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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.)”

Read more of this story from

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.

Read more from

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

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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.

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