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Streetsboro High School radio station upgrades in high gear

Four control boards at WSTB 88.9 FM, the Streetsboro High School radio station, will be replaced before the start of the new school year in August.

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Alex, AKA The Doctor, hosts on the old console.

On June 25, the Streetsboro Board of Education unanimously accepted a bid from Broadcasters General Store for up to $42,925. The money would come from the district’s permanent improvement fund. It represents “the top end of the estimate,” Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said.

Read more from Streetsboro Gateway News.

Spotlight: University of the Incarnate Word’s KUIW

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Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sports and Operations Director, for answering the questions.

KUIW4Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KUIW started in the spring of 2005. Since then KUIW has progressed and evolved into a division one radio station. KUIW members “DJ” majority of the campus events. Our station features a diverse background of personalities and ethnicities, which creates a culture and environment that all can strive in.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
“We are a student-ran station. Whatever ideas we have are implemented. Our manager just oversees us and keeps everything in line. We have the freedom and privileges to create the rules. We have the opportunity to pick and choose from a variety of music to play that caters to our diverse set of students on campus.”KUIW3

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I wanted to pursue a career into sports broadcasting beforehand, and I felt that working with KUIW would give me an opportunity to build my abilities to do so.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Funny story: I was asked to carry a speaker across campus because our dolly was misplaced. The entire day I received funny looks from everyone on campus.

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What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part I would say is the mistakes you learn from. While finding out the hard way that “good idea” wasn’t so great. While on that journey you end up making a good friend or two.
The hardest part I would say are encountering the “less productive” people that join up. Every person has experienced that one person that joins up and simply doesn’t want to be there. I would say that is the hardest part because it makes the job more difficult to complete.

 

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Board Blog: Your Fresh Fiscal Year

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July 1st marks the midpoint on the calendar, the realization that the better part of the academic summer is already behind us, and the start of a new fiscal year. As CBI’s Treasurer, here are a few commonly asked questions we receive about renewals, plus some helpful hints to expedite your upcoming membership and convention payments:

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Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

1. My school’s business office needs a copy of CBI’s IRS W-9 form to process our payment. No problem, we have that covered! Visit our W-9 webpage to download a copy for your school: http://www.askcbi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/CBIW9.pdf.

2. What’s the quickest way to process my membership payment? If your school permits advisers to use a credit card to process memberships, CBI happily accepts PayPal payments. Access the link by logging into our membership database, Wild Apricot. Login information for returning CBI members is found in the email sent to advisers last week for the 2014-2015 year. If you did not receive a renewal email, contact our Secretary, Jamie Lynn Gilbert at membership@askcbi.org. Current 2013-2014 memberships are active through September 1st.

3. I mailed my check to CBI two weeks ago. Why isn’t my membership confirmed at this time? CBI’s snail mail is sent to our UPS Box in Hummelstown, Penn. Mail is forwarded to me in Ohio twice a month. If your school prefers check payments over credit cards, plan for 3-4 weeks processing time. Please keep this window in mind if paying by check for #CBISeattle Early Bird Convention Registration by the October 1st deadline.

Speaking of Seattle, registration is open! As you make plans to attend, bookmark our website for convention and hotel registration. I booked my hotel room this week over the phone — the processing time was fast and the agent was very easy to work with to plan my stay! Online hotel registration is also available. Links are on our NSEMC website at askcbi.org/seattle

This is my fourth year happily serving on the CBI Board of Directors. Please contact me for questions about membership or convention payments at treasurer@askcbi.org. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Seattle!

 

Spotlight: Indiana State University’s WISU

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Special thanks to Rich Green, station manager and instructor, for answering the questions!

WISU3Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
89.7 WISU is currently in its 50th year of operations at Indiana State University. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary during Homecoming in October. WISU has gone through many transitions throughout the years.  WISU began playing Jazz and Symphony music. As the years progressed, they began playing music from many different genres including international music, reggae, R&B, and some throwback music. Up until this past year WISU played “Real Good Rock” from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and “Hot Mix” from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. WISU now plays a variety of top 40, alternative, hip-hop, and EDM. WISU now has specialty show including “In the Mix” with DJ Rob Rich, “The Alternative Underground” “Throwback Thursdays” and “The Fuse.” Also, WISU does live play-by-play for sporting event s and just launched a news division with daily live newscasts.

WISU1What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
WISU is unique in that it combines many genres of popular music into one station. While the station continues to break new and upcoming artists, there is still a sense awareness at ISU and the Terre Haute community to play some popular music you won’t hear anywhere but WISU. Students pay attention to the trends, and the underground to find the best music for our station

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I chose to work in college radio largely based on my experiences when I was an undergrad. It showed me the importance of student involvement. I’ts not always about joining a club, but the friends you make for life. I had a great adviser, Deb Lesser, at Illinois State. Getting to learn from her was an incredible honor. She took an interest in all of her students and I hope to give students the same chances I had.

WISU2What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
We did play by play for the “Trike Race” during homecoming this year. It was hilarious to see the students broadcast such a fun event and use their NASCAR euphemisms. We also had an adult Easter egg hunt for the students. You think it’s fun—but then Nerf weapons become involved, the next thing you know you are shutting yourself in your office and wishing for more ammo.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is watching the kids grow up in front of your eyes. From day one they have no idea about anything and the next day they are your station manager or sports director. I always live for those “ah-ha” moments where it all just clicks. It’s an incredible journey that changes from year to year. However, the hardest part is having to say goodbye to students every semester. Sometimes you forget they are only here a few years, and the time flies by so fast.

Board Blog: What’s New in UHD and 4K

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Hello I’m Herbert Jay Dunmore, Vice President of College Broadcasters, Inc.

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Herbert Jay Dunmore       CBI Vice President

We’ve reached the season of summer, my favorite time of year. During this time, I love to vacation and pursue my passion of photography. This summer is unique because its also my first summer that I will be recording motion picture in Ultra High Deifinition (UHD)/4K.

As most of you may already know, 4K is the “buzzterm” and new television display standard that is being implemented in the broadcast and independent film world. For those of you that aren’t yet familiar with 4K, in a nutshell, 4K is 4096 x 2160 pixels, or four times the resolution/picture quality that you will find on your current HDTV screen. There are other technical factors that play a part in resolution, so don’t go thinking that your current HD equipment will need to be replaced soon. We’ve encountered this same transition to new technology first with the implementation of digital video in the late 90s, followed by the transition to high definition in the early millennium.

In the present day, close to 70 percent of people have high definition televisions in their households. It will be another eight to ten years before we begin to see 4K embraced on a larger consumer/home viewer level. It is anticipated that by the year 2025, 4K will be embraced and utilized in around 40 percent of homes for viewing on the broadcast level. In the realm of over-the-top and on-demand content, Netflix requires all submission in 4K resolution. Cable providers are pursuing the path to providing on demand 4K programming at an accelerated pace as well.

As a lover of technology in all things broadcast and engineering, I embraced 4K and have implemented it in some productions. As an adviser and educator, I relish the opportunity to provide this learning experience to our future broadcasters at colleges and universities. I realize that many schools and technology specialists are researching the technology and transition as well.

Here are a few questions and discussions that I have received and/or have come up in conversation with fellow educators, aficionados and practitioners:

1. 4K is not a broadcast format.
The resolution has been accepted as a standard, but is not broadcast over the air as of yet. The likelihood of your video being broadcast on traditional or satellite broadcast will not be taking place for at least another five to eight years. It is however a great for archiving interviews and beauty shots in a picture quality that will have compatibility with future resolutions and variations of 4K.

2. 4K video files take up more space.
In some cases, it will require up to four times the storage requirement to store video. On another hand, much of the video will be compressed, made smaller in size in order to play smoothly on the internet and mobile devices. When working with high-end and high-bitrate broadcast video, quality will definitely require more storage space. In the majority of cases on your lower-end resolution cameras and smartphone cameras, you can get away with video that produces a 4k image but with mediocre quality.

Heres a good link to an iOS app by AJA that gives a good idea of video file sizes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ajadatacalc/id343454572?mt=8.

3. 4K will require faster computers and connection
I won’t dive into the world of computing here, but will say this. Your Firewire and USB are nice, but will slowly begin to show its age when you’re doing multi-camera editing, animation and video conversion of your 4K event footage. Use of newer transfer mediums such as USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt multiplies data transfer speeds by 10. This makes for smoother video playback and allows room future additions that will further increase flexibility in production.

4. What size screen will be optimal for HD viewing?
Just as a 42 inch screen or better is needed to truly appreciate the resolution and picture quality of 1080p video, you would need to have at least a 55 inch television screen to begin to appreciate the resolution of the image. At smaller screen sizes, manufactures will have a hard time fitting all of those pixels in such a way that the image will provide a sharper image than traditional HD.

As we transition into this 4K and the workflow/best practices associated with the technology, it will be an exciting time. I am looking forward to the Seattle 2014 conference, where topics such as 4K and other TV broadcast related technology and tips will be covered. This year’s conference is poised to be one of the best and most exciting yet.

4K Cameras:
Blackmagic 4K camera
AJA Scion
Canon C500
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Sony PZ100

CBI Update: Student Media in the News

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College Radio Stations protest WRAS Deal, GSU considers alternative options

From Radio Ink: After a unique radio protest last week, where college stations across the country showed their support for WRAS in Atlanta, Georgia State University now says it is pursuing daytime broadcast options for WRAS Album 88. A release posted by the University Friday states, “Responding to concerns expressed by students at Album 88 and alumni, Georgia State University is pursuing options to secure daytime broadcast time for Album 88 after the Georgia State and Georgia Public Broadcasting partnership is initiated on June 29.”

 

Get set for Seattle

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Even though the 2014 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention isn’t until October, there are plenty of resources on the Seattle Convention website if you’re ready to start planning.

Registration info
Hotel info
Flight info
Session proposal information
Information for sponsors and exhibitors

More information will be posted as it becomes available, so mark your calendars and start counting down to our west-coast conference Oct. 23-25.

Questions? Contact us.

Spotlight: Mt. San Antonio College’s KSAK

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Thank you to Tammy Trujillo, professor of broadcasting and campus radio station coordinator, for answering the questions!

KSAK2Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KSAK first went on the air in 1974, so we are marking our 40th year of broadcasting this year. It was a hard fought battle by one of the broadcasting professors to get the station on the air initially, but he was able to do it by convening a board of local on-air professionals to speak to the necessity of having an actual, student-run station on campus to compliment the classes that were being taught in the program. The station, which we refer to as 90.1 FM, Mt. Rock Radio, will be moving into a brand new facility on campus at the beginning of the Fall semester that will provide us with two on-air studios (one for 90.1 FM and the other for our Internet-only station, Audio8ball.com), a news booth, production booth, offices for student managers and four additional production studios for students to use for their class assignments.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
Several things. All of the professors in our program are actually working in broadcasting as well as teaching, so the stations are run exactly as a professional station would be. The studios and stations also use the same broadcasting equipment and software that is currently in use at commercial stations. That combination has resulted in students winning numerous regional, national and international awards, in some cases in competition with commercial stations.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I have been on the air in the Los Angeles market for 30-some years and have taught most of that time, both at colleges and at private broadcasting schools. I started at Mt. SAC (Mt. San Antonio College) in 1996 as an adjunct professor, but when the opportunity arose to become full-time and really create the program, I jumped at the chance. I became the Campus Radio Station Coordinator about three years ago with the idea that the best way to prepare students to enter this crazy and hugely competitive industry is to give them a real-world experience and that is what we are doing with Mt. Rock Radio and Audio8ball.com. I see it working because our students are getting jobs. I don’t know sometimes who gets more excited when one does, me or the student! Working with the students at the station also keeps me remembering just what an amazing and exciting industry we work in.

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
To kick off the renaming of the radio station as Mt. Rock Radio, (which we did after I was named Coordinator) we held a 48-hour Radiothon, with each hour dedicated to a particular hour of Rock ‘n’ Roll! The student jocks were on the air and we had some of the local pro jocks as well … along with some of our professors, who are also pros.We made some money, had some fun, and wore ourselves out, but it was a memorable way to kick off the new era of 90.1 FM, KSAK.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is the creativity that students generate if given the chance. They can do such amazing things! The hardest part, especially being in a major market such as we are (Los Angeles), is that students hear the best broadcasters in the business on the air who obviously make it look easy. When students try it themselves, they realize it is not that easy by a long shot. It is difficult with some, to make them realize that very few of us pros sounded great at the beginning either and that we had to work hard to become skilled, the same way that the students now have to work hard. I also have to throw in a second hardest part and that will always be funding. Radio equipment, licensing, facilities, etc. are all very expensive and it will always be difficult to have a budget that keeps up with those needs and costs.

 

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Board Blog: The Challenges of Running Your Station

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Dear Student,

Whether you’re new at your job, applying for it now for the fall term, or you’ve been at it for some time now, you’ve got a lot coming toward you.

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Connor Spielmaker CBI Student Representative

My name is Connor, and I’m your student rep here at CBI. I’ve been running my campus TV station for coming up on two years now, and man, have I learned a lot. I wanted to share the basics of the most important things I’ve learned so far to get things started.

1. You, my young, college friend, are in charge.
Congratulations! You’ve just stepped into the realm of responsibility. You now have a full time job that you’re probably getting paid minimum wage (if at all) to do. Crazy, huh? The most important thing to remember is that you were selected for your position for a reason. I’ll be honest, I was promoted to Station Manager as a freshman, and I had no idea what I was doing. There’s a lot of learning as you go in college media, which is kind of the point since the main goal is to learn. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, I still had to act like it. Whoever hired you did so because they thought you could the job. If you couldn’t do it, you wouldn’t have been hired. So, sit down at your new desk, decide what you want to get done, and do it. Ask for help when you need it. Listen to the advice you’re given. Do not be afraid to fail.

2. Managing a group of college students is incredibly difficult.
Why? Because there’s a good chance these are more than your staff/coworkers. They’re probably your friends and classmates. They may have been there longer, and now you’re their boss. Make sure you draw the work/social line, and stick to it. There are rules in place for your operation to run smoothly. Make sure they are being followed. Sometimes you’re going to have to be stern to your friends, maybe even fire them. Just remember that every act you do (praise or discipline) provides a lesson. Don’t let your staff walk all over you because you’re afraid of losing friendships. You might think you’re being the best boss ever, but how does anyone learn from that? Which brings me to my next point …

3. You’re a professor.
Sure, you don’t have one of those fancy pieces of paper framed on your walls, and maybe you only have a year or two of your own education under your belt, but you were chosen for a reason (see number one). The people working under you, beside you and above you are all going to learn from you. Always put your best foot forward, and give the best information you possibly can.

4. You’re a fighter.
If there’s one take-away I have from these past two years, it’s that something or someone is going to get in your way at some point. Whether it’s your adviser, Student Government, your university administration, your budget, your mom, whatever it may be, you’re going to face challenges left and right. See, being behind the desk, we see things no other student will ever see. At some point, someone’s going to tell you no on an idea you think is awesome. Make sure you get a reason, so you can go back to the white board and figure a way to resolve that problem so you can move forward. Example: I have a small studio, and I brought on a new morning feature show. Problem: Can’t have a feature show on a hard news desk. Looks weird. Shall confuse the average freshman.
Solution: I went for a walk, found a really cool space overlooking our student union plaza, and decided that was our next studio. Next, I found the money after carefully analyzing our budget, and then I went to the student union staff and said “Hey look at this space that no one uses at nine in the morning. I can use it, and it’ll help students get a view of some of your programming space. Win-win!” Well-ah.

5. You’re going to make mistakes.
You’re 18-22 years old (give or take). You don’t have the experience that a tried professional in our industry has. So, naturally, you’re going to think a feature type news show at nine in the morning on an apathetic campus is a great idea (see above). Oops. Yeah, that’s right. I just admitted I spent two semesters on something that was doomed to fail. But, at least I can check that one off the list! I now know that 9 a.m. is a bad time for college students. Not everyone is a go-getter like we are. Who knew? Your mistakes don’t define your operation. They help you make awesome things that do define your operation. Don’t sweat them, but don’t repeat them.

I hope all of that was relatively informative. My main goal here in my small section of the internet is to give my fellow students some insight to know they’re not alone. But, I need to know what your challenges are. What is your station going through that you’d like some perspective on? Drop me a line at studentrep@askcbi.org and if it’s something that’s can be applied to a lot of people, I’d love to write about it. Also, feel free to just drop me a line to say hey! It’s always a great time to see what other people in my position are doing with their stations and lives.

Thanks for reading, see you next time!

Connor Spielmaker

CBI Update: Student media news

Students, alumni and fans continue to support Save WRAS movement

More than 11,000 people have signed a petition in support of WRAS, the student radio station of Georgia State University. The college inked a deal with Georgia Public Broadcasting, a state public broadcasting network of 17 public radio and nine television stations in Georgia, to turn over daytime programming to GPB. The shift was initially slated for June 1, and was announced on May 6, but was postponed until June 30 after discussions with alumni groups, students and locals.

Numerous people have spoken out about the change, including Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center, and CBI itself issued a statement. Students and alumni of WRAS have come together at SaveWRAS.org to organize their efforts and inform people how they can help.

Susanna Capelouto, an Atlanta news reporter, WRAS alumna and current GPB news director, wrote candidly about the shift in a statement on Current.org last week. Capelouto was a guest speaker at the 2012 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Atlanta.

College Radio Day is organizing a simulcast for stations to show their support of WRAS, to air on Thursday, June 26. A preview is available, and stations may sign up here.

Also, long-time listener and local TV personality Doug Richards (also a guest at the 2012 CBI convention) delivered a comment on Atlanta’s local NBC affiliate, WXIA last week.

GAB Radio Talent Institute concludes this week

The ten-day Georgia Association of Broadcasters Radio Talent Institute concludes tomorrow at Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates participated in the 10-day series of workshops with professional broadcasters covering everything from on-air talent to sales and marketing.

Dan Vallie, Founder and President of the National Radio Talent System, started the system in 2013, and there are now four institutes: UGA, Appalachian State University in N.C., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Western Kentucky University.

Arizona college radio stations ask FCC for underwriting leeway

The Maricopa Community College is asking the Federal Communications Commission again for a waiver to broadcast more direct underwriting on its two stations, jazz station KJZZ-FM and classical station KBAQ-FM. Specifically, they’re requesting a three-year experimental window to include interest rates in underwriting announcements from banks, credit unions and car dealerships.

 

Wiley College reopens airwaves

Wiley College radio station KBWC 91.1 FM is back on the air after a three-month hiatus for renovations to the student union building where the station is housed. The station serves Marshall, Texas.