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Board Blog: Six Weeks (OR LESS) and Counting

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It’s only the second week in July—where did summer go—and most media operations kick back into high gear with a full staff in six weeks or less.

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

42 days or less.

Sorry to ruin your summer, but are you ready?

Is that to-do list you created at the end of last semester finished or close to finished?

Some thought starters in case you forgot:

  • Recruitment meeting is set, flyers ready, social media posts planned, info is with key faculty members?
  • Documents & website updated—new officers, new schedule, new by-laws, new training manual?
  • Swag ordered and delivered before everyone gets back?
  • First meeting planned out with icebreakers, long and short term planning, goals and objectives?
  • Any facility/studio projects completed & ready for any needed staff training?
  • Needed equipment ordered (headphones, mics, cameras, etc.)
  • Introduced yourself (and your other student leaders) to the key players on campus (President, department Chair, Dean, Alumni Association Director, Student Government officers & board, building coordinator)?
  • Filled out any needed paperwork to register you club/org with campus offices?
  • Do you have enough organization letterhead, envelopes, business cards, office supplies, banners and mic flags to get you through at least the first semester?

That will get you started and help brainstorm some more specific to your operation.

The key to getting off to a great start and being able to spend enough time recruiting/training/networking with newcomers is to have as many of the logistical items crossed off your list before the semester starts.

Enjoy a few days of sunshine and relaxation, but not too many if you want to get off on the right foot as a student leader.

By | July 13th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Tuned in: Blugold Radio 99.9 FM brings indie rock, alternative tunes with local focus to airwaves

Besides music, the station will feature UW-Eau Claire Forum speakers, Blugold sports, and news, research and spoken word programs that run from about 15 minutes to an hour, as well as other specialty and student-hosted programs, Morfitt said.

“Starting in the fall we’re going to be producing those spoken word pieces … and then doing some small student vignettes and getting more of that formatting in place,” he said.

Read more from the Leader-Telegram.

At the mic and outside the box: EMCC revives the old-time radio serial

Dr. Don Vaughan is reviving the time-honored serial — and teaching his students at the time. The Speech and Theatre instructor on the East Mississippi Community College-Golden Triangle campus pens scripts and puts his students on the air weekly, acting out a drama titled “Search for Happiness.” The short program is broadcast live Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. this summer on EMCC’s own station, WGTC 92.7 FM. While complementing EMCC’s branding efforts, the station gives students opportunities for invaluable knowledge of media in general, and radio in particular.

Read more from The Dispatch.
Tiny Mix Tapes reviews: ‘Sex and Broadcasting’
Still, it’s a pleasant walk through WFMU history, from freak college radio club, to freak independent radio phenomenon, to cult radio station fighting against a less freak-friendly era. Historical highlights, disasters, and near-disasters get due air time, but the fascinating personalities behind some of WFMU’s more groundbreaking shows could use more space to get out some good soundbites. Station manager Ken Freedman is the apparent protagonist, and his suggested mismanagement of the station is the most discussed — if not most interesting — line of investigation.
Read more from Tiny Mix Tapes.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

 

By | July 12th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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USI student radio station, The Edge, expands to 95.7 FM

WSWI, the University of Southern Indiana student-run radio station, can now be heard on 95.7 FM in the Evansville area, the station announced at a press conference and launch event on Monday. The newly monikered 95.7 The Edge: Evansville’s Alternative was formerly only on the dial at AM 820.

Read more from USI.edu.

Campus View: With a Little Help From Our (Non-affiliate) Friends
WTUL prides itself on being totally automation-free and non-affiliates were first allowed to join the station in order to help it stay that way. “…They pull a lot of weight at the station during spring/summer/winter breaks when many students are unavailable,” Annie Russell, recent graduate and DJ since 2012, said.
Read more from Radio World.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, College Radio Watch visits WERA-LP, CHIRP radio, the College Radio Watch column and Podcast #52.

By | July 6th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Bridge the gap between managers and DJs

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Congratulations! You are now on the executive management team at your college radio station. You got a position by showing dedication, having a good music show, and you knocked your interview out of the park. Now, you are king of the world, and can do anything you want!

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

Well, not exactly.

Being on an executive team is a privilege, as you now represent your college radio station to the students, the community, and the school. Most importantly – with this position, it is important to never look down at the other DJ’s, as if Big Brother is watching them. The gap between your staff and your DJs can be limited by giving them more opportunities and treating them equally. I’ve found that by using some of these ideas, not only will you get more positive feedback from your DJs, but it will improve your station as a whole.

Have monthly meetings, and invite DJs to events.

The first Wednesday of every month, WSUM holds a monthly meeting inviting the DJs to hear what is going on around the station, allowing them to get involved some more if the opportunity is given. Not only will you find your most committed DJs here, but it will be easier for them to get to know you. Refreshments and/or pizza are always a great way to get people in!

One of the biggest station bonding events that WSUM does is attend a baseball game at a local independent league. While I love baseball, the best part about it is that you can hate sports and still enjoy an event like this. Another great part about it is that it is different – if I had to guess where a bunch of college music lovers would go, the last place I would look at is around a baseball field.

Remember everybody’s name.

The “I have trouble remembering names” will need to change. Using the person’s name acknowledges their identity, massaging their ego and thus boosting their self-esteem. Just by recognizing that they exist, you have done them a great favor. I can recall the first time I walked into WSUM, wanting to help out in any way. The person I first talked to was incredible helpful, and she and I became good friends. She made me feel welcome to a place where I had no idea how things ran.

Create teams that they can join.

Try and create something so that they can come in for another hour during the week, instead of simply coming in to do their show. There are so many other things that they can get involved with if you give them the opportunity. For example, when I was the Production Director, I created the “production team” that would create ID’s, spots, PSA’s, and more fun things as another way to get involved. At first, not as many people showed up as I would have liked, but I never gave up and kept pushing the team. This past fall, three of the members of production team became members of the executive management team.

 

Listen to their shows, and provide feedback.

This past semester, I decided to listen to EVERYBODY’S show, which, as you can probably imagine, took some time. After listening to a ton of shows and writing down notes on what I liked and what I thought could improve, I almost gave up and said to myself that this was pointless to do. But after sending some emails out, I got so much positive feedback from the DJs, saying that it felt good that somebody on the exec team was listening, and that they would continue to work on their skills.

Even if you thought the show was bad, it is important to stay as positive as you can be with the email, call, etc. Not only did it improve quality control, but it made people feel more relaxed about doing their show, and felt more comfortable asking me any questions they had. I truly believe that this is one of the most important things to do to keep in touch with the rest of your station.

Be the first to say hi.

This sounds silly, but going out of your way to say hi to a new DJ will change everything. You do not have to wait to see if they come to you, just introduce yourself! Who knows – maybe the next person you say hi to will become the next in charge at the station.

Evan is the Station Manager at WSUM 91.7 FM at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. For any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to him at studentrep@askcbi.org.

By | June 29th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Hastings KFKX to sign off on Thursday

The long, rich history of KFKX is unknown to most people. From starting out as Westinghouse Station in the early 20th century, whose sole purpose was to rebroadcast the signal from KDKA in Pittsburgh to the West Coast, to when President Ronald Reagan stood at the front door of the Gray Center in September of 1988 and boldly announced that “Radio station KFKX is on the air,” its history has been long and fruitful.

Read more from HC Media Online, NBC Nebraska, The Grand Island Independent, Hastings Tribune and Radio Survivor.

WKNC builds antenna, expands broadcast range

NC State’s student-run radio station, WKNC, upgraded its antenna array, which already stretches far beyond NC State’s campus, to reach a wider audience last weekend.

The upgrade will allow WKNC’s student DJs to reach an estimated 23,000 potential listeners in Rocky Mount, Wilson and Goldsboro. The radio station is also planning to switch over to HD radio by the end of the summer as part of a long-term project to switch from analog to digital radio, which is scheduled to be fully completed by the 2018-19 school year.

Read more from The Technician.

Radio legend lands dream job advising college station WNHU

“I was driving my son to the train station…” a few months back, recalls a beaming Barber. “And I looked at him, and said: ‘This is the most excited I have been driving to work in 18 years.'”

WNHU was founded as a student club in 1970, and features an eclectic mix of music and conversation from more than 100 volunteer student and community deejays. Its state-of-the-art facilities at 46 Ruden St. include production space for live and recorded programming, a server room, student offices and a staff lounge.

“Just look at this view I have every day,” continued Barber. “I can look out of my office window and see this growing, thriving campus. I can see the beautiful New Haven skyline. Who has it better than me?”

Read more from the Hartford Courant.

ESPN’s Brickley talks Seton Hall Start

Before John Brickley was making appearances on ESPN, he was a student in South Orange.

A 2006 graduate of Seton Hall, Brickley received his B.A. in broadcast journalism. The development of his skills and abilities were not limited to just his immersive classes, as Brickley was the sports director for WSOU and the sports anchor for Pirate Television.

Read more from The Setonian.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, College Radio Watch visits Takoma Radio, WGTB, explores carrier current stations and the latest San Francisco LPFM updates.

By | June 28th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Colorado Mountain College collaborates with local shop for spirited show

After a quick crash course on digital media, the couple — owners of Cooper Wine and Spirits in Glenwood Springs — got to work on what would become “Sip Happens.” Launched in April, the informal, educational booze podcast has focused primarily on alcoholic history. The Bradys have devoted episodes to the wine’s journey through the millennia — from the Middle East in 6,000 BC to ancient Rome and into the birth of sparkling wine in the middle ages and the invention of the cork. Another looked at Irish whiskey’s rise and fall in popularity through the political and military conflicts of the 20th century.

Read more from the Aspen Times.

WNTI-FM sold to Penn

In a twist on the recent college radio station sales news, usually bad, Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., sold its WNTI(FM). The good news is that it was sold to another school, the University of Pennsylvania. The price was a cool $1.75 million.
Read more from Radio World.
WRAS still vital to Atlanta’s music scene after GPB takeover
It was a harsh blow to the station’s four-decade legacy as a leader in the national college radio scene, and an Atlanta music institution. But it was by no means the death knell. Two years later, maintaining relevance in the face of such crippling change is a difficult task for the young DJs who have inherited the station’s day-to-day operations. But the student staff — WRAScals, as they affectionately call themselves in meetings and emails — are adapting to the changes and finding new ways to keep WRAS an integral part of Atlanta’s music scene.
Read more from Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Plus, Radio Survivor celebrates The Gas Pipe Networks, the College Radio Watch column and the 50th Radio Survivor podcast.

 

 


By | June 21st, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Student media can be part of the solution

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One of the biggest issues facing young people, particularly college students, today is mental health. Counseling centers on campuses throughout the country are reporting dramatic increases in demands for their services. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from all other illnesses combined.

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

Experts say that two of the most effective tactics in preventing suicide and getting help for people suffering from mental health concerns are raising awareness and reducing stigma. Schools nationwide are trying to figure out how to get these messages out to their students. Student media outlets are uniquely positioned to support these efforts.

It is the responsibility of student media outlets to incorporate mental health matters into their programming. There are any number of ways this can be done, ranging from simply running PSAs to news coverage to offering regular airtime to your campus’s counseling center or other campus groups tackling these issues.

There are also more creative and impactful ways to pitch in. If you’re a music station, why not do a series on musicians who have dealt with mental health challenges (Elliott Smith, Syd Barrett, etc.), tagged with a list of resources available in your area? Or host a benefit concert for local mental health organizations.

While this might not sound like a “fit” with your normal programming, your audience is, or is close to people who are, dealing with mental health issues. They will be receptive to the topic.

Finally, don’t forget that it’s likely that some of your staff members are struggling with these same challenges. Working in the media is very demanding, and student media participants have to juggle that with classes and, in many cases, other jobs. That can lead to stress and anxiety, among other problems.

If you’re a student leader or adviser, please be sensitive to this. Raise awareness: Consider including self-care in your training process for student leaders. Watch for warning signs (which include withdrawal, anxiety, changes in eating/sleeping patterns, loss of interest) and be prepared to direct students to resources on your campus. Examine your messaging: Are you placing unreasonable expectations and demands on already stressed-out students? Above all, make sure students know that they can count on you for support.

Student media should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

 

By | June 15th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Radio Recollections: Stanford University’s KZSU in the 1950s

One of the students who lived down the hall from me in the freshman dorm had volunteered to work at KZSU. He said, “Why don’t you join me? It’s fun.” So, I got started because I needed an activity.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Gettysburg’s first radio station on air for one day

In March 1924, Prof. E. G. Ports, a professor of physics at Gettysburg College, turned a switch and the college led Gettysburg into the modern age.

Read more from Gettysburg Times.

Plus, the latest on CBI’s convention in Philadelphia.

By | June 14th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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College Radio Station KFJC to Broadcast from Overseas from the Eindhoven Psych Lab on June 10 and 11

Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM is excited to be returning to the Netherlands in order to broadcast live from the Eindhoven Psych Lab for the second year in a row. 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. KFJC broadcast 23 hours of music and interviews from last year’s event and expects to air a similar amount in 2016.

Tune in online at: http://kfjc.org/netcast. View the live video feed at http://live.kfjc.org.

EMCC’s radio station breaking new ground

Since its first broadcast nearly a year ago, East Mississippi Community College’s radio station on the Golden Triangle campus has grown its listenership through innovative content that includes original live radio drama that harkens back to the 1940s and early 1950s, when audio was king.

On Wednesday, EMCC’s WGTC 92.7 FM will debut the first episode of “Search for Happiness.” The storyline revolves around a fictional Bartlesville, Oklahoma, oil tycoon by the name of J.D. Gray whose three grown daughters discover he has eloped with a woman not much older than they are.

Read more from The Dispatch.

Sound Salvation: Spinning the tales and tracks of a college radio DJ

The (impossibly cool) DJs walked us through the basics: what they do, what the training process is like, what it means to be part of WKDU, and their longstanding policy of no top 40 music — from ever, forever. A group in the back sporting t-shirts of some such bands wrinkled their noses and pulled out their iPhones. I leaned in.

Read more from the Smart Set.

Tiny Desks Of Atlanta: Local Groups Document Music Scene

“Because we’ve done a lot of local bands, it’s kind of like we’ve created a catalog of the scene at this current moment in time,” said Valeiras. “If the videos were ever to surface in the future, it’s something people can go through to see what Atlanta was like.”

Read more from WABE.

Plus, the latest on CBI’s convention in Philadelphia and Spinning Indie’s 101st Radio Station Field Trip.

By | June 7th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Students can love radio

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Like many readers of Radio World, I started in radio before the era of consolidation. It was a time when there were a lot more opportunities for high school and college students to become involved with radio stations in their communities. The 1,000 watt AM station in my town welcomed young people interested in broadcasting and took generations of students under its wing. When I went off to college, the local stations there employed a number of college kids part time, including me. There were opportunities in news, music, production, engineering, and more. During high school or college this is how many of us got our start in radio.

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

I found myself thinking back on those days recently because audio is enjoying a renaissance among young listeners. More and more, I find students coming to my university with the same kind of passion for audio that I had at their age. This tracks with Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” studies that show we are in a great era for audio consumption, and audio is what radio has always been about. Today’s podcasts, streaming services, and more are all built on the foundation of decades of radio broadcasting.

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A growing number of students come to campus primed to explore their enthusiasm for audio and they quickly discover that their school’s student media outlets are the perfect places to experiment and learn. This is certainly true where I work. At WSOU(FM), the station I manage for Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., the staff of WSOU has more than doubled in just three years to 150 students, many of them freshmen and sophomores. They don’t see radio as dead. Rather, it is simply part of their 21st century media landscape and diet. They love radio!

This interest in audio isn’t limited to college students. As part of our mission to serve the local community, WSOU has long taken high school students as interns, but we usually hear from just one student per year.

This spring has been different, however. High school students are now actively seeking us out, looking for the chance to learn the craft. These students have done their homework. They know their areas of interest and the kinds of skills they need to develop in order to thrive. It is why they are coming to stations like WSOU for experience and to be mentored. It is not unlike when I was their age and knocked on the door of that local AM station to see what was behind that door and learn. Some of these high school students have been so motivated to learn that they became good enough to go on air as newscasters and sportscasters. That bodes well for their futures, and ours.

Campus stations now often fill the role that the old mom and pop stations did when I was a teen and young adult. College stations are the farm team for future radio professionals, but all of us who care about the fate of radio have role to play in developing the next generation. We cannot let folks like Audible, Pandora, Gimlet, Panoply, Google, and Spotify poach our talent by being the ones most welcoming to today’s students.

This is why I encourage all radio stations become more engaged with colleges and universities at all levels, as well as with high school juniors and seniors. It’s important to build relationships that extend well beyond simply taking students as interns. The more that stations and groups are engaged with students, the more likely we will revitalize our programming and cultivate new generations of listeners.

Here are a few suggestions for how commercial and professional noncommercial stations and those that work within them can build stronger relationships with up-and-coming audio talent:

  • Volunteering to critique air checks from students or becoming a mentor to a student
  • Having your PD spend time on your local college or high school campuses to talk with students
  • Giving students an hour or two on your station and challenging them to “come up with something great”
  • Getting your GSM to collaborate with a university’s business school to develop a curriculum that truly prepares students for media sales
  • Using college kids for your high school sports play-by-play
  • Inviting professors, teachers, advisers, student affairs staffers and others to your station
  • Engaging a college or high school kid as a “reverse mentor” for you or your team. It’s a great way to remain current on technological and cultural trends
  • Listening to the student-run stations in your market. You might be surprised and inspired by what you hear

FM took off, in part, because radio let some young, passionate people play around and come up with something new and different that listeners liked and wanted. Radio is better off when there are real partnerships with young adults, where we experiment and create together. This is how we keep young people engaged and excited about radio and audio careers. It’s also what we need to ensure our industry’s survival.

Read this, and other Campus View columns at Radio World.

By | June 1st, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments