WMUC Hosts Free Saving College Radio Symposium

The University of Maryland has zealously supported college radio for over 75 years. The school’s student-run station, WMUC, kicked off from what was initially a course in the Speech Department. Since then, generations of ambitious and brilliant students have helped it progress into a huge success. Today, the university is celebrating the accomplishments and contributions the station has provided to and from the students, as well as the greater Washington, D.C. community area, with an exhibition called Saving College Radio: WMUC Past, Present And Future.

And as part of the celebration, the university will be hosting an academic symposium titled Saving College Radio on Friday, April 11. The event will feature speakers from WMUC, WRGW, NPR and more, and will include a viewing of the exhibition. If you’re in or near College Park, MD, we highly recommend joining the conversation. The symposium is free to the public with an RSVP.
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Station Spotlight: University of Minnesota, Morris’s KUMM-FM

Special thanks to Taylor Robert Barker, general manager of KUMM-FM Radio for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now.
We got our start in the late 1960′s when students from the University of Minnesota, Morris would produce a weekly program for the local commercial station. KUMM, as its own independent station, went on the air in September 1972 with a mighty ten watt output, broadcasting from a couple of closets in a campus dorm. By the 1980′s, we initiated the first of our power increases, jumping to 225 watts. At the same time, we converted to stereo and moved to our current location in the Student Center. In the 2000′s, we launched our tower relocation project, transferring our antenna from the top of the campus library to its present location atop the local water tower. Our authorized power levels increased yet again to 700 watts, allowing the surrounding underserved communities to enjoy our alternative programming. During those times, and ever since, we’ve been blessed with a student body that supports our technological investments, and we’ve had the chance to give back to the industry by serving as the Minnesota headquarters of College Radio Day.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
One major difference is the unusual, but playful nature of our call letters, which has been a rich source of pride and tradition since our founding. We also get an extraordinary level of support that we get from other members of the noncommercial broadcasting world. KUMM has been a long-time member of Ampers, a network of fifteen independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota. Ampers, as an organization, is committed to furthering community-oriented programming, broader […]

Band to perform concert for Loras radio station’s return

In support of Loras College students re-launching the school’s radio station, KLCR, the band Almost Classy will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the ACC Ballrooms on the Loras campus.

Donations toward the radio station will be accepted. Head DJ, Josh Kessenich, will interview the band on KLRC at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.
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Central Michigan University’s MHTV honored by Michigan Association of Broadcasters

Peter Orlik, the director of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said this is a victory for the school and the station because of the competition this year.

“This unprecedented string of victories was continued despite intense competition from electronic media departments on other campuses across the state,” Orlik said in a press release on March 12. “Michigan State and Grand Valley State were especially vigorous competitors for this honor.”
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Station Spotlight: Ohio Northern University’s WONB

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
The precursor to WONB-FM was WONU. WONU was a carrier current station using an AM signal and was only heard in the afternoon.

In 1991, the FCC granted a non-commercial FM license to Ohio Northern University. The WONU call letters were already in use by another university’s FM station, thus WONB was born. Today, WONB is a 3,000-watt station, serving West Central Ohio, operating 24-7-365. In addition to the FM signal, WONB also streams at Throughout the week, the station airs four main musical formats: Oldies, Mainstream Top 40, Smooth Jazz and Gospel. In addition to being an entertainment source, WONB strives to be informative as well. The station airs more than 30,000 public service announcements per year, more than 100 newscasts per week and provides coverage of various Ohio Northern and Ada High School athletic events. A public affairs talk show, sports talk show and a church service are also included in the weekly schedule.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
WONB is a professionally managed, but student-run station. The station is operated as close to a professional station as possible, while still allowing student workers to have input in station decisions as well as ownership of much of the programming. WONB serves as both a co-curricular and extra-curricular activity for students. While WONB serves a purpose for the university and we do a lot to engage the university community, we also put a lot of effort into catering to and engaging the greater community. One of the most noticeable ways that we do this is through our daytime Oldies format. We realize that the majority of our […]

Out in Radioland

When KDUR officially went on the air (more on that later), the No. 1 song on the Billboard Top 100 was probably Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).” Incidentally, John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” came just a couple weeks later. (Denver’s son was later a student at FLC, but that’s another story.)

“There’s older college radio stations in the world,” said Bryant Liggett, KDUR station manager. “But … for a small school, in a small town, for a radio station to stick around this long is huge.”

KDUR-FM celebrates 40 years at Fort Lewis College

After three years of radio silence, Farmingdale State College has returned to the broadcast realm with Ram Nation Radio, a newly revamped student-run outlet streaming online music, news and talk shows live.

The station’s previous incarnation, WRAM, had broadcast on 89.3 FM before it went off the air in 2011, following a string of equipment problems and waning participation from students. Now, Ram Nation Radio is back, featuring two dozen different shows—from electronica to metal, sports talk to music history.

“It really hangs in the balance of student participation,” said Russell Patterson, the director of student activities for the college and founding adviser of Ram Nation. “A club is only as good as the student body’s participation.”
Farmingdale State College radio returns after three-year hiatus

An Indie Go Go campaign is working to raise needed funding in order to complete work on the documentary Pirates of the Airwaves: The WSOU Story. The film will chronicle the storied history of Seton Hall University’s heavy metal-oriented college radio station. One of the gifts being offered to donors is a 3-D printed pirate ship that is also a functional FM […]

Station Spotlight: Elon University’s ESTV

Special thanks to Matt Lee for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Elon Student Television was started in 1992 by a former student named Christopher Waters.  Every year since then the station has grown and as of now, we have 272 people working across six shows.  Many of our shows have won national awards and recognitions, including Emmys and other Communications Honors.  In 2009, One-on-One Sports accepted the University’s first College Television Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundations.  In 2001, Phoenix14News (now Elon Local News) won 1st place in the College Television Awards newscast competition in Los Angeles.

What sets your station apart from other college TV stations?
We have six different shows, while many other college TV stations don’t have that many.  We cover news, entertainment and comedy and do it in a timely manner.  Even if we are scheduled to work with one specific show, we all help each other out if needed.  Our faculty advisers always have our back and have helped us pave a path to follow in order to continuously thrive and grow as a student-run television station.  We all have bright personalities and are eager to learn more about the field of television which is shown in each of our shows.

Why did you choose to work at the TV station?
I chose to work at this TV station because it is a great way for students to get involved in a professional type TV station. The opportunities to get hands-on experience working for programs from game shows, comedy, talk and news programs is a great way to get a feel of what interests you. Since my first year, […]

Station Spotlight: Seton Hall University’s WSOU

Thanks to Erin O’Grady and Aly Mulligan for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
WSOU 89.5 FM is located in New Jersey on the campus of Seton Hall University and has been on the airwaves since 1948.  The most interesting thing about WSOU is that we are heavy metal radio station at a Catholic University, and we’ve have been playing hard, active rock and metal since 1986!  Some people are surprised by this fact, but at WSOU make sure that our head banging music and the Catholic mission of the university coexist harmoniously.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
There are several things that set WSOU apart from other college radio stations.  First. WSOU in the #1 market and our signal reaches the five borough of New York City as well as much of northern and central New Jersey.  WSOU is also set apart from other college radio stations because of our format. Many college stations have block programming, while we have a set format that includes specialty shows to include the variations of genres. Even then, the majority of our specialty shows are based on sub genres of metal/rock which aids in our unique niche in the market.  That niche is another thing that makes us different – WSOU is the only station in the market that is focused on metal and active rock and it has helped us build a positive reputation locally and nationally.  We also have plenty of alumni working in the broadcast and music industries, which allow the station to help current students through networking and internships.  We know we are fortunate because our alumni network is a […]

Station Spotlight: Hofstra University’s WRHU

Special thanks to Shannan Ferry, station manager, for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Radio Hofstra University 88.7 FM has been in existence for over 50 years. This is longer than any other noncommercial radio station on Long Island.  Originally the call letters were WHCH, then WVHC and for the last 25 years or so—WRHU. We have many alumni who stay connected with the station. A list of our alumni accomplishments can be found on our station website  We do many formal and informal alumni netowkring events. Our current staff is about 200 students. We create a wide variety of shows. Indie rock, metal, hip hop, and country are some of the more popular music shows. We also produce and air a live half hour newscast every afternoon and have two hours of student hosted talk during morning drive. Journalism and especially sports journalism are two areas students have many opportunities to participate in at WRHU.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
What sets WRHU apart is it’s the only student operated college radio station in the country to hold the broadcast rights of a professional sports franchise, the NHL’s New York Islanders.  At WRHU students are given a unique opportunity to do color commentary for NY Islanders broadcasts, report live from the locker room during / after games, and handle all production and engineering elements during live games.  Last season, WRHU’s student produced feed was simulcast on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM New York City and on WFAN during the Islanders run to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  We are currently in our 4th season as the Islanders broadcast home and have produced […]

Forced to find their own funds, N.C. State’s college radio station expands its audience and ambitions

“It’s invaluable,” says Torres of the support that WKNC has given not only to T0W3RS but to the surrounding music community, too. “No other radio station is doing things like this.”

Perhaps the scene sounds rather insular and self-congratulating—a musician playing a song inspired by a radio station for a crowd gathered by the same radio station to raise money for themselves. But, remember, this crowd of 500 is the biggest for which Torres has played; the most he can draw for his own headlining shows, he calculates, is about 100. And as he admits onstage between songs, all beaming and breathless, “This is the best lineup I’ve ever been a part of. Thanks, WKNC. You’re killing it.”
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