After a week away we are back with our final month of Weekly Showcase stations for the Spring semester! Who better to start us off than the recently announced mtvU College Radio Woodie award winner 90.5 WASU FM at Appalachian State University!
Founded in 1972 WASU is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year! WASU is a non-profit station completely student-run. They broadcast a wide range of music and shows as well as work with local musicians and organizations to help the community. Not only did they recently win the mtvU Woodie award, but they were also added to the iHeart network earlier this year.
To check out more from this awesome station check out the links below!
This week we are showcasing ACRN (All Campus Radio Network) broadcasting from Ohio University! Founded in 1971, the all student-run station has a long and rich history. Since 1999 the station has been a 24/7 webcasting power house playing a “college rock” format but also including speciality shows ranging from hip-hop, metal, punk and classic rock.
The station uses their website and social media in creative ways to interact with their audience. They offer four different blogs from their staff talking about the latest music news and they have a Tumblr page that features photos from recent shows.
They also produce videos to highlight local bands and recent guests!
To listen to this awesome station check out their live feed – ACRN Listen Live! And to find out more about ACRN – The Rock Lobster check out the sites below:
Fellow CBI Members:
I am pleased to announce that this fall, for the first time ever, CBI will present its own convention, to be held October 25 – 27, 2012 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in downtown Atlanta. UPDATE: The convention website is now open.
The CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention is the only conference dedicated exclusively to the interests of student radio stations, TV/video outlets, and webcasters. Held in one of America’s media capitals, the conference will feature three days of interactive sessions led by broadcast professionals and your peers, as well as the presentation of the National Student Production Awards.
While our past convention partnerships with CMA and ACP have been fruitful, the CBI Board of Directors is excited about this opportunity to put the interests of student broadcasters first. With an exclusive focus on issues related to student radio, TV, and online broadcasters – as well as an affordable, conveniently located venue – we are confident that our convention will be the most beneficial experience your station will have this year.
As with all CBI initiatives, this will only succeed with the support of our membership. Please begin making your plans to join us. We are also looking for members to share their expertise by submitting a session proposal. Registration, session proposal information, and additional details will be distributed in the near future.
We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta and, as always, welcome your feedback.
Olivia Yankey from CollegeMagazine.com wrote an article asking “When was the last time you listened to your campus radio station?” and stating that “College students are a part of the age group that’s abandoned radio faster than anyone else in the U.S. With iPods, music-enabled smart phones and websites like Pandora and 8tracks, it isn’t hard to see why radio listenership of all types has been on the decline.” It also discusses what some stations are doing to get fellow students interested in their station. To read more from this article click on the link – The Case for College Radio
Our weekly showcase station this week is WFAL Falcon Radio at Bowling Green State University. Founded over 40 years ago in a student’s dorm room, it was originally the campus AM station known as 1610 AM-WFAL. Now known as Falcon Radio, WFAL broadcasts on the web and local radio airwaves.
The station offers a wide variety of music genres, news, sports, and talk shows. One of their popular talk shows is TransTalk, which is a weekly radio show about transgender issues. You can listen to their stream live every day on their website www.falconradio.org.
If you are interested in finding out more about Falcon Radio check out the links below:
WBTW News13 recently produced a story on CBI member station WCCU Radio at Coastal Carolina University. The story talks about their online station and features one of the station’s shows, “The Real Situation.” To see the news story, check out the video below or visit the link – College Radio is Alive and Well in Conway.
In November, Clemson’s student-run radio station and a CBI member station, WSBF 88.1FM, was recognized by RadioFlag as a Spirited College Radio Station. RadioFlag, as stated on their FaceBook page, is a live radio search engine where listeners can search their interests, stream stations live, and connect with other radio listeners, all from on device. RadioFlag has also featured some of the WSBF DJs on their blog. To read more about WSBF, Spirited College Radio Station Awards, and RadioFlag check out the links below.
Clemson University’s Press Release - Clemson’s student-run WSBF recognized by RadioFlag
Letter of Recognition – From WSBF’s FB Page
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January 31 is the last day to pay webcasting fees for those already licensed. Remember, CBI negotiated to allow student radio stations to be able to pay a $100 fee in lieu of reporting to SoundExchange any of the must you play, if your ATH is low enough. If you have questions about webcasting fees, please feel free to call CBI! For more information see our post on this issue and what forms you need to complete.
If you are just starting your radio stream this calendar year, you have 45 days from the end of the month in which you start streaming to pay SoundExchange.
In the official press release from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment the President and CEO, John Hogan said, “Bringing college radio stations to iHeartRadio is a great source of local and independent programming that offers our users a more diverse listening experience and also provides listeners new opportunities for music, news and sports exposure and discovery. Many of our top on-air personalities started their radio careers at college radio stations and we are glad to give back by providing these great college stations with an industry-leading national distribution platform — iHeartRadio.”
Some of the collegestations include:
- Appalachian State’s WASU – Rock, North Carolina
- Connecticut College’s WCNI – Block Programming, Connecticut
- Dartmouth College’s WFRD – Modern Rock, New Hampshire
- Denison University’s WDUB – Block Programming, Ohio
- DePaul University’s Radio DePaul – Block Programming, Illinois
- Emerson College’s WERS – Adult Alternative, Massachusetts
- Flagler College’s WFCF – Block Programming, Florida
- Green River College’s KGRG – Alternative Rock, Washington State
- Ithaca College’s WICB – Modern Rock, New York
- Rice University’s Rice Radio – Block Programming, Texas
- Seton Hall University’s WSOU – Hard Rock/Metal, New Jersey
- Stanford University’s KZSU- Block Programming, California
- Temple University’s WHIP – Block Programming, Pennsylvania
- College of Wooster’s WCWS – Block Programming ,Ohio
You can read more from this press release and see each of the College radio genre features at -The New iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations
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If your radio station is webcasting sound recordings without having obtained royalty waivers, your station must make some decisions and pay the annual minimum fee prior to January 31, 2010.
Royalty Fees for the webcasting of sound recordings are paid on an annual basis each January. The minimum fee is $500.
Stations also need to make a decision as to whether they want to opt-in to the CBI negotiated settlement that offers an option to pay a fee instead of submitting the required reports of use or submit reports that don’t require ATH or ATP data. For many broadcast stations, this option makes is a great choice. For unlicensed (those without an FCC broadcast license) stations, opting into the CBI negotiated settlement may be the only viable option as the new recordkeeping regulations require your station to submit reports of use (artist, song, album, label and listeners to each song played) on monthly basis for the entire month. By opting into the CBI settlement, these stations can, in most cases, either pay $100 and report nothing or report some data and not pay the fee.
More in depth information is available on the 2010 CBI guide to webcasting for Educational Stations page. Use our contact page for questions.