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CBI Board positions accepting nominations

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is now accepting nominations for President and Treasurer, each with a 3-year term beginning December 1, 2016.  We are also accepting nominations for the remainder of a term for Secretary.  The Secretary position’s term in office runs until December 1, 2017.  The nomination period has been extended through Friday, March 18. Nominations must be submitted to Election Commissioner Ed Arke earke@messiah.edu. Self-nominations are accepted.

For more information related to the qualifications and duties, please visit the CBI Bylaws. Consider nominating a colleague or yourself for this great opportunity to serve our organization.

Please note this is a recently revised election timeline.  As a result of the transition, the current Student Director’s term will run until April 30, 2017.

By | January 15th, 2016|About CBI|Comments Off on CBI Board positions accepting nominations

NextRadio® and CBI Launch Radio Spot Contest


NextRadio® and CBI Launch Radio Spot Contest

NextRadio seeking sixty second radio spot to include in National Awareness Campaign through college contest. Prizes include National Student Electronic Media Convention registrations, hotel accommodations and even airfare!

Indianapolis, IN.  August 5, 2015 – NextRadio and College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) have teamed up in search of the best-of-the-best in radio spot advertisements. College students nationwide can create and submit a sixty second radio spot promoting NextRadio. Entrants will get valuable experience creating a spot and the winner will get incredible exposure for themselves and the spot they created. To learn more about the contest and to submit your radio spot, visit www.nextradioapp.com/collegecontest.

NextRadio is the smartphone app that allows listeners to see and hear local FM radio. NextRadio is a radio industry initiative supported by the National Association of Broadcasters, Radio Advertising Bureau, and most of the radio industry’s major owners and operators.

The contest is designed to offer college students an opportunity to conceive, create, and submit a commercial radio spot and compete within a real world context.  Learning by doing is essential to the student media experience and by partnering on this contest, NextRadio and CBI are providing students from coast to coast a chance for professional development that extends well beyond the confines of a college campus.

“Currently, 50,000-70,000 radio spots run each month supporting the NextRadio National Awareness Campaign, which launched in February. This is a huge opportunity for students to have their radio spot played nationally among thousands of broadcast stations and heard by millions. We will get the opportunity to showcase rising talent for the radio industry,” said Paul Brenner, President NextRadio.

“CBI is thrilled to team up with NextRadio to offer students from our media outlets this unprecedented opportunity to have their work appear in front of millions of listeners. Not only will the winners get national exposure for their talent, but they’ll also be able to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them at the National Student Electronic Media Convention,” said Greg Weston, President CBI.

The contest will run from August 17 – September 18, 2015. Winners will be announced on September 28, 2015. The first place winner will have their sixty second radio spot included in flight four of the NextRadio National Awareness Campaign, starting October 1, 2015. In addition to having their radio spot played on-air across the country, the winner will win one (1) National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) registration in Minneapolis, MN from October 22-24, 2015, a two (2) night hotel stay at Hyatt Regency from October 22-23, 2015, airfare travel to NSEMC (up to $500 value), and recognition during NSEMC. Students need to submit their radio spot through the submission process at www.nextradioapp.com/collegecontest. To learn more about NSEMC visit www.askcbi.org/minneapolis.

About TagStation, LLC and NextRadio®

TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners.  With partial funding from NAB Labs, TagStation also developed the NextRadio® hybrid radio smartphone app which uses TagStation® cloud services to provide a rich FM radio listening experience on smartphones and tablets by combining the devices’ built-in FM tuner and the internet. Founded in 2013, TagStation, LLC is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago, IL. For more information, about TagStation®, visit TagStation.com. For more information about NextRadio®, visit NextRadioApp.com.

About CBI

CBI is a member-driven organization serving students and advisers of college and high school electronic media outlets. Through events, programs and a network of expertise, we provide our members with educational and professional development opportunities and facilitate advocacy. CBI currently represents more than 200 active radio and television member stations. For more information about CBI, visit www.askcbi.org.

About National Student Electronic Media Convention

The National Student Electronic Media Convention is America’s top convention dedicated to the interests of student radio stations, TV/video outlets, and webcasters. The convention features breakout sessions led by advisers and media professionals, student-led roundtables, and networking opportunities. Among the highlights of this year’s NSEMC will be a pre-convention workshop for new and newer advisers, the presentation of the National Student Production Awards, and a keynote address by new media content strategist Clinton Forry. More information on the NSEMC can be found at www.askcbi.org/minneapolis.


Media Contact:
Maura Kautsky

By | August 5th, 2015|About CBI, Member News|1 Comment

NSEMC Minneapolis 2015: The Latest


Registration is now open online. Early-bird rates are extended through Oct. 12.

Plus registration is open for our exclusive pre-convention session!

The complete sessions list is available, as well as schedules by day for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Hotel reservations are open and rooms are still available.

If you experience problems booking your rooms, you may use the overflow hotel. CBI has negotiated complimentary wi-fi at the overflow venue along with a reasonable nightly rate. The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the convention hotel, but in a nice part of the area. Overflow hotel reservations will be available until Sept. 28 or when the block is full.

Finalists in the 2015 National Student Production Awards are announced.

Find out more about our Keynote Speaker Clinton Forry.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available.


Complete information available at the Minneapolis NSEMC site.


By | April 1st, 2015|About CBI, Conventions|1 Comment

Board Blog: Seattle Wrap-up


It is my honor and pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of CBI. As the Executive Director, my primary responsibility is annual convention. Since we just wrapped up the convention on Saturday, I wanted to take out a moment to give you a preliminary post-convention report.


Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

The convention exceeded CBI’s expectations in a number of ways.

• Attendance exceed that of last year by roughly 24 percent.

• CBI  increased the number or sessions available to you each hour and as result offered more sessions throughout the conference on great topics. The attendance numbers for not only registration and sessions are also up again this year, which means that we’re doing something right.

CBI expects this trend to continue, but we could not do this without your support.

• CBI partnered with NPR and NPR members to bring back the Next Generation Radio Project which received an overwhelming response from applicants. Results are available at askcbi.org/nextgeneration. Take a look and listen.  I think you will be impressed with the quality of the productions.

• The CBI National Student Production Awards Ceremony continues to grow as a prestigious competition.  There were close to 900 entries this year.  We congratulate both the finalists and winners in the production awards.  Each of you are winners whether you took home the top prize or not.  The CBI awards are becoming more and more competitive and the fact that your submission was recognized as a finalist or winner should not be left off your resume.

Students should look at the finalists and award winners for examples of how they can improve and enhance their productions.

I will close by asking you to help CBI make the 2015 convention even better. Students, advisers and others are highly encouraged to submit session proposals. CBI will begin to accept proposals around July 1 of next year. Please feel free to bounce off session ideas to me, our VP, Herb Dunmore and also with one another via the List serv. The final cut-off date for session proposals will be September 1.

CBI and I personally thank you for your support, but we also welcome your feedback for improvements. We know that there is room for improvement, so we want to make the conference even better. If you attended the convention, you can help us by completing the post-convention survey at http://askcbi.org/seattle/survey/.

Until next time, I remain your humble Executive Director who wants to hear from you.

By | October 29th, 2014|About CBI, Board Blogs, Conventions|Comments Off on Board Blog: Seattle Wrap-up

Latest Seattle NSEMC Updates!


Plenty of additions to the CBI Seattle website this past week:

• Complete program listings by day for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

• And complete lists of speakers and sessions with descriptions.

Plus a PDF of the entire convention program.

• Information on tours of KEXP and KING5, plus one-on-one demo reel and résumé critique sessions with radio news pro Glenn Schuck.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and the Twitter hashtag #CBISeattle for the latest on the convention. And, if you’re coming, join us on the Facebook event page, too!



By | October 13th, 2014|About CBI, Conventions|Comments Off on Latest Seattle NSEMC Updates!

KUOW, KPLU Join NPR And CBI To Train Next Generation Of Multimedia Journalists


KUOW, KPLU, NPR and College Broadcasters, Inc. are seeking student applicants to their first Student Multimedia Project. The week-long opportunity for college and graduate students to learn from professional journalists will be hosted at the CBI National Student Electronic Media Conference in Seattle, Oct. 20-25, 2014. The application deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Time Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

A committee of journalists will select up to six students to pair one-to-one with public media journalists and college multimedia instructors from around the country. Three students will be selected from the Seattle/Tacoma area.

“At KUOW we are excited about this project because including more voices and a greater breadth of storytelling in public media ensures our resonance and relevance with audiences into the future,” said KUOW General Manager Caryn Mathes, “I applaud this project that seeds our craft with the next generation.”

The Student Multimedia Project will emphasize multimedia storytelling focused on character development. Students who are selected for the project will each find a person to focus on for their story—someone doing something interesting who is willing and available to be interviewed. Students will produce a radio story about the person and then tell their story differently for the web.

“NPR and its member stations support the Project because it allows us to discover and groom a diverse pool of young talent,” said NPR Consultant and Project Manager Doug Mitchell. “The Project gives public media professionals a chance to see if students have what it takes to do the work and lets our industry build a pipeline of new professionals who understand our way of storytelling.” Mitchell thanked KUOW as well as NPR member stations KPLU Seattle/Tacoma, Michigan Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio for dedicating staff as mentors in this project.

Mentors for the project are Amara Aguilar of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism; Ruby de Luna of KUOW Seattle; LaToya Dennis of Milwaukee Public Radio; Sarah Hulett of Michigan Radio; Kyle Stokes of KPLU Seattle-Tacoma and Traci Tong of “The World” from PRI, BBC and WGBH Boston.

This is the sixth student media collaboration of Next Generation Radio and CBI/College Media. Previous projects were at conferences in Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City.

The mission of KUOW is to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

By | September 15th, 2014|About CBI, Conferences|Comments Off on KUOW, KPLU Join NPR And CBI To Train Next Generation Of Multimedia Journalists

Seattle Pre-Convention Workshops: Wednesday, Oct. 22


Interested in coming to Seattle a little early for a workshop with experts on FCC and Adobe video suite? Check out our Pre-Convention Workshops on the Seattle convention page!

These workshops feature expert speakers and the latest information, with a small group size so your questions will be answered. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the pros.

By | August 15th, 2014|About CBI, Conferences, Conventions, Resources|Comments Off on Seattle Pre-Convention Workshops: Wednesday, Oct. 22

Last call for Seattle session proposals!


CBI is seeking final proposals for convention sessions for the 2014 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 23-25 at the Renaissance Seattle.

You can review previous sessions from our conventions in San Antonio in 2013 and Atlanta in 2012 for ideas. When you’re ready to submit, visit the Sessions page on the Seattle convention site.

The final submission deadline is Friday, Aug. 8.

For more information, contact the CBI Executive Director.

By | August 4th, 2014|About CBI, CBI News, Conferences, Conventions|Comments Off on Last call for Seattle session proposals!

Getting ready for Seattle?


Registration for the third annual College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Electronic Media Convention is now open. CBI, along with more than 400 students, advisers/managers and electronic media professionals, will be in beautiful Seattle Oct. 23-25 for three days packed with high quality educational sessions.


If this is the first you are hearing about this event, that means that you are not subscribed to any of the CBI email lists. These invaluable email lists allow you watch topics, be informed of changes in the laws and regulations that impact your organization and ask questions of your peers. For more information about the email lists, visit our listserv page.

Questions? Contact CBI.

By | July 21st, 2014|About CBI, Conferences|Comments Off on Getting ready for Seattle?

Submit session proposals for Seattle


CBI, as a member driven and funded organization, depends highly on you to contribute your shared knowledge and resources.  In fact, the sharing of knowledge is an essential reason why CBI exists.  If  you have expertise in some matter, whether it be events, promotions, news, careers, sports, engineering, careers, WordPress, social media, convergence, and more. Whatever you think others would benefit from in a session, we encourage you to submit a session proposal.  Not every proposal received is accepted as CBI wants to continue its great session approval rating.

If you do not feel qualified, perhaps you know people who are.  Contact them and ask them if they have an hour to speak at the convention.  Or if you feel you are somewhat qualified, but would like to have others to rely upon to fill your knowledge gap, CBI can help.

If you know professionals in the local Seattle market, contact them.

CBI wants to see the most proposals possible so we can continue to select the best possible sessions for you.

Questions?  Please send them to seattle@askcbi.org.  Ready to submit a proposal (even a partial one)? Visit http://askcbi.org/seattle/sessions-and-speakerssession-proposals/.

By | July 14th, 2014|About CBI, Conferences|Comments Off on Submit session proposals for Seattle