows people outside of our coverage area to tune in and to stay updated with what’s happening around the campus and the community.”

By |October 30th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

College Media in the News

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YCParanormal brings radio to an otherworldly level

Still pursuing the paranormal more than 30 years later, Colonna started YCParanormal, a new 88.1 York College radio station from 9 to 11 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Read more from FlipSidePA.

 

WESU Radio Celebrates 75th Anniversary Nov. 2

Established in 1939 and currently celebrating its’ 75th anniversary, WESU is one of the oldest non-commercial radio stations in the United States. By day, Monday through Friday, WESU offers a diverse mix of news and public affairs from NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local media sources. Week nights and weekends WESU student and community volunteer broadcasters provide a freeform mix of creative music programming featuring music not readily available elsewhere on the radio.

Read more from Wesleyan.

 

KWCW agrees to FCC compromise over 8-year paperwork backlog

KWCW signed an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this summer to avoid court proceedings after they discovered an eight-year backlog of unfiled documents near the end of last year. The station will continue to broadcast under a limited license under supervision from the FCC.

Read more from the Whitman Pioneer.

 

By |October 29th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Seattle Wrap-up

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It is my honor and pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of CBI. As the Executive Director, my primary responsibility is annual convention. Since we just wrapped up the convention on Saturday, I wanted to take out a moment to give you a preliminary post-convention report.

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Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

The convention exceeded CBI’s expectations in a number of ways.

• Attendance exceed that of last year by roughly 24 percent.

• CBI  increased the number or sessions available to you each hour and as result offered more sessions throughout the conference on great topics. The attendance numbers for not only registration and sessions are also up again this year, which means that we’re doing something right.

CBI expects this trend to continue, but we could not do this without your support.

• CBI partnered with NPR and NPR members to bring back the Next Generation Radio Project which received an overwhelming response from applicants. Results are available at askcbi.org/nextgeneration. Take a look and listen.  I think you will be impressed with the quality of the productions.

• The CBI National Student Production Awards Ceremony continues to grow as a prestigious competition.  There were close to 900 entries this year.  We congratulate both the finalists and winners in the production awards.  Each of you are winners whether you took home the top prize or not.  The CBI awards are becoming more and more competitive and the fact that your submission was recognized as a finalist or winner should not be left off your resume.

Students should look at the finalists and award winners for examples of how they can improve and enhance their productions.

I will close by asking you to help CBI make the 2015 convention even better. Students, advisers and others are highly encouraged to submit session proposals. CBI will begin to accept proposals around July 1 of next year. Please feel free to bounce off session ideas to me, our VP, Herb Dunmore and also with one another via the List serv. The final cut-off date for session proposals will be September 1.

CBI and I personally thank you for your support, but we also welcome your feedback for improvements. We know that there is room for improvement, so we want to make the conference even better. If you attended the convention, you can help us by completing the post-convention survey at http://askcbi.org/seattle/survey/.

Until next time, I remain your humble Executive Director who wants to hear from you.

By |October 29th, 2014|About CBI, Board Blogs, Conventions|0 Comments

Thanks, Seattle!

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Stay tuned for complete Seattle coverage, but for now:

• Post your photos to the CBI Facebook page

• Check out the winners from the National Student Production Awards

• Take the post-convention survey

• And visit the Seattle page for presentations and documents from the sessions as they’re posted

By |October 28th, 2014|Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: Five Sessions You Shouldn’t Miss at the NSEMC

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Greg Weston, CBI President

Hopefully, most of you are heading for Seattle to attend the third-annual National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC). This year’s convention will be bigger and better than ever, with six sessions running at once for the duration of the conference. While all the sessions will be great, there are a few in particular I’m excited about.

1. Audio Processing Basics: Things You Need to Know! Thursday, 2 p.m., North.
I know how I want my radio station to sound, but I don’t really know how to get there. I doubt I’m alone in that. This session will provide an overview of audio processing, with examples of how tinkering with the processing can impact the sound of broadcasts and streams. More on this topic will be available at the interactive session Processing Audio for Digital Demons and Dragons (Friday, 4 p.m., North).

2. Only in Adobe Creative Cloud. Friday, 1 p.m., East.
Certified Technical Trainer (and CBI Vice-President) Herbert Jay Dunmore is back with one of the highest rated sessions we’ve ever hosted. This fun, informative session will give you tips and tricks to using Adobe Creative Suite. Herb also will be hosting a number of other sessions on topics including DSLR cameras, video lighting, and more. Go to as many as you can.

3. Ask the FCC Experts. Friday, 2 p.m., West.
Hosted by two top attorneys and a well-known consulting engineer, Ask the FCC Experts is a must for anyone at an FCC-licensed operation. They’ll be taking questions and giving advice on a range of legal and technical issues. Normally, they charge big bucks for a telephone consultation (trust me, I have first-hand knowledge of this) but you can get their counsel for free just by attending this session.

4. Zines! Yes, They Are Viable! Thursday, 4 p.m., Columbia.
As the lines blur between different forms of media, reaching your audience in multiple formats is more essential than ever. A zine is a great way to reinforce your connection to your audience. Full disclosure: My station has had mixed results with our attempts at putting out zines, so we’re looking forward to, er, borrowing some ideas from the successful zines featured at this session.

5. Any and All Roundtables. Various times and places.
While we’ve developed an impressive lineup of experts and professionals to do presentations, nothing at the NSEMC is more important than the opportunity to benchmark, commiserate, and network with your peers from media outlets around the country. Our roundtables – specific to different topic areas – allow you to do this in a lightly moderated environment. At roundtables you can meet your colleagues, hear their successes and failures, and bring back plenty of ideas to implement at your own media outlet.

Looking forward to seeing you this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

By |October 22nd, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Rowan Radio marks 50 years

His first time live on Rowan Radio, Ricky Schuh was terrified.

More than 1.3 million potential listeners in a 30-mile radius of Rowan University were about to hear the freshman’s voice — stammers and all.

Read more from The Daily Journal.

 

BUTV10’s ‘Paper Trail’ creates campus buzz

The drama tells the story of a group of amoral college students who, after being placed on academic probation following a string of rowdy parties, resort to unethical means to keep their grades up.

Read more from BU Today.

 

Spinning Indie visits WHRC

In the five years since my last visit, WHRC struggled and then was recently resurrected as a streaming radio station. I’d been in contact with one of the students who got the station back up and running, so I was particularly excited to finally see the latest version of WHRC in person.

Read more from Spinning Indie.

 

By |October 21st, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

NSEMC Update: Welcome to Seattle!

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If you’re here already, we’ll start seeing you around!

If you’re not here yet, here’s a rundown of different ways to get to the hotel from SeaTac airport:

Link light rail: Cheap and easy. The University Street and Pioneer Square stations are both close to the hotel. Warning: there are steep hills, but the walk is short. Fare is $2.75 one-way.

King County Metro transit buses: routes/fares vary.

Downtown Airporter Shuttle: $18 one-way fare.

Yellow Cabs: About $45.

STILA town cars and SUVs: Might be economical if you’ve got a big group with lots of bags.

By |October 21st, 2014|CBI News, Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: Creating a Campus Event Centered around your Media Outlet

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Finding your place in the host of campus clubs and organizations can be a struggle. Trying to not overreact when you hear a senior student say, “What? We have a radio station on campus?” can be a challenge. My station, like many of yours, has had these struggles. We responded with an annual event that I often hear is called “one of the most anticipated campus events of the school year.”

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Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer.

In 2008, our student government had extra funding after campus group semester allocations were complete. They challenged students that whichever campus group can come up with the best idea to spend this money will be awarded the full amount for a programming event.

That amount was $10,000! Thinking about that pot of money still makes me smile. I remember my student program director walking into my office excited to tell me his idea. “Why don’t we plan a series of events centered on our station? Every day can be a new event. Let’s get our name out there!”

That now annual event is “WMCO Weekend.” For three days every spring semester, we plan events for students and local community. The mission of WMCO Weekend is to promote the station and thank our community for supporting WMCO. Events to date have included: a date auction, car smash, talent show, concerts, Mr. & Mrs. Muskie Contest (our mascot is a Muskie), dodgeball tournament, endurance contest, fireworks, casino night, and a tailgate rally for the basketball team. We always plan at least one live remote to reach out to the listening audience during the weekend. We’ve also hosted the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s animal educational program to bring the local community into the mix. Having cute baby animals on campus is always a great draw!

During every event, we give away prizes—including TVs, game consoles, small electronics, donated gift cards from local businesses, and campus bookstore bucks. Our student promotions director creates a new t-shirt design each year for staff members and giveaways. Free stuff, as we know, is a magnet.

Each year we propose a new set of events to our student government for funding. We also solicit additional donations from local businesses through an underwriting campaign. Campus groups and our local arts and recreation district partner with us for co-sponsorships. We kindly ask that attendees provide a donation for local charities upon event entry. We have three “WMCO charities” we support each year. To date, we have raised $2,700 and 2,200 pounds of non-perishable food for our community. The continued generosity of our campus and local audience is always humbling.

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DJs Nick Flood and Chris Morgan host a remote during WMCO Weekend 2014.

WMCO Weekend additionally helps our recruitment campaign for new incoming DJs. After the first event in 2008, 32 students enrolled in the new training program course. (I only had room for 15 in my classroom!) To this day, when I ask new DJs about how they found out about our station, there’s always a few that mention WMCO Weekend. They may have not attended the previous year, but have heard about it and want to be a part of the next one.

If you’re attending #CBISeattle, drop by the Registration Table and ask me more about WMCO Weekend. I enjoy bragging about how my students successfully execute such a big event on campus every year.

By |October 15th, 2014|Board Blogs, CBI News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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College Media Day grows

“This year’s celebration of College Radio Day definitely built off of last year,” Station Manager Erica Szczepaniak said. “Last year, WSOU focused mainly on discussing college radio with students throughout New Jersey from colleges such as Montclair State and NJIT. This year, WSOU not only met and broadcasted with students from Montclair, but also took it into our own hands to put together broadcasts from bands and media professionals that truly demonstrate to our wide variety of listeners just how important this day really is.”

Read more from The Setonian.

 

The Library of Congress Launches Radio Preservation Task Force

Growing out of the National Recording Preservation Plan (NRPP) of the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) is the Library of Congress’s first national radio history project.

And, Spinning Indie and Radio Survivor writer Jennifer Waits will be a Research Associate!

Plus, check out the NSEMC session, Archiving College Radio and its History, with Jennifer on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

 

UTA Radio kicks off Rocktober

“You don’t necessarily need to know who the bands are, but just hang out and enjoy some music, and maybe discover some music,” Liguez said.

Read more from The Shorthorn.

By |October 14th, 2014|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Latest Seattle NSEMC Updates!

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Plenty of additions to the CBI Seattle website this past week:

• Complete program listings by day for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

• And complete lists of speakers and sessions with descriptions.

Plus a PDF of the entire convention program.

• Information on tours of KEXP and KING5, plus one-on-one demo reel and résumé critique sessions with radio news pro Glenn Schuck.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and the Twitter hashtag #CBISeattle for the latest on the convention. And, if you’re coming, join us on the Facebook event page, too!

 

 

By |October 13th, 2014|About CBI, Conventions|0 Comments