What a week it was! More than 400 students from 85 schools converged on the Hyatt Regency River Walk in beautiful downtown San Antonio for the sixth annual CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention November 2-4, 2017.
Our event officially opened on Wednesday afternoon as students began receiving official credentials and complimentary CBI messenger bags filled with giveaway items, conference programs and information about local restaurants and points of interest. Attendees also received a vendor bingo card — making them eligible for valuable prizes that were given away throughout the week.
Sessions were well attended throughout the conference on a broad range of topics led by industry professionals, students, faculty and staff members and attorneys. Topic choices were expansive allowing a broad range of sessions for all participants — from radio, television, film, broadcast sports, newswriting, podcasting, copyright, FCC inspections, music scheduling, social media, management and training, diversity, programming, promotions, drone use, underwriting/fundraising, documentary work, and much more.
Students were given opportunities to have air checks, demo reels, and resumes reviewed by industry professionals. Others participated in station tours of Cox Media Group, KSAT-TV 12 ABC, and KSYM-FM San Antonio College.
The weekend culminated with the National Student Production Awards with finalists in 25 categories with finalists in 25 categories with CBI President John Morris as master of ceremonies. Prior to the handing out of trophies, the CBI board was introduced, followed by the presentation of the 2017 Joel Willer award to Chris Wheatley, retired manager of Television and Radio Operations at Ithaca College.
Students then heard a keynote address from Roger Lindley who discussed ways to make quality film productions on a limited budget. Finally, Jenny Lee, a former CBI attendee and current morning and mid-day host on San Antonio’s Magic 105.3 handed out trophies to hopeful nominees. Samples of winning entries were played during the ceremony as students posed for photos with their respective trophies. The complete awards list and clips of the winning entries are online here.
CBI’s NSEMC demonstrated once again that it is the place where students can make valuable connections with fellow broadcasters who become friends and sometimes colleagues. It is a place where ideas are shared, skills are refined, and contacts are made with respected industry professionals. We thank everyone for making the trip to Texas – to the beautiful and historic river walk area of San Antonio. We thank you for your support and your input as we look ahead to conventions to come in the future.
We will see you at the Renaissance Seattle hotel from October 25-27, 2018 for next year’s NSEMC!
Taking the time to look more deeply: 40 years of public radio in Idaho
The station grew out of a radio club on the campus of Boise State University that has roots all the way back to the 1930s, when the school was Boise Junior College. In the 1960s, the student radio station was a training ground, with low-power transmissions across campus. In the 1970s, after the school became Boise State University, the station settled on the call letters KBSU. The official launch didn’t really occur until 1977, when the station first joined the FM dial as a noncommercial broadcaster. Now it was legit.
Read more from The Idaho Statesman.
Heavy SF Power Trio Headlines Benefit For Community Radio Station
Late last month, the organization announced a major victory. The FCC granted the group a new frequency at 102.5 FM and approved its proposed call letters, KXSF, with plans to return to a terrestrial broadcast in January of 2018. However, the group still has a long way to go as far as raising funds for a new transmitter and other expenses to get the new radio station up and running in time for the January launch. With over half of the group’s goal of $80,000 already raised, the organization is hosting one of its biggest fundraisers yet this Saturday at Thee Parkside headlined by iconic SF doom-metal stalwarts Acid King.
Read more from CBS San Francisco.
Help us make the 2018 Seattle NSEMC better than ever
Whether you did or didn’t attend the 2017 NSEMC in San Antonio, we want your ideas for our 2018 convention in Seattle next October. Take the survey and let us know what you want to see from our programming in the Emerald City!
FSU radio station V89 celebrates 30 years on-air
V89, Florida State’s student-run, 24-hour radio station, is celebrating its 30th birthday. Having collected a dedicated following and garnering much respect, both locally and nationally, the station’s 30th birthday is exciting to many, especially when you consider that radio is supposedly a “dying industry.”
Read more from FSUNews.com.
CBI’s annual NSEMC celebrates, honors best in college broadcasting
Plus, Radio Survivor podcast #114.
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.
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.
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.
WBRU radio station may be going up for sale soon
WBRU-FM may be for sale in the near future.In a letter sent to WBRU alumni Thursday morning, general manager and Brown University student Kishanee Haththotuwegama said the station’s nine-member board of directors had passed a resolution to begin seeking a buyer. The Station Membership, which consists of about 50 Brown University students who work at the station, will vote March 11 on approving a possible sale.
Read more from Providence Journal.
96.3 KNDS Put on Probation, at Risk of Losing NDSU Funding
For some of us, music is what gets us through our longest days.Yet, listening to 96.3 FM KNDS, NDSU’s student-run radio station, is not the route students choose to go to for their wind down of tunes.“I honestly think a lot of people haven’t heard as much of us as we would like to,” said KNDS’ Assistant Station Manager Brian Jackson.
Read more from KVVR.com.
SF school leaders attempt to steer news coverage of district-owned KALW
A top education official suggested that KALW public radio cover positive news about the San Francisco Unified School District on Tuesday, appearing to encroach on the editorial independence of the school district-owned radio station.
Read more from the San Francisco Examiner.
WCBN: Your Source for Musical Connections
On college campuses across the country, radio has largely been replaced by online music curation services like Pandora. While these services are convenient and are likely to connect us to music that we will like, they rarely introduce new themes or genres. College radio stations such as WCBN at the University of Michigan, however, specialize in this. These stations offer students, and the community that they broadcast to, endless programing of new and underrepresented music while also offering students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of music as DJs.
Read more from The Michigan Review.
How San Bernardino Community College District is about to make $157 million off KVCR
The San Bernardino Community College District, which runs KVCR-TV, is expected to receive $157,113,171 in return for its broadcast frequency, the district announced Monday. Its programming will still be available, and viewers are not likely to notice a change.The district, which includes San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College, voluntarily participated in a Federal Communications Commission auction to free up bandwidth. Once vacated by KVCR, that bandwidth will be used by mobile and wireless providers.
Read more from the San Bernardino Sun.
Plus, the College Radio Watch column.
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 6, 2017
College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is now accepting nominations for the offices of Secretary, Development Director and Student Member. The Secretary and Development Director are each 3-year terms beginning December 1, 2017. The Student Member is a one year term beginning May 1, 2017. To be considered, nominations must be received by Ed Arke (firstname.lastname@example.org), Election Commissioner (self-nominations are accepted).
The Qualifications for the board are: Directors must be duly appointed proxies of a Media Member; a maximum of one (1) Director may be proxied from any one (1) Media Member. An individual serving as a Student Director must maintain full-time undergraduate or graduate student status at the member institution for the duration of his or her term of office. A Faculty/Staff Director shall include any individual holding a faculty, administrative, or supervisory position associated with a Media Member.
The election of new Board positions will be held this spring and the results will be announced via the listservs. For more information related to the qualifications and duties, please visit the bylaws page. I hope you’ll seriously consider nominating a colleague or yourself for this great opportunity to serve our organization.
Please direct all nominations and correspondence to:
Edward T. Arke
CBI Election Commissioner
One College Ave. Suite 3038
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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 http://soundcloud.com/wknc881.
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
- Info is available about our Pre-Convention Workshop with MusicMaster and our Pre-Convention workshop on LPFM.
- Check out our special session: Adobe Creative Foundations: Broadcast on Saturday
Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.
2016 CBI National Student Production Awards open soon
The Call for Entries is officially posted for the 2016 CBI National Student Production awards and will start accepting entries on Monday, April 4. The Awards provide a great opportunity for students to showcase their work in a nationally recognized competition, with 24 categories in audio, video and multimedia — including promos, news reporting, comedy, entertainment, sports, best DJ, station imaging, website design and more. The entry deadline is Friday, May 13. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.
San Antonio station celebrates 50 years
KSYM is celebrating their 50 year anniversary of being on-air in San Antonio, making KSYM the oldest community college radio station in Texas. The pledge drive begins March 28 and runs through April 3 and hopes to raise funds for new equipment and computers.
Montco Radio to hold alumni broadcast
Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) student-operated Internet radio station, Montco Radio, will host its first alumni broadcast April 16 (2016; Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature radio station alumni from the 1980s through today. The live shows are being produced from a studio in the Advanced Technology Center at the college central campus.
Read more from The Limerick Post.
Vice CEO Shane Smith would rather give a ’23-year-old kid straight out of school’ a TV show than someone experienced
In an interview with Marketing Week, Smith said: “We go to the tech colleges and get the best shooters and the best cutters. There could be a 23-year-old kid straight out of school and[we say to them] ‘okay, now you’re running a TV show’.”
Read more from Business Insider.
Thefts from RTVF span decade
The 15 newly discovered items were connected to the account at the pawn shop of Gerald “Larry” Quick, said Campus Police Lt. Louis Zizzo. A long-time City College employee, Quick, 62, was arrested last month and charged with the theft of four video cameras, two of which were found at the shop.
Read more from the San Diego City Times.
Triton College Radio celebrates 40th anniversary
“It’s almost like a high school reunion,” director Kurt Werner said. “It goes back 40 years.”
According to Werner, Triton Radio started as a club. After about six months, the college received some equipment, and a got a license to become a radio station. Although the launch of Triton Radio was in May of 1975, the first official air date is unknown.
Read more from the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago State’s WCSU radio station is school’s hidden treasure
“We’re not locked into a specific genre of music. We’re not stuck into the same rotation in the music that we play,” Hibbler said. “Here at WCSU radio, we also have the opportunity to kind of be a platform for new independent artists that are coming up locally. National artists that are not signed, but are looking for an opportunity to be heard.”
Read more from Medill Reports Chicago.
Rollins College radio show gives seniors a voice
Run with the help of older adult volunteers out of a basement at Rollins College, the show features content aimed at Central Florida’s swelling population of seniors. Each week listeners tune in for an hourlong, in-depth look at topics spanning dating after 50 to end-of-life wishes. For a recent show about meditation, Kelly didn’t let his hearing aide difficulty hinder his booming presence.
Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.
Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column.