National Radio Week: KEXP on the Social Impact of Community Radio

I know I’m not the only one in the United States to make a more determined attempt to find community, since, let’s say… November 9, 2016. And, while I’m usually in a bit of a climate action bubble, I was able to find the people, the joy and the feeling of real hope for the future by becoming more involved with Seattle’s community radio station/nonprofit arts organization: KEXP.  So that, dear reader, will serve as full disclosure for how I came to see their work through social impact eyes and to conduct this interview with John Richards on the eve of their week’s worth of “National Radio Day” tributes.

Read more from The Huffington Post.

WUSF leaving TV airwaves Oct. 15

WUSF, which sold its broadcasting license earlier this year, announced it will be going off the air on Oct. 15.

The college sold the license for $18,754,503 as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. The station and its four other digital channels had to go off the air after receiving the money.

The college’s radio stations WUSF and WSMR will remain on the air.

Read more from WTSP Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

A brief history of WQLN

Though WQLN went on air in 1967, it traces its roots much farther back, to 1953, when local attorney Enoch Filer and his wife, Margarita, began their push for a public television station.

The Filers — joined by Erie Schools Superintendent Maurice Kolpien, Pennsylvania Electric’s George Schaefer, school board director George Yochim and the Rev. Father James Caldwell — formed Educational Television of Erie. Their work between 1953 and 1962 was limited to getting a station number — 54, said Tom New, WQLN’s president and CEO.

Read more from GoErie.com.

Plus, CBI is announcing finalists in the 2017 National Student Production Awards online. Finalists from two categories will be posted on the website and our Twitter every weekday through Friday, Aug. 25.