Board Blog: Students can love radio


Like many readers of Radio World, I started in radio before the era of consolidation. It was a time when there were a lot more opportunities for high school and college students to become involved with radio stations in their communities. The 1,000 watt AM station in my town welcomed young people interested in broadcasting and took generations of students under its wing. When I went off to college, the local stations there employed a number of college kids part time, including me. There were opportunities in news, music, production, engineering, and more. During high school or college this is how many of us got our start in radio.

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

I found myself thinking back on those days recently because audio is enjoying a renaissance among young listeners. More and more, I find students coming to my university with the same kind of passion for audio that I had at their age. This tracks with Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” studies that show we are in a great era for audio consumption, and audio is what radio has always been about. Today’s podcasts, streaming services, and more are all built on the foundation of decades of radio broadcasting.

A growing number of students come to campus primed to explore their enthusiasm for audio and they quickly discover that their school’s student media outlets are the perfect places to experiment and learn. This is certainly true where I work. At WSOU(FM), the station I manage for Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., the staff of WSOU has more than doubled in just three years to 150 students, many of them freshmen and sophomores. They don’t see radio as dead. Rather, it is simply part of their 21st century media landscape and diet. They love radio!

This interest in audio isn’t limited to college students. As part of our mission to serve the local community, WSOU has long taken high school students as interns, but we usually hear from just one student per year.

This spring has been different, however. High school students are now actively seeking us out, looking for the chance to learn the craft. These students have done their homework. They know their areas of interest and the kinds of skills they need to develop in order to thrive. It is why they are coming to stations like WSOU for experience and to be mentored. It is not unlike when I was their age and knocked on the door of that local AM station to see what was behind that door and learn. Some of these high school students have been so motivated to learn that they became good enough to go on air as newscasters and sportscasters. That bodes well for their futures, and ours.

Campus stations now often fill the role that the old mom and pop stations did when I was a teen and young adult. College stations are the farm team for future radio professionals, but all of us who care about the fate of radio have role to play in developing the next generation. We cannot let folks like Audible, Pandora, Gimlet, Panoply, Google, and Spotify poach our talent by being the ones most welcoming to today’s students.

This is why I encourage all radio stations become more engaged with colleges and universities at all levels, as well as with high school juniors and seniors. It’s important to build relationships that extend well beyond simply taking students as interns. The more that stations and groups are engaged with students, the more likely we will revitalize our programming and cultivate new generations of listeners.

Here are a few suggestions for how commercial and professional noncommercial stations and those that work within them can build stronger relationships with up-and-coming audio talent:

  • Volunteering to critique air checks from students or becoming a mentor to a student
  • Having your PD spend time on your local college or high school campuses to talk with students
  • Giving students an hour or two on your station and challenging them to “come up with something great”
  • Getting your GSM to collaborate with a university’s business school to develop a curriculum that truly prepares students for media sales
  • Using college kids for your high school sports play-by-play
  • Inviting professors, teachers, advisers, student affairs staffers and others to your station
  • Engaging a college or high school kid as a “reverse mentor” for you or your team. It’s a great way to remain current on technological and cultural trends
  • Listening to the student-run stations in your market. You might be surprised and inspired by what you hear

FM took off, in part, because radio let some young, passionate people play around and come up with something new and different that listeners liked and wanted. Radio is better off when there are real partnerships with young adults, where we experiment and create together. This is how we keep young people engaged and excited about radio and audio careers. It’s also what we need to ensure our industry’s survival.

Read this, and other Campus View columns at Radio World.

By | June 1st, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Alabama college radio station WLJS to reach more listeners

“We are just in the final phases of getting the legal paperwork and everything worked out,” said Mike Stedham, manager of JSU student media and adviser to the university’s radio station.

 The new radio translator being put into place will take the 91.9 frequency and rebroadcast it onto a different frequency, 102.1, which will allow the JSU radio station to reach into other communities such as Anniston and Oxford.
Read more from the Anniston Star.

Indiana doctoral student hosts radio show named ‘Native Spirit’

Once a week, Two Bears provides her listeners contemporary and traditional Native American music with a show called “Native Music,” which airs from 10 a.m. to noon the first and last Sunday of the month on 91.3 and 98.1.

“I have always loved Native American music and Native American musicians,” Two Bears said.

Read more from the Indiana Daily Student.

KWDC organizers leaving for new venture; station offline until fall semester

Organizers of San Joaquin Delta College’s fledgling radio station are taking their voices elsewhere after college officials decided that KWDC must shut down for the summer.

Their permanent departure is also the apparent result of a disagreement over whether the station should serve primarily the campus or the surrounding community.

Read more from

Spinning Indie visits 100th college station: WPRB
Are you ready? Drum roll… It’s time for my 100th radio station field trip post. Eight years after my first radio station field trip, I’ve traveled to various pockets of the United States (covering 14 states, plus District of Columbia) and Ireland in order to feast my eyes on a wide range of radio stations, including high school, college, commercial, religious, pirate, community, low power FM, and even a pop-up radio station. For my 100th report, I ventured to Princeton University’s college radio station WPRB-FM.
Read more from Radio Survivor.
CBI convention hotel reservations, session proposals and registration open

Reservations are now open at the Philadelphia Sonesta Hotel for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 20-22. Submissions are being accepted for session proposals as well. For more information, visit the CBI Philadelphia convention site.

By | May 31st, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


CBI convention session proposals, registration open

Also, submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Radio heads: Self-expression is part of the show at detail-oriented WHRB

“It’s an act of self-expression. I get to choose what I play on the air, and have an audience of dedicated listeners — most who say nice things, some who yell at us,” said Eli Lee, a junior from Dunster House who serves as co-director of the station’s Record Hospital.

Read more from the Harvard Gazette.

Spinning Indie’s 99th college radio field trip: WHCS

The 1971 letter called for not only an FM radio station that could cover New York City (a 50,000 watt station time-shared with WNYE-FM), but also for a college radio network. The college radio network was described as “consisting of the college radio stations (campus-limited radio clubs) at their respective campuses within the City University, and/or their communication department’s studio facilities, with the capacity of originating live programming for the FM station.”

Read more from Spinning Indie.

WIDR’s Gianna Capadona retakes radio

“We’re really unique in where we have a combination of student DJs and community member DJs,” Capadona said. “You get people who have been here twenty years and have seen WIDR go through many different stages. It’s always changing, so it’s really cool to be able to get different perspectives on things.”

Read more from the Western Herald.

CBI Secretary-elect Paul Crutcher debuts audiophile column in Greenwood Index-Journal

Crutcher, who is the broadcast specialist and XLR Radio general manager at Lander University, will do his part to bridge the gap between two sets of audiophiles (and some who might lie somewhere in between) — the digital MP3 gang and the vinyl faithful. His column, titled “Off the Record,” debuts in Sunday’s Accent section and will be published every two weeks — or more frequently, depending on his ability to crank out a column while pursuing a master’s degree while running the radio station and organizing Lander University’s Film Festival and… well, you get the idea.

Read more from the Index-Journal, and the first column here.

Plus, Spinning Indie gets ready for the 100th college radio field trip, lists the 10 best things a kid noticed on the trips and the 47th podcast episode.

By | May 24th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


CBI convention session proposals, registration open

Also, submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Convention registration is also open.

UCLA professor reminisces the start of admiration for punk music

Rosenak was in San Francisco when he first heard punk music on his radio. Radio host Rodney Bingenheimer played the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK” on his show “Rodney On The Roq.” Rosenak bought his first punk records in a small San Francisco record store during the summer of 1977.

When he returned to the University of Redlands in the fall, he played The Jam’s single, “In the City” for Reinhard, his high school best friend. Reinhard thought the song was raw and full of emotion, so different from the pop or rock that played on the radio.

“We were both so excited,” Reinhard said. “It was like the best stuff we’ve ever heard.”

Read more from The Daily Bruin.

GAB Radio Talent Institute returns to UGA

Bob Houghton, President of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, commented, “We need this for radio, we need it for broadcasting…I knew we needed it, but even then didn’t realize how special it is until going through the experience of the Institute. Broadcasters from all over the state come and give their time and expertise. These students will be the leaders in our business 10, 20, 30 years from now; we have a great deal of pride in what we are accomplishing.”

To find out more about regional Radio Talent Institutes, visit their website.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column.

By | May 17th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


CBI production awards deadline Friday, May 13

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

Also, submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

At Hofstra, on WRHU, They’re Live With the Islanders

King has become a mentor as well as a play-by-play man, and he now says of working with students: “It’s one of the best parts of my job. I never saw that coming, because most professionals don’t have to do that.”

Read more from the New York Times.

Akron’s 91.3 The Summit continues to make radio waves with launch of ‘The 330’

After more than 20 years as one of the area’s top public radio stations, Akron Public Schools WAPS (91.3-FM) “The Summit” officially expanded its terrestrial signal April 22 to reach new broadcasting frontiers.

Read more from The Suburbanite.

Hastings College station goes off air

“I was shocked to say the least; it definitely came as a surprise to me. I mean, I remember my first radio show here was “Of Monsters and Men” and I talked about horror ideas, and that was such a cool thing to do as a freshman. I’m going to miss that, but at the same time I’m excited to see what’s coming,” said Briton Rodenborg, station manager.

Read more from

WRAS DJ Nadia Deljou hits the airwaves for a farewell 24-hour set

For the past two years Deljou has pumped out late night tunes with the electro-centered late night show Beatscape Lounge. As tradition dictates for a graduating WRAScal, Deljou is joining the scores of others who have hosted graduation sets, which average about six hours. But Deljou, who has spent days and nights dedicated to scouring new sounds and listening to new albums, says “there’s no way in hell I can fit everything into that time.”

Read more from Creative Loafing Atlanta.


Plus, Radio Survivor visits WBCR Brooklyn, their latest podcast, LPFM watch, College Radio Watch and College Radio News columns.


By | May 10th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: How to handle station swag


Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

College radio stations, as well as some college television stations, are known for their swag. From artistic T-shirts to coffee mugs to DIY zines and dubbed cassette mixtapes, stations have a lot to offer their audience merchandise-wise. If done correctly, merch can also be a big revenue generator. If done incorrectly, it can be a major headache for all involved. Here are some tips to start or augment a merch department, along with a guide for how to run a merch table at an event.

Decide what to offer

T-shirts are an easy first choice. They can be relatively cheap to produce and have a high markup value. The standard logo on a white or colored shirt will work, but don’t be afraid to mix it up. If you don’t have graphic designers or artists on staff, consider holding a contest for design submissions. Fans will be jazzed to see their work represented and you can offer free T-shirts as compensation. Be sure to have the creator sign a release form for the work.


Remember not everything has to be a Hanes Beefy Tee! If your audience is more into American Apparel then go with a higher quality brand. Yes, it will cost more but you can also charge a higher price for it. Long sleeved shirts, hoodies and tank tops might also have appeal.

When you are ready to expand beyond T-shirts, there are countless options to consider: hats, earplugs, sunglasses, insulated lunch bags, water bottles, you name it. Because it would not be a board blog without a shameless plug, come to CBI’s National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 20-22 in Philadelphia (registration is now open!) and check out our moderately famous “Swag Swap” and social where radio, video and multimedia operations from across the country display their best stuff.

Buy a cash box and a receipt book


If you are going to sell station merchandise, you need to keep track of that cash! Buy a cash box and, if possible, keep it stocked with 50, $1 bills. There is nothing worse than having to turn paying customers away because they only have a $20 and you don’t have any change. The cash should not be used for anything else and every time you make a deposit, leave the $50 in the box. You will also need a receipt book. This is primarily for your internal recordkeeping, but sometimes a customer will request a receipt so it helps to have a book with carbonless copies. I personally recommend the Adams brand SC1182 money/rent receipt book. Teach everyone working the merch table how much detail you need on each receipt.

Make a price list

Stickers, buttons, key chains, pens and other swag bought in bulk are typically giveaway items. A good rule is if something cost you more than $2, you should probably sell it to recoup some of the costs. Once you decide what items you are selling and for how much, WRITE IT DOWN! A number of staff might handle your merch sales and you cannot expect them to remember prices. Printed price lists also help cut down on confusion at concerts or other events where talking can be difficult. If you allow staff to purchase some merchandise at a reduced price, write that down too.

Count everything – twice


If you are selling merch at an event, count exactly how many sellable items you are taking. If you have T-shirts, write down how many you have of each size. At the end of the event, count everything again. If you sold two small T-shirts and three mediums for $10 each, that means you should have an extra $50 in your cash box. Having reliable pre- and post-event numbers will save you a great deal of frustration if your merch workers skipped any receipts or didn’t write the size of the T-shirt sold. This will also help you keep accurate count of exactly how much you sold to report as taxable income to your University accounting office.

By | May 4th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


UIC Radio: Making Waves

“What makes UIC Radio unique from a lot of other college radio stations is that they use diversity to really emphasize what their mission is and how they’re different from everybody else,” said Rhonda Laylo, the station’s general manager and advisor. “But that uniqueness also makes them stronger.”

Read more from

Campus View: Summertime Blues

When I was a student staff member at WNUR(FM) at Northwestern University in Chicago, I never gave any thought to what they did over the summer. I went home and, in those pre-internet days, I couldn’t listen or do a show remotely even if I wanted to. The station just magically seemed to reappear when I returned to campus in September.

Of course, it’s not that simple.

Read more from RadioWorld.

 College board approves budget, changes funding model for KSJE

The college radio station KSJE will remain open but will change its business model to a listener-supported style under which the staff will need to raise about $150,000 annually to operate. A change to college policy allows the radio station to hold on-air fundraising drives to solicit donations, KSJE General Manager Scott Michlin said.

“We’re hoping that the community will support what we do and support us financially,” Michlin said.

Read more from the Farmington Daily Times.

Plus, the latest Radio Survivor podcast.

The latest from CBI

Registration is open for the 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 in Philadelphia.

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

Submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Nominations are being accepted for the Joel Willer Award, presented in recognition for exceptional dedication and service to student electronic media. For more information, visit the Willer award page.


By | May 3rd, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


College radio stations pay tribute to Prince

I was as shocked as everyone else yesterday when I glanced up at a TV screen at my local diner and saw the breaking news that Prince has died. I voiced my disbelief and soon there was a chorus of commentary from my fellow restaurant patrons. Wasn’t Prince just in town performing? Was he really only 57 years old?

Read more from Radio Survivor.

KJHK celebrates 40 years with events, documentary

Join us and take a look at how your sound alternative has changed in the 40 years since its humble beginnings in 1975. From the humble beginnings in The Shack to its fresh location in the Union, KJHK has played an important role in many different lives.

See the documentary here.

WFRD to host weekend anniversary celebration

On Saturday, April 30, Dartmouth University will host a series of free public talks in celebration of both the 75th anniversary of regular student broadcasting on campus and the 40th anniversary of the launch of WFRD. The panel discussions will feature numerous industry professionals, many of whom are alumni of the station.

More information and a complete schedule may be found at at

KFJC’s 36th Month of Mayhem to feature more than 40 specials and Battle of the Surf Bands #7

Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89. 7 FM is launching its 36th annual “Month of Mayhem” on May 1, 2016. This annual KFJC tradition features a month of special programming produced by KFJC DJs on a variety of topics. This year’s schedule includes at least 40 specials so far, with more being added every day up until the end of May. In 2015, there were 60 Mayhem specials, with at least one special a day throughout the month of May.

For more information, visit KFJC’s Mayhem Calendar.

KSYM’s to celebrate 50th anniversary with bands, more
KSYM is planning a party for Saturday April 30 at a beautifully restored downtown theatre, the Charlene McCombs Empire Theatre, part of the Majestic Theater complex in San Antonio.
 Visit the station event Facebook page for more information.
WTBU makes plans to rebuild
“The response has been unbelievable,” says Donohue (COM’88), a COM associate professor of journalism. “We have had calls from alums offering to paint, clean, do anything they can to help rebuild. One guy made a $1,600 donation, and then apologized, saying it was too small, but he had been out of work for 10 months. It’s been very gratifying.”
Read more from BU Today.
WUML: Making Waves

It is no secret that UMass Lowell  is teeming with clubs and organizations that appeal to almost any interest students may have. WUML, UML’s radio station, is such an organization. However, despite the dedication and commitment of staff and interns, not everyone on campus is aware that UML has a radio station.

Read more from The Connector.

Deans of Radio: Student Broadcasters at WFNM

“I’m not the Dean of Radio,” jokes Dan Lewis, faculty advisor to the WFNM radio show, “that job belongs to the students.”

Even well before arriving at Franklin & Marshall College in 1984, Lewis has been an avid follower of the College’s student-run radio network, one that has remained exclusively under the administration of students, which is seldom found at other college radio stations.

Read more from Franklin & Marshall College.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s Podcast and LPFM Watch column.

Ballots are due tonight at midnight for CBI Elections. See candidate statements here.

And, entries are open for the CBI Student Production Awards, nominations for the Joel Willer Award and submissions for session proposals are being accepted for the 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 20-22 in Philadelphia.




By | April 26th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Planning the NSEMC – How you can help shape it


At most schools, this is a very busy time of year. The same is true for CBI. CBI is now accepting entries for the National Student Production Awards and entry is free with your membership. Non-members pay $65 per entry category. If you are not already a member, you can join now for only $125 per year. In addition to free entries in the awards, you receive discounts on services from Broadcasters General Store and Communication Technologies, networking opportunities, answers to your questions through phone interactions with board members, and discounted convention registration.

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Speaking of the convention, CBI is busy planning for the 2016 National Student Media Electronic Media Convention which will be in Philadelphia this year, October 20-22 at the Sonesta Hotel. CBI is also taking session proposals. Sessions are all member generated.

How can you contribute? Do you do something well? Perhaps a fundraiser, remote broadcasts, interviews, or teach leadership? Share your success, but be sure to try to find another outlet to do the presentation with you. Why? When you bring more points of view to the presentation, the presentation is almost always more interesting for those in attendance and often you learn in the process as well.

Do you have former students working in the market? Would they be willing to speak for 50 minutes to current students about what it takes to get a job or how to succeed in media? What about professional contacts in the market?

Students often comment about how much value they thought they received from roundtable sessions as most are led by peers. Roundtables have included News Radio and Podcasting, Coverage of DII and DII Sports, Concert Planning, Covering News in a Small Town, Team Building at Small Radio Stations, Promotion and Community Service, Radio Station Managers, Sports for Radio, The Benefits of Converging College Media Outlets, Radio Production, Program Directors, Sports Directors Roundtable, Music Directors Roundtable, Radio News Roundtable, Low-Power FM Roundtable, Promoting the TV Station Roundtable, TV Sports Directors and Managers from D-II and D-III Schools Roundtable, Town/Gown Radio and TV News Director Roundtable, TV/Video Advisers Roundtable, Promotions Roundtable and many more. They happen because you make them happen. CBI needs you to propose your idea. It could be one of the above or a new one.

Roundtables do not need to be moderated by experts on the topic. The job of the moderator is to get the conversation started and to keep the conversation on topic and prevent someone from monopolizing the roundtable.

It takes a lot of work to bring all of these sessions (over 100), to the convention and we do it every year with your help. We also receive more session proposals that we accept, so make sure your session proposal is compelling and will want to make people attend your session. In your session proposal be sure to tell the attendees what they will learn (takeaways).

Session proposals can come from students, advisers, faculty/staff, media professionals, etc. Remember your session proposal should include more than one school and be diverse in other ways as well if possible. Since most sessions are 50 minutes long, this can be difficult, because CBI limits most session to three people, but do your best to be inclusive. CBI does accept proposals for double sessions (one hour and 50 minutes) where it may make sense to have more than three speakers.

CBI wants to make this the best convention yet and maintain our extremely high session approval rating and you can make that happen, have something to add to your resume, and gain additional experience with public speaking.





By | April 20th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Brenau recognizes founder of campus radio station

“She has left indelible marks on the Brenau landscape,” said President Ed Schrader. “Those marks continue today as we celebrate the twin 40th anniversaries of our flagship radio station 89.1 WBCX and what is today our Mass Communications Department, neither of which would exist without entrepreneurial spirit, high standards of excellence and dogged determination of Clara Martin.”

Read more from Access

KSSU celebrates 25 years as Sac State’s scrappy student-run radio station

Garcia, the station’s manager, is one of 37 student DJs at KSSU, the radio station that has, despite numerous struggles to stay afloat, managed to stick around for 25 years—an accomplishment the station is celebrating April 15 with an event that’s been billed as an “alumni takeover.”

Read more from the News Review.

Vinyl revival hits the airwaves

“We’re going to play some really bad records,” Fuller said.

Michael Jackson bad, of course. To Fuller, Michael Jackson and vinyls go hand-in-hand. Fuller recalls receiving a free Michael Jackson record at the mall. When he got home, his father let him use the record player for the first time. It was a bonding moment he said he’d never forget.

Read more from The Shorthorn.

College Radio Unites at KZSC-Hosted Spring 2016 UCRN Conference

A highlight of visiting KZSC is its amazing location in the woods on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. Housed in its own cabin-like building, KZSC is an inviting college radio station (see my 2009 tour here). Surrounded by shelves full of vinyl records and CDs, the large lobby area has a living room feel with couches and KZSC pillows. An eye-catching quilt on the wall was stitched out of an array of KZSC T-shirts and swag (including a 2013 UCRN tote bag) and the familiar Leo Blais sign is perched in one corner near a KZSC guitar. Stickers, posters, and handmade signs cover every remaining bit of wall space.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch and Podcast Episode #42.

And CBI updates

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

Submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Nominations are being accepted for the Joel Willer Award, presented in recognition for exceptional dedication and service to student electronic media. For more information, visit the Willer award page.



By | April 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments