Thanks, Seattle!


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



Greg Weston, CBI President

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


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!


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


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.”


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.


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


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!


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

Demo and Résumé reviews at NSEMC in Seattle!


One-on-One Demo and Résumé critiques with radio news pro Glenn Schuck on Friday, Oct. 24

Have your demo reel and résumé reviewed in a one-on-one session with news pro Glenn Schuck at the CBI convention in Seattle! Bring both your demo reel/aircheck and résumé. Students should bring their demos on a flash drive or CD, and demos should be no longer than 10 minutes. Click here to sign up.

By |October 9th, 2014|Conventions|0 Comments

Press Release: CBI and SoundExchange Reach Settlement On Many Webcasting Issues

October 7, 2014 — Royalty payments will remain at current levels for the vast majority of student radio stations webcasting music under an agreement reached between College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) and SoundExchange.

A joint motion filed today by the organizations with the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) would freeze royalty payments for the next five years. It would also continue to allow student webcasters to continue to file proxy reports in lieu of detailed data due to the nature of their operations and the size of the online audiences.

The settlement submitted today is not final. It must pass a “reasonableness test,” a process established by the CRB to determine if proposed settlements are fair to all parties which will be bound by the proposed rates and terms. “We have asked the CRB to determine a specific timeline to finalize approval of the settlement, which would allow us to cease litigation in this matter as soon as possible,” says CBI Executive Director Will Robedee. “The previous settlement we reached with SoundExchange took many months to be approved. With this agreement based on a settlement already endorsed by the CRB, I am hopeful that final approval will come soon.”

“We are thrilled with the settlement as it means that our station can continue to pay the same fee for the next five years and avoid a costly and burdensome reporting process,” says student Steve Varsanyi, program director of WSOU-FM at Seton Hall University. “This is a huge win not only for college radio, but also for bands that college stations play because an affordable settlement means stations can keep playing music, especially emerging artists.”

CBI President Greg Weston says, “We actually expect the number of student stations to be able to report via proxy to rise above the 96 percent mark because of the submitted settlement as the threshold for being able to report via proxy has risen from 55,000 total listening hours per month via the Internet to 80,000 total listening hours. While I think the change is a move in the right direction and a big win for student stations, we will keep striving to make it as easy as possible for students to reach an audience on the Internet through webcasting and mobile devices.”


College Broadcasters Inc. represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and
other related media ventures; ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media; promotes cooperative efforts between the association and other national, regional, and state media organizations; facilitates the discussion of issues related to student-operated electronic media; and other community oriented programs. CBI currently represents electronic student media outlets from around the world.

By |October 8th, 2014|CBI News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Convention and Keynote updates


By |October 8th, 2014|Board Blogs, CBI News|0 Comments