Student Media in the News

Suffolk County Community College launches internet radio station

“It’s been an incredible experience,” said Joseph Panzarino, 19, a second year radio and television major from Sayville. “We built a radio station from scratch.”

Panzarino and about 100 other students working toward an associate degree will spend 150 hours staffing the station as part of a credit-bearing internship course. The internet-only station will stream commercial-free music 24 hours per day at scccir.com.

Read more from News Day.

Student morning radio show wakes up campus

The KTXT “On Air” sign lights up, the Red Raider Fanfare plays to start the show and Marks turns into a ball of energy, ready to entertain those who are listening early in the morning to inspire a productive day, he said.

Read more from the Daily Toreador.


And, Radio Survivor visits KLLG-LP in Willits, Calif. and the College Radio Watch column.

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

Student Media in the News


University of Hawaii radio to double power, expand reach in January

The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s student-run radio station will install a new transmitter and antenna on Tantalus on Oahu in January. The new equipment will increase the station’s power from 3,000 watts to 7,000 watts and extend its reach to more than 870,000 listeners.

Read more from Pacific Business News and All Access Music Group.

Editorial: UMass asserts its command over radio station’s future

A tumultuous 2015 for a University of Massachusetts radio station appears likely to spill over into the new year. An announcement last week that university officials plan a major restructuring at WMUA — one that will shift control to students and away from community members — has produced more rancor.

Despite both sides saying they value each other and want to work together, their actions suggest that’s not going to be easy.

Read more from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, including this letter to the editor, “Do UMass students even listen to WMUA these days?”


Plus, David Oxenford explains the latest CRB webcasting royalty decision on his blog, and Yahoo! Tech explores LPFM.

By | December 29th, 2015|CBI News, Member News, Webcasting|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News


Wofford students start campus radio station

Wofford College students are bringing their love of radio and communications to the Internet with the launch of a new campus radio station.

WOCO Radio officially launches at 7 p.m. Sunday, at www.woffordradio.com. The station, in partnership with online radio company Live365, will feature a variety of music, talk shows and event coverage, all student led.

Read more from GoUpstate.com.


Brooklyn College Television and Radio Students to Launch Web-based Miniseries

“The purpose of this series of courses is to give our students the opportunity to create original content from the first time they sit down at a keyboard, and then take that project all the way through to completion,” says Television and Radio Chair Stuart MacLelland. “Our hope is that students get the full aesthetic experience of creating an original series, so that they can transform what they write into an audiovisual program that has meaning and connects with audiences.”

Read more from Brooklyn College.

These radio shows are all talk—in a good way

Video may have killed the radio star, but there is still a devoted group who carry out the craft of talk radio in the modern world. They often go without a face, just a name. They do this not in a faraway place, but right under your feet. From the basement of the New University Union, these disciples of frequency modulation live to be heard. They’re a little group called WHRW 90.5 FM, Binghamton University’s own free-format radio station.

Read more from The Pipe Dream.

Social Networks May Save College Radio
An analysis of 23 university stations in Spain found that college radio embraced social networking – and social networking embraced it back.  In social networks, “university radios maintain their identity associated the sound” because, although they are multimedia platforms, the radios prioritize posting links to audio contents, finds Lucia Casajús at Universitat Jaume I, whose thesis in late January was “University Radios and Social Networks”.
Read more from science blog Science 2.0.

Plus, lots of news on Radio Survivor’s College Radio Survivor.

By | March 3rd, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News, Webcasting|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Comments on Webcasting Settlement Due 11/26/2014

The statutory license for “Non-commercial Webcasters” (like you, quite likely) is due to expire at the end of 2015. CBI has negotiated a settlement with SoundExchange that would largely keep the same rates and terms of the statutory license in place for the next five years after that (from 2016 through 2020).

For this to happen though the Copyright Royalty Board needs to approve the settlement, but in order for them to do that, the Copyright Royalty Judges need to hear from you. They need to know you think the rates and terms in the settlement – essentially the same as the rates and terms you have been used to for the past few years – are reasonable.

Without that feedback there is no guarantee that the rates and terms for the next five years will be as good. (In fact, without that feedback there’s a real possibility they will not be.)

Letting the judges know that they should adopt the settlement is simple. First, read it at http://www.loc.gov/crb/fedreg/2014/79fr65609.pdf. Then, send an email to crb@loc.gov on behalf of your station stating that you support the settlement as being a reasonable.  Send it on or before November 26, 2014. (more…)

By | November 11th, 2014|Webcasting|Comments Off on Comments on Webcasting Settlement Due 11/26/2014

Station Spotlight: Ohio Northern University’s WONB

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
The precursor to WONB-FM was WONU. WONU was a carrier current station using an AM signal and was only heard in the afternoon.

WONB StudioIn 1991, the FCC granted a non-commercial FM license to Ohio Northern University. The WONU call letters were already in use by another university’s FM station, thus WONB was born. Today, WONB is a 3,000-watt station, serving West Central Ohio, operating 24-7-365. In addition to the FM signal, WONB also streams at www.wonb.net. Throughout the week, the station airs four main musical formats: Oldies, Mainstream Top 40, Smooth Jazz and Gospel. In addition to being an entertainment source, WONB strives to be informative as well. The station airs more than 30,000 public service announcements per year, more than 100 newscasts per week and provides coverage of various Ohio Northern and Ada High School athletic events. A public affairs talk show, sports talk show and a church service are also included in the weekly schedule.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
WONB is a professionally managed, but student-run station. The station is operated as close to a professional station as possible, while still allowing student workers to have input in station decisions as well as ownership of much of the programming. WONB serves as both a co-curricular and extra-curricular activity for students. While WONB serves a purpose for the university and we do a lot to engage the university community, we also put a lot of effort into catering to and engaging the greater community. One of the most noticeable ways that we do this is through our daytime Oldies format. We realize that the majority of our daytime listeners are not college students, but rather working adults. We also serve the community through our public service announcements and our broadcast of our hometown high school athletics

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
WONB Sports Broadcasts
Jill Amos (DJ) – I chose to work for WONB because I realized it would offer me a very unique experience. I love music, learning new things, and talking to people (even if I can’t see them).

Tyler Deitering (Sports Director) – I wanted an opportunity to experience broadcasting sports on the radio.

Darnell Sample (Music Director) – I wanted to work at a place where I can get along with the people, have fun and love what I do all at the same time. WONB embodies all of those qualities in a job and then some.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
WONB Polar Bear MascotDarnell Sample (Music Director) – The craziest thing that I’ve done for WONB was brave the harsh winter storms in January to report school closings and delays, road reports and county emergency levels. The weather may have been awful and the walk may have been rough, but it was all worth it once I stepped into the warm studio.

Jill Amos (DJ) – The craziest thing I have done is dress up in the WONB polar bear costume and dance in the streets and on the sidewalks of Ada, entertaining young and old. When asked to pose for pictures, I actually smile for the camera, apparently forgetting that my face doesn’t show at all. Being an energetic mascot is the best way to watch a parade!

Brianne Mosley (Public Affairs Director) – The craziest thing is learning to do so much as a freshman. I am a Pharmacy student, with no previous experience in broadcasting. This fact has not stopped the staff at WONB from training me to do any task imaginable at the station! I have gained knowledge that has allowed me to work as a DJ both in the station and off-site, as well as in the position of Newscaster. Plus, I have my own interview show as the Public Affairs Director! Through diligent training I am now able to accomplish tasks ranging from blasting music at a fraternity party to writing public service announcements for DJs to read over the air. I never would have expected to have so much exposure to the world of broadcasting.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
Casey Mulcahy (Sportscaster/DJ) – The best part of working for WONB is that I am getting actual work in my field of study and having fun doing it. It is hands-on work, I can make work-study money, and I get to do what I love at college.

Cheyenne Cogan (DJ) – The best part of working for WONB would probably be the insanely understanding and cool people I get to work with and the fact that I get to listen to music the entire time I’m at work. The hardest part about working at a college radio station would probably be making time in my crazy schedule for me to work there.

Jill Amos (DJ) – The best part of working for the radio is the flexible but set hours, the unique experience, and learning something new every shift. I have become more outgoing and confident in myself due to the nature of the job. The hardest part of working in college in general is finding that balance of work and school. I love the station and try to help out by picking up extra shifts when needed. So the hardest part of working for WONB is knowing I can’t work as much as I would like.

Sam Martin (DJ) – The best part of working for WONB is having people tell me they heard me on the radio last night. The hardest part is doing everything I’m supposed to do with the hour.

Tyler Deitering (Sports Director) – The best part of working for WONB is that I was given the opportunity to broadcast high school sports right away. I didn’t necessarily have to “wait my turn,” which was really nice. The hardest part is remembering all of the rules in place. Other than the rules, the hardest part is overcoming the nerves when I first go on air.



By | March 20th, 2014|Member News, Webcasting|Comments Off on Station Spotlight: Ohio Northern University’s WONB

Webcasting Rates for 2011-2015 Almost Final (Again)

Rates and terms for webcasting are set in five year increments through a federal rate setting process. CBI negotiated a settlement which was available to any student station and asked the Copyright Royalty Board to adopt those rates and terms as applicable to all student stations and it did.  Another organization objected to many facets of the rate setting, including the rates CBI negotiated.  To an extent, the other organization won their appeal, but only on the grounds that Copyright Royalty Board, as constructed, was unconstitutional.  The result was that the rates and terms were thrown out and remanded.  The CRB conducted a proceeding on the remanded case and did not change a thing concerning rates and terms for student (educational) stations in their initial determination.  The CRB had some comments and observations concerning the objecting party.

“The rationale for the IBS objection to adoption of the settlement described in the CBI/SoundExchange Agreement has remained elusive throughout the proceeding.”

“In closing argument, IBS reiterated its objection to adoption of the CBI/SoundExchange
Agreement. When pressed by the Judges to articulate specific objections, IBS counsel stated that IBS objected to the agreement to the extent it applied to IBS’s smaller members. By this, the Judges understand counsel to be expressing concern that adoption of the agreement would prevent IBS from pursuing its rate proposal (for “small” and “very small” noncommercial webcasters) in the proceeding.

The Judges find that IBS did not interpose a proper objection under section 801(b)(7)(A)(ii) of the Act that would require the Judges to weigh the reasonableness of the CBI/SoundExchange Agreement. IBS’s objection is premised on the erroneous assumption that adoption of the agreement would prevent IBS from pursuing its rate proposal. IBS’s proposal relates to different categories ofwebcasters from those covered by the CBVSoundExchange Agreement. While the latter covers noncommercial educational webcasters, the IBS proposal covers noncommercial webcasters (whether or not they qualify as “educational”) that fall within its definitions of”small” and “very small.” Adoption ofthe one does not preclude (and has not precluded) consideration of the other.

In addition, even if the Judges were to consider IBS’s objection to be proper, IBS failed to present any evidence to support a conclusion that the CBI/SoundExchange Agreement does not form a reasonable basis for setting rates and terms for noncommercial educational webcasters. IBS ‘s counsel made dire predictions that the rate structure adopted in the agreement would prevent many IBS members from performing webcasting services. See, e.g., 515110 Tr. at 62-64 (Hearing on Joint Motion to Adopt Partial Settlement). IBS did not offer testimony from any adversely affected member, however, in spite ofthe Judges’ invitation to do so.”

“The IBS rate proposal is more difficult to discern.”

“IBS did not file a formal rate proposal with the Judges prior to the evidentiary hearing. Instead, IBS included a vague request in the written direct testimony of one of its three witnesses, Frederick J. Kass, Jr., IBS ‘s chief operating officer. Kass WDT at 1, 9 (“IBS Members should only pay for their direct use of the statutory license by the IBS Member. There should be no minimum fee greater than that which would reasonably approximate the annual direct use of the statutory license, not to exceed $25.00 annually.”). Capt. Kass’s written testimony also included as an exhibit a joint petition to adopt an agreement negotiated between the RIAA, IBS, and the Harvard Radio Broadcasting, Co. that was submitted to the Copyright Office on August 26, 2004. That agreement contained rates that diverged from those Capt. Kass proposed in his testimony. This discrepancy led to a convoluted discussion during Capt. Kass’s live testimony as the Judges strived to determine precisely what rate structure IBS was seeking. 4/22/10 Tr. at 774-93 (Kass). After the hearing, IBS submitted a “Restatement of IBS’s Rate Proposal” on May 21, 2010, and an “Amplification of IBS’s Restated Rate Proposal” on July 28, 2010. The proposal summarized in text is from IBS’s July 28,2010, submission.”

“The Judges declined to admit the testimony ofiBS’s sole rebuttal witness, Frederick Kass, after it became apparent that his Written Rebuttal Testimony was not submitted in accordance with the Judges’ rules (it was not verified in accordance with 37 CFR 350.4(d)) and Capt. Kass was unfamiliar with its contents. 7/29/10 Tr. at 292-96 (Kass). IBS sought reconsideration of the decision, which the Judges denied. Order Denying IBS’s Motion for Reconsideration of the Rulings Excluding Its Rebuttal Case (August 18, 2010). Even if Capt. Kass’s testimony had been admitted, it could not have made up for the deficiencies of IBS’ s direct case, as such testimony would have been outside the scope of rebuttal testimony.”

“IBS did not offer testimony from any entity that demonstrably qualified as a “small” or “very small” noncommercial webcaster.”

“IBS did not introduce any evidence concerning any webcaster other than WHUS, and never even identified its own members in this proceeding.”

The initial determination was issued on January 9, 2014.  In the determination the judges wrote, “the parties have 15 days from the date of issuance to request rehearing on any issue. After resolution of rehearing requests, if any, the Judges will forward a Final Determination to the Librarian for publication.”  Once published, the rates and terms will once again be final, but IBS could again appeal to the courts the outcome.  The full text of the decisions is available here as a PDF.

Updated, Jan. 27:

As expected, IBS has requested a rehearing of the decision of the CRB largely on the same grounds it contested previous outcomes. IBS’s motion for rehearing, as a PDF here.

By | January 23rd, 2014|Broadcasting News, Webcasting|Comments Off on Webcasting Rates for 2011-2015 Almost Final (Again)

Appellate Court Rules on Webcasting Appeal

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (court) has made a ruling in the case of Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, Inc. (IBS) v. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) and the Library of Congress (LOC). CBI made an appearance in this proceeding in order to comment upon the validity of its settlement with SoundExchange which was adopted by the CRB. CBI also reached a settlement under the Webcaster Act of 2009.  The later is not impacted by this ruling.

So, what does that mean for your station? Find out more here.

By | July 11th, 2012|Broadcasting News, Webcasting|Comments Off on Appellate Court Rules on Webcasting Appeal

Article: “The Case for College Radio”

Olivia Yankey from CollegeMagazine.com wrote an article asking “When was the last time you listened to your campus radio station?” and stating that “College students are a part of the age group that’s abandoned radio faster than anyone else in the U.S. With iPods, music-enabled smart phones and websites like Pandora and 8tracks, it isn’t hard to see why radio listenership of all types has been on the decline.” It also discusses what some stations are doing to get fellow students interested in their station. To read more from this article click on the link – The Case for College Radio

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Internet streaming/webcasting annual fee due 1/31

January 31 is the last day to pay webcasting fees for those already licensed.  Remember, CBI negotiated to allow student radio stations to be able to pay a $100 fee in lieu of reporting to SoundExchange any of the must you play, if your ATH is low enough.  If you have questions about webcasting fees, please feel free to call CBI!  For more information see our post on this issue and what forms you need to complete.

If you are just starting your radio stream this calendar year, you have 45 days from the end of the month in which you start streaming to pay SoundExchange.


By | January 28th, 2012|Webcasting|Comments Off on Internet streaming/webcasting annual fee due 1/31

iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations

  Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced this week that it will add college radio stations to the New iHeartRadio.

In the official press release from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment the President and CEO, John Hogan said, “Bringing college radio stations to iHeartRadio is a great source of local and independent programming that offers our users a more diverse listening experience and also provides listeners new opportunities for music, news and sports exposure and discovery. Many of our top on-air personalities started their radio careers at college radio stations and we are glad to give back by providing these great college stations with an industry-leading national distribution platform — iHeartRadio.”

Some of the collegestations include:

  • Appalachian State’s WASU – Rock, North Carolina
  • Connecticut College’s WCNI – Block Programming, Connecticut
  • Dartmouth College’s WFRD – Modern Rock, New Hampshire
  • Denison University’s WDUB – Block Programming, Ohio
  • DePaul University’s Radio DePaul – Block Programming, Illinois
  • Emerson College’s WERS – Adult Alternative, Massachusetts
  • Flagler College’s WFCF – Block Programming, Florida
  • Green River College’s KGRG – Alternative Rock, Washington State
  • Ithaca College’s WICB – Modern Rock, New York
  • Rice University’s Rice Radio – Block Programming, Texas
  • Seton Hall University’s WSOU – Hard Rock/Metal, New Jersey
  • Stanford University’s KZSU- Block Programming, California
  • Temple University’s WHIP – Block Programming, Pennsylvania
  • College of Wooster’s WCWS – Block Programming ,Ohio

You can read more from this press release and see each of the College radio genre features at –The New iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations

By | January 25th, 2012|Broadcasting News, Member News, Webcasting|Comments Off on iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations