Don’t Forget: NSEMC Early-bird deadline and College Radio Day!

Tuesday, Oct. 1 is an important day for all of us in college broadcasting! First, it’s College Radio Day. Second, it’s the end of early-bird registration discounts for the National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.

Celebrate college radio, and prepare to celebrate all things college broadcasting by making your plans now!

Visit the convention website to see the speakers, sessions, tours and special guests we’ll have, to register and book your hotel rooms.

Twitter? Follow us for updates on #CBITexas at @askcbi.

By | September 29th, 2013|Conferences|Comments Off on Don’t Forget: NSEMC Early-bird deadline and College Radio Day!

Student Designers: Help us show off Seattle!

Attention CBI Member Station Students! Design a logo for the College Broadcasters, Inc. 2014 National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle! Student entries are being accepted for the official convention logo design, which will appear on convention promotional materials.

Designs should visually represent both CBI and Seattle. The winning student entry receives a $50.00 award. You must be a current student staff member at a CBI Member Station to be eligible for the contest. All entries will be blindly judged.

Logo design specifications

1. The logo must be square in shape.

2. Logo text must contain the words “CBI,” “Seattle,” and “October 2014.”

3. Logo must contain the standard CBI logo incorporated into the design from the CBI website. (Download a zipped .EPS file here.)

4. Logo should be produced in two versions: one black and white and one black and white plus one iconic spot color. The spot color is up to the designer’s choice.

5. Submission files need to be submitted as both .eps and .jpg formats. Four files are required for a complete entry: the black and white .eps, the black and white plus spot color .eps, and then the black and white as a .jpg and the black and white plus spot color .jpg. The overall design should remain universal among all four files.

6. A text document specifying the “graphic and text standards” of the design files must be submitted. Include color specification, font names, sizes and styles used in the designs. EPS files require fonts to be converted to outlines.

7. Designs should be ready to use if selected as the winner. Example uses include the convention program, name tags, convention website, t-shirts, and other promotional materials.

8. Entry indicates that any artwork used is indeed that of the designer submitting the work and not any copyrighted material. No pre-produced clip-art files may be used. The design must be 100% originally produced by the student submitting the entry.

9. All files should be named with the designer’s last name and a file description. For example: “SmithBW.jpg” or “Smith-Spotcolor.eps.”

10. Include the following information in the text of the email submission:

  • Your name
  • Your school name
  • The media group you represent (audio, video, multimedia)
  • Your contact mailing address
  • Your contact email address
  • Your faculty or staff adviser’s name, phone number and email address

11. Send all submissions to CBI Treasurer Lisa Marshall at All submissions must include a compressed file zipped folder or a link to a Dropbox ( shared folder containing all four designs and the “graphic and text standards” document. All required files must be in the email, the zipped folder or the dropbox folder to be eligible.

12. Incomplete submissions will not be eligible for the logo contest.

13. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. All timely received submissions will be acknowledged via email return receipt.

13. Winner will be announced by Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.

14. The winning logo will automatically become property of CBI for organizational use. CBI reserves the right to alter, at its discretion, any part of the designs.

15. Visit the CBI website,, for more information about CBI’s conferences.



By | September 4th, 2013|Conferences, Contests|Comments Off on Student Designers: Help us show off Seattle!

Hello Seattle! CBI will see you in 2014!

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is proud to announce that the 3rd annual National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Oct. 23-25, 2014. The NSEMC is America’s only convention dedicated exclusively to the interests of student TV/ video outlets, radio stations, and webcasters.
The convention will feature three days of interactive sessions led by broadcast professionals, students, and student media advisers, capped off with a keynote speaker and the presentation of the National Student Production Awards at a special ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 25. Sessions will focus on a variety of aspects of radio, video, and new media. Also built into the schedule are ample opportunities for students and advisers to network, socialize and benchmark their operations.
“CBI is thrilled to be able to hold our 2014 convention in Seattle,” says CBI Executive Director Will Robedee. “Our members voted Seattle as their top choice for a convention site. It is a great media center and a great city.”
This year’s NSEMC will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2013. For information on registration, session proposals, or sponsorship opportunities for CBI in San Antonio, visit information on CBI and the National Student Electronic Media Convention can be found at

By | July 31st, 2013|About CBI, CBI News, Conferences|1 Comment

Call for Session proposals open for 2013 national student electronic media convention in San Antonio


MARCH 11, 2013

Contact: Will Robedee, Executive Director, College Broadcasters, Inc., 855-ASK4CBI

Greg Weston, President, College Broadcasters, Inc., 412-648-7990

The CBI Board of Directors is now accepting session proposals for the second annual National Student Electronic Media Convention, to be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk.

The Convention brings students, advisers and staff from college radio and television stations across the country for three days of informative sessions, exhibitions and special sessions on all aspects of college broadcasting. Past session topics have covered a wide variety of topics, including FCC regulations, webcasting, legal issues, management and leadership, social media and more. The conference also includes the annual National Student Production Awards to honor the best work in television and radio production from students across the country.

“CBI encourages any and all to share their expertise with a crop of students who have an expressed interest in media in order to help them better understand the world beyond college media, improve their current efforts and how they can benefit and contribute to the future of any aspect of electronic media,” said CBI Executive Director Will Robedee. “This includes diverse areas, such as promotions, sales, engineering, on-air talent, management, social media and so much more. Just take a look at our list of sessions and professionals from last year ( and it’s clear our goal is to educate and inform students. If you think you have something to offer the next generation of broadcasting professionals, we want to hear from you.”

Media professionals, students, advisers and legal professionals are invited to submit proposals, and preference is given to proposals with more than one speaker. Sessions proposals are being accepted now through Aug. 15, 2013 at (

Additional information on the National Electronic Media Student Convention can be found at


College Broadcasters Inc. represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and other related media ventures; ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media; promotes cooperative efforts between the association and other national, regional, and state media organizations; facilitates the discussion of issues related to student-operated electronic media; and other community oriented programs. CBI currently represents electronic student media outlets from across the nation.

By | March 11th, 2013|Conferences|Comments Off on Call for Session proposals open for 2013 national student electronic media convention in San Antonio

San Antonio Convention Updates

Here’s the latest on the National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2013 in San Antonio!

• The convention website is up, and has information on the hotel, registration and more

Entry information for the Student Production Awards is available, and award submissions will open Monday, March 4

• We are now accepting session proposals online

• Hotel reservations may be made on the Hyatt website. General information, including pricing, is available on the hotel page of the convention site

Stay tuned for more information as we keep adding details! Follow our Twitter and Facebook for updates.

By | February 28th, 2013|Conferences|Comments Off on San Antonio Convention Updates

Exceeding the Expected

The CBI fall convention has now officially exceeded the hotel commitment for rooms at the re-negotiated discounted rate of $139 per night which include wireless Internet access in rooms.  HOWEVER, the hotel has agreed to extend the discounted rate until the hotel comes close to reaching capacity.  In other words, if you have not booked your convention hotel rooms yet, you should do as ASAP at

Do not forget that convention registration early discounts end 9/30.

This is shaping up to be the best CBI fall convention date with students, advisers, lawyers, industry professionals and more lining up to be speakers (   We have filled every available time slot that we booked and negotiated even more rooms to accommodate the great session proposals.  See for a list of planned sessions.

There are even more surprises that have been announced yet.

Frankly, this event is turning out to be much bigger and better than I had hoped for when CBI decided to breakaway and do its own convention.  With that in mind, in order to continue making this an event that is important to you, we need to hear from you now and more importantly during and after the convention in order to make it better for next year.

To answer common questions.

Should your station plan to save some money to attend a Spring CBI event or send everyone to this event?

No.  At this time, there are no plans for a spring event.  That could change if there is enough support and/or CBI partners with another organization.  CBI is talking with others who have contacted us about such an event, but the immediate plans do not include a spring event.

When does the conference start and end?

Registration will start on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  Sessions start at 8:30 AM on Thursday with a short welcome session.  General sessions will begin at 9 AM. The convention will end on Saturday around 5 PM.

By | September 18th, 2012|CBI News, Conferences|Comments Off on Exceeding the Expected

College Radio Day a Grassroots Movement as Much as a One-day Celebration

Just as Record Store Day was started by struggling brick and mortar record shops round the country who joined forces, College Radio Day was begun in a somewhat similar vein. The main man responsible for College Radio Day is Rob Quicke of New Jersey’s William Paterson University station WPSC who, in celebration of the second edition of this annual event, is compiling a special benefit compilation album by a wide array of artists.

Rob Quicke will be at the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention, along with Pete Bowers who initiated High School Radio Day. Their session will include speakers from Save KUSF and Mark Maben!

Read the rest of the story on the Amoeblog.

By | August 17th, 2012|Conferences|Comments Off on College Radio Day a Grassroots Movement as Much as a One-day Celebration

Getting to Atlanta for CBI in October

Getting to Atlanta for the CBI Conference, Oct. 25-27 couldn’t be easier!

The main Atlanta airport (Hartsfield-Jackson) has been the world’s busiest passenger airport every year since 2005. The main airline servicing ATL is Delta, but also serviced by many other airlines (U.S. Airways, United, American, Southwest, Airtran and Spirit, plus more).

Atlanta also has several smaller airports, including Dekalb-Peachtree airport.

Airport to Hotel:
The easiest and most cost-effective way is MARTA. Trips are $2.50 each way plus a one-time $1 card purchase. Total round-trip is $6 Travel time is approximately 20 minutes. Visit the MARTA page for schedules and routes. The hotel is two blocks from the Peachtree Center station, direct from the airport station by the red or yellow lines.

For more information, including taxis and shuttles, visit the conference web page for transportation.

Getting Around Atlanta:
Downtown Atlanta is walkable, but if you want to go further (to a mall, a movie theater, etc.) MARTA rail service is simple and quick.



By | August 2nd, 2012|Conferences|Comments Off on Getting to Atlanta for CBI in October

Conference Sessions to Include Local and National Broadcasting Pros

CBI has received outstanding session proposals from our members for the first-ever CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 25-27 in Atlanta. More details to come on these speakers and more, but just a taste of what’s to come:

Emile P. Bush from Georgia Public Broadcasting … Frank LoMonte from the Student Press Law Center … Steak Shapiro, co-founder if Sports Radio 790 The Zone, Tom Jones from Atlanta’s WSB-TV … communications lawyer Melodie Virtue, Laura Mizrahi, V.P. of Communications Technologies, Inc. … Social Media guru Jennifer Brett from the Atlanta Journal Constitution … community outreach manager Jason Parker from Public Broadcasting Atlanta … John Robinson from Big Champagne Media … plus broadcasting professionals from local Atlanta television and radio stations and national media professionals representing CNN, Turner Networks and Fox News.  Of course, there are plenty of student media specific sessions being proposed as well!  You will learn the latest about webcasting, LPFM, translator and organizational issues at this event.

Session proposals are still being accepted at online, but act quickly — the cut-off date is July 31.

For more information on the convention, including registration and hotel details, visit the convention website.

Discounted early registration ends 9/1/2012 if you are not paying by credit card, otherwise, you have until 9/30/2012 to register at the discounted rate.  Hotel registration is only $139 per night regardless if you book single, double, triple or quad and includes FREE in-room Wi-Fi.  Book your room early because our room block is already oversold.  More details available at the convention website.

See you in October!

By | July 27th, 2012|Conferences|Comments Off on Conference Sessions to Include Local and National Broadcasting Pros