Student Media in the News


How I Got the Job: 7 Questions Answered About Becoming a TV Reporter

Everyone takes a different path to their first media job. Some people land their first choice right out of college. Others need to apply to dozens of places before landing an interview. There’s not a perfect way to get the job you want, but it can help to learn from the experience of others. This week: Joe Little, a reporter for 10 News in San Diego, and master of the one-man-band standup.

Read more from College Media Matters.

Stations get ready for College Radio Day

See what other stations are doing and register your station for CRD events.


Plus, College Radio Watch recaps the week and Podcast #69 visits the Ozarks.

By | November 1st, 2016|CBI News, Conventions, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News




This small N.J. college radio station is the best in the nation

And, for the first time ever, the Marconi goes to WSOU.

The recognition is the equivalent of an Academy Award for radio work, and at a ceremony in Tennessee last month, students and teachers from Seton Hall University accepted a Marconi that named the school’s small, student-run radio station the best non-commercial one in the country. Mark Maben, the station’s faculty advisor and general manager, called the win “really something that we, as an entire state, can be proud of.”

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WMUL faculty manager honored

WMUL Faculty Manager Chuck Bailey has joined an exclusive club, but he’s not one to rest on his laurels.

Bailey also works as an executive producer for WMUL’s sports coverage. In addition to live broadcasts of football and basketball games, the station covers other sports, including track, volleyball and baseball. The station also hosts a program in co-production with WFGH called “Basketball Friday Nights,” which covers high school basketball in the state.

Read more from the Herald-Dispatch.


Plus, College Radio Watch gears up to visit Philadelphia, and check out the winners of the CBI National Student Production Awards.


By | October 25th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Contests, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


Get the most out of your NSEMC!

WKNC celebrates 50th anniversary as FM by adding HD

On Oct. 9, 1966, WKNC switched from an AM to FM radio station. Fifty years later, the station had upgraded to an HD radio signal.

“We chose October 9 to flip the switch because it’s symbolic as our 50th anniversary as an FM station,” Jamie Lynn Gilbert, associate director of NC State Student Media said. “We’ve grown enormously in the past fifty years and chose that date to highlight the transformation of the station from a carrier current station built in someone’s dorm in Watauga Hall to a 25,000 Watt operation which, in terms of wattage and coverage pattern is one of the top ten largest student-run radio stations in the nation.”

Read more from WKNC.

After 70 years, WKCO will move out of Farr Hall basement

The radio station will have to relocate following Farr Hall’s destruction in July of 2017.

Next year, if you tune your radio to 91.9 FM, the broadcasting frequency for WKCO Radio Free Kenyon, you may hear “broadcasting live from Peirce Hall.”

After the planned July 2017 demolition of Farr Hall outlined by the Master Plan, Kenyon radio station WKCO will move its studio into a temporary space. WKCO general managers Adam Brill ’17 and Julia Waldow ’17 have been meeting with Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman to facilitate the transition of the station’s office, booth and recording studio. (Waldow is also an art director for the Collegian, and this reporter was previously a radio DJ, though she is no longer affiliated with WKCO.)

Read more from the Kenyon Collegian.

Student athletes find excitement in radio show

From the ice rink to the college radio station, two hosts who share a passion for ice hockey and classical rock music are adding a refreshing twist at the campus radio station. Two members of Stevenson University’s men’s ice hockey team, Doug Rose and Greg Harney, host the show Rosey and the HarnDog, which airs every Wednesday from 10-11 p.m. on Wild Stang Radio (WSR).

Read more from The Villager.

WJHU broadcasts student creativity

From its studio on McCoy’s first floor, student-run radio station WJHU has provided a creative outlet for students since 1945.

Not only do the radio shows feature music genres ranging from indie rock to Bollywood and rap, they also take on other formats like personal interviews with members of the community and fantasy football advice for sports fans.

Read more from The Johns Hopkins News-Letter.


Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column. And, The Village Voice wonders where CMJ went.

By | October 18th, 2016|Broadcasting News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


Sign up for media tours, demo reel reviews and TV/Radio clinics at NSEMC

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

KUCR honored by campus at its 50th Anniversary Gala

On Thursday, Oct. 6, four days after KUCR’s official 50th anniversary, the college radio station that has been a staple of UCR held its first-ever gala in celebration of its 50 years on the air. Hosted and presented by KUCR director Louis Vandenberg, the event hosted over 10 speakers including UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox, U.S. House Congressman Mark Takano and Pulitzer Prize winner Dexter Thomas, who was the evening’s final speaker.

Read more from The Highlander.

WCSB turns 40: Inside look at the station

WCSB 89.3 — Cleveland’s FM Alternative and Cleveland State University’s college radio station — is celebrating 40 years of broadcasting this year. The station’s history can be seen in every part of the studio, present in the numerous concert posters and artist stickers plastered across the walls while every desk is cluttered with CDs and papers.

Read more from The Cauldron.

The Day the Music was Revived: A Return for WRCM

Over 20 students gathered together last week, eagerly planning and promoting the revival of an integral part of Manhattan College history. After a hiatus, WRCM, the Manhattan College radio station, will be making it’s return to campus in the coming months.

“The station was just around campus. Before we built the Kelly Commons, for instance, it was in the cafeterias in Thomas Hall” Dr. Thom Gencarelli, head of the Communications Department and advisor of WRCM, said. “One day, the signal within the cafeterias just stopped, and no one knows the full story as to why, but that was really the end of the station as a station for the students at the college.”

Read more from The Quadrangle.

Texas college TV station, felled by budgeting, signs off the air

A celebrated Kingwood tradition – LSC-TV Channel 24 – will sign off the air Dec. 31.
LSC-TV is the Lone Star College television station, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and is located on Channel 24 for SuddenLink cable subscribers in Kingwood and Porter. Besides providing informational videos about Lone Star College-Kingwood and the many guest speakers who speak at the campus, the channel promotes and tapes local events and local issues, especially from Lake Houston-area nonprofit agencies, as well local school districts, chambers of commerce, government and civic groups.

“In these tough fiscal times, our campus must focus on supporting programs that directly impact student success or enrollment and instruction,” explained Lone Star-Kingwood President Dr. Katherine Persson. “It was a financial decision.”

Read more from The Tribune.

Students take over the airwaves

Students are now broadcasting news stories, political and sports commentaries, and interviews on Hillsdale College’s radio station, Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 FM.

Although many college radio stations air solely music programs, the assorted content of Hillsdale College’s station — including news, talk, and spoken word radio — will provide students real-world experience in multiple aspects of broadcast media. The station’s general manager, Scot Bertram, said he is excited to help them hone the skills that will equip them for career success.

Read more from The Collegian.

‘Protesting the protest’: Radio station will blackout college football game

A North Carolina radio station says it won’t broadcast this weekend’s East Carolina football game after members of the school’s marching band knelt in protest during the national anthem last weekend.

ESPN Fayetteville (WFAY, 100.1 FM), a radio station owned by parent company Colonial Media and Entertainment, says it is “protesting the protesting” of the ECU Marching Pirates.

Read more from WCPO.

New equipment for Michigan’s farthest reaching high school radio station

At 2,400 watts, the station has the potential to reach one million listeners across Michigan. The grant, which was for $2,000, will be used to buy new mixers, headphones, cables and headphone amplifiers. In comparison most high school and even some college radio stations run on 100 to 300 watts, according to Kimberly McKnee, broadcast class teacher overseeing the station.

Read more from The Oakland Press.

Teens host radio show to make a difference in the community

There’s a lot to talk about on “talk radio” these days, but the voices you hear are usually adults.

Well, not on Monday nights at a Portland radio station.

Take a listen to “Blunt Youth Radio,” where teens are making a difference in our community.

Read more from WGME.

Community radio station is a hit at Emory & Henry College

Using his powerful and distinctive voice for radio, Emory & Henry College student Sam Page recently strapped on headphones and prepared for another weekly radio show.

The music education major described his involvement with the college’s radio station as nothing short of amazing.

“I’ve always loved radio. Being part of WEHC is a great experience for me,” said the sophomore, who hosts a show on Wednesday afternoons featuring music from Broadway hits.

Read more from SWVA Today.

Plus, Radio Survivor Podcast episode #66, episode #67 and the College Radio Watch column. And, Paste Magazine weighs in on CMJ.

By | October 11th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conferences, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


The Point opens new studios at Brockport

89.1 The Point at the College at Brockport cut the ribbon on their rebuilt main studio on Sept. 14. New floor, ceiling, walls and windows.


In the ribbon cutting photo are (l-r) College President Heidi McPherson, alum and project engineer Michael Black, Operations Manager Kelly Kuehn, Student Government President Devin Bonner and General Manager Warren Kozireski.


WHRW celebrates 50 years of student DJs

“We are a free-format station, which means there are no restrictions on what we can play,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, the director of public affairs at WHRW and a junior majoring in geography. “If you want to go from playing classic rock, to jazz funk, to EDM, to folk, you can.”

Read more from Pipe Dream.

Ithaca College raises the bar in college news set design

Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications has debuted a new set that raises the bar for college TV station set design.

The set, from Seth Easter, features a flexible layout that’s also designed to stand the test of time.

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WWPI offers an inside glimpse into the music, quirky issues of college life in 2016

About three dozen students, from first-years to grads, fill one-hour slots each day of the week for 11 or 12 hours a day. During times when the studio is empty, an automatic DJ fills the airwaves.

Valim says her own show is a constantly rotating list of music that she works hard to keep varied and appealing. Describing her show as one of electronic or indie music, the computer science major says she especially likes Alt-J, Warpaint, and Tycho. She debuts new playlists every week, which are so diversified she rarely plays the same song or artist during a single school year.

Read more from WPI.

Complete schedule for CBI’s NSEMC is posted!

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more. The complete session schedule is coming soon!

Plus, Radio Survivor visits KEPC at Pikes Peak Community College, WCAS at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Podcast episode 65 and the College Radio Watch column. And, Vice weighs in on the status of CMJ.

By | October 4th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conventions, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


Princeton Keeps WPRB’s History Alive

In honor of its 75th anniversary, Princeton University’s college radio station WPRB curated a special exhibit full of radio artifacts: “WPRB: A Haven for the Creative Impulse.”

Containing a variety of materials, the exhibit traces the station’s long history from its start as carrier current radio station WPRU beginning in 1940, to the launch of WPRB(FM) in 1955, to its current incarnation as one of the rare commercial FM college radio stations in the United States.

Read more from Radio World.

Longtime DJ wears many hats at college radio’s KSPC

Include Erica Tyron on the short list of folks who are “living the dream.” Ms. Tyron, Director of College Radio at Pomona College’s KSPC 88.7 FM, has been on the job since 1992, when she received her diploma from Scripps College.

“When I graduated I essentially lucked out and took over,” Ms. Tyron said. She had been on the air as a KSPC DJ since 1988, and had “pretty much done every job you could do before I graduated.” During her senior year, KSPC’s previous director, Julie Frick, announced she was stepping down after 11 years at the station. “I said ‘She has my dream job,’” and after a round of interviews the self-confessed music nut and journalism junkie was hired. Then 21, Ms. Tyron has been stewarding KSPC—aka “The Space”—ever since.

Read more from the Claremont Courier.

KBGA turns 20

KBGA College Radio will celebrate its 20th birthday on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Palace Lounge with four different bands, dancing, giveaways and more.

“Our philosophy for this year’s event was to throw parties, not shows,” said Ava Pepprock, the promotions manager for KBGA, who has been planning the event since early summer.

Read more from Montana Kaimin.

Wheaton considering sale of WETN radio & TV station

WETN, Wheaton College’s television and radio station, is considering the possibility of selling its broadcasting license due to under-utilization.

“At present, we are focusing exclusively on the possibility of a sale,” said Dale Kemp, vice president for finance and treasurer at the college.

The station has found that as digital technology continues to advance, the value of the radio and television medium to students has fallen, according to Kemp.

Read more from the Wheaton Record.

CBI announces special sessions and pre-convention sessions for 2016 NSEMC

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more. The complete session schedule is coming soon!

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and visits to KUCI in Irvine and KBPK in Fullerton.

By | September 27th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conventions, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


WKNC hosts second annual Radio Ride

WKNC 88.1 FM will host its second annual Radio Ride, an alleycat style bike ride and scavenger-hunt throughout NC State’s campus and downtown Raleigh, on Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m.

Participants will receive a set of clues for various checkpoints and can expect to bike between 15 and 20 miles. Prizes for the top finishers include donated items from local businesses.

“I’ve ridden in several similar races over the past few years and when I chose the pit stops I made sure nothing was repeated,” said Justice Dunne, principal organizer of the event and a DJ for WKNC. “Riders can look forward to a challenge solving the clues and finding the new locations.”

Read more on the WKNC website.

Crutcher audio documentary to be part of World College Radio Day

Paul Crutcher’s audio documentary, “The Soul of College Radio,” will be part of a one-hour simulcast during World College Radio Day on Nov. 4.

On that Friday, hundreds of college radio stations will celebrate the broadcast medium. Lending star power to the day’s simulcast are Sean Lennon, Moby and Alanis Morissette.

“To do the documentary was just an idea that I had, because I love college radio,” said Crutcher, general manager of XLR Lander Radio at Lander University. “It’s been a couple of years in the making.”

Read more from the Index-Journal.

CBI announces special sessions and pre-convention sessions for2016 NSEMC

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column

By | September 20th, 2016|CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


WKNC launches new podcast offering legal help for students

WKNC 88.1 FM recently launched the new podcast “Legal Werk,” featuring in-depth interviews with lawyers from NC State University Student Legal Services. Now in its fourth episode, the podcasts address issues commonly faced by students. Episodes are broadcast on-air, as part of the weekly public affairs program “Eye on the Triangle,” and then podcasted via iTunes. Episodes are also posted on WKNC’s SoundCloud account at

Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame ceremony set for September 23

Five graduates of Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) are being inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame later this month.

Dr. Charles G. “Chuck” Bailey, Mike Cherry, Jody Jividen, Chad Pennington and Peter Ruest will be inducted during a ceremony, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Charles Ryan Associates and Stadelman Consulting are the presenting sponsors of the ceremony. A pre-event reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center.

Read more from Marshall University.

WTBU recovers from fire, resumes broadcasting

Boston University’s student-run radio station WTBU will resume broadcasting this fall, more than five months after its studio was burned in a three-alarm fire triggered by a short circuit.

The staff has put a lot of time and effort into the station’s recovery, including creating a #SaveWTBU fundraising campaign, General Manager Christie Leist wrote in an email.

Read more from The Daily Free Press.

Delta mourns loss of Public Broadcasting leader

PBS has lost one of its true champions with the passing of longtime Delta College Broadcasting leader Barry Baker. The Bay City resident, who guided the college’s public television and radio stations with a firm but fair hand for nearly 20 years, passed away on Aug. 30, 2016. He was 67.

Read more from Midland Daily News.

KCSC blows out the candles on its 65th year

Students and Chico locals gathered on the shady lawn in front of Glenn Hall on Saturday for an afternoon of good food and even better music celebrating Chico State’s student run radio station, KCSC’s 65th anniversary.

The celebration was complete with tacos, tie-dying and performances from local artists.

Read more from The Orion.

Cougar Radio Station continues to grow

“I first started working in radio my senior year of high school when I had to complete a senior project at Columbus High School and I got to work with PMB Broadcasting so, it was a very surreal experience to finally be able to put it to the test when I got here,” Holley said.

Read more from WRBL.

College-based KSDS redefines student radio

For San Diego City College students, Jazz 88.3 is also educational.

The radio station, which for the past three years was named the best in the nation by JazzWeek, originates from studios on the campus and is broadcast from a transmitter and antenna at Mesa College, also in the San Diego Community College District.

Read more from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

CBI announces special sessions and pre-convention sessions for2016 NSEMC



Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and Podcast #62.

By | September 13th, 2016|About CBI, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: Making College Media More Inclusive


Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

Last year I made a pledge to make my college radio station a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all current and potential students. To help accomplish my goal, I enrolled in a 10-workshop training program through my school called the Equal Opportunity Institute to help develop my diversity skills. I completed a few required workshops and selected others that focused on my individual goal of using more inclusive language to recognize and respect diversity in gender identity and sexual orientation. I learned an incredible amount and want to share some tips to help make your college media outlet a more inclusive environment.

Take diversity training
Reading this list is a start, but to really increase your diversity awareness and make your college media outlet more inclusive you are going to need professional help. If your school offers a program like the Equal Opportunity Institute you should sign up for it. If not, seek out the GLBT Center, Women’s Center, Multicultural Student Affairs and other departments and see what trainings they offer. You don’t need to take all the workshops in one semester, but start identifying the workshops you might need or benefit most from and start there.

Plan diversity training for your staff
While it is important for you as a college media adviser/manager or student leader to understand diversity and inclusion, it is also important to train your staff. Plan a staff training that centers on diversity and ask representatives from campus departments to help. If those resources are more limited, the Poynter Institute’s News University offers some free and low-cost webinars on diversity issues, including Handling Race and Ethnicity and Getting Beyond Stereotypes: Better Disability Journalism. You’ll also want to share the Diversity Style Guide, a project of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University.

Show your staff diversityWKNCstaffphoto
One of the best things my former boss taught me was to ensure all our marketing material represented a diverse staff. That doesn’t mean making sure the one international or disabled student on your staff is prominently featured in all your fliers, but to ensure that not all your smiling faces look the same. Take the same approach when you are staffing information tables. People will be more inclined to approach your table if they see people who look like them standing behind it.

Actively recruit diverse participants
If everyone on your staff looks the same, you have a problem. The best way to ensure diverse hiring is to have a diverse recruitment pool. Think about how you are advertising for staff recruitment events. Are you putting up some fliers and sending some tweets and that’s it? Consider sending recruitment notices to different departments that serve populations not well represented on your staff. If you wanted more journalism students you would send a notice to the journalism department so if you want more international/female/GLBT/Latinx/etc. students send a notice to the departments and other student groups that serve them. They can’t join your staff if they don’t know you are hiring.

Consider religious holidays when planning events
Most schools already accommodate for major Christian holidays Easter and Christmas, so no staff activities are likely to be scheduled then. Likewise, don’t schedule mandatory staff meetings on major Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur when some staff members may need to be with their families or at religious services. Or don’t schedule staff pizza parties during Ramadan, when Muslim students may be fasting from sunrise to sunset.

Cover non-majority groups
People sometimes complain that major news outlets don’t cover stories that appeal to minority audiences or only cover minority groups in a negative way. That doesn’t need to be the case at your college media outlet. Subscribe to as many campus departmental newsletters as you can and share information that positively portrays minority groups and their contributions on campus. Then send students out to cover their stories.

Use non-gendered language
When introducing yourself to a new group of staff members or trainees, provide your gender pronouns and ask them to do the same. This way it gets your staff to think about gender identity and provides staff who may use non-gendered pronouns like they/them/theirs a chance to share their identity once rather than individually dozens of times. Likewise, have your reporters verify gender pronouns when verifying names, titles and other information with sources.

glbtadvocateBe visible
Show your support of diversity and inclusion. Part of my pledge as a NC State GLBT Advocate is to address inappropriate comments, language, jokes and incidents I observe on campus to help maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment. Make sure your staff and visitors are aware that your college media outlet strives to be a welcoming and inclusive space and inappropriate language and behavior will not be tolerated.


By | September 7th, 2016|Board Blogs|1 Comment

Student Media in the News


High School Radio Network launches Sept. 7

It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for high school radio and it’s particularly nice to hear about projects that serve to build a closer high school radio community. Ralph Martin of KVCB wrote to Radio Survivor to let us know about the launch of a high school radio network, which is appropriately named HS Radio Network, on September 7.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Radio Recollections: The Sound of Stanford’s KZSU in the Early 50s (part 3)

In the early 1950s Stanford University’s KZSU was block programmed like most radio stations. “Cardinal Classics” with classical music was broadcast 8 to 9 PM every night. Occasionally KZSU would broadcast a one-hour radio play at 9 PM. Staff members were the actors, though sometimes speech and drama students acted.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

How ‘Popular’ is your college radio station?

Princeton Review’s annual college survey results are in, including the “Best College Radio Station” list, which year after year I critique, since the survey does not ask about the quality of a campus radio station. Based on online student surveys, the “Best College Radio Station” list is actually a list of schools that survey respondents said had “popular” radio stations. Specific radio stations are not named by Princeton Review or by students and as we’ve seen in years past, schools with multiple radio stations are often more likely to be perceived as having “popular” radio stations.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

‘Pitch Perfect’ completely nailed the college radio experience

From the first moments that Becca (Anna Kendrick) walks into the station, I could SMELL those old records through the screen. If you’ve ever stepped foot in a college radio station’s library, well, that’s a smell that doesn’t leave your nose. It’s musty and exciting in a way very few similar scents can be.

Read more from Decider.

CBI announces Keynote, awards finalists and emcee for 2016 NSEMC

Finalists in the CBI National Student Production Awards have been announced in 24 categories on the CBI Philadelphia website. Winners will be announced at the annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 22, directly following the keynote address by Glenn Schuck. The awards will be emceed by local TV anchor Lucy Noland.

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and Podcast #61, and the latest on CMJ from Radio Survivor, Stereogum and NYSMusic.

By | September 6th, 2016|CBI News, Conventions, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News