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Board Blog: Connecting with tomorrow’s media leaders

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Like many people, I have not been happy with what happened to WRAS at Georgia State University. But I have seen something come out of it that I didn’t expect — a shift in perspective. Suddenly, industry blogs, newsletters, websites, not to mention scores of non-media sites, are talking about the need to keep student-run radio vital. The conversation is taking a new direction, and that is a good thing.

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Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

As CBI’s Development Director I see this shift firsthand. Over the past few months, more vendors, companies and organizations have talked with me about the need to connect with students now because they will be the media leaders of tomorrow. There is a new understanding that today’s students are doing meaningful, interesting work at their student-run media outlets. Equally important, these young people offer insights into keeping traditional and new media relevant to millennials and the generations that will follow.

Just a few years ago, some people told me that reaching students didn’t matter to their business or the media industry. Now, the conversation is different. This is why there will be some new exhibitors at NSEMC 2014 in Seattle alongside familiar faces that have long understood the value of connecting with CBI members. (Shameless plug: there are still a few vendor and sponsorship slots open for Seattle. If you know someone who might be interested contact me at development@askcbi.org.)

Those of us who are passionate about student-run electronic media can take some credit for this shift in attitude. Change always takes time; the steady drumbeat of voices from CBI, College Radio Day, students across the country, and many others are, I believe, are starting to make a difference. We will, of course, need to constantly market our importance and relevancy, but that is a skill everyone needs to learn for success in the 21st century.

Student Media in the News

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The Wall Street Journal delves into college radio, highlighting WRAS and WRVU.

WHWS and WEOS at Hobart & William Smith Colleges are moving to new facilities.

Morningside College’s KMSC is broadcasting from a closet while they wait for a new home as well.

Radio Survivor finds out more about the sale of Colby-Sawyer College’s WSCS-FM.

Spotlight: Linfield College’s KSLC

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Special thanks to Station Adviser Michael Huntsberger, Ph.D., Jerry Young, 2013-2014 Station Manager, and Jeremy Odden, current Technical Director for answering the questions.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KSLC is a noncommercial educational broadcast radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to the Board of Trustees and the President of Linfield College. KSLC broadcasts at 750 watts in analog FM and HD, and streams online at http://kslconline.linfield.edu:8000/kslc.mp3. The studios are located in the basement of Renshaw Hall on the Linfield campus. The antenna and transmitter are located 4.5 miles to the southwest in the foothills of the Coast Range. KSLC is programmed, operated, and managed entirely by students, as an activity of the Associated Students of Linfield College.

kslc2KSLC began broadcasting in the early 1970s as a Class D 10 watt station. When the FCC eliminated Class D stations, KSLC raised its power to 100 watts in 1981. The station originally broadcast from Pioneer Hall. In 2007, KSLC moved the antenna to a new tower on the Linfield campus, raised power to 250 watts, and moved into the current studios in Renshaw Hall, where the station is collocated with the Department of Mass Communication and other student media organizations. In 2011, KSLC moved the transmitter and antenna to the current off campus site, raised power to 750 watts, and began broadcasting in HD.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
KSLC is a unique reflection of the culture of Linfield College. The station primarily broadcasts a freeform music format. For the most part, student deejays program music of their choice. The station prioritizes music by local artists, and locally produced cuts can be heard at the top of every hour. The station is managed by a staff of nine students, who receive small monthly stipends from the ASLC.

Linfield College has a national reputation for its success in NCAA Division 3 sports, and KSLC broadcasts the home games for Linfield football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer. All of the sportscasters on KSLC are students. KSLC also maintains an active schedule of news and public affairs programs that focus on issues and concerns of students and the local community.

Any student can be involved at KSLC, though most become involved by enrolling in the 1 credit Electronic Media Practices course offered every term by the Mass Communication Department. The course covers radio programming and production techniques, as well as legal, regulatory, and operational concerns and practices.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
NWC TournamentJerry Young, Station Manager, 2013-14: I originally got involved in college radio at KSLC because of sports broadcasting. I wanted to get involved in doing play-by-play for whatever sports were available. As I started to work with the sports broadcasting team, I slowly became more and more involved in the operations of the radio station. It was something that I really enjoyed doing so I became involved as a staff member.

Jeremy Odden, current Technical Director: It was something I was interested in, and something I knew I could do well.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Jerry: The craziest thing I have ever done for the station was in my freshmen year. Some of the guys I broadcast with, who were seniors, asked me to come on their sports talk show with them. It turned out that only one of them could make it, so I ended up helping host the show. It was a great experience but I was nervous the whole time.

Jeremy: Take on the unofficial title of ‘Facilities Manager’ and fill a dumpster with the contents of our back rooms.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
Jerry: I would say the best part of college radio is that everything is student run. Students manage the station, play the music, run all of the equipment, and do pretty much everything else that goes into running the station. I would also say that this is the hardest part. Since we are all balancing schoolwork with what we do at the radio station, I feel like a lot of the things we want to get done don’t happen when we want them to. But it is what makes college radio the great thing that it is.

Jeremy: The best and worst part is that we can use it as a learning experience. It doesn’t really matter if we mess up, but we do it a lot because we’re still learning.

 

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.