Student Media in the News


Making More than Airwaves: A Look at WMLU

“Mics are live” says a student to himself as he turns on the mics. He pauses and counts down. 3, 2, 1, and then he proclaims into his microphone, “You are listening to WMLU 91.3 the music of Longwood University and Farmville, Virginia.”

Read more from The Rotunda.

 WRVU Friends Stage Quiet Comeback, Land Broadcast License

DJs who were once part of Vanderbilt’s radio station WRVU are in the midst of seeking a new home on the airwaves, and their comeback effort just made a giant leap.

Read more from Nashville Public Radio.

Meet the student DJs at KALX

If you tune in to 90.7 FM, you can hear its trademark eclectic mix of music. In 1962, KALX was broadcast out of a humble cigar box from Unit 2’s Ehrman Hall. Today, the KALX studio is hidden away in the basement of Barrows Hall, unbeknownst to most students and passersby.

Read more from The Clog.

Live From KCR

KCR’s mission is to give SDSU’s aspiring disc jockies, newscasters, sports broadcasters, radio personalities and other radio station personnel an opportunity to hone their skills and to serve the university and community through diverse, compelling content.

Read more from the SDSU news center.

College Radio Watch: KURE Must Move, KWCW GM Shares Advice When Facing FCC Violations and WESU Film Honors 75th Anniversary

Read more from College Radio Watch on Radio Survivor.


By |December 9th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Say Hello to CBI’s new Secretary!


Hello CBI members! My name is Margaret Hair, and as of Dec. 1, I am the new secretary for the CBI Board of Directors.


Margaret Hair, CBI Secretary

A bit about me: I work with KJHK 90.7 FM, the student-run radio station at the University of Kansas, as the station’s program coordinator. In that role, I work with our student directors to oversee the station’s efforts in content (arts and culture, sports, multimedia and online content) and programming (everything on the radio). Our staff also works with KU’s student programming board to produce small- and large-scale concerts; I advise that group, as well.

Before joining the advising staff for KJHK, I worked with student programming and community service organizations at KU. My background is in newspaper writing; through undergrad and the first several years post-grad, I worked as an arts reporter for newspapers in North Carolina and Colorado. On the education front, I’ve got a sort of war between two basketball schools going on — my undergrad degree is in news and editorial journalism is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I’m pursuing a graduate degree in marketing communications from KU.

For the CBI Board, I’ll be your contact for all questions related to CBI membership and registration for the National Student Electronic Media Conference. Additional areas of the secretary role include distributing CBI’s print and electronic newsletters, and taking minutes at CBI board and membership meetings.

As a new member to the board, I’m looking forward to learning more about current issues encountered by student-run radio, television and electronic media organizations. CBI offers a way for those organizations to stay connected and support one another through the challenges and opportunities of a constantly changing field; I’m excited to be involved in a group that takes those new developments head-on.

If you have any questions about membership or just want to get in touch, feel free to reach out at

By |December 3rd, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Streetsboro High School radio station ‘valuable’ in emergency situations, fire lieutenant says

Streetsboro High School radio station, WSTB 88.9-FM, is an ‘important part of our community’ for its ability to provide warnings to residents during emergency situations, said School Board member Kevin Grimm, who is also a Streetsboro fire lieutenant.

Grimm said at the Oct. 9 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting the radio station “will be easily transferred over to the new high school,” which is in the process of being constructed and is expected to be finished in December 2016, school leaders said.

Read more from Streetsboro Gateway News.

By |December 2nd, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WSOU hosts successful food drive

The New Jersey student-run radio station at Seton Hall University completed a food drive for donations of nonperishable food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Spearheaded by station manager Erica Szczepaniak, hundreds of pounds of food and money was collected. The donations came primarily from students. Szczepaniak said, “We wanted to engage the campus community in a different way. Remotes in the University Center are great, but with food insecurity continuing to be a major societal  issue, we felt it was important to use the power of radio to get people involved in helping others.”

Read more from Radio Ink.


Spinning Indie visits Lyons Township High School station WLTL

When I stopped by the station late on a Friday afternoon, General Manager Chris Thomas met up with me to give me the grand tour. A 1997 graduate of Lyons Township High School, Thomas came back to campus in 2005 to run the station (and to teach English and television classes). He has plenty of help, as there are several faculty members who advise the station and there is also a group of student managers.

Read more from Spinning Indie.


FCC turns down proposed college radio underwriting ‘experiment’ yet again

The Maricopa Community College district’s latest appeal to the Federal Communications Commission to let it walk around some of the agency’s restrictions on underwriting spots has been turned down. Maricopa of Arizona runs jazz station KJZZ-FM and classical signal KBAQ-FM. Citing money troubles, it has been pressing the FCC for a waiver to expand the range of underwriter announcements on its streams.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |November 26th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: What’s in a name?


This is the week that Americans celebrate the feast shared by the Pilgrims and the Indians. Or Native Americans. Or … Redskins?

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

Ah, yes, the “R” word. This football season has brought with it increased attention to the name of Washington’s National Football League team, with protests, defenses, scrutiny of media members who use the name, and even the potential for FCC action who say “Redskins.”

Where does college media fit into all that? Is it our responsibility to take a stand on such a divisive issue? To be honest, as General Manager of a college radio station in Pennsylvania whose NFL coverage is limited to occasional Steelers-centric sports talk, I hadn’t really given the matter much thought.

That changed in early September, when I received an emailed letter from the Change the Mascot campaign asking WPTS-FM to “join other media organizations in refusing to broadcast the Washington team’s name on the public airwaves.” It was signed by dozens of disparate organizations, including the Oneida Indian Nation, the National Organization of Women, the NAACP, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Ignoring the issue was no longer as easy, so I forwarded the letter to some of our student leaders – who would ultimately make the decision – and moderated multiple discussions about it between our Station Manager, Program Director, and Sports Director. In the end, they decided to ban “Redskins” from WPTS, in large part because they couldn’t come up with any reasons to keep using it that outweighed its potential offensiveness.

The reaction has been muted, both inside and outside of the station. One student staff member, who identifies as both a Libertarian and a Redskins fan, was outraged. But the directors held firm and he eventually complied with the ban. In fact, he made it into good radio by inventing a new nickname for them each week. (My personal favorite was the “Washington Reagans.”) We recently polled our staff and found over 98% support for banning that word from WPTS and we’ve had no listener complaints. So, although restricting speech makes me queasy, I must admit that the decision has worked out very well for us.

I’d be interested in hearing how (or if) other college media outlets have handled this issue. Please feel free to put your stories in the comments section on this blog’s Facebook post at

By |November 26th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Brockport alumnus fulfills dream as CNN reporter

“I came to Brockport because it was a perfect fit for me and it was two hours from home,” Nobles said. “There were also a lot of people from similar backgrounds and I really got the opportunity to find a lot of great opportunities there. I was really big at the college radio station. … The opportunities at Brockport were great because there were not a lot of kids, but there were a lot of jobs that needed to be done.”

During his time at WBSU 89.1, Nobles worked as sports director, news director and operations manager, as well as DJed and called football games. He was also president of the Brockport Student Government his senior year.

Read more from The Stylus.


Spinning Indie visits WLOY

WLOY, located on the ground floor of Bellarmine Hall, was built in fall 2002, although radio at Loyola University dates back to at least 1975. Currently broadcasting at low power (under the FCC’s part 15 rules) at 1620 AM as well as online, WLOY also hoping to be granted a new LPFM license.  It’s still awaiting word from the FCC, as it is facing heavy competition for the license in Baltimore. Seven groups, including another college radio station (Johns Hopkins University) applied for the same frequency (92.7 FM).

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Also, read why these college radio visits are so important.


R.E.M. credits college radio for laying the groundwork for their career

Every successful band had to start from somewhere. R.E.M. had their big breakthrough while touring college campuses and being played day and night on college radio.

Read more from VH1.




By |November 25th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Are you making the most of what you learned in Seattle?



Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

It’s been 23 days since many of us left Seattle with a list of small and/or large ideas, action items and newfound energy.

So how many of your ideas or action items have you implemented back at your media operation?

Next week is Thanksgiving.

Time has a way of getting the best of us when we don’t have a specific timeline for implementation. In this case, over three weeks have passed.

Going to Seattle cost you and/or your media operation a chunk of change. You were representing the rest of your members back home who didn’t have the opportunity and privilege to attend.

That makes you the focal point of getting these ideas put into action.

Most of you in two weeks or so will be leaving for about a month before returning for spring semester classes sometime in January. That will make it approximately three months after CBI Seattle.

In the words of businessman Arnold H. Glasgow, “An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.”

The ideas you heard at CBI Seattle and brainstormed about in the car ride or airplane home do no good without your initiating the implementation.

Make your media operation better … leave your legacy. Then share it with the CBI membership on our Facebook page so others can learn from your motivation.


By |November 19th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


88.1 The Burg manager gets tattoo to memorialize station’s award

A slightly anxious Travis Box was right on time for his 2:30 appointment — no doubt thanks to the 10 members of his crew who walked him to the tattoo studio to witness the occasion.

Box is general manager of CWU’s student radio station, KCWU-FM 88.1 The ‘Burg. He was making good on a promise to his students: If The ‘Burg won a national award, Box would get his first-ever tattoo to memorialize their success.


Read more from The Daily Record.

College Radio Survives Despite Growing Challenges

Students are responsible for nearly every aspect of college radio stations. Fees are levied to pay for equipment and broadcasting licenses, while students themselves run the radio stations. Despite that, the stations still belong to the institutions that host them, not the students that make them possible. That means that when a college decides to sell its broadcasting license, students have little to no say in the deal, according to PopMatters.

Read more from U.S. News University Directory.

College Radio Watch: Protesting College Radio Takeovers + A Few New LPFM College Stations

The situation at Georgia State University’s WRAS-FM is a high profile example of public radio’s ongoing interest in urban FM signals. In a piece for PopMatters called The Uncertain Fate of College Radio, Joe Youorski recounts not only the loss of student daytime programming over WRAS-FM, but also makes comparisons with college radio shutdowns and drama at other schools.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Lakeland College seeks to finalize plans for a radio station

Imagine tuning into the sound of Lakeland’s own Internet radio station. Unbeknownst to many, the plans for a station have been in the works for several years and are now at the point where they could potentially become a reality.
Read more from the Lakeland Mirror.

Blue Colt Radio Hosts Halloween Promotion

Blue Colt Radio, The College’s broadcasting club consisting of students as disc jockeys called the “Colt jockeys,” celebrated Halloween with their promotional event, “No Brainer,” which included a bake sale and a prize giveaway on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in The College Center.

Read more from Quo Vadis.

Chaminade University radio club resurrected

Chaminade’s Radio Club is back in full swing after closing for lack of student participation a year ago.

Senior lecturer Tom Galli, who teaches Video Production and Internet Radio, likes how the school of Business and the Communication department and their students have resurrected the once defunct club.

Read more from the Chaminade Silversword.

Emory & Henry College debuts solar panels that now power radio station

According the the college, that makes it the first FM station in the Southeast to be powered by a solar array. Geography professor at the college, Ed Davis, says they university has been working on other projects just like this for years that reflect the school moving more towards sustainable energy.

Read more from WJHL.

Christian music takes over airwaves of former Jones College Radio frequencies in Jacksonville

Early Thursday WKTZ (90.9 FM) and WJAX (1220 AM) in Jacksonville started broadcasting K-Love, also known as KLUV, contemporary Christian music format.

The stations — formally home to Jones College Radio that broadcast beautiful music and easy listening — went to dead air a week ago.

Read more from the Florida Times-Union.

Brilliance In Bumps And Bruises, On Air And On Screen

WFMU is a public radio station, but its programming is a little different from, say, NPR programs like All Things Considered. The station, film director Tim K. Smith explains, started as the college radio station for Upsala College. When the college went bankrupt, DJs worked together, led by Freedman, to gain the station’s independence.

Learn more about the WFMU documentary Sex and Broadcasting from Public Radio East.



By |November 18th, 2014|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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