Student Media in the News


CBI National Student Production Awards accepting 2016 entries

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. All entries must be submitted online by Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Entry is free for CBI member stations.

Entry fee for non-members is $65 per entry per category, with payment to be processed online at the time of submission. Non-Members must registered with CBI in order to submit for the awards. Register with CBI by following this link.

Non-members may have the submission fee waived by becoming a CBI Member station. CBI members also receive a discount on registration for the National Student Electronic Media Convention. Non-members wishing to become members will be required to pay for membership online during the last week of the submission window. Become a CBI Member station by following this link.

TENTINDO: Without WTBU, Boston University’s heartbeat gone

A fire in the College of Communication this past Friday sent five people to the hospital for smoke inhalation, caused $500,000 worth of damage and forced WTBU to stop broadcasting. Our radio station’s role on campus is only emphasized in its absence.

As a student-run radio station, WTBU provides a platform for Terriers to showcase their skills and provide entertaining content on air. College radio, as it always has been across campuses, is an opportunity for students to give themselves a voice in a system in which their voice is frequently overlooked.

Read more from The Daily Free Press.

WNYU comes to Peet’s

And, I have to say, I’m no avid frequenter of other campus hotspots, but I guarantee you won’t be listening to us there. There has been a recurring interest, or battle, involving WNYU’s right to broadcast somewhere in NYU. Somewhere where people could reconvene and check more interesting sounds.

Read more from Verge Campus.

WMTS Radio to hold spring benefit, vinyl fair

It’s that time of the semester again — WMTS 88.3, the student-run radio station on campus, is hosting its spring benefit and vinyl fair. The spring benefit is Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Murfreesboro’s own Mayday Brewery. For just five dollars, you can experience all of the craft beer locally made and unique to Mayday while hearing live music.

Read more from MTSU Sidelines.

And, profiles from WRSU from Rutgers University, Coog Radio at the University of Houston, and KDPS in Des Moines.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch, WICB celebrates 75 years of college radio at Ithaca, WMCO celebrates “Radio Week” and the latest from the first Radio Preservation Task Force conference.


By | April 5th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


2016 CBI National Student Production Awards open soon

The Call for Entries is officially posted for the 2016 CBI National Student Production awards and will start accepting entries on Monday, April 4. The Awards provide a great opportunity for students to showcase their work in a nationally recognized competition, with 24 categories in audio, video and multimedia — including promos, news reporting, comedy, entertainment, sports, best DJ, station imaging, website design and more. The entry deadline is Friday, May 13. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

San Antonio station celebrates 50 years

KSYM is celebrating their 50 year anniversary of being on-air in San Antonio, making KSYM the oldest community college radio station in Texas. The pledge drive begins March 28 and runs through April 3 and hopes to raise funds for new equipment and computers.

For more information, visit KSYM or Fox San Antonio.

Montco Radio to hold alumni broadcast

Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) student-operated Internet radio station, Montco Radio, will host its first alumni broadcast April 16 (2016; Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature radio station alumni from the 1980s through today. The live shows are being produced from a studio in the Advanced Technology Center at the college central campus.

Read more from The Limerick Post.

Vice CEO Shane Smith would rather give a ’23-year-old kid straight out of school’ a TV show than someone experienced

In an interview with Marketing Week, Smith said: “We go to the tech colleges and get the best shooters and the best cutters. There could be a 23-year-old kid straight out of school and [we say to them] ‘okay, now you’re running a TV show’.”

Read more from Business Insider.

Thefts from RTVF span decade

The 15 newly discovered items were connected to the account at the pawn shop of Gerald “Larry” Quick, said Campus Police Lt. Louis Zizzo. A long-time City College employee, Quick, 62, was arrested last month and charged with the theft of four video cameras, two of which were found at the shop.

Read more from the San Diego City Times.


Plus, Radio Survivor’s LPFM Watch, College Radio Watch and new podcast episode. And, CBI’s Radio World Campus View column.


By | March 29th, 2016|About CBI, Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Guest Blog: How Promoting Sustainability Can Help Your Station

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Sonia Best-Koetting

Sonia Best-Koetting, Founder, radioBANG

Does your listening audience have an interest in sustainability? 
Does your station have a mission to serve community? 
Could it use an easy path to underwriting funds?

If even one answer is Yes … radioBANG can be of service.

Our team brings professionally produced, solutions-based news briefs about sustainability to non-commercial radio. It’s free for CBI member stations.

With the help of editorial advisers, we curate many excellent sources for the best news you probably didn’t hear, and we help ecology fans answer “What can we do?” Our headlines cover a wide variety of unsung successes, innovations and better brands.

Listen here on SoundCloud.

Our mission is two-fold: to inspire and to “preach” beyond the choir. To do this, we’ve narrowed the focus beyond policy and hand-wringing, and we’ve tightened the detail to be delivered in about two minutes. This is to make the information fast and easy for folks who wouldn’t make time to read lengthier stories on the environment, but appreciate awareness of what’s happening and where they might fit in.

Our underwriting comes from organizations that are also doing their best to lead in sustainability.

So much inspiring news about progress toward a sustainable planet happens every day, mostly unnoticed or overshadowed by sad news of huge challenges to the environment.

We hope you’ll audition our fun PSAs for your station.  A handful of stations already participate, and we need to grow the momentum to keep this passion project going. Consider episodes of radioBANG as a news report, a transitional piece, or high-quality PSAs to have in rotation.

Our Team

We’re lucky to have excellent producers. Tom Koetting and Chuck Woodford were stars in college radio and have extensive career experience in broadcast media in major markets. They, too, enjoy mission-minded work that helps the planet.

Managing Editor Sonia Koetting studied journalism at Colorado State University and has had a varied career in community newspapers and trade magazines. Along with sustainability, my passion is media reform that brings forward small-but-important voices. Most recently, I was Communications Director for the League of Women Voters of Colorado.

Adviser Bill Roth is author of The Secret Green Sauce and promotes best business practices for a healthy and green global economy. Find him at The year 2017 is when the millennial generation will become America’s most employed demographic group with the largest buying power.

Editorial Adviser Jasmine Lomax is an upcoming Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Construction Management graduate, with dual minors in City & Regional Planning, and Real Property Development. She’s a LEED Green Associate. Jasmine is a top contributor for LinkedIn sustainability groups.

Adviser Chris Kuborn brings the important perspective of a teacher of digital media at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Greenbay. He’s a fellow member of CBI!

To Participate

RadioBANG offers to make good things happen for your station. News directors are welcome to lengthen any episode by inviting faculty or students to discuss any of the ideas presented.

We also welcome news of sustainability initiatives happening on your campus.

Need funds? We welcome use of our sustainability news as a point for local underwriting.

All that’s required is a contact who will respond when we occasionally check to see how it’s going. If a participating station discontinues radioBANG, we ask to be notified. If the assigned contact moves on, we ask the courtesy of a replacement contact. There’s no pressure other than the accountability of someone responsible to know the status of radioBANG at your station.

Please consider if your team can help radioBANG Bring Awareness to a New Generation of Leaders. For inquiries, reach us here.

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By | March 25th, 2016|Guest Blog|0 Comments




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.

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