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We’re announcing the 2016 finalists in CBI’s National Student Production Awards over on the Philadelphia website! We’ll be posting new categories every weekday until Friday, Aug. 26, so check back.

While you’re there, see all the latest on the National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22. We’re posting info on the hotel, special pre-convention workshops and more.

By | August 16th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences, Conventions|Comments Off on National Student Production Awards finalists

Student Media in the News


U.Va. radio station WTJU hosts summer camp for local students

The curriculum has evolved to become more hands-on and project-oriented throughout the years, based on students’ feedback, Moore said in an email statement.

“At their core, the summer radio camps are about students having fun, but also getting a taste for interviewing and audio production, exploring new music and presenting it through on-air media,” Moore said.

Read more from The Cavalier Daily.

Hofstra student journalists broadcast from DNC on campus station

Hofstra University student reporters from WRHU/88.7 FM are clearing the hurdles like the pros, gaining valuable on-air experience, building their portfolios and bringing the Democratic National Convention alive this week for some 300,000 listeners of their award-winning campus radio station.

Read more from Newsday.

Meet ‘Professor Bebop,’ UVA’s Longtime Late-Night Radio DJ
“Music is my number one passion,” he said. “I think it is the greatest art there is. It expresses so much – joy and fear, horror and comedy. It can make you introspective, or make you understand something you have not thought about.”
Read more from the University of Virginia.

CBI National Student Production Awards Finalists

Finalists in the 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards will be announced here on the CBI blog, and also our Twitter and Facebook pages, Aug. 15-19 and 22-26! Winners will be announced at the annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia this fall.

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.


Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column, LPFM watch column, Podcast episode #56 and visits to KCSU at Colorado State and Radio 1190 at University of Colorado, Boulder. 

By | August 3rd, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Contests, Conventions, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: CBI Minneapolis engages, energizes, encourages


Enlightening, engaging, informative, unbelievable, a great experience, encouraging, energizing.

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

These are just a few of the superlatives I heard in conversations with attendees at the 2015 National Student Electronic Media Convention this week in Minneapolis.

It’s amazing what you can jam into two-and-a-half days: professional speakers such as Jana Shortal, Kim Insley and Cory Hepola from KARE-TV, Cory Provus PBP voice of the Minnesota Twins, Paul Allen PBP voice of the Minnesota Vikings, producer Falen Lambert of KDWB and dozens more with an average of six sessions every hour—over 100 in all!

The NPR Next Generation project headed up by Doug Mitchell and a team of local professional mentors, keynote speaker Clinton Forry, the 14th annual National Student Production Awards MCed by WCCO reporter Reg Chapman, a Social Swag Swap attended by several hundred attendees and our annual Student Cybercast. Not to mention an Exhibit Floor packed with the latest in equipment and software.

I’ll add my own adjective—amazing.

But the conversation continues on the CBI listservs and blog, the CBI Facebook and Twitter pages and through the great networking the student attendees did which will allow the ideas and assistance to happen year-round.

Congratulations to all of the student award winners, finalists, Exhibitor Bingo prize winners and those who attended this great conference.

CBI Philadelphia will be Oct. 20-22, 2016 at the Sonesta. I’m not sure it can get any better than this one, but we’re going to try.

By | October 26th, 2015|Board Blogs, Conventions|Comments Off on Board Blog: CBI Minneapolis engages, energizes, encourages

Student Media in the News


Session Schedules Posted for NSEMC 2015
Visit the CBI Minneapolis website for complete session listings, schedules, speakers and more.

Complete session listing(alphabetical by session title)
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Thursday, Oct. 22
Friday, Oct. 23
Saturday, Oct. 24

Early-bird registration pricing lasts through Oct. 1. To register, click here. For hotel reservations, click here.

A Radio Station Becomes Two: KNDS keeps 96.3 FM, KRFF goes down to 95.9 FM

North Dakota State-run KNDS is the low-power station of 96.3 FM. The radio station shared its frequency with Radio Free Fargo, a community partnership, for 12 years.

Read more from the NDSUSpectrum.

KCR founder dies at age 69

The founder of San Diego State’s KCR College Radio station Jerry Zullo died recently, leaving behind a student organization that continues today. He was 69.
Read more from The Daily Aztec.

WMUA hosts, student staff clash over changes

Longtime radio DJs and students who make up the executive staff of the WMUA 91.1 college radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst clashed at the station’s first general body meeting of the school year Monday over schedule and staffing changes.

Read more from Radio’s Farm Team

Mark Maben is the General Manager of WSOU-FM, the radio station at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Maben is one of the Best Managers in Radio today and he’ll be featured in our October 12 issue of Radio Ink magazine. Maben is helping shape the future of radio with his mentoring of radio broadcasters of the future.

Read more from Radio Ink.

Cayuga Community College’s radio station to visit White House, will meet VP Joe Biden

Jeff Szczesniak, the award-winning staff adviser to Cayuga Community College’s radio station, is heading to Washington — and he may get to meet President Barack Obama. Five college radio stations, including WDWN, have been invited to the White House on Thursday, Sept. 24, one week before National College Radio Day on Oct. 2.

Read more from

Campus View: Radio Lives!
Read the first installment of Campus View, a new commentary on the world of college radio, brought to you by Radio World and CBI, an organization dedicated to serving student electronic media outlets. Campus View will be a regular column on Radio World with college-radio news and perspectives.
Read more from Radio World.

FCC Denies Applications for Review Related to Sale of College Radio Station KUSF’s License

The FCC released a memorandum and order (PDF) denying the final Applications for Review that were filed in regards to the sale of the KUSF-FM license (the CPRN-owned station is now known as KOSC-FM and airs classical music programming under the brand name KDFC) and the simultaneous Consent Decree against both University of San Francisco and the purchaser, Classical Public Radio Network.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By | September 22nd, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conventions, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


University of Houston-owned KUHA 91.7 FM Moving To HD Radio, Digital Format

The University of Houston Administrative and Finance Committee made the recommendation to the full board of regents, which is expected to approve the plan during its meeting on Thursday.

KUHA 91.7 FM was purchased from Rice University for $9.5 million in 2010. Most of the classical music and arts programming produced by Houston Public Media moved to the new station, along with live broadcasts with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera and local performing artists and groups. KUHF then adopted a 24-hour all news and information format.

Read more from Houston Public Media and Radio Survivor.

Next Generation Radio project taking applications for Minneapolis

For the National Student Electronic Media Convention, CBI will be partnering with Minnesota Public Radio News (MPR News) and NPR to sponsor another Next Generation Radio project. Selected students will have the opportunity to learn from professional journalists during a week-long program in Minneapolis, Oct. 19-24, 2015.

Next Generation Radio is a digital-first, multimedia journalism and professional development project for undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism and broadcast media.

More information and application instructions are available on the CBI Minneapolis site.

Michigan State University radio spotlights drumline

If you can’t make it back to campus to watch the Drumline gear up for the season, check out the great video above put together by students at The Impact, MSU’s award-winning radio station. The Impact is one of the nation’s largest college radio stations with more than 300 students working for volunteering at the student-run media outlet.

Read more from


Plus, Radio Survivor’s 11th podcast episode.

By | August 25th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conventions, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

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 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

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

NSEMC Update: Welcome to Seattle!


If you’re here already, we’ll start seeing you around!

If you’re not here yet, here’s a rundown of different ways to get to the hotel from SeaTac airport:

Link light rail: Cheap and easy. The University Street and Pioneer Square stations are both close to the hotel. Warning: there are steep hills, but the walk is short. Fare is $2.75 one-way.

King County Metro transit buses: routes/fares vary.

Downtown Airporter Shuttle: $18 one-way fare.

Yellow Cabs: About $45.

STILA town cars and SUVs: Might be economical if you’ve got a big group with lots of bags.

By | October 21st, 2014|CBI News, Conventions|Comments Off on NSEMC Update: Welcome to Seattle!

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!