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.”

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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

Spotlight: University of Kansas’ KJHK


Special thanks to Matt Primovic, station manager, for answering the questions!


Photo by John Adair.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KJHK first went on air in October of 1975, so this October we will be celebrating 40 years on air. Prior to 2010, KJHK broadcast from a small shack behind KU’s football stadium. In 2010, KJHK moved into its new studio space in the student union on campus. KJHK doesn’t focus only on radio, though that is of course our specialty. Over our 40 years on air, we have developed an award-winning in studio performance series (Live @ KJHK) and taken our radio and put it on the internet, and more recently through our mobile apps. KJHK prides itself on being the self-described “sound alternative” to commercial radio in the area, and strives to uphold that ideal.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?

Photo by John Adair.

As previously mentioned, KJHK strives to provide an on-air experience that you won’t hear from any of the local commercial stations. We also have a robust multimedia department, the most noticeable facet of which is our live in-studio performance show “Live @ KJHK.” The station brings at least one (often more) band per week in to the studio to perform live on air, or to pre-record for future broadcast. All of our in-studio performance get audio and video post-production so that our videos are as high quality as possible. Our YouTube page is at nearly 400,000 views (doubled from this time last year), and up over 1000 subscribers. We also have a unique partnership with another organization on campus that does event planning, that allows us to put on large shows in downtown Lawrence, KS. It has been an incredibly successful endeavor for the station, and has allowed us to put on shows featuring the likes of HAIM, Real Estate, Chance the Rapper, and SZA in just the past two years.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
Apart from my love of music, which is something that I share with most people working in college radio, I decided to work at the radio station because I wanted to be in an environment where I could explore new music, and where I could help spread that music around to other people and introduce them to new things. I also saw it as a new challenge, as I had never worked in radio before I came to college. Another thing that drew me into KJHK was the friendly and inviting atmosphere. During my first week on campus as a freshman, I walked into the station for some information, and a staff member at the time sat with me and talked about KJHK for nearly an hour. I was hooked immediately, and I was impressed that someone cared so much about a college radio station. After I joined, it didn’t take me long to understand why he was so passionate about the station.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Photo by John Adair.

Photo by John Adair.

I wouldn’t call a lot of what I’ve done at the station crazy, but one particularly funny memory that I have is from when we were trying to produce a video for mtvU to showcase the station. The idea was to have a single shot video that was a tour through the station, while we made fun of college radio stereotypes in each room. It took over two hours to make the video that ended up being barely longer than a minute. It was a hilarious and fun experience, and I think its pretty representative of the spirit of KJHK.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part? 
Photo by John Adair.

Photo by John Adair.

I think the best part of college radio is the opportunity to be in a creative and hard working environment, surrounded by people who share a similar passion for music. KJHK has been an incredible experience for me because of how it pushes all of the staff members to do their best work, and in the end it is an extremely rewarding experience. Of course having connections to go to shows in the area isn’t bad either!

The hardest part about working for KJHK has been balancing work with school. The expectation at KJHK is that we will continue to improve every year, and that requires a lot of work from the staff, and requires everyone to be ready to go at a moments notice. It can be difficult at first to balance the two, but it is definitely worth it in the end.

By |May 7th, 2015|Spotlight|1 Comment

Find out more about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities


This year’s sponsors and exhibitors brochure is available for anyone interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2015 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 22-24 in Minneapolis. Sponsorships are available at many levels, plus there are discounts for early sign-up.

Check out the full Minneapolis site for information on registration, the pre-convention workshop, hotel reservations and submissions for session proposals and the paper competition.

By |May 6th, 2015|CBI News|0 Comments

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KFJC kicks off annual Month of Mayhem

For over half its lifespan KFJC has been dedicating their airwaves each fifth month of the year to become the month of Mayhem. What that means is an entertainment packed month – referred to as Mayhem (never “May”) throughout the next 31 days – of special programming features every day throughout the month …

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Student-Run Courier TV Makes Debut at College of DuPage

“We want to show people what our students can do,” said Jennifer Piehl, Professor of Motion Picture/Television. “When class starts, no one is sitting still. We are always on the move, and students are completely immersed in their work.”

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

KCR honored by city of San Diego

“It’s one of those things you see other people get on TV, and to actually see KCR being recognized for all the hard work was really something special,” Programming Director Matt Hoffman said.

Read more from the Daily Aztec.

Plus, from Radio Survivor,  a special journal edition devoted to college, student, and university radio has just been published by Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. The issue is free and open to all readers.


By |May 5th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Debut Research Paper Showcase in Minneapolis


At the NSEMC in Seattle, I hosted a Faculty Roundtable to garner interest in what CBI could do to further help advisers in our organization who have research requirements at their institutions. One of the possible solutions that resulted from our discussion was a research paper session at future conventions.

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

I encourage CBI faculty and staff advisers 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. Papers will be peer reviewed this summer. 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.

I’ll be sending out a call in May to recruit reviewers for our papers. If you rather not submit but would be interested in reviewing papers, I gladly welcome your help!

I hope this is one more way that CBI can continue to serve our members. Traveling to another convention to present research can be costly, so I hope you consider submitting to our showcase. Complete information is available on our NSEMC website. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Please share this post with fellow advisers who you think would be interested in submitting or reviewing papers for CBI Minneapolis.

By |April 29th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


KRUI celebrates 30 years

89.7 FM The Lab celebrated 30 years on the air on Saturday, April 18 with special events including an alumni reception, alumi shows and a show at The Mill.

Read more from the KRUI anniversary page.

WMXM teams up to promote suicide prevention

The students of the Lake Forest College radio station WMXM have teamed up with Chicago-based Hope For The Day for an event to promote suicide prevention. Hope in the Forest will be a three-day event celebrating stigma-free dialogue and self-expression.

Read more from the Daily North Shore.

Emerson’s WERS to program two nights of Boston’s Outside the Box festival

Though headliners for the event have not yet been named, attendees can expect plenty of national musical acts. According to a press release, the Outside the Box festival is partnering with Greater Media Boston (WKLB Country 102.5, WROR 105.7 and Magic 106.7,). And that there will be “nights devoted to country music and classic rock, and will incorporate Radio 92.9’s EarthFest, an annual concert staged at the Hatch Shell in the past,” reports the Globe. In addition, Emerson College radio station WERS has also programmed two nights of music performances.

Read more from BostInno.

‘Save WRAS’ supporters question GPB’s board meeting cancellation

The latest imbroglio: the Album 88 Alumni group called foul after GPB cancelled its quarterly April 15 board meeting last week the day before it was scheduled to happen.

In a press release, the group said GPB did this to avoid facing them and blamed GPB boss Teya Ryan. At least three WRAS supporters had signed up to speak at the meeting.

Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

WMUC uses college Launch UMD program to fund more sports broadcasts

The world of college radio, particularly in sports is a challenging one. Still viewed as just another campus club, the funding they get has to cover a sports, music and news department in one budget. There’s no dedicated funding, and once the latest round of cash runs out, they’ll have to do this all again. With NCAA athletics bringing in so much money nationally, little of that trickles down to the students broadcasting the achievements of their fellow classmates. It creates an interesting scenario socially, but that’s not an excuse not to be a professional.

Read more from the Washington Post.

By |April 28th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Spotlight: WPTS at the University of Pittsburgh


Special thanks to Rachel and the whole WPTS crew for a great video!

By |April 23rd, 2015|Spotlight|0 Comments