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(Re)Introducing WMHB, Colby’s popular radio station

On the ground floor of Bob’s, down a hallway and past a bulletin board littered with radio stickers, lives Colby’s on-campus radio broadcasting office. WHMB, headed by Sam LeFeber ’17, airs a variety of student-run shows all week. Programs range from talk shows and “epic banter” to hour-long classic rock jam sessions. Sometimes, if there is a big event on campus, WHMB will arrange a behind-the-scenes interview with the speaker. With the wide assortment of shows, WHMB’s weekly schedule promises something for everyone.

Read more from The Colby Echo.

Art from the Attic: K-UTE Radio gears up for National Record Store Day

This year, the University of Utah’s own K-UTE Internet Radio has decided to join the festivities by participating in Vinylthon on April 22, which has been designated Record Store Day. According to Geoffrey Sutyak, the online content director for K-UTE, Vinylthon is an event sponsored by College Radio Day, an organization that aims to support college radio promotions.

Read more from the Daily Utah Chronicle.

New tune in town: KDRU brings ‘college sound’ radio to Springfield

There is something fairly new in the air– make that ‘on’ the air. KDRU, ‘Dru’ as in Drury University, is the campus radio station making a mark on the local airwaves.

At 98.1 on the FM dial, it’s the only independent radio station in Springfield completely operated by college students.

“I am proud of the different skills I have been able to accumulate,” said Erin Hotchkiss, a student who also serves as the news director for the station. “I am proud that these people just kind of let me hop in; I think it was kind of the right place at the right time…”

Read more from KY3.com.

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop
  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls.
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and a visit to WDCE at University of Richmond.

And, CBI is accepting entries for the 2017 National Student Production Awards, nominations for the Joel Willer award and session proposals for the 2017 National Student Electronic Media Convention Nov. 2-4 in San Antonio.

By | April 25th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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Scott Van Pelt promises to fund college radio station while playing golf

The University of Maryland’s student-run radio station needed help, so one of its staffers reached out to one of the school’s most famous alums. Luckily that alum, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, checked his phone while on the golf course.

Someone affiliated with the station reached out to Van Pelt on Twitter, telling him it was the last day to donate to the station. Scott asked how much was needed, and then said he would take care of the sum — over $1,000 — when he was done playing golf, of course.

Read more from Golf.com.

Albright College’s WXAC Moves to 24-Hour Broadcast

The broadcasting change, which took effect earlier this month, was enabled in part by a $5,000 grant for new equipment and the station’s move in 2016 to the Berks Community Media Center at 13th and Richmond streets, a location it shares with BCTV.

Read more from BCTV.

Failed KCSM-TV sale forces lawsuits: College district and contractor point fingers over who dropped the ball on auction

Who should take the blame for the failed sale of the College of San Mateo’s television station is the source of a legal battle, as school officials and a company hired to negotiate the acquisition are locking horns over which side muffed a lucrative deal.

Opposing civil lawsuits filed in county Superior Court indicate San Mateo County Community College District officials and LocusPoint Networks representatives disagree on why KCSM-TV was excluded from a $114 million auction sale.

Read more from the San Mateo Daily Journal.

WREKtacular exposes students to local music

The local arts scene may sometimes seem insular to those who are not already a part of it. However, once a year, WREK Radio offers Tech students a chance to experience it. The radio station prides itself in its airing of music that they describe as “atypical” or outside the cultural mainstream. On their website, WREK claims that they wish to use their status as a college radio to bring these “forms of music into public consciousness,” and the annual concert plays into that philosophy.

Read more from The Technique.

Mic drop: VIC Radio celebrates 50-Hour Marathon April 7-9

The DJs kicked off the marathon singing along to pop hits in high spirits. The VIC, or Voice of Ithaca College, radio studio was packed, the spring heat dangling in the studio. Four DJs — senior Kemery Colbert and sophomores Jill Simon, Lexy White and Haley Goetz — led a group of about 10 people in a joyful chorus of pop tunes.

Read more from The Ithacan.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits Lehman College Underground Radio, WTJU at the University of Virginia and WNUW-LP at Neumann University, and the College Radio Watch column. And, news from WUVA’s transition to multimedia.

And, CBI is accepting nominations for the Joel Willer award, submissions for the annual National Student Production Awards are open, and registration is open for the first-ever summer College Media Megaworkshop featuring the Broadcast Management track by CBI.

By | April 18th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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Nominations open for CBI’s Joel Willer Award

The Joel Willer Award is named for one of CBI’s most influential members, and is presented in recognition for exceptional dedication and service to student electronic media.

Nominees should be active CBI members in good standing who have made a substantial and long-standing impact on student electronic media through teaching, advocacy, promotions, or other means, which are demonstrable and last beyond their initial action.

To nominate someone for the Joel Willer Award, please fill out the form found on the Joel Willer Award page. Nominations are due by May 5.

Maben: Radio skills jobs are still out there

Students have taken their station imaging skills and applied them to branding within the social media sphere. Radio needs to do a much better job of reminding the world that we are the experts in music curation, and audio storytelling and entertainment. We are the folks you want to hire when you need those things done, no matter the platform or business purpose. It certainly doesn’t fully offset the sharp decline in traditional radio jobs, but there are opportunities in other sectors of the economy for folks who love the art, craft and thrill of radio.

Read more from Soap Box on Tom Taylor Now.

VIC Radio hosts 50-hour marathon for Friendship Donations Network

“Our reach over the marathon weekend, because we’re on all three college stations, is about 200,000 people, plus those listening online. So, it’s a really good way to let the community know about the nonprofit,” Gardner said. “Even though the money is really wonderful, sometimes the biggest thing is having 50 hours where we’re exclusively talking about them, and community members will know what their organization is about.”

Read more from Ithaca College.

Plus Spinning Indie visits WCWM at the College of William and Mary and the weekly College Radio Watch column.

 

 

By | April 11th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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Join CBI in July for the Summer Megaworkshop

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop!
  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls.
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.
Learn more on the Megaworkshop website.

Has Spotify killed the radio student D.J.?

College radio stations allow students to come together with shared interests on campus, both physically and intangibly. Whether the station be recorded in a dingy, grey basement on a table covered with emptied potato chip bags, or in a beautiful student center overlooking campus, having a space to connect with peers over a love of music is an incredible addition to the college experience.

Read more from Study Breaks.

Six ways to show school spirit, even if you’re more apathetic than athletic

Even if you don’t want to get involved there are ways to show you care and ways to also help you stay informed. Chances are your college had a newspaper, magazine or informational website and a radio station. To support those you can pick up the latest issue of what they publish and you can listen to the music and sports they play on the college radio station.

Read more from The Guardian.

Sold: High Desert And Colorado Noncommercial FMs

In other filings with the FCC, Grace Public Radio is selling noncommercial oldies-jazz KILE-F/Woodland Park, Co. to The Colorado College for $24,000.

Read more from All Access.

CBI National Student Production Awards are open

Entries are to be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. All entries must be submitted via online by Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Entry is FREE for CBI member stations.

Read more and start your entries on the CBI Awards page.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WMWC at The University of Mary Washington and WXJM at James Madison University.

By | April 4th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

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WRFL celebrates 29 years of college radio

The UK’s student run radio, WRFL celebrated its 29th anniversary on Tuesday, March 7, with a birthday bash coming in April.

Almost three decades later, a continuously improving WRFL still strives to bring the Lexington community together by promoting independent musicians, constantly building on Lexington’s art and music scene.

Read more from the Kentucky Kernel.

Emory & Henry alum Eric McClure racing to fund college radio station

McClure, a 2000 E&H graduate, announced in January that his team, Martin-McClure racing, will field a second entry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Pitt Lite 125 on April 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway. All proceeds from the race will go directly into the Eric McClure Endowment, according to WEHC 90.7 General Manager Teresa Keller.

The No. 39 Toyota Camry will feature logos for Emory & Henry on the hood and for the college’s radio station on the quarter panels.

Read more from The Roanoke Times.

Chattanooga radio reporter fired, blames lawmakers

A college radio reporter is fired from her job after she reported a story that drew criticism from Tennessee lawmakers.

Those lawmakers say she didn’t identify herself as a journalist.

Jacqui Helbert worked for WUTC, which broadcasts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.

Read more from News Channel 9.

PSAs Promote College Radio

The College Radio Foundation has launched a new radio public service announcement campaign reminding listeners of the value of college radio. The PSA series is called “College Radio. Now. More Than Ever” and is part of a year-long campaign.

Read more from Radio World.

Minnesota Public Radio comes home to Saint John’s University April 25 -26 to mark its 50th anniversary

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) returns to its birthplace with a two-day visit to the Saint John’s campus in late April. On Tuesday, April 25, MPR Day at Saint John’s will feature live broadcasts of all three MPR regional services: MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current, as well as live performances and special guests throughout the day. All events will take place at Brother Willie’s Pub in Sexton Commons. In addition, Garrison Keillor will perform a sold-out show at the College of Saint Benedict that same evening.

Read more from Saint John’s University.

Weber State to sell FM student radio license for KWCR

The Weber State University student radio station is going totally digital.

In fact, KWCR Wildcat Radio hasn’t been broadcasting on the radio about a year and a half now, adviser Robin Haislett said, save a once-annual broadcast just to keep the license.

Read more from The Standard Examiner.

 

Plus, Radio survivor visits WVCW and WRIR-LP!

 

By | March 28th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

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The Debate Over RIPR’s Expansion

Earlier this year, Rhode Island Public Radio went public with a proposed plan to acquire UMass Dartmouth’s 45-year-old college radio station, 89.3 WUMD. Rhode Island Public Radio, still a relatively young station currently renting small public access frequencies to air both locally produced news features as well as NPR programming such as All Things Considered and Fresh Air, wants a permanent home and for them WUMD fits the bill. It’s a powerful signal from which they could grow locally produced journalism on a solid, owned foundation that would be moved just over state lines to Tiverton; covering Rhode Island, all of the South Coast to Cape Cod and even some parts of eastern Connecticut. All the deal needs is FCC approval, but standing in the way is the community and student staff at WUMD.

Read more from Providence Monthly.

KCSM to remain despite ongoing budget struggle: College official claims recent turnover not indicative of larger coming shifts

Despite experiencing the sort of ongoing financial budget strife commonly faced by college radio stations, faithful listeners to KCSM can expect most of their favorite programming to remain, a district official said.

The College of San Mateo’s jazz radio station, 91.1 FM, lost three on-air personalities in recent months, but such changes are not indicative of larger shifts on the horizon, said Mitchell Bailey, spokesman for the San Mateo County Community College District.

Read more from The Daily Journal.

Miss. College Sells FM License in Jackson

Mississippi College is selling its FM signal at 93.5 MHz in Jackson.

“Star 93.5” WHJT(FM) is an outreach ministry of the college; it has aired heritage Christian music for the central part of the state since 1989; members of the station are shown in a 2014 image from its website.

Read more from Radio World.

Lake Land College invites students to the Radio/TV Open House

During the Radio/TV Open House from 12-2 p.m., participants are invited to broadcast LIVE on WLKL 89.9 The Max Alternative, the college’s student run FM radio station; anchor a newscast in the TV studio; use equipment in the TV production control room and studio; record and listen to their own audio spot using professional audio equipment; operate state-of-the-art camera and video equipment and experiment with industry-standard digital editing software.

Read more from the Effingham Daily News.

Hendrix Radio Station KHDX Part of New Arkansas College Radio Association

“One of our hopes is that the ArkCRA will help provide stability and support to student-run radio operations, which can struggle sometimes because of staff turnover,” said Hendrix biology professor and KHDX advisor Dr. Maureen McClung. “Charter stations include well-established organizations and those that are just starting out, so the ArkCRA presents many opportunities for collaboration.”

Read more from Hendrix College.

Plus, How to Improve your LPFM Community & College Radio Reception on Radio Survivor.

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College Radio Day set for Oct. 6

We were delighted to set a new record for college radio registrations in a single day when we opened up registration for College Radio Day 2017 on Friday. Over 40 stations registered in one day.

We are also still very excited about our upcoming Vinylthon next month. Stations can register for it here.

Read more from College Radio Day.

Pickering College radio station to broadcast Aurora events, town news

Pickering College is looking to partner with Aurora to highlight what’s going on the community.

Students recently made a presentation to council about the school’s radio station, 102.7 CHOP FM.

Read more from YorkRegion.com.

10 things you didn’t know about Chapman Radio and its 50th anniversary

Chapman Radio’s original call sign was KNAC – “The Station With the KNAC” and was broadcasted out of Morlan Hall. A few decades later, the organization changed its call sign to KNAB – “The Station With the KNAB.”

Read more from The Panther.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WYBF at Cabrini University and the College Radio Watch Column.

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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.

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CBI election nomination period extended

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is now accepting nominations through Monday, March 6 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 (earke@messiah.edu), Election Commissioner (self-nominations are accepted).

Read more from the CBI website.

SU Radio to return to air

This weekend, I conducted an interview with First-Year Meredith Rasmussen. She learned that the station had been abandoned last year due to declining membership. The radio station started in 2008 when a group of students received the King Creativity Grant to create an internet radio station. Since then, its popularity among membership and listeners has fluctuated until January 2016 when it was basically abandoned. Since then, no one has worked on the station and it just disappeared. So she took it upon herself to change its fate.

“Restarting the radio station was something that I had been wanting to do basically since arriving on campus,” Rasmussen said. “College radio was something that I have been interested in, and I was really disappointed that we didn’t have a station.”

Read more from The Megaphone.

EC Radio is back after extended hiatus

The wait is over. Emmanuel College Radio plans to officially launch their reboot this semester. The revival of EC Radio began with current president Nana Addae ’19 and vice president Jill Hyburg ’19. Before them, EC Radio club was dormant for two years.

Read more from The Hub.

Drury radio station carving out its place on FM dial

Drury University has long been home to an internet-based radio station that was broadcast, through a complicated antenna system, in various campus buildings.

The reach and the impact were severely limited, however. Jonathan Groves, chair of the communications department, believed the student-run college radio station could be so much more if it were available on the FM dial.

Read more from the Springfield News-Leader.

Project Yellow Light seeks PSAs for scholarship competition

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring change. Applicants have the mission to create a radio spot to encourage their peers to avoid distracted driving, specifically, texting while driving. Application deadline is April 1.  There are two scholarships (one for college and one for high school) worth $2,000 each. In addition to winning a scholarship, the winning entries will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and aired across the country courtesy of iHeartRadio. More info about PYL is here: http://www.projectyellowlight.com/about, and application guidelines for the contest are here: http://www.projectyellowlight.com/apply#radio.

Plus, the latest College Radio Watch column and Podcast #82: Busting Myths and Counting Charts.

By | February 28th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

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Another College Station Sold

Cincinnati.com reported that supporters of the station showed up to a special regents meeting Tuesday to try to save the station. Many left in tears. Cincymusic.com’s Ian Bolender said, “You’re not just selling a radio station, you’re selling off the well-being of our music community. Without WNKU, a lot of artists would’ve never broke in this market.”

Read more at Radio Ink.

Fate of College Radio Charts Uncertain at CMJ After Almost 40 Years

One of the remaining bastions of the college-rock era has fallen silent, at least for now. For the second week in a row, CMJ has not published its weekly college radio charts, calling into question the fate of an institution that has tracked the music played by college stations around the country since 1978. No date has been set for when the venerable—and, once, invaluable—charts will resume.

Read more from Pitchfork.

SA approves WQKE radio funding

The President of WQKE Natalie Gramegna presented her appeal before the Senate for the allocation of $9846.27 for the purposes of purchasing updated equipment. The Senate voted in favor of Gramegna’s proposal allowing for the acquisition of various technical equipment necessary for the functioning the WQKE’s radio broadcast. The funds requested will be provided on behalf of the SA’s stabilization fund.

Read more from Cardinal Points.

Prairie Public radio to end broadcasts from UND

UND is preparing to sell its long-held radio station licenses to Prairie Public Radio as it readies plans to tear down the building which houses the local studio.

Bill Thomas, director of Prairie Public Radio, said the public radio service is currently in talks with the university about transferring the licensing for its two stations, KFJM and KUND-FM, to the main network. Thomas said local production would relocate from Grand Forks to the main Prairie Public offices in Fargo, though he said viewers “won’t be able to tell any difference on the air.”

Read more from Grand Forks Herald.

 

Plus, College Radio Watch weighs in on CMJ, the 81st Radio Survivor Podcast and Bandcamp Weekly checks out KPSU.

By | February 21st, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News