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UMass radio station WMUA to refocus on students with less community involvement

Pearson said, “Our main goal is to reaffirm the mission of WMUA as a student-run radio station to provide educational opportunities (for them) to learn about broadcasting and all of the skills that can be acquired (through the running of the station.)”

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Plus coverage from the Amherst Bulletin, and MassLive follow-up stories “WMUA community members shocked by changes to UMass radio station” and “UMass has faith in decision to refocus WMUA on students.”

WBEZ buys Kankakee Community College public radio station WKCC

John Avendano, president of Kankakee Community College, announced last summer the station would have to shut down to direct resources to instructional and student needs. […] “WKCC has proudly served our community for over seven years delivering public radio and while we’re disappointed that funding issues forced us to sell our license, we are very happy that WBEZ will step in and keep public radio alive in the region.”

Read more from and Northern Public Radio.

With spectrum auction looming, a community college questions the value of its public TV station

“Delta public broadcasting has been part of who Delta College is, and part of our community focus for a long time,” said President Jean Goodnow. “The board, as do I, feel very strongly about the services it provides and that’s why we’re keeping all our options open to stay on the air. However, the board also has a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens of the region, so that’s why they directed us to explore that option as well.”

For Delta’s WDCQ, also known as Q-TV, that decision starts with an eye-popping, $166 million opening auction price, according to FCC documents. The national average starting auction price for a station to relinquish its spectrum and go off the air is $155 million.

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Plus, Radio Survivor visits WMCN at Macalester College and reflects on 2015 with their year-in-review column.

By |December 22nd, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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Titan TV students explore new genre with show Rosemary Park

“Titan TV likes to try new things, which is why I was intrigued to work on this project,” Alden Frautschy, the show’s sound editor, said. “I thought a crime drama was a fun and new project.”

Read more from the Advance Titan.

Students get experience with modern technology thanks to Armstrong school TV studio

“This is a chance to give our students who are interested in production … some real-world experience on modern equipment,” Garritano said as he watched Damrath place a graphic on the screen.
Read more from TribLive News.

Plus, updates on UNLV/KUNV from Nevada Public Radio and Radio Survivor, Radio Survivor visits, and Radio World recaps CBI Minneapolis and the impact of colleges dropping FCC Licenses.

By |December 15th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: SoundExchange Deadlines


Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

SoundExchange (SX) webcasting fees are due by February 1, 2016.  The fees for 2016-2020 are the result of negotiations by CBI and SoundExchange and they have not changed.  The minimum annual (January 1 – December 31) fee is $500.  Chances are you will not owe any additional fees.  Only stations with large audiences (an average of ~200+ concurrent listeners 24/7) will need to concern themselves with additional fees.


If you are just getting started with putting your radio/webcast operations on-line, please see our primer. Likewise, the primer will provide you with the information you need if you have been webcasting copyrighted music and have not been paying SoundExchange. If you need help, contact CBI.

Recordkeeping and Reporting

For 2016 – 2020, you may still choose to use the reporting proxy by paying an additional $100 in most situations.  For 2011-2015, stations were eligible for the proxy if their average concurrent listener levels were below ~75 listeners (55,000 monthly Aggregate Tuning Hours (“ATH”)).  For 2016 stations may have up to ~100 average concurrent listeners (80,000 monthly ATH).

If you exceed the 80,000 ATH in any month, but do not exceed roughly 200+ average concurrent listeners (159,140 ATH) you will need to start submitting reporting samples.  This is a log of the songs you play with artist, song, album, label and spins data.  If you exceed 159,140 ATH, you will need to submit “census” (24/7/365) reports.  If you fall into to either of these you will not need to report ATH or ATP (Actual Total Performances).  The only exception to the lack of ATH data reporting requirement is if the station exceeds the 159,140 “cap” at least once in two consecutive years.

Potential Issue ISRC

In May of 2014 the Copyright Office issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which would require webcasters to submit ISRCs in reports of use.  The ISRC is supposedly a unique identifier embedded in each digital sound recording.   Not all identifiers are unique because the database is flawed and it is up to the end master recorder to input the identifier into the recorded meta data.  Further, the ability to pull that data from recordings is not common in most student station work flows and many stations are not fully automated and many still use analog recordings.  CBI and many of its members filed comments in the proceeding on this and other issues important to them.  We suspect we will know the outcome of that proceeding at or nearly the same time this month.  Perhaps in just a few days.  If the ISRC requirement and other proposed requirements are enacted, we will report it on the blog and on the website. Note that if these changes are enacted, they will have an immediate impact on stations which choose to use the reporting proxy.  For that reason alone, I would suggest that if you decide to pay before the decision is announced and you are eligible for the proxy, you opt to use it and pay the fee.

Paying the Fee(s) and Reporting Options

Paying the fee can, as normal, be accomplished by completing the SoundExchange form.  This form also allows you to select the reporting proxy and pay the associated $100 fee, if you are eligible.  New for 2016, is an option to pay on-line (finally).  SoundExchange has established a payment and reporting portal. I had to contact SX to have them change the email address associated with the station account.

I found the portal to be a bit clunky.  To pay your 2016 fees, you will need to setup up your account and users in the Update your users section. Then you will need to click on manage your accounts.  Then you will need to click on 2016, your station call letters, and then click on Noncommercial Educational Webcaster Service.

A part of the payment process requires you to certify that the station/service will comply with the regulations.  When I tested the site, the certification page included a requirement to certify that the station agreed to the wrong part of the regulations (37 CFR 380 subpart B and not 37 CFR 380 subpart C).  Subpart B is for non-student webcasters.

I contacted SX about this issue and they are working to update the site to address this problem. As such, I cannot report on how the process works from that point forward. I will report updates via the CBI email list.

Some additional notes concerning the portal. If you are changing your status in any way, such as opting to use the proxy when you previously have not, you will need to contact SX in order to update the information. You cannot make that change in the portal. If you are just getting started with SX, you will need to use the form linked above before you can start using the portal.

Also note that in the past, if your station exceeded 159,140 ATH, it would have been advantageous to use another option for paying and reporting in that the costs for listeners would have been less, but the reporting requirements more burdensome. We do not, as of this writing, know if that will be true moving forward. We should know the answer to that question by the end of the month. Again, CBI will keep you updated through its email list and website.


UPDATE:  The certification requirement has been changed to reflect the correct section of the regulations AND to correct other language which was found to be incorrect.  For your reference only, I will not be choose to pay until I know the outcome of the rate setting proceeding which I think may include amendments to the recordkeeping/reporting regulations.  My station would like to report data, but not if the requirements are impossible to meet.

By |December 9th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WSOU/South Orange, NJ Launches Food Drive As ‘Students Change Hunger’
Seton Hall University Rock WSOU (89.5 Pirate Radio)/South Orange, NJ has teamed up with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to participate in this year’s “Students Change Hunger” program. Staff members from WSOU brought in nearly 350 pounds of food for those in need this holiday season.
Read more from All Access.

KUNV and NVPR: The Remix?
There were quite a few shakeups at UNLV in 2015: A new president, a medical school, a push for Tier I status. But one last change may hit before the calendar flips, as UNLV looks into partnering with Nevada Public Radio on their KUNV radio station.
Read more from Vegas Seven.

By |December 8th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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NPR acquisition of UNLV radio station possible 

Nevada Public Radio is poised to assume immediate control of UNLV radio station 91.5-FM The Source this December. The public service operating agreement is finally on a Board of Regents meeting agenda after years of deliberation.

Read more from The Rebel Yell.

Use Amazon Smile to give back to CBI

CBI is a partner with Amazon Smile. Set your Amazon Smile to CBI and a percentage of every purchase you make through Amazon goes back to support student media. For more information on Amazon Smile, visit

By |December 1st, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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CCC launches campus-based radio station

Coahoma Community College Radio WCQC 91.3, a new 50,000-watt FM station, will soon be broadcasting from the campus of CCC in Clarksdale, Miss.

Read more from the Press Register.

College Radio Stands With France
The program originally played on the one-week anniversary of the attacks on French college radio stations across the country, and on college radio stations globally. More stations plan on broadcasting it this week as well.
Read more from Radio World.

WMSR radio lets students take charge of the mics

“The station’s a melting pot,” said Jeremy Brinling, general manager of WMSR. “About a quarter of the shows are talk shows, half are talking and music and the last quarter are just music.”

Read more from the Miami Student.

California College Radio Participants Meet Up for Fall 2015 UCRN Conference at KSPC

UCRN conferences are a long-time tradition and typically take place twice a year at a different California college radio station, often alternating between Northern and Southern California from semester to semester. Stations volunteer to host the conferences, which are free to attendees.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus, the latest Radio Survivor podcast and College Radio Watch.

By |November 24th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: WMCO takes a field trip to visit WPTS


Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Our WMCO radio staff had the awesome opportunity to visit a fellow CBI member station this past weekend. I accompanied nine enthusiastic students for the two hour drive to tour WPTS at the University of Pittsburgh.

The excitement the students brought back far exceeded my expectations. A short day trip was not only a fun way to spend a Saturday, but allowed us to brainstorm ways WMCO could better improve our programming by seeing firsthand how another CBI station operates.

Students on the tour who attended CBI Minneapolis were able to continue conversations started at the convention with their peers. Additionally, students who attended our WPTS trip but couldn’t attend the convention found another way to connect with CBI on a smaller level.


If you live close enough to a fellow CBI media outlet to be able to tour another school’s facilities, I recommend you take advantage of the networking opportunity. It’s a cost-effective way of sharing ideas and an easy way of furthering CBI’s mission by providing professional opportunities to students.

By |November 18th, 2015|Board Blogs|1 Comment

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Fonky Fresh: One Radio DJ’s Megnificent Origin Story

When I came to college, however, I realized that my casual hipsterdom just wasn’t cutting it at a university where most every student is at least marginally hipster. So, how do you step up your game when being a normal college hipster just isn’t enough anymore? You become a supreme college hipster, and sign up for DJ training classes at the campus radio station.

Read more from New University.

CMJ takes College Day on tour

This past Saturday, November 7, CMJ took Portland, Oregon, by storm. We hosted the first inaugural leg of College Day On Tour. Unsurprisingly comfortable rain greeted us, and we then proceeded to have a blast with partner stations KDUP and KPSU.

Read more from CMJ and Radio Survivor.

Editorial: Chicago’s public television drama: What to do with WYCC

Maybe you never noticed that Chicago has two public television stations: WTTW-Ch. 11 and WYCC-Ch. 20. That means twice as much “Downton Abbey.”

Two channels broadcasting one British upper-class melodrama? Sounds a bit posh. Well, it’s daft if it continues because the smaller station, WYCC, is owned by City Colleges of Chicago, which has a chance to sell the channel in a government auction for as much as $474 million.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

By |November 17th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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WSOU DJ spins his way to national award

“I’ve been the production manager for WSOU for about a year and a half now so it’s good to see the hard work paying off,” Flannery said. “The first person I called was my Mom.”

Read more from The Setonian.

Celebrating the 21st anniversary of Internet radio

Which brings me to this milestone. On November 7, 1994, the first-ever radio station Internet broadcast commenced. The source was WXYC, a college radio station at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was a huge technological feat for its day. The era of webcasting had begun. Read more about the history of webcasting here.

Read more from A Journal of Musical Things.

KBIA shakes up local radio scene in Columbia, Mo.

This week KBIA officially took over 90.5 FM, formerly Stephens College station KWWC-FM that played ’80s music and classic rock. The second broadcast frequency allows KBIA to greatly bolster its news content. Before this week, the station aired news in the morning and classical music from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Read more from The Columbia Daily Tribune.


Plus, Radio Survivor’s tour of KRLX, College Radio Watch and their latest podcast episode.

By |November 10th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

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WKNC’s ‘Fridays on the Lawn’ series continues

WKNC 88.1 FM will host the next installment of its “Fridays on the Lawn” concert series on Friday, November 6. The event will feature a distinctly pop feel, with performances by Chapel Hill’s Sunshine Faces and Charlotte “post-internet emotive indie pop” quartet The Mineral Girls. The event begins at 5 p.m. on NC State’s Harris Field and is co-sponsored by the NC State Inter-Residence Council, Student Government and Panoplay.

For more information, check out the flyer.

Music Director at WJCU Breaks with National Association of Broadcasters in Letter to Congress Supporting Artist Pay for Radio Play

“A computer can never replace the power of the human touch. When I listen to music for The Heights I have only one focus: what will make my listeners sit up in their chair and reach for their phone to Shazam what they’re hearing? I play music that I think represents Cleveland. I measure my success in my job by the phone calls and emails I get from our listeners. Nothing else.”

Read more from The Huffington Post.

Private Iowa university launches Internet radio station

“We do not have a shortage of programming ideas coming in from the students,” said graduate student Ryan Bubulka, one of three student managers of the radio station.

Read more from The Daily Nonpareil.

Hillsdale College dedicates radio station

“The new campus radio station offers another great opportunity for our students here at Hillsdale,” John Miller, director of Hillsdale College’s Dow Journalism program, said. “This station will give our students first-hand experience in the art of communicating over the airways to large audiences. We are extremely grateful to Vince Benedetto and his team for their gracious efforts in making this possible.”

Read more from Hillsdale Daily News.

Plus, Radio Survivor recaps the week, tours Radio K and more!

By |November 3rd, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments