Student Media in the News


This Is Why We Exist
The following Tuesday, addressing media-writing students in class, I described the crime as the biggest local-news story in Geneseo in a quarter century or more (according to police, the village’s last murder was 23 years ago). But the unfolding story occurred when much of WGSU’s staff had not yet returned from winter break (automation was turned on). How were we to handle this jarring tragedy as the news was breaking?
Read more from Radio World.

KBGA College Radio begins raising money during annual Thon

In many years, KBGA tries to raise money for something specific, such as new computers for the college radio station’s offices on campus.

“In a year where enrollment is so low, we need all the help we can get for operating costs,” said Kyle Verhovshek, the radio station’s general manager.

The station aims to raise $20,000 during its annual weeklong fundraiser, which will go toward maintaining its mission: community-minded and individually curated music shows and news programming such as “Word of Mouth,” in addition to “fresh needles on the turntables,” Verhovshek said.

Read more from The Missoulian.

Beyond polka battle, WMUA changes may represent a dramatic age shift

On top of the reductions in polka programming, a discussion show called “Focus” has also been cancelled. The program has been broadcasting on WMUA for almost half a century. It’s pretty obvious from this Twitter photo of the show’s last installment that it catered at least in part to an older audience (no disrespect;  I’m an “older audience” myself).

Read more from Radio Survivor.

How Automation Changed College Radio at KUTE

Personally, I spent 2 years researching how the implementation of ENCO’s DAD (Digital Audio Delivery) radio automation software (something some of you may have some experience with) affected KUTE radio, the University of Utah’s now online-line only student radio station. I focused on how the software affected policy and organizational culture at the station. For many, automation may seem like a no-brainer route to a professional and better-educated college radio station, but I will make the case that it would be wise to examine and consider the possible unforeseen consequences before such implementation.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column.


By |February 2nd, 2016|CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: We Learn by Doing


Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

In his blog post of January 6th of this year, author, entrepreneur, and brilliant marketer Seth Godin touched on the importance of being involved in activities like student electronic media. He wrote about how college seniors across the country are kicking their post-college job searches into high gear right now, and his post validates how giving 100% to something you are passionate about while in school pays real dividends when it comes time to land a job or pursue your dreams after graduation.

You can read Seth’s full entire entry here. This is the part of post that reminded me of why college radio, TV, and other electronic media are such vital experiences for students:

The thing is, whether you’re a newly graduating senior (in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt) or a middle-aged, experienced knowledge worker looking for a new job, what the best gigs want to know is:

  • Can you show me a history of generous, talented, extraordinary side projects?
  • Have you ever been so passionate about your work that you’ve gone in through the side door?
  • Are you an expert at something that actually generates value?
  • Have you connected with leaders in the field in moments when you weren’t actually looking for a job?
  • Does your reputation speak for itself?
  • Where online can I see the trail of magic you regularly create?

None of these things are particularly difficult to learn, if you are willing to be not very good at them before you’re good at them.

Student electronic media offers the opportunity for a student to be not very good at something until s/he becomes good at it. At my campus radio station, student staff members are held to professional standards, but they are also given the room to make mistakes, fail, try again, improve, and through this they usually get really good. This is true at campus media outlets nationwide. Those of us who advise, mentor, and/or teach regularly see students who “go in through the side door,” and network even when not looking for a job because they simply wish to learn, create, and master something they love to do.

CBI member media outlets are truly special places. We encourage learning by doing and experimentation. We build confidence and reputations in young adults. We allow students to learn from mistakes. We create spaces in which magic can be created and shared. It is very different than what is traditionally taught in a classroom, but it is precisely the kind of learning so many students need for 21st century careers. And I am deeply grateful that CBI is there to support all of us, students and advisers alike.



By |January 27th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Seton Hall’s WSOU Bests Blizzard
WSOU(FM) remained on the air, despite campus’ closure. Student staffers, as well as Program Director Steve Varsanyi, Technical Operations Director Brian Kane, Assistant News Director Katie Fatzler and Assistant Program Director Holly Fitzpatrick worked in shifts to provide weather and traffic reports, news updates and other updates during Winter Storm Jonas. WSOU also broadcast its typical music and sports programming, including the long running “Hall Line” call-in show.
Read more from Radio World.

Consultants who wrote WMUA report commend UMass officials for addressing station problems

But after receiving the consultant’s report, UMass announced that WMUA would now be more student focused, with less community involvement.

The changes meant non-student programming would be limited to 24 hours instead of 36.

Read more as the battle for polka programming wages on from

Campus View: Thank You, College Radio, for the Experience
In a time when too many stories of college radio stations closing their doors saturate our news feeds, I want to share a happy milestone about the station I call home. I’m proud to be the faculty station manager to a live, student-staffed, year-round educational FM radio station. WMCO(FM) 90.7 MHz at Muskingum University celebrates 55 years on the air Jan. 28, and I couldn’t be more proud of my students and the history of our operation.
Read more about WMCO’s anniversary from Radio World.
Plus, Educational Media Foundation is donating Contemporary Christian WCCC-A/West Hartford, Conn. to University of Northwestern-St. Paul. See more from All Access.
And, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch and weekly podcast.


By |January 26th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


BMI Foundation announces BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting

The BMI Founders Award is an annual scholarship competition open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. The award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with an unprecedented and enduring mission: to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded for the best original essay response submitted to the competition and recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio.

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the the BMI Foundation website.

Delta College’s Q-TV will continue to broadcast, backs out of spectrum auction

The public spoke. And Delta College leaders listened. After weeks of receiving impassioned pleas from hundreds of loyal viewers, Delta’s public television station, WDCQ, will continue to broadcast.

The board of trustees, in a special meeting Tuesday, voted unanimously to not participate in the Federal Communication Commission’s Spectrum Auction.

“This is proof that I can hear, the administration can hear and my colleagues can hear,” said Saginaw Trustee R. Earl Selby, a longtime PBS advocate and host of “Dateline Delta,” a monthly news magazine program.

Delta President Jean Goodnow said, “There is tremendous support for the station within the board, the college and in the community. Public opinion to stay on the air has been overwhelming.”

Read more from and WSGW.

Polka programming threatened in Amherst

Amherst, University of Massachusetts campus radio station WMUA-FM is having a Polka crisis. The Daily Hampshire has the deets. Apparently the signal is sunsetting some Polka shows, among them “Polka Bandstand” and “Early Bird Polka.” Plus there will be a general scaling back of Saturday Polka programming from twelve to four hours.

Read more from Radio Survivor, including an update on a polka programming petition in the works.


Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch and the latest podcast installment explores if 2016 will be the end of indie Internet radio.



By |January 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Contests, FCC, Member News|0 Comments

CBI Board positions accepting nominations

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is now accepting nominations for President and Treasurer, each with a 3-year term beginning December 1, 2016.  We are also accepting nominations for the remainder of a term for Secretary.  The Secretary position’s term in office runs until December 1, 2017.  To be considered, nominations must be received by Ed Arke (, Election Commissioner; by February 15, 2016 (self-nominations are accepted).

The election of new Board positions will be held later this winter (mid February-mid March) and the results will be announced via listserv on March 31st. For more information related to the qualifications and duties, please visit the CBI Bylaws. Consider nominating a colleague or yourself for this great opportunity to serve our organization.

Please note this is a recently revised election timeline.  As a result of the transition, the current Student Director’s term will run until April 30, 2017.

By |January 15th, 2016|About CBI|0 Comments

Board Blog: Get to Know Vice President Dave Asplund


Hi Everyone

Dave Asplund, CBI Vice President

Dave Asplund, CBI Vice President

My name is Dave Asplund and I work at one of the three PBS Stations in New Mexico. We work on the scenic and pleasant campus of Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, N.M. KENW PBS New Mexico, the PBS station I work at, is a hands on teaching television station. I work in Master Control quality checking and preparing programming on the 3 KENW TV channels, make sure the equipment is working like it should, and log the information required by the FCC.

I am a graduate of ENMU with a bachelor’s degree in Communications with the emphasis in Broadcast Production and a minor in Fine Arts. I also have a trade certificate in TV and Video Production from the Academy of Radio & TV Broadcasting that use to be in Mesa, Ariz. What both schools gave me was training in working both in the analog and digital arena.

Student Media is the outlet for growing Journalists, documentary makers, DJs, and other students to get hands on training for Broadcasting. While at ENMU I worked my way up to Station Manager for Houndwaves, the Student Radio station, and senior producer for News 3 New Mexico, the daily news program run by students and reported by students. As a graduate and professional I look at as my turn to share what I have learned.

As the new VP, I am finding my way the same way a freshman at college looks at the new school. I am here to share the pearls of wisdom I have come across and talk about what it takes for a smooth TV or other student media operation. I look forward to anybodies questions, and to talk about some the aspects of the TV side of broadcasting that may not come up in the classroom.

Have fun and keep it real folks,


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

Student Media in the News


Honolulu’s College Radio Station Shifts Frequencies for the First Time in 40 Years

The new gear will boost signal strength from 3,000 watts of power to 7,000. That puts KTUH among the strongest 1 percent of college radio stations across the United States. However, it requires KTUH to shift frequencies for the first time in more than 40 years, from 90.3 FM to 90.1 FM.

Read more from Honolulu Magazine.

New details on Catawba College Foundation purchase of Concord radio station
Two AM stations in Salisbury, WSAT 1280 and WSTP 1490, are already held by the Catawba Foundation and managed by Buddy Poole.  Poole said the acquisition of WTIX will allow the three stations to collectively rebrand themselves as Rowan-Cabarrus Radio. Further, Poole shared, the operations of WSAT and WTIX will be combined, using the Memories format (great songs from the 60s, 70s, and a bit of the 80s) already in place at WSAT.
Read more from WBTV.

Hillsdale College Opens Radio Studio in DC To Get Voices Heard

Located blocks away from the U.S. Capitol at 227 Massachusetts Ave., the Boyle Radio Studio is part of Hillsdale’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship; it’s also a boon for Hillsdale students participating in Washington internships.

Read more from Inside Radio.

WJPZ/Syracuse Announces 31st Annual Banquet
The alumni association of student-run Syracuse University WJPZ (Z89) will hold its 31st annual Birthday Banquet on Saturday, April 2. Also during the banquet weekend, the WJPZ Alumni Association will induct its eighth class into the WJPZ Hall of Fame. Discounted registration is available through Jan. 31. Register here.
Read more from All Access.


Plus, Radio Survivor investigates contenders for the oldest women’s college station, the black college radio convention and more.

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

Student Media in the News

Catawba College Foundation, 2B Productions, purchase WTIX

Records from the Federal Communications Commission indicate that 2B Productions, affiliated with the Catawba College Foundation, has purchased Concord radio station WTIX. Catawba College is located in Salisbury, N.C.

The sale was approved on December 17, according to FCC records.

2B Productions is also the owner of Salisbury radio stations WSAT-Memories 1280 and WSTP-Carolina Country.

Read more from WBTV.

Jury’s out on WUSF-TV’s future as college weighs selling airwaves

The USF Board of Trustees voted unanimously in October to enter WUSF-TV in the March 29 Federal Communications Commission incentive broadcast spectrum auction. This first-ever auction allows TV stations to sell or trade their broadcasting rights and free up space on the spectrum to serve the growing demand for wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Read more from The Tampa Tribune.


Plus, Radio Survivor visits KSPC-FM.

By |January 5th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Why Join CBI?


Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

On December 1, I began my seventh year on CBI’s board of directors. While my official title is secretary, what I really am is the organization’s membership coordinator. As part of that role, I take questions from media outlets across the country about what CBI does and why they should join our illustrious organization. In this board blog, I thought I would share some of my reasons for joining CBI.

Discounted National Student Electronic Media registration

As a practical person, I always start with the financial incentive to join CBI. Each October, CBI hosts the National Student Electronic Media Convention and brings students, adviser/managers and industry professionals together to talk about audio, video and multimedia programming, promotions and operations. I know it is expensive to send folks to conventions, but it is such an incredibly informative and empowering experience that it really is worth it. Our post-convention surveys show that nearly everyone who attends CBI’s annual convention would recommend it to others. While the convention is open to non-members, members save $60-$70 per person in convention registration. If your media outlets plans on sending more than two people it is actually cheaper to purchase a $125 annual media membership first and then take advantage of the discounted convention registration. (Shameless plug: The next National Student Electronic Media Convention will be Oct. 20-22, 2016 at the Philadelphia Sonesta Hotel.)

Free entry into the National Student Production Awards

If you are not interested in joining CBI for its great convention programming, another financial reason for membership is free entry into its National Student Production Awards. The awards are highly competitive, with more than 800 entries received in 24 categories in 2015. Each media outlet can submit two entries per category, but non-members pay a $65 fee per entry. As with convention registration, any media outlet planning to submit at least two entries saves money by first purchasing a media membership. While not every media outlet will be able to attend the National Student Electronic Media Convention every year, all of them should consider submitting at least one or two entries to the National Student Production Awards. (Shameless plug: The deadline for 2016 award entries will be in early May.)

Ask questions on the CBI listserv

If promises of trips to Philadelphia and fancy awards do not sway you, another compelling reason to join CBI is for its robust email listserv. I strongly encourage all CBI media members to join the general CBI listserv to ask questions and connect with students and adviser/managers across the world. From technical specifications to underwriting language to social media policies, the CBI listserv is a treasure trove of information for new and veteran members of student electronic media. Students are also encouraged to join the listserv, ask questions and make comments. Learn how to sign up at Even if you set up an email filter and only occasionally browse through responses, you are bound to find something worthwhile.

Be part of a student media community

While saving money and connecting with fellow radio and video folk are excellent justifications to join CBI, the best reason is to be part of a student media community. In June 2015, CBI updated its mission statement to read, “CBI is a member-driven organization serving students and advisers of college and high school electronic media outlets. Through events, programs and a network of expertise, we provide our members with educational and professional opportunities and facilitate advocacy.” CBI is a member-driven organization. Those who serve CBI on its board of directors, on awards and programming committees and in various other ways all represent a member media outlet. We each joined CBI originally to be part of that greater community (or maybe save money on convention registration) and contribute to the higher cause that is student radio and video operations. We joined to ask and answer questions of our student media peers. We joined to help fight for reasonable webcasting rates. We joined to provide our fellow members with educational and professional opportunities and to help facilitate advocacy. We joined to not be alone in our individual student media bubble, but to be part of something greater.

Join us?

CBI media memberships are for radio, video and multimedia outlets run by students at middle school, high school, community colleges and colleges across the United States and world. If you have any questions – or what to join CBI or renew a lapsed membership – you can contact me at

By |December 31st, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


University of Hawaii radio to double power, expand reach in January

The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s student-run radio station will install a new transmitter and antenna on Tantalus on Oahu in January. The new equipment will increase the station’s power from 3,000 watts to 7,000 watts and extend its reach to more than 870,000 listeners.

Read more from Pacific Business News and All Access Music Group.

Editorial: UMass asserts its command over radio station’s future

A tumultuous 2015 for a University of Massachusetts radio station appears likely to spill over into the new year. An announcement last week that university officials plan a major restructuring at WMUA — one that will shift control to students and away from community members — has produced more rancor.

Despite both sides saying they value each other and want to work together, their actions suggest that’s not going to be easy.

Read more from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, including this letter to the editor, “Do UMass students even listen to WMUA these days?”


Plus, David Oxenford explains the latest CRB webcasting royalty decision on his blog, and Yahoo! Tech explores LPFM.

By |December 29th, 2015|CBI News, Member News, Webcasting|0 Comments