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Board Blog: Hello 2018! And Hello CBI!

My name is Hames, Steven Hames and I am proud to be serving as CBI’s Secretary for this year … and hopefully for more (wink, wink, cough, cough).

Steven Hames, CBI Secretary

Many of you know that I have been serving CBI as the Awards Coordinator for the past five years, but there are a few things that you might not know about me. Professionally, I am the adviser for Viking Fusion and technology specialist for the Department of Communication at Berry College in northwest Georgia. A role that I have had since 2011. Before that, I served as a producer, director, and editor at several local origination television stations in north Georgia for 15 years.

I’m also a movie nerd. I’m that person who is always quoting movies and asking random movie trivia questions. I have always loved movies. When I was eight years old I saw this “little” film about a boy who befriends an alien. You may have heard of it … “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” That movie impacted me so much that two years later I decided that I wanted to work in film and TV for a living. And I did it. And I enjoyed it, but as I got older I realized that I wanted to give back and help others in the industry … especially those in college, as I had some great mentors who helped me as an undergrad. I had worked with and mentored several college interns over the years, so the appeal of working full-time at a college or university really spoke to me. And now I get to do that and I’m loving every minute of it.

A big reason for loving it, is seeing my students (my “adopted” children) succeed and be recognized for their hard work. I know many of you feel the same way. In the event that you don’t know, CBI has one of the premier platforms for students to be recognized on … the National Student Production Awards. The awards give students the opportunity to compete against students from across the nation, which is something they will be doing when they enter the job market, and to be recognized on a national level, which looks good on a resume. So while the submission window is still a couple of months away, it doesn’t hurt now for your station to identify and hold onto those news reports, shows, documentaries, commercials, etc. that you want to consider entering. Makes things a lot easier when those pesky deadlines approach.

And to paraphrase Truman Burbank from “The Truman Show,” in case I don’t see ya until the Seattle convention, Good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight.

By | January 10th, 2018|About CBI, Board Blogs|0 Comments

101 reasons, and then some, to come to #CBISanAntonio!

101 sessions, an award-winning Keynote Speaker, the River Walk and the Alamo. It’s CBI San Antonio 2017!

John Morris, CBI President

We are just weeks away from CBI San Antonio and the National Student Electronic Media Convention! I am very excited to get there for all that this offers, including great sessions, networking, an awesome location and, as always, great restaurants to visit.

Starting with the sessions, which is usually the first reason why most of us make the annual pilgrimage to the NSEMC. There is a great list of topics that will keep you learning all day each day. If you haven’t looked at the sessions, head to the convention site and check out the listings.  It doesn’t matter what area of student electronic media you are in, there are numerous topics that you will find interesting. If your specialty is video, a quick sampling will show you topics that cover sports video, approaches to make profession videos and how to get your video accepted in film festivals.

If audio and radio is your thing, there are sessions every hour that will help you and your media outlet improve. These topics include on-air tips, music scheduling, remotes and formatting. Regardless of your station’s genre, you will learn about new ideas from professionals, college instructors and your own peers. It’s amazing how often you can learn from students talking about different approaches that they take at their own outlets.

The NSEMC is much more than radio and TV. Beyond the hard skills that you can learn, there are also soft skills that will help you move up the management ladder, be it before or after graduation. Then, there are also the sessions covering social media, working with your school’s administration, and the growing popularity and necessity of podcasts. If you don’t return to your school with a notebook full of ideas to share with your station, well, you just weren’t paying attention.

As I mention a notebook, I strongly encourage you to take one with you, or whatever digital device on which you like to take notes. As you are learning, write down what was said, the approaches suggested, and the tips to help make changes. When you return to your student electronic media outlet, share those ideas with the rest of the staff. This way, learning will carry on to the next set of leaders. Even though I have been attending these conferences for over 10 years, it never ceases to amaze me that my staff and I learn something new every time.

We’ve worked to make the schedule flow so that you can attend a full morning of sessions, take an hour lunch, during which no sessions are happening, then back for an afternoon of learning. That’s for Thursday and Friday. Make sure that you stay for Saturday as well. We open the morning with more topics that will add to the knowledge you will have already gained. Then after a lunch break, we cap the NSEMC off with the keynote speaker and then the National Student Production Awards. Our keynote speaker, award-winning videographer Roger Lindley, will help you learn the tricks to making quality videos on a limited budget. This is something everyone will be able to use, even if you are in radio, social media, news, sports or any related field.

After the sessions, be sure to take in everything San Antonio offers, including conventions sites that have offer so much more. There’s the famous River Walk out the back door of the hotel, the Alamo a block outside the front door, incredible restaurants in all directions, and the general beauty and hospitality of the people of San Antonio. After you get to the hotel, you will find that everything you want or need is easily within walking distance, or perhaps a short and enjoyable boat ride.

By | October 12th, 2017|Board Blogs, Conferences|Comments Off on 101 reasons, and then some, to come to #CBISanAntonio!

San Antonio: ‘I Can’t Wait!’

“Looks amazing! I can’t wait to go and check out some of these panels with the rest of the staff.”

Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

That is an actual quote from one of my students. It was in an email this student sent me after taking a look at the schedule for the National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC). It is not the first time someone has expressed this kind of enthusiasm to me when it comes to the NSEMC, and I don’t think it will be the last.

Simply put, attending the NSEMC is one of the best investments you will make this academic year. If you are involved with student-run electronic media, there is no better value in terms of time and money than this annual convention. I have yet to have any student tell me that attending the NSEMC was a waste of time. Through the years, they have found the experience to be not only valuable, but essential to becoming more effective student leaders and better at their student media jobs.

With the early-bird deadline for registration just a week away (the deadline for the lowest rate of $100 for members is Oct. 2!), now is a good time to take a peek at some of the things that are in store for NSEMC 2017. A few highlights include:

  • Incredible Sessions! With more than 100 sessions and panels scheduled, you will find plenty of topics that interest you. Check out the awesome line-up of sessions that CBI has put together here:
  • Improve Your Media Outlet. The NSEMC’s Video/TV and Radio/Audio Clinics are unique opportunities for a one-on-one (or group) meeting with an adviser from another student media outlet. The adviser will help you gain new insights into the questions and challenges faced by your media operation. You don’t have to go it alone! Sign up now to reserve your timeslot.
  • Become A Better Music Programmer. For 2017, we’ve incorporated MusicMaster’s highly successful Genius Day workshops into a series of sessions on Thursday, Nov. 2. Even if you don’t have MusicMaster at your station, you will benefit from the many music scheduling and programming tips you’ll learn throughout the day.
  • You’ll Laugh. You’ll Cry. You’ll Cheer. Whether you are a nominee or not, you don’t want to miss The National Student Production Awards on Saturday afternoon. Held right after the keynote address, you’ll see and hear the very best the student media world has to offer.
  • Get Ready to Impress. Back by popular demand, the NSEMC will feature private resume and demo reviews with award-winning radio report Glenn Schuck from America’s most listened to all news radio station, 1010 WINS in New York City. Space is limited, so sign up now. And don’t miss career-focused sessions like Getting Your First Job in TV, Breaking Into Sports Media and Working with Boomers.

  • Media Tours. CBI has secured three tours of media facilities in San Antonio. Registration is now open online.
  • Make New Friends. Whether you are a student, adviser, faculty member or industry professional, the NSEMC is an excellent place to connect with peers who share your interests and understand your struggles. Come ready to build a network of support and inspiration.
  • It’s San Antonio! The convention hotel is right on the famous Riverwalk, and from The Alamo to the San Antonio Museum of Art to Market Square, there is plenty to see and do after convention hours. Plus Mi Tierra is open 24 hours!

Each year the NSEMC keeps getting better. So if you haven’t already, make your plans now to join your fellow CBI members at NSEMC 2017. Again, the early bird registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 2. Visit to register.

I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!







By | September 25th, 2017|Board Blogs, CBI News, Conferences|Comments Off on San Antonio: ‘I Can’t Wait!’

Nationwide EAS Test – You Must Act Now

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

The  FCC, in conjunction with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  This will have an impact on all FCC licensed stations that participate in EAS.   If this test applies to you, pay attention.

You must complete the 2017 ETRS Form One on or before August 28, 2017.  The date is important to note because many school stations may not be on-the-air on that date or may be operating on limited schedules.  The rules do not include any provisions (to my non-lawyer knowledge) for exceptions.

The form is a little tricky to complete and requires information you may not have at your fingertips, so the earlier you start to complete the form, the better.  Do not wait to complete this form.  The sooner the better.

If you have changes to your EAS info, you must submit those changes or before August 28, 2017.

One the day of the test, you must report your information your information on ETRS Form Two.  This form will likely ask you about what you received and what you rebroadcast.  It may ask for additional information concerning the equipment you use.

Click here to login.

Even though I previously registered I was not able to login.  I had to use the new user page.

Need to reset you password?   Do it here.

CBI may be able to help with simple questions, but, as always, you legal counsel is your best resource.

By | August 19th, 2017|Board Blogs, Broadcasting News|Comments Off on Nationwide EAS Test – You Must Act Now

Board Blog: Thanks, again, Minneapolis!

KDWB host Falen Lambert gives an insider’s view of morning shows.

CBI hosted the first-ever Broadcast Management track at the College Media Mega Workshop last week in Minneapolis and the results exceeded even our most optimistic projections.

Greg Weston, CBI Immediate Past President

Thirty students and advisers gathered on the beautiful campus of the University of Minnesota for an intensive, three-day workshop designed to give them the tools to

hit the ground running and improve their media outlets in the coming school year.

Attendees learned from the best — and I don’t just mean the five CBI board members who led sessions. College Media Business and Advertising Managers (CMBAM) president Tami Bongiorni led an underwriting workshop. Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center presented on the legal issues we all face in broadcasting and social media. Local morning show co-host Falen Lambert taught them how to put design a show. And they were able to visit the magnificent studios of Radio K (KUOM) at the University of Minnesota.

Frank LoMonte presents the ins and outs of staying legal.

CBI is grateful to our hosts, Associated College Press, for inviting us to join them, CMBAM and College Media Association at the Mega Workshop. Collaboration of this sort among college media groups enhances our ability to provide great services to our members. We hope to join them again in Minneapolis next summer.

We hope you join us there, too.

By | July 19th, 2017|About CBI, Board Blogs, Conferences|Comments Off on Board Blog: Thanks, again, Minneapolis!

Board Blog: 10 Student Media Skills for your Resume

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Treasurer

It’s summer, a time for the newly graduated to fill out scores of applications in hopes of landing that first full-time job. For those who worked in student radio and television, don’t forget to add that role to your resume. Regardless of your major or career plans, your student media experience has taught you a lot of things you might not realize.

How to take criticism
Whether you’re a DJ on campus radio, a reporter for campus television or have pretty much any role in student media, your work is on display for the public to love or hate. Student media will teach you to take criticism, adapt your performance as needed and ignore non-constructive feedback.

How to work with minimal supervision
The ability to work with minimal supervision is an often-overlooked skill, but one that is necessary to survive in student media. Your student managers don’t have time to hold your hand on every assignment, so you will need to learn to figure some things out for yourself.

How to talk to important people
Reporters regularly talk to important people, be it famous musicians or the college president. My students have interviewed actor Danny McBride, comedian Colin Quinn, and former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder. Working in student media gives you the opportunity to meet regional and sometimes national celebrities and learn (most of them) are just regular people. When the chairperson of your new company strolls into a meeting, you won’t need to be awestruck. Just smile and introduce yourself.

How to be a team player
On the first day of training every semester I show a photo of an iceberg as a metaphor for student media. What the public sees or hears is the finished product, but there are many other people who make it all happen – writing scripts, running cameras, programming music, editing audio and managing the staff. Working in student media teaches you to be part of a team that relies on all its members to make the media outlet succeed.

How to handle pressure
The computer with your meticulously crafted playlist just died. Your heavily hyped guest is stuck in traffic and won’t make it to the studio before the end of your broadcast. It’s pouring down rain for your outdoor event. Student media is fraught with last-minute changes that will teach you to handle pressure. (Hint: For outdoor events, always have a rain location.)

How to promote yourself and your media outlet
Speaking of that heavily hyped guest, student media teaches you to promote yourself and your media outlet. How many times have you posted on social media about your upcoming broadcast or an event hosted by your media outlet? The answer is probably tons. Those promotion skills will carry over to your full-time job, too.

How to document procedures
One of the greatest legacies you can leave your media outlet is to document what you do in your position so when it’s time for you to leave your successor isn’t as clueless as you might have been when you took the job. They’ll know who to contact for ticket giveaways, the right format to export videos and how to get funding from Student Government. Knowing how to document procedures will also impress your future bosses, as it’s important for many jobs.

How to use Google Drive
My media outlet uses Google Drive for everything from those training documents you just created to sign up for shifts over the winter holiday to managing underwriting orders. You’ll be a Google Drive guru in no time.

How to speak into a microphone
Maybe this skill isn’t one for your resume, but it’s still important. How many times have you attended an event where people stand too far from the microphone and no one can hear them? Have you ever noticed student media people never have that problem? That’s because we know how to speak into a microphone.

How to be self-confident
Finally, and probably most importantly, working in student media helps you build confidence in yourself and your unique talents.


By | May 17th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: 10 Student Media Skills for your Resume

Student Media in the News

WUML hits airwaves in renovated studio

Up until a few weeks ago, WUML broadcasted from a tiny room beside their office for 24 hours a day.

The closet that held some of the radio station’s extensive music collection had an irrigation system that spurted water mere weeks after they moved. Radio staff and interns sent out their programs over the airwaves on equipment out of storage with a board that looked straight out of the 1980s.

Read more from The Connector.

KFJC’s 37th Month of Mayhem to Feature More than 56 Radio Specials + Live Performances

Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89. 7 FM is launching its 37th annual “Month of Mayhem” on May 1, 2017. This annual KFJC tradition features a month of special music and public affairs programming produced by KFJC volunteers on a variety of topics. This year’s schedule includes at least 56 specials so far, with more being added every day up until the end of May. The Month of Mayhem began on KFJC in 1981 and has always been an eagerly anticipated event, as DJs and show hosts meticulously plan and produce a staggering array of special programs and events.

Read more from the KFJC Mayhem page.

WSOU Mentoring Program Connects Students with CBS Radio, New York  

It may strike some as counter intuitive when it comes to the digital native generations, but radio and audio careers remain popular among millennials and Generation Z. The interest is so strong that Seton Hall University’s student-run WSOU 89.5 FM revamped and expanded its mentoring program this academic year. That expansion was on display last week when students Nick Durant and Tim Bonomo were accompanied by WSOU alumnus, mentor and retired WCBS-FM music director Richard Lorenzo to observe the operations of CBS Radio in New York City.

Read more from Seton Hall.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WHIP at Temple University and the College Radio Watch column.

And, find out more about the CBI Broadcast Management track at the summer College Media Mega Workshop, and submit entries to the 2017 Student Production Awards.

By | May 2nd, 2017|Board Blogs, Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: Celebrate Your Squeaky Violin

Paul Crutcher, CBI Secretary

I recently had a student come to my office asking if I would help them put together an aircheck for a potential job. While I am always happy to help our students, the cold hard fact was that this person has neglected many opportunities to work on our campus radio station — no regular air shift — skipped staff meetings — really just on the fringes of what our student broadcast station has to offer. While a mock air check might have gotten this person through an interview, the reality is that opportunities to work on the craft of radio broadcasting have been missed.

No one is born a broadcaster. The simple truth is that necessary skills are developed through the crucible of experience. Overnight air shifts with inaudible drunken song requests, carrying equipment to the station remote broadcast, production opportunities, music selection meetings, quick thinking during an on air interview, or the sheer repetition of the mechanics of a quality air shift — those are the opportunities missed with little to no involvement in student media.

Learning to be a broadcaster is similar to learning to play the violin — it’s going to be squeaky and full of flaws as you begin the learning process. The good news is that you can improve with time and dedication. Your skills will get better. Utilize the space that has been provided to you. Volunteer at every opportunity — on-air, news, sports, production, and promotions. Aircheck yourself and really listen for ways you can improve. Seek advice from those you respect both on your campus and from those working in the industry.

As you develop these skills, in essence, you are fine-tuning your violin. At the same time, you will be increasing in the confidence to take on the next challenge presented to you.

Don’t miss out on this important opportunity.

By | April 19th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Celebrate Your Squeaky Violin

Board Blog: Pitch in this fall in San Antonio

John Morris, CBI President

We are getting to that time of the school year where everyone seems to be focusing on just one thing: getting to the end of the semester. Hopefully, as you are nearing the end of the school year, you are doing so with success. But as you plan for the last few months of school, be sure to look to the future, especially the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio in November.

Before you move on to your summer activities make sure that you take advantage of all the opportunities CBI and this convention offer you. One is the chance to be a presenter in one of the workshops. What area of expertise, or just an area where you have learned a lot, can you share with those attending the convention? Once you have the area you want to present in begin reaching out to either professionals or students from other schools to have them join you on a panel. The best panels often have representatives from several different schools and/or professionals so that a variety of viewpoints can be presented.

There are numerous topics that make great sessions. To name just a few: programming (either for a free form station or a station with a single format and a tight playlist), leadership, training new staff, production, news and news reporting, promotions and more. You’ve learned a lot working at your school’s media; share what you’ve learned. When you team up with another student from a different school the knowledge shared can be great.

To do this though you should be reaching out to those students from other schools before everyone heads home for the summer. Use the CBI listserv to reach a large audience as you seek other participants. Think about those students you met at last year’s convention that you thought would be great to share information with. Connect your skill set with theirs and there is a great learning experience for everyone. Ask your faculty advisor to help you. They often will have tips to help you be more successful in setting up a session. If you wait until the summer, it’s going to be very hard to connect with other students.

This is a great way to also add something to your resume. As you begin your professional job search, things on your resume that help separate you from other applicants can often go a long want in helping you land the job offer. It’s a win-win for everyone. You’ll be more involved in the convention, the sessions will be even better than before, and it puts you on a path to success.


By | April 5th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Pitch in this fall in San Antonio

Board Blog: No Sacred Cows

There’s an old joke that management consultants like to tell:

Greg Weston, CBI Immediate Past President

Q. What are the seven words that will destroy any successful organization?

A: But we’ve always done it that way.

Even student media — with its transient staffs and “underground” ethos – fall prey to the tendency to resist change. It can be very difficult for young people — even the creative, forward thinking ones who tend to populate student media outlets — to drastically alter systems that they’ve been taught. That’s why it’s essential for student media leadership, whether students, faculty or staff, to create an environment where systemic change is not just permitted, but encouraged.

At WPTS Radio, we do an exercise at least once a year called “Sacred Cows.” It’s basically an opportunity for our board of directors to question and challenge the most basic parts of our operation. Beyond that, all directors are reminded throughout the year that they should be examining every process in their departments to make sure they are still represent best practices.

Honestly, after doing this for more than a decade, we don’t make major changes that often. But the process remains vital. It often leads to fixes of smaller problems that make us more efficient and effective. And it creates a culture in which creativity and assessment are respected and expected, which benefits both our media outlets and the students who work in them.

By | March 29th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: No Sacred Cows