Submit comments by Nov. 26 to support webcasting rates

The statutory license for “Non-commercial Webcasters” (like you, quite likely) is due to expire at the end of 2015. CBI has negotiated a settlement with SoundExchange that would largely keep the same rates and terms of the statutory license in place for the next five years after that (from 2016 through 2020).

For this to happen though the Copyright Royalty Board needs to approve the settlement, but in order for them to do that, the Copyright Royalty Judges need to hear from you. They need to know you think the rates and terms in the settlement – essentially the same as the rates and terms you have been used to for the past few years – are reasonable.

Without that feedback there is no guarantee that the rates and terms for the next five years will be as good. (In fact, without that feedback there’s a real possibility they will not be.)

Letting the judges know that they should adopt the settlement is simple. First, read it at Then, send an email to on behalf of your station stating that you support the settlement as being a reasonable.  Send it on or before November 26, 2014.

By |November 17th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Managing Your Friends


If you were there, you know that this year’s National Student Electronic Media Convention was AWESOME. If you couldn’t make it to Seattle, start planning now to be in Minneapolis next year for NSEMC 2015. It will be well worth the trip!


Mark Maben, CBI Development Director.

For the past several conventions, I have presented a session entitled, I’m In Charge, Now What?!? Developed in partnership with John Onderdonk at KSYM at San Antonio College, we focus on management techniques and tips than can help students, and advisers, run their media outlets more effectively. More recently, we added a student manager to the session’s leadership, an essential perspective.

This year, we were asked a question we hadn’t been asked before, which is terrific. After offering some tips about how to manage your friends, someone asked, “How do you manage someone who doesn’t like you and who you’ve had problems with before?”

It is a great question and a situation many student managers will encounter during their leadership tenures.

Fortunately, the best approach to managing a former peer, whether friend or foe, is essentially the same: set clear expectations for behavior; establish goals and deadlines; hold yourself accountable as well as others; cultivate trust with those you supervise; focus on solving problems rather than assigning blame; and avoid personal attacks.

When you keep the relationship professional and civil, it is much easier to manage a friend, former friend, or even a non-friend. (For more management ideas and tips, check out some of the PowerPoints from NSEMC 2014 at visit

Encountering and addressing the challenges of real-life management make student-run media so valuable for today’s students. Running a department or station and managing others provide student leaders with a hands-on learning experience that is just as practical as editing video for a newscast or DJing a music shift. It’s the type of leadership experience you cannot get from an internship or in the classroom. This experience is how students learn how to lead, to understand their roles as leaders, and to discover that being a leader means that sometimes you won’t be liked and that’s OK.

This is one reason CBI invests so much in making sure our conventions offer sessions that provide real opportunities to learn and develop new skills. Student managers, and their advisers, shouldn’t have to go it alone. From our listservs to our blog to our annual convention, CBI is here to help our members. And your questions are essential — never hesitate to ask!


By |November 12th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


IU Kokomo on the air, on Internet radio station

Riley, a junior new media major from New Palestine, is just one of the student DJs on the internet-based Radio Free Kokomo, a student organization that broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at

Read more from the IUK newsroom blog.


The Uncertain Fate of College Radio

Indeed, college radio sales and deals have happened at a variety of different schools throughout the US. The schools have ranged from small community colleges, such as Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania, to large institutions like Georgia State, with an undergraduate enrollment of around 25,000 students. Both public and private universities have sold their stations in similar manners. Stations have varied from the eclectic, freeform radio of KTRU and Colby-Sawyer’s WSCS to the tight, professional style of WRAS.

Read more from Pop Matters.


‘No Local Radio History Is Too Small’

The Radio Preservation Task Force calls itself the first national radio history project of the Library of Congress; it grew out of the Library’s ambitious National Recording Preservation Plan. I wrote earlier about the radio-related aims of the overall plan; see
Read more from Radio World.

Jacksonville’s Jones College Radio vanishes from the airwaves Thursday in wake of sale

Jones College agreed to sell the frequencies to Educational Media Foundation for about $3.38 million, a move approved by the Federal Communications Commission with the actual financial transaction expected to be completed in November.

Read more from the Florida Times-Union.

By |November 11th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


DJ Brosky delivers The Everything Bagel

Inside the quiet broadcast booths of campus radio station KWVA, University of Oregon senior Bryan Kalbrosky finds refuge from the EMU construction, which hammers on only a few yards away.

Read more from The Daily Emerald.

MU acquires radio station from Stephens College

MU officials announced Friday that the university will purchase radio station KWWC-FM from Stephens College.

Read more from The Maneater.

WESU honored for 75th anniversary on the air

On Nov. 2, elected city and state officials and university staff joined a large crowd of WESU volunteers and staff in Wesleyan’s Daniel Family Commons for an event commemorating the community radio station’s landmark 75th anniversary. State Representatives Matt Lesser and Joe Serra presented the WESU Board of Directors with a citation, and Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew was joined by Councilmen Grady Faulkner and David Bauer to present the station with a Proclamation from the City of Middletown.

Read more from Wesleyan College.

By |November 4th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Six Quick Social Media Tips



Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

At CBI’s third annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle, we talked a lot about social media — from how to get #{Your Radio Station} trending on Twitter to using social media networks to cover breaking news and weather to show prep and social media tips from seasoned professionals. My favorite social media-related part of the convention was when WKNC-FM won CBI’s first National Student Production Award for Best Social Media Presence. In the years I have advised WKNC, I’ve learned a bit about how to navigate this cyber jungle. Here are six quick social media tips to help you start or strengthen your brand across social media.

Tip #1: Social Media is a group effort.

If just one person is in charge of all your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. you are doing it wrong. Or more accurately, you aren’t doing it enough. This was the top takeaway from the convention. You wouldn’t rely on just one person to plan a concert or produce a daily newscast, so why rely on a single promotions director or social media coordinator to promote your media outlet? Christine Geraci of Digital Pivot breaks down the benefits of a social media team very well: It allows for more a collaborative (and error-free) social media strategy, more timely responses because you aren’t waiting for one person to get out of class or back from a vacation, and can create a sense of community among your staff as more people take ownership of your social media brand.

Tip #2: Develop a calendar.

Now that you have your content creators, make sure everyone knows what and when to post. Create a simple spreadsheet or Google Doc with days of the week and  time blocks. Fill in each block with what you want posted and who is responsible. The calendar is not meant to be restrictive, but instead create an outline of social media content. For example, if you debut a new episode of a show every Thursday, plan a Facebook post promoting the show for Wednesday afternoon. If the campus newspaper publishes weekly every Monday, tweet a story link every Monday morning. A calendar allows you to plan what you know you are going to post about each week so you can focus on creating other compelling content throughout the week. Solo Pro PR has some sample templates to help you create one that will work best for you.

Tip #3: Share other people’s content.

You know how awesome you feel when some retweets or reposts your content? That’s a two-way street. Create lists on Twitter that you can mine for content to share. Start with a list of any programs that maintain their own Twitter account, then add lists for campus news and organizations, music news, and anything else that might be of interest to your followers. You can also find lists others have created and subscribe to them.

Tip #4: Cross post, but don’t auto post.

It’s okay to post the same thing on Facebook and Twitter. Okay, let me clarify that. It’s okay to post about the same thing. Twitter has a pesky habit of cutting off posts mid-thought. Check out this tweet encouraging listeners to tune in for an interview with … some guitarist. There will also be a ticket giveaway, but only people who click on the link will ever know. Take the extra few minutes to craft a 144-character message.


Tip #5: Schedule your posts ahead of time.

If you aren’t using a program like HootSuite to schedule and organize your social media, start immediately. I personally find it easier to schedule Facebook posts right through the site, but HootSuite is your Twitter account’s new best friend. Easily monitor who has mentioned your account, create a search for your username, see which of your tweets were retweeted and monitor those lists you made earlier in one easy screen. There is also a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android users.

Tip #6: Don’t take on more platforms than you can handle.

Does your media outlet really need an account on Vine? Do you have to be on Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr? Decide which platforms work best for your medium and stick to three or four. If you decide to abandon ship on that old MySpace page see if you can deactivate the account or make it private rather than delete it outright. That way it’s still there in case you ever want to reestablish it and no one else can snag your account name.

By |November 4th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

WETD 90.7 FM starts streaming online


WETD 90.7 FM officially began streaming its broadcast signal online through its newly renovated website,, on Sept. 27 during the Alfred State Homecoming/Family Weekend celebration.

This means the radio station can now be heard around the world, allowing Alfred State’s prospective students, alumni, and community members 24/7 access to WETD’s broadcast signal online. WETD students and staff worked tirelessly to provide this historic moment and positive comments from Alfred State students and alumni, and community members have been pouring into the radio station as a result.


WETD Technical Adviser Dale Burns and WETD General Manager Logan Merrill, an information technology: web development major from Campbell, NY, were instrumental in this process, continuing the work done over the past 10 years by other Alfred State and WETD alumni and staff.

“I know that our listeners who are alumni have been asking for streaming for quite some time and as someone who has a passion for radio, a passion for what we’re doing here at WETD and at Alfred State, I think streaming is a huge step forward for us,” Merrill said. “It allows people outside of our coverage area to tune in and to stay updated with what’s happening around the campus and the community.”

By |October 30th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

College Media in the News


YCParanormal brings radio to an otherworldly level

Still pursuing the paranormal more than 30 years later, Colonna started YCParanormal, a new 88.1 York College radio station from 9 to 11 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Read more from FlipSidePA.


WESU Radio Celebrates 75th Anniversary Nov. 2

Established in 1939 and currently celebrating its’ 75th anniversary, WESU is one of the oldest non-commercial radio stations in the United States. By day, Monday through Friday, WESU offers a diverse mix of news and public affairs from NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local media sources. Week nights and weekends WESU student and community volunteer broadcasters provide a freeform mix of creative music programming featuring music not readily available elsewhere on the radio.

Read more from Wesleyan.


KWCW agrees to FCC compromise over 8-year paperwork backlog

KWCW signed an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this summer to avoid court proceedings after they discovered an eight-year backlog of unfiled documents near the end of last year. The station will continue to broadcast under a limited license under supervision from the FCC.

Read more from the Whitman Pioneer.


By |October 29th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Seattle Wrap-up


It is my honor and pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of CBI. As the Executive Director, my primary responsibility is annual convention. Since we just wrapped up the convention on Saturday, I wanted to take out a moment to give you a preliminary post-convention report.


Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

The convention exceeded CBI’s expectations in a number of ways.

• Attendance exceed that of last year by roughly 24 percent.

• CBI  increased the number or sessions available to you each hour and as result offered more sessions throughout the conference on great topics. The attendance numbers for not only registration and sessions are also up again this year, which means that we’re doing something right.

CBI expects this trend to continue, but we could not do this without your support.

• CBI partnered with NPR and NPR members to bring back the Next Generation Radio Project which received an overwhelming response from applicants. Results are available at Take a look and listen.  I think you will be impressed with the quality of the productions.

• The CBI National Student Production Awards Ceremony continues to grow as a prestigious competition.  There were close to 900 entries this year.  We congratulate both the finalists and winners in the production awards.  Each of you are winners whether you took home the top prize or not.  The CBI awards are becoming more and more competitive and the fact that your submission was recognized as a finalist or winner should not be left off your resume.

Students should look at the finalists and award winners for examples of how they can improve and enhance their productions.

I will close by asking you to help CBI make the 2015 convention even better. Students, advisers and others are highly encouraged to submit session proposals. CBI will begin to accept proposals around July 1 of next year. Please feel free to bounce off session ideas to me, our VP, Herb Dunmore and also with one another via the List serv. The final cut-off date for session proposals will be September 1.

CBI and I personally thank you for your support, but we also welcome your feedback for improvements. We know that there is room for improvement, so we want to make the conference even better. If you attended the convention, you can help us by completing the post-convention survey at

Until next time, I remain your humble Executive Director who wants to hear from you.

By |October 29th, 2014|About CBI, Board Blogs, Conventions|0 Comments

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