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Board Blog: Radio is Multimedia Now

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“Seven years of college down the drain!” – despite the great quote from Animal House, thankfully I have learned something in college (and it only took four years).

But as my role runs the calendar year, it is time to wrap up my career in college radio, and graduate in the spring. What will I do without radio? Who knows. But after working at WSUM and WLTL for a total of eight years, I’ve learned some key skills in radio that have helped me become a better person.

The biggest thing that I found that was key to a successful radio station was learning that radio is more than just learning about what new album came out – radio is becoming more and more a multimedia outlet.

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

At WSUM, the majority of shows are music shows, with different genres and many artists that I’ve never heard of. It is great to hear different perspectives on various genres. As a result, the majority of people on WSUM’s executive staff have music shows and know a lot about music. But radio cannot stop there! Nowadays, a radio station can be expressed online through social media, through video, and through non-music audio.

If you are a radio station that does not fully incorporate social media, now is the time. Have constant updates about events on Facebook, tweet and retweet DJs, and take pictures to put on Instagram and Snapchat. It might even require having a select few on the team to take one platform, or have a social media director.

Video is huge today, especially since everyone can do it with a phone. WSUM has bands to play live on the air, but also video tapes them to be put up on our website. Sit down with a DJ and do a face-to-face interview with them on what they play and why they like radio! Taking advantage of popular trends going on can make good videos. When the Harlem Shake and Mannequin Challenge were popular, it was the perfect time to make a video. These are just some ideas on how to incorporate videos into an audio platform.

It is also important to recognize other platforms of on-air material, like talk shows, sports, news, etc. Some of the best broadcasts WSUM has done is call Wisconsin’s basketball team during March Madness, or be able to do a live broadcast the night of the presidential election. Sure, not everybody likes sports for example, but it does not mean that the top members at the radio station should avoid communicating with those that do.

Podcasting has become increasingly popular. I started a podcast with a friend that works at a different college radio station (shout out to KJHK at Kansas) that is up for an award in Wisconsin. The best part about podcasts is that they can be about anything – favorite artists, new music, or even live shows coming up. The biggest thing with podcasts is sitting down and taking the time to actually doing it – commitment is a key skill to have.

As silly as it sounds, college radio is not a music station, but a radio station – a multimedia outlet. These are some of the ways to make the radio station more than just a group of people who like listening to music. I love music, but I also love sports and video, and was able to bring all of it to a radio station. Coming in with this perspective everyday opens your horizons on how to make the station better in more ways than one. This attitude made my experience in radio the best thing I could have possibly done in high school and college.

 

By | December 28th, 2016|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Radio is Multimedia Now

Board Blog: Our new Secretary goes live

Hello, everyone.

Paul Crutcher, CBI Secretary

My name is Paul Crutcher and I am the Broadcast and Emerging Media Specialist at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. I teach two radio production courses here and serve as General Manager for XLR – Lander University Radio. It is a great honor to be elected as interim secretary for the CBI board. I look forward to working with the existing leadership as we continue to champion the cause for college broadcasters.

“Going live” on social media has become a trendy thing to do over the past few months. Luckily, college broadcasters have a head start on the trend.  Maybe you went live the first time you were alone in the radio studio. Your training was over, all of your friends left, and it was just you, a microphone and your audience. Perhaps you went live the first time you were at the anchor desk, IFB in your ear, trying to get in rhythm with the teleprompter operator, reading the opening and first few stories. Maybe you went live directing a newscast or when you conducted an audio interview with a community leader for the first time.

I feel very passionate about protecting college media as a safe place for students to go live expressing creative freedom and developing career-building skills. It is beyond novelty, in my book.  It’s been a great pleasure to see students put in the hard work – those who are dedicated – and see them connect with faculty and staff members, their peers and their listeners or viewers advancing on in the field or other respective careers.

I look forward to working with each of you over the next year.

 

By | December 21st, 2016|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Our new Secretary goes live

Student Media in the News

WSOU collects over 600 pounds of food for local foodbank

As part of its commitment to community service, student-run WSOU 89.5 FM at Seton Hall University once again participated in the “Students Change Hunger” program, collecting 640 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  The haul was 300 pounds more than was collected by the station last year and is the largest amount of food the WSOU has gathered since it began its annual food drive.

Read more from WSOU.

At the studios of Dog River Radio, WNUB-FM, the programs are colorful and eclectic

“Listeners of WNUB only hear what goes into producing our own live shows,” said Colin Tarpey, 23, a political science major from Cohasset, Mass. “Unlike big time stations, we are fully responsible for managing every aspect of our shows, which can be a challenge.”

Read more from The Guidon.

On the Bright Side: SUNY Oneonta gives TV studio to OHS

A.J. Hecox, an OHS teacher who runs the broadcast communications class, said the equipment from SUNY Oneonta will be set up in his classroom, which has been converted into a studio. There are 16 students in the class, he said.

“This is a very, very exciting prospect,” Hecox said Thursday. “It’s exciting. I don’t think we’ve had anything like this here before. We live in a culture of consumption and we constantly talk about in class how we’re all consuming all the time. Those who get paid for this are those who are producing. And this equipment will help teach them the basics of that. If they’re capable of the basics, I think there’s a place for them in that industry.”

Read more from The Daily Star.

 

Plus, Five funky last-minute gifts for radio fanatics from Radio Survivor!

By | December 20th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News

Mourning those Lost in Oakland, including College Radio Participants from KALX

I’m imaging that in the weeks to come, we’ll learn of more radio folks and I would love to hear their stories. My heart aches for the friends and families of everyone lost in the fire. If you’d like to lend support to those affected by the fire, some options are listed here. Numerous vigils and benefits have been taking place since the fire, including some upcoming events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Happy birthday, WPRK

This student-powered beacon is a cultural and community treasure as an expressive outlet for the area’s youth and the only radio voice for truly interesting music. That this constellation of portholes into alternative, obscure and sometimes even freaky sounds and perspectives exists amid a sea of corporate banality in terrestrial radio is laudable. That it exists here in our community is manna.

Read more from Orlando Weekly.

Simmons College Radio hosts pledge-a-thon in memory of beloved professor

“When the radio station team tried to find a way to honor Len, we kept coming back to his love of radio and education. When Julia [Taliesin] mentioned that the books for the Congo hadn’t been sent yet, radio jumped at the opportunity to help out and combine it with what we do best: broadcast,” said Danielle Annecston, the current station general manager.

Read more from The Simmons Voice.

The Revival of Griffin Radio 2016

Griffin Radio was a core council club that diminished over time. With its leading seniors graduating and the 55th Street station now being used as storage there really wasn’t any room for this club to be revived. Freshmen Marchael Giles and Emilee Wermenchuk saw the opportunity to reinstate the club and give it a new spin that would better suit the Marymount Manhattan College community.

Read more from The Monitor.

UNLV’s KUNV/Las Vegas To Remain Student-Run Independent

The school had struck a deal last year to hand over operation of the station, part of the UNLV school of journalism, to NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO, with the annual KUNV subsidy used for other educational purposes; with that deal falling through, the station will remain independent and run by a mostly student staff, and the school is hiring a new underwriting director and may expand its internship program and develop two more radio-focused classes.
Read more from All Access.

By | December 13th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: Hello, bonjour, and aloha

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Greetings from the new president of CBI.

johnmAs the new president of CBI, please allow me to introduce myself. I’m an instructor of Radio and TV at the University of Southern Indiana and the Faculty Advisor/General Manager of our student radio station, 95.7 Evansville’s Alternative. I’ve been at USI since 1993, but I moved into my current role in 1999. Before that as a professional, I did news, sports and sales at a variety of stations in Indiana, Idaho and Missouri. Radio was an early love of mine. I was one of those people that after visiting a radio station on a sixth grade field trip, I knew what I wanted to do professionally. There’s no doubt that I know how blessed I have been to not only work in radio, but now teach in that same field.

As my term as CBI president begins I enter this opportunity excited, but also with the knowledge that I am becoming part of a team that has done incredible work. It was just a handful of years ago that the future of this great organization was in doubt when the split with CMA/ACP happened. Not only did CBI survive, but in my opinion, it is now a stronger organization and is serving its members better than ever before.

As president, it is my goal to help build on the work that the CBI board has done. But, at the same time, I do have some ideas of how we can continue to move forward. As past-president Greg Weston said at the convention in Philadelphia, we must find a way to get more CBI members to take active roles in the organization. A great example of some already stepping up and doing this is Steven Hames who coordinates our awards competition, Election Commissioner Ed Arke, and Stephen Merrill, our convention cybercast coordinator. It those members that take active roles alongside the board that make the CBI great. Now we need to find more opportunities for those members that want to take on new challenges serving the next generation of electronic media professionals.

A final goal is one that is already a strong driving force of the CBI board, and that is to keep the National Student Electronic Media Conventions exciting, packed with great educational sessions and affordable. It’s that last part, affordability, that will continue to be our challenge as we balance that with great conference locations that are appealing to our members.

By | December 7th, 2016|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Hello, bonjour, and aloha

Student Media in the News

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WIUX prepares to move again

Before the WIUX town hall meeting began Tuesday night in the Global and International Studies Building auditorium, board members sang and joked. They talked about 2014, the last time the station had to relocate.

As station members filed in, the volume rose. The upcoming move, into an exclusive Media School space, will be different.

Read more from the Indiana Daily Student.

Student radio extends its reach with new transmitter

If you’ve flipped through the local radio stations in the past few months, you might have noticed that WORW 91.9 FM is sounding more clear these days.

The student-run radio station, based in Port Huron Northern High School, has a new transmitter, funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, to thank for the improvements in sound quality. The station is better known as the Wave.

Read more from The Times Herald.

Marathon event helps to replenish school’s food bank

“People enjoy giving back, especially this time of year people are more in the giving spirit,” Vanderlip said.

Vanderlip said the school’s 24-broadcast takes a great deal of preparation to organize. Students planned to schedule interesting segments and broadcasters every hour.

“People are usually pretty excited because we play Niagara’s new music, so these 24 hours we usually play whatever we want,” Vanderlip said.

Read more from the Welland Tribune.

Plus Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column.

By | December 6th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: Goodbye, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu

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Yesterday was my final day as CBI President. After more than five years in office, I’m passing the scepter to the capable hands of John Morris of the University of Southern Indiana. While it’s hard to let go (and, technically, I could have run for re-election), I believe that new leadership is essential to the growth of any organization.

Greg Weston, CBI Immediate Past President

Greg Weston, CBI Immediate Past President

As I look back on my time in office, I am pleased to see that CBI is in much better shape in 2016 than it was in 2011.

Among our recent successes:

  • The creation of the National Student Electronic Media Convention in 2012 has allowed us to serve our members better than ever before, expanded CBI’s visibility in the professional media world and helped us remain on firm financial footing.
  • Our lobbying efforts in areas such as webcasting have allowed our members to affordably take advantage of new ways to reach their audience while ensuring that musicians and songwriters are fairly compensated for their work.
  • Our email (yes, email) listservs remain vibrant and vital, putting the expertise and experience of our membership just a keystroke away from those who need help.
  • Soon-to-be-revealed new initiatives, in collaboration with other student media organizations, will ensure that we can continue to meet our members’ needs in an era of eroding boundaries between print, audio and video media.

What makes these achievements so important is that they are not “mine.” They are the result of the hard work and dedication of many people who share my passion for the success of student electronic media. That means that they can be sustained and built upon, regardless of who holds the title of president.

CBI will continue to grow and I’m excited to be along for the ride.

By | December 1st, 2016|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Goodbye, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu

Student Media in the News

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Caz Joins Effort to Ignite the Soul of College Radio

Cazenovia College teamed up with Colgate University, Hamilton College, and Utica College at Colgate’s campus for an hour-long simulcast. The simulcast was meant to expand each station’s geographic boundaries in hopes of increasing repeat listenership.

Read more from The Quad.

Campus View: How to Plan a News Takeover for a Music Station

WSOU is a primarily a music station, with sports second and news third. I’ll admit that because I knew that what I was taking on was an unprecedented task for WSOU. As a college station reporting on the election, it could be argued that it was unwise to attempt when mainstream media outlets hold the advantage. It was intimidating.

Read more from Radio World.

By | December 1st, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News

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Two SXU Students Visit the White House to Celebrate College Radio Day

Two Saint Xavier University (SXU) students, Sean Anderson and Mia Guevara, experienced an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the White House last week due to College Radio Day. This special day is an annual event sponsored by the College Radio Foundation to unite college radio stations around the country, while celebrating its important contributions to music, journalism and the radio industry.

Read more from Lawndale News.

KFHS Radio Celebrates College Radio Day

On November 4th, students that are part of FHSU’s campus radio station, KFHS, celebrated National College Radio Day. Students that were in bands or simply solo acts on campus, were asked to perform in Cody Commons to showcase their musical talents.

Read more from Tiger Media Network.

Like father, like son — Doyle’s son wants to follow in his footsteps

I don’t know how many parents have gone through this: One of your children expresses a desire to follow in your footsteps in their career. It is flattering and disconcerting at the same. Flattering in that they think highly enough of you to want to emulate you, but disconcerting in that you know the many pitfalls they will face.

My oldest son is a junior at Montclair State University where he is majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Broadcast Communications. He started working at the campus radio station (WMSC) the first semester of his freshman year and has stayed there ever since.

Read more from New Jersey 101.5.

Sylvan Esso premieres new single on WKNC

Durham electronic-pop duo Sylvan Esso stopped by the WKNC studio Nov. 17 for a guest DJ set that culminated with the premiere of their new single.

“Kick Jump Twist” was released Nov. 18 as the B-side to the single “Radio” on a new 12-inch LP from Loma Vista Recordings.

“Sylvan Esso is a great local band with national influence, so we were excited they wanted to premiere their new song on WKNC,” Emily Ehling, WKNC’s general manager, said. “We were happy to accommodate them and hope we can continue doing things like this in the future that bring a national spotlight to North Carolina music.”

Read more from NCSU Student Media.

Plus: Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column.

By | November 22nd, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News