Radio Survivor launches Podcast


Radio Survivor, an independent news website devoted to all things radio is debuting the premiere episode of the Radio Survivor Podcast on Tuesday, June 16.

The pilot episode of the Radio Survivor Podcast includes news about Santa Cruz, Calif. community radio station KUSP, details about the growth of low power FM (LPFM), a feature on the Free Music Archive, as well as commentary about the importance of college radio and about Pandora’s new radio station in South Dakota. It can be heard here:

By |June 16th, 2015|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

Spotlight: KRHS Media at Ritenour High School


Today’s spotlight is from Ritenour High School’s KRHS Media. To learn more, follow them on Facebook or @KRHSMedia on Twitter.

Want your media spotlighted on the CBI blog? Email Jessica.

By |June 11th, 2015|Spotlight, Station Profile|0 Comments

Board Blog: Mission Accomplished!


The CBI Board of Directors last week held its annual retreat at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, site of the upcoming National Student Electronic Media Convention. The venue and the surrounding neighborhood are tremendous and we are primed to have our best convention ever.

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

But, aside from convention planning, the Board dealt with a number of other organizational issues. To me, the most important was the creation and adoption of a new mission statement. It now reads:

CBI is a member-driven organization serving students and advisers of college and high school electronic media outlets. Through events, programs and a network of expertise, we provide our members with educational and professional development opportunities and facilitate advocacy.

While containing many elements present in our previous mission statement, I believe this is a big improvement and a great statement of what CBI offers to its members and the larger student electronic media community. The Board spent hours on this, and every word is intentional. So when we call ourselves “member-driven,” use terms like “serving,” and enumerate areas of focus such as “professional development” and “advocacy,” rest assured that the Board is not just giving lip service but is truly committed to leading CBI with these principles.

I am confident that, as leadership changes over the years, this mission statement will remain a touchstone that will help guide future Boards.

Briefly, here are a few other outcomes from the retreat:

  • A fully electronic voting process for future elections.
  • A change in the start date of the Student Member’s term to more closely approximate the school year, to be implemented in the next election cycle.
  • Development of future priorities, each delegated to Board members for completion in one, three, or five years.
  • Creation of an organizational master calendar enumerating the responsibilities of all Board members and coordinators.



By |June 10th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student media in the news


Southwestern College Radio Station KSWC increases its power, changes frequency

“Essentially, this upgrade boosts our power by 10 times, allowing us to reach several other communities in the area, and allowing us to reach more listeners,” Castor says. “This upgrade is important for a couple of reasons.It shows incoming and current students in the radio program at Southwestern that they get a chance to use a radio station that could potentially reach thousands of new listeners in south central Kansas.”

Read more from the Winfield Courier.

Tuning Into WBOR, Bowdoin’s Beloved Freeform Radio Station

WBOR 91.1 FM this year was led by a crew of 14 devoted students and one community member (who runs the station during school breaks). Many more students, professors and locals hosted weekly one-hour music and talk shows. Walker Kennedy ’15, the station’s manager, said more than 100 DJs contributed to WBOR’s programming.

Red more from Bowdoin.

Solving the Mystery of the Ubiquitous Radio Station Call Letter Signs: The Leo Blais Interview

“The first signs were made around the time the ‘Slow Drivin’ maxi-single was released in 2008. I started sending them out as a way to thank the stations for playing the records. Also the letters represented the actual artwork that went into each album. People would send me photos they found on the internet with the signs being spotted in the background or on the stations walls. It was really nice to know how happy it made the people who received them.”

Read more from Radio Survivor.

From Holland, with love (from KFJC)

Forget LPs, CDs and MP3s: Foothill College’s KFJC staffers are going straight to the source. Earlier this week, nine radio station employees and volunteers boarded a plane for the Netherlands to conduct their fifth international live remote broadcast.

Read more from Palo Alto online.

Nick Canovas (WUML) Wins IRF’s Best College Radio DJ Competition

Congratulations to Nick Canovas of WUML for winning the International Radio Festival‘s best college radio DJ competition! His show, Time In The Study, which he hosts under the guise of DJ Dad, stood out from the competition and won him this title. His show focuses on “local and worldly underground indie music” interspersed with a healthy dose of self-proclaimed dad jokes.

Read more from CMJ.

By |June 9th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


KFJC to Broadcast Live from Eindhoven Psych Lab

Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM is excited to be traveling to the Netherlands in order to broadcast live from the Eindhoven Psych Lab. The two-day festival, which will take place at Effenaar in Eindhoven (Netherlands), will feature a range of performances by more than 30 modern-day psychedelic bands and artists from all over the world.

Read more from KFJC.

NC State’s WKNC And University of Minnesota’s Radio K Join Forces On Mixtape
WKNC (88.1 FM) and KUOM (RADIO K) have joined forces to release “All Summer No Bummer,” a collaborative mixtape featuring 20 summery songs from the two respective states. Last week the stations premiered two tracks each day selected by the other station and then released the whole set for free download on Bandcamp on May 22.
Read more from All Access.

University of Sioux Falls to Assign College Radio Station License to Local Pawn Shop

The University of Sioux Falls has filed paperwork with the FCC in order to assign the license for its student-run college radio station KCFS 94.5 FM to Badlands Airtime, which is affiliated with Sioux Falls, South Dakota pawn shop, Badlands Pawn. According to the Asset Purchase Agreement, the sale price for the KCFS license is $1.5 million.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

KBVR comes back to the future

Whether it is an interesting dissection of a graduate student’s research or a look into the history of jazz fusion, KBVR is home to over 130 different distinct personalities offering up different playlists, meaning something new every time you tune in. It’s a trip outside the daily algorithm-bubble where nothing outside of anticipated preference is ventured or gained—what radio can be with a little adventure.

Read more from the Corvallis Advocate.

By |June 3rd, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Stay fresh for summer

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”

Those classic Gershwin lyrics have stood the test of time, but they don’t necessarily apply to student media. Because when the fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high, most of our students are somewhere other than at their campus media outlets.

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

For student media, it can be a challenge to continue to produce content throughout the summer. But, if you’re an FCC-licensed radio station, shutting down for the summer can put your station in jeopardy. And, even if you’re not, having compelling year-round programming is essential to maintaining your audience.

In this day and age, there are plenty of technical options that will take care of the bare minimum of keeping your programming running, but anything more than that takes real people.

Here at WPTS-FM, we have a few strategies to keep things fresh over the summer:

  • We open our schedule to community members. During the school year we have a students-only policy. We have a number of community members who return year after year and, this year, the students have focused on better promoting this opportunity around town.
  • We relax the requirements for students. In the fall and spring semesters, we have pretty stringent requirements for DJs regarding attendance, off-air “staff hours,” and the like. The idea of doing a show without having to worry about that stuff is very enticing for some of our DJs. Losing those staff hours does hurt us behind the scenes, particularly with CD reviews, but it’s a trade-off we’re willing to make.
  • We reach out to alumni and former student DJs who are still on campus. Many alumni are eager to relive their glory days but don’t think about a summer show until we give them the idea. We communicate with them mainly through Facebook and word of mouth. The former DJs still on campus often left because they were too busy with classes and couldn’t complete their staff hours. Those students often jump at the chance to do their show in a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • We utilize work-study students. We can’t give our directors stipends during the summer, so we can’t require them to be around. But we can pay an office worker. We hire from our pool of DJs so they are qualified to go on the air if needed. In addition to whatever office work needs to be completed, they also help train the community members that come in for the summer, and keep us in compliance with FCC minimum staffing requirements.


By |May 27th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Ball State to create ‘David Letterman Collection’ to honor late night TV host’s retirement

“We saw in him someone who caught on quickly, extremely bright but was extremely funny,” said Al Rent, former manager at WBST, Ball State’s public radio station.

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Illinois Central college radio teaches English on the air

The loud ensemble was a feature on Voz Latina, or “Latin Voices,” a weekly community radio show run at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus that strives to teach Spanish speakers the English language. Although the band was just for its Christmas special, the show brings in locals every week to discuss, in both languages, careers and activities, an easygoing way for listeners to absorb vocabulary words while relating to real people in real situations.

Read more from the Washington Times.

Plus, Radio Survivor updates us on LPFM in Missouri and more.

By |May 26th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student media in the news


FSU sells campus radio station to WUNC

Fayetteville State University is selling its 100,000-watt campus public radio station to WUNC Public Radio LLC for $1.75 million.

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Luther College’s KWLC takes a look back

Non-commercial college radio is a medium that thrives on a passion for sharing. Every semester we assemble a programming schedule that showcases the unique tastes and interests of over 50 different disc jockeys, all excited to share cutting-edge music of a variety of genres and formats. Our efforts to give exposure to these programs comes from a sincere desire to share with our audience in the discovery that makes broadcasting music so rewarding to begin with.

Read more from Luther College CHIPS.

By |May 19th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: How can you help at the 2015 NSEMC?


Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

The CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention enjoys rave reviews every year and the session approval rate is nearly 90 percent. We could not do that without the participation of members (students and faculty/staff), stations which are not yet members and professionals who you identify and work with to bring to the conference.

We need your help to get the ball rolling on session proposals for this year. How can you help?

Students – Think about what areas your stations need help with and what a session would look like that would help you or conversely, things you do well and think others would benefit from. For the former, think about roundtables. Roundtables generally student led sessions to discuss a topic of importance (how to stop theft, social media practices, how to put on a concert). You do not need to be an expert to lead a roundtable. Roundtable moderators do not make sessions about their specific situation, but can use their experiences and problems to start a discussion. The primary role of the moderator is to keep the discussion on track, keep one person/station from monopolizing the conversation and to keep the session productive. For the latter, if you do things you are proud of and want to showcase your accomplishments so that others can learn and borrow your ideas and or methodologies, this is your chance to not only do that and contribute to student media, but also add something to your resume. Almost without exception the students who lead sessions report that it was a rewarding experience and that they also came away from the session having learned from others.

Student Roundtables are very often reported to be the most beneficial sessions at conventions.

Non-Students – The faculty/staff and professionally led sessions make up the bulk of session at the convention and are highly rated by both students and faculty/staff. You can help by proposing sessions that cover ground that you know well and are enthusiastic about. You can even develop sessions where you want to learn and lead the session as a moderator. For example, if are a social media nut and want to share what you have learned and help stations, propose a session. Flip the topic on its head, if you want to know more about social media, identify experts in the field who can help and bring them into the session and moderate.

If you are a professional and want to share your expertise or are former student media student and want give back, you are welcome to submit a session proposal as well. Some of our best sessions come from professionals currently working in media. The professionals always tell us how much fun it was to do the session and how rewarding it was for them.

CBI faculty and staff advisers are also welcome to submit to our debut research paper showcase in Minneapolis. We are now accepting papers with an electronic media, journalism, and/or legal and ethical electronic media focus that do not exceed 20 pages. The deadline is June 1. The top three papers will be presented in a research paper session in Minneapolis. The winning paper will also be recognized as part of the awards ceremony. We hope this is one more way that CBI can continue to serve our members. Complete information is available on the NSEMC website.

Submit your proposal at

If you are unfamiliar with the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention, see our past convention programs from Seattle in 2014, San Antonio in 2013 and Atlanta in 2012. The convention features more than 100 sessions and events including a trade show, pre-convention workshop, keynote speaker Lori Lewis and the annual Student Production Awards (entries due Friday, May 15).


By |May 13th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student media in the news


Tune In: Resurrecting Grand Rapids’ Radio Mojo

“There is every reason this shouldn’t be happening, yet we have this (student station) with this constant activity,” O’Kelly says. “People keep saying radio is dying, that young people are not interested in radio. It’s not true.”

Read more from Revue.

Reed College and Drury University headed to LPFM

By my count, 76 colleges/universities have now received new LPFM construction permits (out of 1,849 total construction permits across all groups) resulting from the fall 2013 application window.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

By |May 12th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments