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Radio stations with a sense of community

But it’s another, unsung area of broadcasting that’s live and local to the hilt: community radio. These are the mostly tiny, mostly FM stations that focus on various forms of community: a neighborhood or a town, or a listenership devoted to eclectic or specific types of music. Many offer a mix of local talk, public affairs programming and music shows, often featuring artists performing live.

Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Signing off: WNKU goes silent after final broadcast

“My message is just thank you. Thank you for listening. Thank you to anyone who ever gave money to the radio station who supported us financially. Public radio is so important to communities. I don’t know if we could be more grateful,” Felix said.

Read more from WLWT Cincinnati.

Students should support all campus media

As a newly licensed DJ at WTSR 91.3FM, the College’s student radio station serving Mercer and Bucks counties, I’m faced with a single overbearing dilemma — not many people are actually listening. No matter what music I play or how well I do my part, I feel like people around campus will never get the chance to hear my work, nor the work of our radio station’s amazing executive board and general staff. Usually, I have to inform members of my family and friends through social media that I’ll be on air. Sometimes, I really feel like the sound of leaves blowing in the wind — you can faintly hear me in the background, but most of the time I go unnoticed.

Read more from The Signal.

Plus the College Radio Watch column and the Radio Survivor Podcast.

 

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Student Media in the News

‘The little basement that rocks’

“I want to reach out to people who want to do it but are afraid because it is sort of public speaking,” Nguyen said. “I hesitated my entire first year and didn’t do it because I was scared and insecure with my speaking ability but when you start doing it there are a lot of people there to help you.”

Read more from Luther College CHIPS.

Trash House provides safe haven for creative students

Last Saturday displayed a pretty common Trash House weekend. The residence was hosting one of its myriad house shows, which featured local bands such as Sorority Boy and Sweet Tooth, and it served as a fundraiser for DREAMers on Grounds. Before the show, residents of the house shared their views about WXTJ and the radio subculture of the University.

Read more from The Cavalier Daily.

Tuning into ‘The Voice of Bucknell’

“There is a great deal of programming specifically geared toward students. There are things to learn through listening and we have a lot of great DJs that enjoy expressing their tastes in music to listeners,” Station Manager Haven Clark ’18 said.

Read more from The Bucknellian.

Student Org Profile: WUMD College Radio

In 1979, 20 years after the University of Michigan first opened its Dearborn campus, a group of engineering students appropriated school equipment to play vinyl. In the 80’s student members of the station took equipment off campus grounds to prevent the station from being closed and were nearly expelled. Flash forward to the night of September 14, 2017 on the second floor of the University Center and WUMD held its first general body meeting for the fall. The normally spacious-feeling room was packed past capacity with nearly 40 people.

Read more from The Michigan Journal.

Women in American College Radio

During the academic year it houses more than just physical copies of artistry, it serves as a refuge for the 40+ students who choose to devote their time to the organisation aptly named WMHC (Mount Holyoke College’s student radio station). The oldest historically female-run college radio station in the nation, it has truly seen it all: from the heydays of college radio in the late eighties and early nineties to the creation of streaming services. It’s a station that, like many other college radio outlets, is reflective of a fringe culture that society has deemed fading or even obsolete.

Read more from The Panoptic.

KVRX works to grow music diversity initiative

Even though KVRX is a student-run station with policies that make it difficult to give any one artist extreme exposure, Burky said an advantage is that DJs must rely on quality music to maintain an audience.

“The artists we’re trying to promote are artists that our DJs truly believe, with all their musical knowledge, are worth promoting and deserve a shot,” Burky said.

Read more from The Daily Texan.

10th Edition Published of Southeast Faculty Member’s Radio Textbook

“It is an honor to be selected by Focal Press to carry forward this pioneering text,” Mims said. “Our objective is to offer students a textbook that is as complete and comprehensive as possible to prepare them for their careers,” Mims said.

The introductory textbook, co-authored with Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Mass Communication in Nacogdoches, Texas, prepares students for careers in AM/FM and satellite broadcasting, podcasting and Internet radio streaming. The textbook has approximately 150 course adoptions, and its target readership is sophomores and juniors.

Read more from Southeast Missouri State University.

 

Plus, the College Radio Watch column.

 
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Student Media in the News

Join CBI in San Antonio Nov. 2-4 for the National Student Electronic Media Convention

Early-bird discounted registration rates are in effect through Oct. 1, and hotel rooms at the convention rate are available. The session schedule will be announced this week.

For more information, visit askcbi.org/sanantonio.

Underground UK: Turn alternative music on and conventional music off with WRFL

Since 1988, WRFL has played non-stop music 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year without interruptions with a human in the studio at all times.

WRFL has over 10,000 items in the studio and double that in storage.

“If you were to play all the albums through 24/7, 365 you wouldn’t be able to listen to all our music in your lifetime,” said Maya Collins-Paterson, WRFL General Manager.

Read more from the Kentucky Kernel.

Going with the flow: NKU professor keeps college radio tradition alive on WAIF-FM

“I don’t think I could really stop. It’s just what I do,” Katkin said. “I like to have the reason to listen to music, so it pushes me to keep listening to stuff because I have to put a show together. I like the pressure on me to do that. And I like to think about ways to be clever and creative with the format.”

Read more from The Northerner.

Curry College Radio Station Gets State-of-the-Art Renovation

“Everything is new–everything!” said Professor Alan Frank, director of the Curry College radio department and station. “There are new monitors, speakers…even the carpet is brand new. The only thing we’re still working on is getting a new chair.”

Read more from Currier Times.

What’s the Spin at KSUA? UAF’s college radio station is looking for new student involvement

Behind the old sticker covered doors lies the opportunity to learn new things. A way to express yourself, to be funny and weird or smart and sarcastic or make new friends. Having your own show gives you an opportunity to share the music you love and a place talk about the things that inspire you to an audience bigger than just your peers or classmates. It is a chance to get out of your comfort zone and maybe speak when you normally might not. The first time you sit down in one of the squeaky vintage chairs in the studio and man the sound board, can be intimidating, but you can’t help but bask in how cool it feels to be a college radio DJ.

Read more from The Sun Star.

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KCSN-KSBR FM merger aims to create new Southland public radio powerhouse

The two noncommercial stations soon to be united are KCSN-FM, based at Cal State Northridge, and KSBR-FM at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo in south Orange County, both of which have been operating for years on the same 88.5 FM frequency.

Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

Tentative sale reached for KCSM-TV

Should the tentative deal be approved by the board, it could close the book on a process which began in 2011 to sell KCSM-TV, under an effort to eliminate a nearly $1 million annual deficit. The district’s well-known jazz radio station, KCSM, is not part of the deal.

Read more from the San Mateo Daily Journal.

Billiken Club Defunded by SLU’s Student Government, Future Uncertain

Funding has dried up for the Billiken Club.

That’s according to a post from the Saint Louis University-based venue’s Facebook page posted yesterday. According to the statement, the venue and its parent group KSLU, which is also the college’s radio station, have been “essentially defunded” by the Student Government Association.

“Despite great turn out and consistent and increasing of attendance to numerous shows over the past few years, SGA has found that the expense of the booking and putting on events was an ‘undue burden’ on students,” reads a portion of the statement.

Read more from the Riverfront Times.

KFJC-FM co-hosts and Broadcasts from “Live from the Icelandic Underground” Festival in Rejkjavik

Foothill College radio station KFJC 89.7 FM will again travel overseas to present adventurous music to its listeners all over the world. For its 8th such international live remote broadcast, KFJC is partnering with Icelandic music distribution service/magazine MYRKFÆLNI to present the two-day festival: Live from the Icelandic Underground at Hurra in Reykjavik, Iceland on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16. Performances from ten Icelandic artists will be heard live over 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, with simultaneous live streaming audio and HD video viewable at KFJC.org.

To learn more about the event, visit kfjc.org.

WEQX’s Morad: ‘I don’t ever see me leaving this place’

Tucked away amongst retail outlets and luxury hotels of Manchester, Vermont, the WEQX house is an anomaly of sorts. It’s chock full of vintage recording equipment, platinum records and band paraphernalia. Autographs from artists like Mondo Cozmo line the walls and a cat (who goes by multiple names, all inspired by legendary musicians) roams the hallways.

Read more from The Daily Gazette.

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Student Media in the News

WKNC’s Radio Ride to Kick off Raleigh Beer Week

WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1 has partnered with Trophy Brewing to incorporate local beer and local music into its third annual Radio Ride. 

WKNC’s Radio Ride to Kick off Raleigh Beer Week is an alleycat-style bike ride and scavenger hunt that will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at Trophy Brewery and Taproom, 656 Maywood Avenue. Check-in opens at noon and the ride begins at 1 p.m.
Following the ride, WKNC and Trophy will celebrate the start of Raleigh Beer Week at 3 p.m. with a beer festival featuring Trophy brews and music by Stray Local, Blue Cactus, The Debonzo Brothers and propersleep.
For more information, visit WKNC.org.

Listeners tune in as WBRU tunes out

In the meantime, there may be a court challenge to the sale of WBRU. Attorney Don Wineberg of Chace, Ruttenberg & Freedman LLC said he has been hired by a group “close to the station” to block the sale. Wineberg said he is considering legal action based on the idea that donations given to WBRU over the years are not being used for their intended purpose.

It ended, for now at least, with these three songs: “This Must Be the Place” by the Talking Heads, then “1979″ by the Smashing Pumpkins, and finally “I Fell in Love with a Girl,” White Stripes.

At least one F-bomb dropped.

Then three or four minutes of static, then K-LOVE arrives with “What a Beautiful Name” from Hilltop Worship.

Read more from Providence Journal.

CU Boulder’s Radio 1190: Counterculture on the airwaves

Whether you turn to us for new music, listen to your friends over the airwaves, or host a show yourself, Radio 1190 has something for you.

College radio goes far beyond broadcasting. It’s about counterculture, community and creativity. Volunteers help with audio production, art, journalism and way more, too, all the while earning hours toward becoming a DJ.

Read more from Colorado Daily.

Plus, the Radio Survivor podcast

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Student Media in the News

Influential Station WBRU-Providence to Be Sold to Christian Radio Organization

Long-running Brown University station WBRU confirmed reports that the station will soon be sold, according to message on its website, although the current programming will continue online. While the station did not specify a buyer, according to a report on WPRI/Providence, a spokesperson for the station said it will file an application this week to transfer its license to the Educational Media Foundation, a California-based not-for-profit organization that broadcasts Christian music; the news was first reported by Radio Insight.

Read more from Variety.

Resurrecting the pulse

“There’s a stigma when it comes to KSWH,” said Diominique “Dee Dee” McKissick, senior innovative media major, “it has the reputation of ‘just being there,’ and I want to change that.” KSWH 102.5, or The Pulse, has been in operation since 1970. The staff consists of only students who get to determine their own programming.

Read more from The Oracle.

Q&A: New TV and Radio Operations Manager lays out goals

JL: You’re here now. What exactly is your role at this point?

JM: So I’m general manager of WICB, the school’s FM station. I will also be, I guess, technical manager of VIC radio, so I’ll be overseeing both kind of like the, for lack of a better term, “adult in the room,” I guess. The reason I say ‘lack of a better term’ is because I think all the students are adults. The professionalism that they handle themselves with is unlike anything I’ve seen before. … And then for ICTV I’ll be doing a similar role. … I have a kind of unique background for being only 27 years old. I’ve been an onsite engineer for a commercial radio station, operations manager, program director, web master, social media adviser. … I’ve had great success, a lot of failures, and I think taking it and putting it together is what I’m looking forward to doing.

Read more from The Ithacan.

 

Plus, the Radio Survivor Podcast dissects the Princeton Review College Radio list.

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Student Media in the News

KEXP Celebrates National Radio Week by Honoring Other Radio Stations

It’s rare that radio stations pay homage to other radio stations, so I was certainly intrigued by this project (see more back story in HuffPo). When I tuned in today, the mid-day show waxed nostalgic about former Long Island commercial radio station WLIR while playing mainly 1980s classics from the likes of R.E.M., David Bowie, Squeeze, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more. It took me back to the days of my own favorite commercial radio station from the past: KQAK “the Quake” in San Francisco. Hearing this type of music in the early 1980s paved the way for me to explore college radio.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Radio camp hosts Marquette and Civic Memorial students

WLCA 89.9-FM and the Lewis and Clark Community College Radio Broadcasting program welcomed local high school students to campus last week to prep for their own on-air debuts.

Students from Civic Memorial and Marquette high schools toured the station and prepared for going on air at their own schools once the fall semester begins. Both schools operate stations under the WLCA umbrella during the school year.

Read more from Advantage News.

College Radio Watch: WTJU to Air “Community Healing” Broadcast in Charlottesville

My thoughts keep turning to Charlottesville, where a series of white supremacist events last Friday and Saturday led to violence, injuries and three deaths. It was brought closer to home when I learned that a WTJU volunteer, Tyler Magill, suffered a stroke that may have been precipitated by being hit in the neck by a torch during Friday night’s white nationalist march.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

 

And, CBI is announcing finalists in the 2017 National Student Production Awards online. Finalists will be posted on the website and our Twitter every weekday through Friday, Aug. 25.

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Student Media in the News

National Radio Week: KEXP on the Social Impact of Community Radio

I know I’m not the only one in the United States to make a more determined attempt to find community, since, let’s say… November 9, 2016. And, while I’m usually in a bit of a climate action bubble, I was able to find the people, the joy and the feeling of real hope for the future by becoming more involved with Seattle’s community radio station/nonprofit arts organization: KEXP.  So that, dear reader, will serve as full disclosure for how I came to see their work through social impact eyes and to conduct this interview with John Richards on the eve of their week’s worth of “National Radio Day” tributes.

Read more from The Huffington Post.

WUSF leaving TV airwaves Oct. 15

WUSF, which sold its broadcasting license earlier this year, announced it will be going off the air on Oct. 15.

The college sold the license for $18,754,503 as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. The station and its four other digital channels had to go off the air after receiving the money.

The college’s radio stations WUSF and WSMR will remain on the air.

Read more from WTSP Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

A brief history of WQLN

Though WQLN went on air in 1967, it traces its roots much farther back, to 1953, when local attorney Enoch Filer and his wife, Margarita, began their push for a public television station.

The Filers — joined by Erie Schools Superintendent Maurice Kolpien, Pennsylvania Electric’s George Schaefer, school board director George Yochim and the Rev. Father James Caldwell — formed Educational Television of Erie. Their work between 1953 and 1962 was limited to getting a station number — 54, said Tom New, WQLN’s president and CEO.

Read more from GoErie.com.

Plus, CBI is announcing finalists in the 2017 National Student Production Awards online. Finalists from two categories will be posted on the website and our Twitter every weekday through Friday, Aug. 25.

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Marietta College hopes renovations strike a chord with new music program

Meanwhile, some of the Communications and Mass Media classrooms and office space will remain in McKinney, as will the television studio. The college radio station space will be moved into a newly-renovated room downstairs, where a dark room used to be, while music therapy will occupy the upper floor. More Communications classes will be moved into nearby Mills Hall, where some are already held.

“This is really allowing us to utilize the space that exists in the best way,” said Tom Perry, director of strategic communications and marketing for the college. “This transition can be made because of the size of the programs and even the changes to the way these programs are taught. You don’t need something like a dark room any more.”

Read more from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Jalandar has its first campus community station

Launching it, Principal Dr Naresh Kumar Dhiman said, “The radio will cover a radius of 15 km, reaching the urban as well rural regions of Jalandhar district. It will relay programmes related to various communities, including housewives, labourers, farmers, students etc for two hours from 10 am to 12 noon. It has been established under the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. We will be sending our recordings to them for three months after which we are expecting a funding of Rs 7.5 lakh. By then, we also intend to broadcast it online.”

Read more from The Tribune.

Plus, Radio Survivor analyzes the Princeton Review’s list of most popular college radio stations

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Trapper Radio goes silent

Tuning into your favorite program on KNWT 89.1 Trapper Radio may prove to be a challenge for the foreseeable future, as a dispute over a lease has put Northwest College’s campus radio station off the air.

Already in a difficult transition period following the elimination of the school’s Radio/TV Broadcasting program last year, KNWT was dealt a further blow earlier this month, when Legend Towers, LLC — the owner of the radio tower used by KNWT — shut off the broadcast on July 17.

Read more from the Powell Tribune.

Council will vote on new Livingstone College radio tower

At its Tuesday meeting, the Salisbury City Council will vote on whether to issue a special use permit that would allow the 100-foot-tall radio tower to be built.

The tower would be located at the W.J. Walls Student Center on the Livingstone College campus, located at 800 W. Thomas St. behind the Salisbury High School track.

Read more from the Salisbury Post.

40 years later, WDCB swings harder than ever

So as WDCB prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a series of major concerts beginning Thursday, jazz listeners have reason to give thanks. For while the genre continues to struggle for air time across America, WDCB this week added an hour of jazz at 5 a.m. weekdays to its already expansive schedule, meaning the station now swings nonstop from midnight to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (with additional jazz and other musical programming on weekends).

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

Alameda Community Radio station to hit airwaves in August

Organizers for Alameda Community Radio, KACR 96.1 FM, plan to broadcast live in August from the new studios at Encinal High School. KACR is a low-power FM station that has been in the works since 2011. The radio station was first discussed at a meeting as part of the Alameda Public Affairs Forum, which was chaired by the late Art Lipow and his wife, Gretchen Lipow.

Read more from the East Bay Times.

Plus, the Radio Survivor College Radio Watch column

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