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Spotlight: UPTV

 

UPTV’s Pitt Tonight.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?

Our station started as the collaboration between one student and the Film Studies department in 2001. At the time it was called Creation Station and debuted with shows ranging from sitcoms to cooking shows. Eventually, around the time we got our closed-circuit up and running, the name was changed to University of Pittsburgh Television. As the years went on, in part due to temporarily losing the closed circuit system, the focus of the club changed to online content and mostly short sketches and films. In the last two years we have had resurgence in content, lead by the success of our late night show Pitt Tonight. We are just at the beginning of a new era for UPTV and are looking forward to the future.
– Mark Connor, Station Librarian

What sets your station apart from other college TV stations?

The new UPTV team.

The main things that set UPTV apart from other college television stations it’s unique structure and programming style. Because we have limited resources, we have had to get creative in the way that we produce content. We operate as a fully student-run organization and shoot mostly on borrowed equipment. While trying to create a media program at a school, without one has it’s difficulties, it has also given us the freedom to make the content that we want to make. We are one of few schools who produce scripted series along with core content and we release fully online, each show with it’s own showrunner, production team, and marketing team. We have an incredibly diverse staff who come from all corners of our university, and that difference in experience allows for incredible collaboration.

Our station is forging a new path at Pitt and we are creating our own opportunities, building our shows independently from the ground up. Our station and our shows act as a classroom for our members, providing students with the skills that they may not be able to get easily from other parts of our university. Our station is truly a community of students striving to make media production stronger and at UPTV we are able to dictate and create how and what we want to create.
– Hayley Ulmer, Executive Producer of Pitt Tonight

Why did you choose to work at the TV station?

I chose to become part of UPTV my freshmen year here at Pitt. After going to the first meeting, I knew I wanted to stay. I loved helping create random videos with this group of people, but the video aspect isn’t what got me to stay in the club. It was the people in the club that made me want to stay. This group of people quickly became more than friends, they became my first family here at Pitt and I am so thankful for each and every one of them. Over the past year, our club has restructured and has gained a ton of new members and I am looking forward to welcoming them to our family.
– Cassidy Fischer, Station Manager

Whats the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?

UPTV knit-bombs the Panther.

The craziest thing I’ve ever done for the station is something called a knit bomb. Our university’s mascot is a panther, so for a publicity stunt we had knitted (for weeks) a sweater to put onto the Panther. We went out at 3 in the morning and knitted this sweater onto the panther. It was crazy because the next day we realized we had done it on the Panther’s birthday.
– Cat Murray Assistant Station Manager

What’s the best part of college student media? And what’s the hardest part?

A college campus is a collage of opportunity and affinity; a compact version of the world we’re preparing to enter. As the narrators and chroniclers of this microcosm, media students are presented with a gold mine of potential material to cover during their four years, and anyone who disagrees simply isn’t digging deep enough. Even on a campus without a news studio, sound stage, or production facility, the potential for media is equally as achievable, if not more so.

The hardest part is simply finding it in yourself to make those possibilities a reality. Seeking out peers with a similar dream or passion isn’t just for the sake of networking or small talk. It’s for the sake of pushing yourself to create an outlet, whether that be in television, radio, film, print, or online, and to begin the lifelong journey of finding your verse in this world as early as possible. Students, professors, custodians, cafeteria workers all have a fresh story to tell, and the only person keeping it from the world is you.
– Jesse Irwin, Host of Pitt Tonight

 

By | April 12th, 2017|Spotlight, Station Profile, Weekly Showcase|Comments Off on Spotlight: UPTV

Spotlight: Streetsboro High School’s WSTB

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Special thanks to adviser Bob Long and student operations manager Quintin O’Boyle  for answering the questions!

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Junior Brantley “Dave” Groscost (next year’s Operations Manager) doing his AM drive show.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Bob: WSTB was licensed on March 23, 1972 to Streetsboro City Schools. For the first 4 years the station played a variety of different programming. In 1976 the station changed to a rock oldies format known at “Golden 91”. (At that time our frequency was 91.5MHz.) In 1982 we switched to contemporary hits. Then, in 1991things began to take off. We adopted a heavy metal format known at “V-ROCK … All Metal, All Day”. The metal format hung around for 8 years until 1999. In August 1999 we became the “Alternation” playing modern rock. We have continued that format for over 15 years with our weekly audience growing to over 25,000 listeners in the Akron/Cleveland market. This year we began “Rocket Radio Cybercasts” which provides Internet streaming of school events such as basketball and baseball games, band concerts, graduation, and Board of Education meetings. We are also in the process of designing a new radio station facility for our new high school which will open in 1-1/2 years.

What sets your station apart from other college radio and TV stations?
Bob: WSTB is a broadcast FM at 88.9 MHz on the air 24x7x365 and is operated Monday through Saturday solely by Streetsboro High School juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the broadcasting program. (On Sunday, community adults come in and play oldies rock ‘n’ roll from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.) The students not only learn how to broadcast, but they also learn business management skills, promotional techniques by working with community groups on events, and technology by helping to maintain our local network.

Quintin: I think what separates our radio from others is the quality of the sound. Our station is run by high school students and our listeners, unless told otherwise, are unaware of that fact. This shows the quality of our on-air sound.

Why did you choose to work at the radio/TV station?
Bob: My radio career began in 1968 when I was a student at the University of Akron (WAUP, now WZIP). I continued after college in commercial radio news with three years as a news editor at WHLO, Akron followed by eight years as News Director at WKNT (now WNIR) Kent/Akron. While there the opportunity to teach high school and run our local school radio station intrigued me so I moved up the road 5 miles to Streetsboro. I’ve been here ever since. (This is my 34th year of teaching classes and being General Manager of WSTB.)

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Seniors Alex Hahn and Quintin O’Boyle answer phones during our annual week-long membership drive.

Qunitin: There are approximately 100 high school ran radio stations in the U.S. and my high school is one of them. This is a coveted program to get into, having an opportunity of this magnitude was not something I planned on passing up.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Bob: In 1999, prior to our conducting our annual membership drive, we were going to have a Saturday night concert in the school gym featuring the local heavy metal band Mushroomhead. This was before they signed national and used to stop by the station from time to time just to hang out and chat on air with the DJs. The prospect of a heavy metal concert in the gym raised the ire of some people in the community. The result was a protest and threatened boycott of local businesses by local churches, a huge debate at City Hall with the Mayor canceling the show, followed by City Council changing the city law usurping a portion of the mayor’s power allowing the concert to go on. Then came the Columbine High School shooting 4 days before the concert. Everybody was so frightened and concerned that the concert was canceled and never rescheduled. Along the way we received more newspaper and TV news coverage than we ever imagined. We would walk into the station and randomly there would be a Cleveland TV news crew there looking for an update on the concert. It was a crazy three months.

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Monthly staff meeting lead by Operations Manager Quintin O’Boyle (seated at computer) and Program Director Alex Hahn.

What’s the best part of college radio/TV? And the hardest part?
Bob: I like the atmosphere of high school radio. It’s much less intense than being in commercial radio these days, plus it’s lots of fun working with the student staff. We enjoy doing new things together as well as traveling and schmoozing at the CBI conventions.

Quintin: The best part of this radio station is being able to learn how to work within and with a management staff, learning to work in a true business atmosphere and the being able to broadcast live on radio.

By | April 2nd, 2015|Spotlight, Station Profile|Comments Off on Spotlight: Streetsboro High School’s WSTB

Spotlight: WMCX Monmouth University

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Special thanks to Danielle Gerts, general manager, for answering the questions!

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Give a little history about your station and where your station is now?

WMCX was started in the 1960s in a closet on the top floor of Monmouth University’s student center. A studio was built in the same place two years later, and we were a 10 watt station (we only reached the parking lot). In 1987 we moved to the frequency we have now (88.9fm) and became a 1,000 watt station. Since then, the station and its popularity has grown immensely. In 2002, the Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication was built, and that is where WMCX has found its new home. We are the only station on the Jersey Shore that plays “modern rock with an edge,” and recently we have been focusing on highlighting local bands. Just this past May, WMCX celebrated its 40th birthday.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
monmouth1WMCX is different from other college stations because we have not only a local following, but an international one as well. Due to the “listen live” streaming radio feature on the website, we have listeners from Ukraine, Australia, and countless other countries.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I decided to become part of the WMCX family because everyone is so welcoming. I call it a family because truly that is what it is. Sometimes we argue like brothers and sisters, but at the end of the day we all truly love each other and the station. WMCX has become a home away from home for not only me, but all of the members. I cannot think of one person at The X that doesn’t feel the same way.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
monmouth2We are currently planning the craziest event for WMCX. On March 13th (Friday the 13th), we are having a 24-Hour Music Fest. Since December, we have booked a total of 24 bands who will all have a one hour slot to play a live set on-air and be interviewed by a member of The X. Everyone attending will be staying awake for all 24 hours … it should be interesting to say the least.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is having an outlet to express yourself. The two hours per week that I have my show, I get to play the music that I love, and share it with the community around me. Also, I have made so many of my closest friends at WMCX. College radio is what made my experience at MU memorable. The hardest part of working at the station is having to separate business from fun. I am friends with everyone at the station, but I’m also the general manager. The hardest thing is having to sometimes put friendship to the side for a little while, and think of it as a business relationship.

 

By | March 5th, 2015|Member News, Spotlight, Station Profile|Comments Off on Spotlight: WMCX Monmouth University

Spotlight: Oregon State University’s KBVR

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Thanks to Station Manager Matt Walton for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
kbvr3KBVR-FM was founded in 1965 with 10 watts of power and a broadcast radius of around five miles. Originally broadcasting from Shepard Hall, KBVR relocated to Snell Hall in 1977 and now has a broadcast radius of roughly 30 miles using 340 watts of power. In January 2015, KBVR will relocate to the top floor of the brand-new Student Experience Center, home to an entirely new broadcast booth.

 

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
KBVR DJ corps consists of more than 100 students broadcasting in a true variety format. This makes for an incredibly unique and diverse programming schedule! They know how to produce award-winning content as well; KBVR won five national awards at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s national conference in New York City in March, including best college station in the nation with 10,000+ students.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
kbvr4Who wouldn’t want to work at a college radio station?! I started as a blues and jazz DJ in 2012 and immediately fell in love with college radio. Once I saw a Promotions Director opening, I saw the opportunity to become even more involved. We are fortunate at KBVR to work very closely with the rest of Student Media, which provides us with incredible multimedia opportunities. One such show is Leaves of Blast, a three-hour live music/CMJ countdown show, which is filmed by KBVR-TV every week and covered by The Daily Barometer, Oregon State’s student newspaper.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
That would be the live coverage we did of last year’s homecoming football ticket line. OSU distributes tickets to football games beginning at 8 a.m., so students line up and camp the night before, with a line of 4,000+ students wrapping around our stadium. We did a live broadcast beginning at 4 a.m. near the front of the line, doing giveaways and interviewing students while they waited for their tickets! Did I mention it was freezing out?

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
kbvr1The fact that students are literally the voice and personality of the programming is the best part about college radio. In a world of mass culture where everyone listens to the same music, college radio serves as a bastion of individuality that is difficult to find anywhere else.

The hardest part is leaving! It is difficult to find similar opportunities in radio, so enjoy it while you can!

 

 

By | August 14th, 2014|Spotlight, Station Profile, Weekly Showcase|Comments Off on Spotlight: Oregon State University’s KBVR

Spotlight: University of Alabama at Birmingham’s BlazeRadio

blogheader-spotlightSpecial thanks to General Manager Kayla Gladney for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
blaze1BlazeRadio started in 2008 in our Office of Student Media, which also houses our newspaper (Kaleidoscope) and literary magazine (Aura). In its humble beginnings, BlazeRadio was designed to give students at our medicine-dominated school an opportunity to experiment in areas they may not have touched academically. Naturally, BlazeRadio also appealed to those students who were going into broadcasting and communications as well. Today, BlazeRadio still attracts a variety of students who get to come and learn the ins and outs of putting together a radio show. We are always working hard to make sure our students get the most out of their experience here, and we are glad to say that experience now includes more than putting together a show. Students can now also gain experience in the business and marketing aspects of radio as well. As an organization, we host events and provide music for events – all in efforts to better serve our students.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
blaze4We have very unique programming – everything from shows that cover Indie Rock, to shows that discuss Hip Hop, to shows about movie soundtracks. We have something for just about everybody. We also host our own events on campus, like #UnleashtheMusicWeek.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I decided to work for the radio station because I knew that my college education was about more than what I learned in class, but what I experienced in general during my time here. So, I thought I should take advantage of the opportunity to learn something I had never tried before. My love of music also played a huge part in my joining the station.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
The craziest thing I’ve ever done, or the craziest thing I tend to do often is forget to eat. Like most students, my schedule is pretty hectic. I usually spend any available time working in the office, including after hours. I usually have a checklist of things to do and I don’t stop until I’ve finished it. Unfortunately, I rarely remember to add eating to that list. So, it has become a habit of some of my DJs to ask me if I’ve eaten when they get to the office. If I haven’t, they usually yell at me and make me go get something.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
blaze3The best part of college radio is having the freedom to experiment. Blazeradio serves many purposes, but the most important is being a learning experience for students. Our advisers give us advice and do a great job leading us, but they also give us the room to make mistakes we can learn from. It’s great to learn with a group of people. The hardest part about college radio is what most people say: balancing it with school. Sometimes we feel like we don’t have the time to appreciate all of the parts of the learning experience; getting back up once we fall is all the more difficult because of school. However, I feel like it is all worth it in the end.

By | August 7th, 2014|Spotlight, Station Profile, Weekly Showcase|Comments Off on Spotlight: University of Alabama at Birmingham’s BlazeRadio

Spotlight: University of Puget Sound’s KUPS

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Special thanks to General Manager Chloe Ginnegar for answering the questions!

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
kups1KUPS began in 1968 as a closed-circuit AM experiment. In 1975 KUPS became a 10-Watt FM station, and in 1983 blossomed into a fully operational, 100-watt FM station. KUPS has over 100 DJ’s each semester and is continually growing it’s community involvement both on campus and off.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
KUPS is 100% student-run and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We also have over 100 DJs each semester and a staff of 15 with responsibilities ranging from genre-specific music directors, marketing, business and digital media!

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
kups3I chose to work at KUPS because I thought it was a great way to expand upon my musical interests and get involved with community! My favorite thing about KUPS is that I get to work with my fellow DJs and classmates to grow our positive impact on campus and beyond.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
The craziest thing I have ever done for my station is probably super late night and early morning mentoring sessions for new DJs!

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
kups4The best part about college radio is the sense of community that is felt between DJs, listeners, and musicians! The hardest part is maintaining quality programming and community relations while being a full-time student.

By | July 31st, 2014|Spotlight, Station Profile, Weekly Showcase|Comments Off on Spotlight: University of Puget Sound’s KUPS

Spotlight: SCAD Atlanta’s SCAD Atlanta Radio

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Special thanks to Matthew Rusak, General Manager, for answering the questions!

scadatl3Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
The station was started in the fall of 2007 by a handful of ambitious SCAD Atlanta students. We are still a very young station but we have learned a great deal in seven years. Our reach continues to grow as does our diverse staff of DJs which includes students, alumni and faculty.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
SCAD Atlanta Radio is Internet streaming only which we consider to be one of our strengths. Our voices can be heard anywhere and at anytime around the world! I think there is also something to be said about a college radio station run by art school students. I am constantly amazed by not only their individual artistic talent, but by the energy, the creativity and the innovation that they bring in support of the station and its success. Artists work from a desire to communicate and I think that benefits us well to have an entire staff who are eager to share themselves and engage the listener. I like to think that SCAD Atlanta Radio broadcasts will inspire our audience too giving clear context to our station’s tagline, “SCAD Atlanta Radio — music for the right side of your brain.”

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
scadatl2When I was first looking to apply to the SCAD Atlanta campus, one of my priorities was to be sure that they had a radio station. I had wanted to be involved with college radio for a long time. The school I had transferred from did not have one. I loved music and I especially loved discovering new music and I felt I had to share that love. I was also hoping that it would give me a sense of belonging since I would be moving so far from friends and family. Still, I was very nervous about joining up once I got here. I felt I would be seen as too old or that my music tastes were uncool. I continued to listen to the station and go to radio events on campus but it was a whole year and a half before I even applied to be a DJ. It’s my only regret since starting at the station that I didn’t begin sooner. The DJs and managers were so friendly and supportive that I realized my fears were unfounded. I instantly felt that this was a place I belonged. I continue to work at SCAD Atlanta radio so I can in turn offer that same kind of welcoming.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Time will tell.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
scadatl1From my perspective, the hardest part of college radio is that the students who run it still have to be students. They have to deal with the same challenges and responsibilities that any other college student must face; homework, research papers, examinations, project deadlines, financial aid, finding room for sleep and having a social life.  However, knowing that students have to face these obstacles and seeing how they continue to commit themselves to their duties at the station exhibits one of the greatest parts of college radio. The students involved with the station are not here because they’re being paid to be. They do not earn a higher GPA just for being a part of it. They are not guaranteed success and fame for being a college DJ. They are here because they want to be, because of the passion they have. That is what makes being a part of college radio such a genuine experience. We take chances on unknown bands and albums because we have faith that there is always something new to discover. We are allowed to experiment and make mistakes because we are willing to learn from them. We support the success of our fellow students, not just at our own station but for all those involved in the college radio community.

 

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By | July 17th, 2014|Member News, Spotlight, Station Profile, Weekly Showcase|Comments Off on Spotlight: SCAD Atlanta’s SCAD Atlanta Radio