Submissions are now being accepted for the National Student Production Awards. The deadline is midnight on Friday, May 13.

Information is now available for sponsors and exhibitors.

For more info about joining CBI, visit the join CBI web page.

To contact us about participating in the 2016 NSEMC, visit the contact page.

We be posting soon the 2016 call for entries for the National Student Production Awards, as well as the annual Joel Willer award. We’ll also be posting information on how you can submit sessions to the convention.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and our Facebook for more updates as they are released, and check out last year’s 2015 conference site from Minneapolis Oct. 22-24.

By | March 25th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences|0 Comments

Board Blog: Spreading Sunshine


Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

WMCO at Muskingum University celebrated Sunshine Week the week of March 13. Planning events with our fellow Orbit Media TV and newspaper groups, along with our chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), we were able to not only celebrate the freedom of information within our local government, but also open our doors to the community.

WelcomeWe hosted an Open House Tuesday, March 15. Student leaders felt it was important to not only expect transparency from those we work with as media organizations, but return that same respect to our campus and community.

Administrators, faculty, staff, students, and local businesses received invitations to attend the Open House. Additionally, we spread the word via the air and social media inviting the public to attend.

NewsroomAttendees first stopped by our WMCO music library, air, and production studios. Guests could see behind the scenes of a radio show, watch our daily 30-minute newscast, and record liners led by our promotions director.

The tour continued into the Orbit Media newsroom where guests saw the process of assembling our weekly paper, The Black & Magenta, and learned about radio underwriting.


The media tour concluded with a stop at the Orbit TV control room and studio to learn about producing, chroma key, and directing.

Additional Orbit Media Sunshine Week events included Q&A with our local fire and police chiefs about working with law enforcement, and hosting a local sports alumnus speaker through SPJ’s “Slice ’n’ Dice” program. Students brought their best audio and print samples of sports broadcasts and reporting to receive constructive criticism in a group environment.

By | March 23rd, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


CBI 2016 Student Production Awards coming soon

The annual CBI Student Production Awards will open for entries in early April. This worldwide competition includes entry categories in audio, video and combined media for exceptional student work this year.

The official Call for Entries will be announced on the website, plus on the CBI Twitter and Facebook. Previous winners’ work is also available for review.

Manhattan College upgrades studio gear

“Our goal is to teach on equipment that’s used by the pros, so that our students will walk in on day one of their first job or internship and feel comfortable,” Grabowski says of the space, which is also the location of this semester’s Studio Television Production (COMM 308) course being taught by Robert Coleman, an adjunct professor and coordinator of media and technology for the Communication department.

Read more from Manhattan College.

Plus, the Radio Survivor podcast says your station should be on the Internet, since very few people still have AM/FM receivers at home.


By | March 22nd, 2016|CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Triton College Radio celebrates 40th anniversary

“It’s almost like a high school reunion,” director Kurt Werner said. “It goes back 40 years.”
According to Werner, Triton Radio started as a club. After about six months, the college received some equipment, and a got a license to become a radio station. Although the launch of Triton Radio was in May of 1975, the first official air date is unknown.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago State’s WCSU radio station is school’s hidden treasure

“We’re not locked into a specific genre of music. We’re not stuck into the same rotation in the music that we play,” Hibbler said. “Here at WCSU radio, we also have the opportunity to kind of be a platform for new independent artists that are coming up locally. National artists that are not signed, but are looking for an opportunity to be heard.”

Read more from Medill Reports Chicago.

Rollins College radio show gives seniors a voice

Run with the help of older adult volunteers out of a basement at Rollins College, the show features content aimed at Central Florida’s swelling population of seniors. Each week listeners tune in for an hourlong, in-depth look at topics spanning dating after 50 to end-of-life wishes. For a recent show about meditation, Kelly didn’t let his hearing aide difficulty hinder his booming presence.

Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column.

By | March 15th, 2016|About CBI, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Start collecting your best work now!


So you’ve been saving your best stuff all year—right?

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

In fewer than two months, the deadline to submit your entries in the 15th annual CBI National Student Production Awards arrives. If your operation is like the one I advise, the awards deadline is a last-minute scramble to remember what we thought was good dating back to last summer, find it (a challenge in itself) and download it into the awards submission system.

Don’t let that be you.

Before final papers, final projects and final exams eat into the minimal amount of sleep time you already get, spend a few minutes now to decide and collect all of your elite material.

April is a fine month to submit your award nominations.

That way you don’t forget at the last minute about that great PSA or DJ shift or news/sports report that will generate you the even-greater resume line of “National Finalist for Best in Category in the CBI National Student Production Awards.”

If you’re new to CBI, click on the Awards link on the website to listen/watch last year’s winners (or the last several years) to hear/see what you’re up against.

Picture yourself now standing at the front of the hotel ballroom in Philadelphia. The Awards MC calls out your station as a national finalist. You walk forward in front of hundreds to accept your award with the wonderfully designed CBI logo.

That will look fantastic on your Facebook page and mom will be so proud.

By | March 9th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WKNC raises $6,000 at Double Barrel Benefit 13
WKNC 88.1 FM raised $6,000 from its Double Barrel Benefit 13 event, an annual two-night concert that serves as one of the station’s primary fundraisers. Money raised from events like this account for about 14% of WKNC’s annual operating budget.
Double Barrel Benefit 13 was held Saturday, Feb. 13 at Kings in Raleigh and Saturday, Feb. 20 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. This marked the third time WKNC hosted the event on two different weekends and on two ends of the Triangle. The station’s 25,000-watt signal can be heard throughout the region.
Read more from WKNC.
NextRadio kicks off college street team program

“We are looking to get college students involved and informed about FM chips in smartphones and to introduce or re-introduce them to live, local radio,” said Maura Kautsky, vice president of marketing for NextRadio in an announcement.

Selected participants will receive a NextRadio-enabled smartphone with a three-month phone plan, $100 Visa gift card and NextRadio promotional items. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 gift card, with smaller denominations for second and third place.

Read more, and get submission deadlines, from Radio World.

WVU Parkersburg radio station WPKM ‘The Beet’ now online

Listeners in Wood and Washington County can turn the radio dial to The Beet at 96.3 FM. Anyone anywhere can experience the student programming of The Beet by downloading the TuneIn Radio app or online. Live streaming is available on the WPKM website at and a link is available on the homepage of the WVUP website at
Read more from WVUP.

Hopkins WJHU Radio provides outlet for expression

“A school radio station is important because it allows students an additional outlet for self-expression,” he wrote in an email to The News-Letter. “On insular college campuses like Hopkins, it can be difficult to find opportunities for your opinions to be heard, especially on topics such as music.”

Read more from The Johns Hopkins News-Letter.

KTUH: 100 percent student-run, 100 percent listener-funded

KTUH General Manager Nick Ciuffetelli said one week out of the year for about 60 hours, KTUH fundraises from callers, raising donations varying from $10 to $1,000.

Read more from

SoundExchange launches ISRC search site

“We are proud to announce today the launch of the SoundExchange ISRC Search Site, the fast, easy and FREE way to look up International Sound Recording Codes (“ISRCs”) for your sound recording metadata. Please read our press release for more information, or visit the site today to check it out at”

Plus, Radio Survivor’s LPFM watch and College Radio Watch.

By | March 8th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


TUNED IN: BU’s college radio station turns 50

Fitting, then, that at the very moment marking a half-century since WHRW’s first FM transmitter hummed to life — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, to be exact — current station members were strategizing about the upcoming semester as part of a spring general interest meeting. A cheer went up among the students assembled, they shared slices of a small cookie cake — then they got back to the work at hand.

Read more from Press Connects.

Students Bring WCUA Radio Back on the Air

After a brief hiatus last semester, WCUA is back on the airwaves under new management, featuring a new variety of disc jockeys and talk show hosts.

Joseph D’Antonio resurrected the radio station after a shut down by University officials for faulty licensing. D’Antonio is WCUA’s head Station Manager and is very excited to be back on the air.

Read more from The Tower.

Partners in Progress: Making a Scene

“You need to know something,” he says in all seriousness. “Nothing in this town happens until it happens.”

This is something Samuel has learned repeatedly as the general manager of WGCS-FM, Goshen College’s student-run radio station otherwise known as 91.1 The Globe. It’s something he’s lived, something he’s overcome and something for which he has prepared.

Read more from Goshen News.

An eventful semester on the way for WSYC

88.7 WSYC, whose call letters stand for We Serve Your Community, is the student-run radio station at Shippensburg University. For those unaware of SU’s radio station, which broadcasts from the Ceddia Union Building (CUB), now would be a good time to start paying attention. According to General Manager James Bailey and Public Relations Director Matthew Trust, this is going to be a big semester for WSYC.

Read more from The Slate Online.

WXOU brings old-school dating back

On a Monday, night one lucky lady had the chance to find romance in a fair, easy way. The catch? The three men she had to choose from to go on a night out to the movies were hidden away in a separate studio. No names and no titles were provided, just answers to her personal questions.

In a retro game show style, Oakland’s radio station, WXOU gives Oakland students a chance at love, or at least a free date with an interesting person, with the WXOU Dating Game.

Read more from the Oakland Post.

Rider University’s 107.7 The Bronc WRRC FM to broadcast live from 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show

In 2013, 107.7 The Bronc made history, becoming the first college radio station in the 184-year history of the Philadelphia Flower Show to broadcast live from this world-renowned event. At the time, The Bronc was selected over many of Philadelphia’s notable commercial and college radio stations, primarily because of the station’s programming and audience, which is complementary to the event. The same reasoning is true today, and why The Bronc has been selected to return each year.

Read more from Rider University.

Remembering WCFM: 40 years ago, a Columbus High School student ran a radio station out of his basement

Just a junior in high school at the time, Hermanson became something of a local celebrity as he broadcast nightly on 89.9 FM — dubbed “The Super CFM” — with help from his friends and others who were intrigued by his little station.

Read more from the Columbus Journal.

A look back at WMPG and sports on the airwaves

“WMPG has had several sports programs throughout its history,” said Lisa Bunker, the radio station’s program director for the past 14 years.

Although WMPG does have an extended history of working with USM athletics in this regard, the station does not currently cover campus athletics, and hasn’t for some time now. This is the result of a mutually-beneficial agreement between WMPG and the athletic department on campus

Read more from the Free Press.

Plus, episodes 34 and 35 0f the Radio Survivor podcast, college radio is older than you think and the College Radio Watch column.

By | March 1st, 2016|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Welcome Student Rep Evan Boyd


It’s been roughly two months since taking over the Station Manager position at WSUM. And I’ll be honest – it still feels kind of weird. But taking the challenge of running a college radio station not only is educational and a good thing to put on my resume, but I can’t think of a better way to enjoy my college career.

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

I actually started out in radio before even coming to UW-Madison. I joined my high school radio station, WLTL in LaGrange, Illinois, and soon radio became a big passion of mine (and I’m not even a communications major). I became the Chief Engineer for two years, helped rebuild the entire on-air and production studio, and helped us win the “Best High School Station in the Nation” award.

When I came to UW-Madison, I knew I wanted to do radio, and I knew that WSUM had a great program. But I did not expect to become the head guy three years later. When I was elected Station Manager, I had the credentials, but I did not expect, well, this. And, to be honest, I like this better.

So what is “this?” It is the idea that awards can mean one thing, but what is most important is setting an identity for your radio station. We are WSUM – we have a 16-student executive staff, each of us with different talents, but all for a passion for radio. We represent a student organization of over 200 members, each with different loves for music, talk, sports, etc. Together, we serve Madison as an alternative radio media outlet and a student organization to provide goods to the community.

As the Station Manager, I have to represent our identity as best as I can. I have done this by hiring the executive staff, working with the community, and getting to know the DJs so they find WSUM a fun place to be. And by doing this effectively, we have established ourselves as a strong team, as a place that the Madison community wants to work with, as a student org that sounds educational and entertaining to the student body. And for me, I have learned to become an effective DJ, a strong communicator, and I’ve met some of my closest friends here.

This weekend, we will be going to the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association Conference to talk about radio and interact with other radio/TV stations in Wisconsin. There is an award ceremony at the end, but that is not what I am most excited about anymore. Two years ago, it would have been. Now, I am most excited about sharing our story and helping others reach the goal of quality media for their students and community.

I would love to hear your story about your college radio station, and what being on your staff means to you. My email is Thank you very much for reading this, and I look forward to hearing from you.

By | February 24th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WSUM continues to share music and more with UW-Madison area

Hands-on experience with media production offers students involved in WSUM a leg up in applying for jobs post-college, Black explained. He said students involved in WSUM get more experience on the air and are able to make more important decisions for the station than what an internship would provide.

Black said several WSUM alumni go on to work for large stations across the nation.

Read more from the Daily Cardinal.

Michigan student radio stations to undergo program changes

Both student radio stations under WMHW-FM, Moore Rock 91.5 and Mountain 101.1, will undergo program changes at midnight Sunday, welcomed by a full week of nonstop live DJs. Mountain programming will move to the 91.5 signal, which gets a wider reach. The 101.1 signal will switch to a hip hop format. The change was driven by Moore Rock losing popularity and a need for funding.

Read more from Central Michigan Life.

Merrimack College’s Radio Station, WMCK, launches new logo

The logo design competition launched in mid-November to the whole college and resulted in about 35 to 40 entries. Out of these entries, all radio DJs were invited to vote on which logo they felt represented WMCK the best. This narrowed the competition to three logos by Michael Giammasi, Erika Caires, and Anthony Forman. At this point the President’s Office was sent the three logos, and from there President Christopher E. Hopey approved the winning logo.

Read more from Merrimack.

Plus, College Radio Watch wants to know what the 100th station visit should be, and their latest podcast on radio history is up.

By | February 16th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: College radio is a vital part of students’ college lives

2016-boardblog-blogheaderEarlier this week, WPTS-FM aired a special program memorializing a former Music Director who recently passed away at the age of 27. A group of fellow WPTS alums hosted a two-hour show filled with memories of Jeff and music that he loved. Dozens more listened to the show over the air or online. It is no accident that, for many of his friends, mourning Jeff centered around WPTS.

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

While we often focus on the value college radio brings to the community, these tragic circumstances serve as a reminder of the vital, but often overlooked, role college radio serves in the lives of its members.

While it’s almost cliché to say, college radio stations really do tend to provide a welcoming environment for students who don’t fit in elsewhere. In fact, many college radio stations are hothouses of inclusion, bringing together an incredible variety of people.

This is borne out by looking at Jeff and the friends who paid tribute to him on Monday. Jeff was a quiet, sweet kid who struggled with disabilities; he spent most of his college career in a wheelchair. The memorial broadcast was spearheaded by his closest friend at WPTS, a long-haired, heavily tattooed guitarist who just moved with his metal band to LA. He was assisted by the quirky daughter of two Pentecostal music ministers, a budding poet, and a precocious geologist who is not yet 30 but is already teaching University classes. Where else but a college radio station would that unlikely group form?

As diversity, retention and connectedness become priorities throughout academe, college radio stations can provide all three, allowing students to form bonds with an eclectic group of colleagues and offering an easy way for alumni to remain linked to their institution.

In an era of budget cuts, highlighting these benefits can help keep college radio off the chopping block.

By | February 10th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments