Board Blog: Celebrate Your Squeaky Violin

Paul Crutcher, CBI Secretary

I recently had a student come to my office asking if I would help them put together an aircheck for a potential job. While I am always happy to help our students, the cold hard fact was that this person has neglected many opportunities to work on our campus radio station — no regular air shift — skipped staff meetings — really just on the fringes of what our student broadcast station has to offer. While a mock air check might have gotten this person through an interview, the reality is that opportunities to work on the craft of radio broadcasting have been missed.

No one is born a broadcaster. The simple truth is that necessary skills are developed through the crucible of experience. Overnight air shifts with inaudible drunken song requests, carrying equipment to the station remote broadcast, production opportunities, music selection meetings, quick thinking during an on air interview, or the sheer repetition of the mechanics of a quality air shift — those are the opportunities missed with little to no involvement in student media.

Learning to be a broadcaster is similar to learning to play the violin — it’s going to be squeaky and full of flaws as you begin the learning process. The good news is that you can improve with time and dedication. Your skills will get better. Utilize the space that has been provided to you. Volunteer at every opportunity — on-air, news, sports, production, and promotions. Aircheck yourself and really listen for ways you can improve. Seek advice from those you respect both on your campus and from those working in the industry.

As you develop these skills, in essence, you are fine-tuning your violin. At the same time, you will be increasing in the confidence to take on the next challenge presented to you.

Don’t miss out on this important opportunity.

By | April 19th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Celebrate Your Squeaky Violin

Student Media in the News

Scott Van Pelt promises to fund college radio station while playing golf

The University of Maryland’s student-run radio station needed help, so one of its staffers reached out to one of the school’s most famous alums. Luckily that alum, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, checked his phone while on the golf course.

Someone affiliated with the station reached out to Van Pelt on Twitter, telling him it was the last day to donate to the station. Scott asked how much was needed, and then said he would take care of the sum — over $1,000 — when he was done playing golf, of course.

Read more from

Albright College’s WXAC Moves to 24-Hour Broadcast

The broadcasting change, which took effect earlier this month, was enabled in part by a $5,000 grant for new equipment and the station’s move in 2016 to the Berks Community Media Center at 13th and Richmond streets, a location it shares with BCTV.

Read more from BCTV.

Failed KCSM-TV sale forces lawsuits: College district and contractor point fingers over who dropped the ball on auction

Who should take the blame for the failed sale of the College of San Mateo’s television station is the source of a legal battle, as school officials and a company hired to negotiate the acquisition are locking horns over which side muffed a lucrative deal.

Opposing civil lawsuits filed in county Superior Court indicate San Mateo County Community College District officials and LocusPoint Networks representatives disagree on why KCSM-TV was excluded from a $114 million auction sale.

Read more from the San Mateo Daily Journal.

WREKtacular exposes students to local music

The local arts scene may sometimes seem insular to those who are not already a part of it. However, once a year, WREK Radio offers Tech students a chance to experience it. The radio station prides itself in its airing of music that they describe as “atypical” or outside the cultural mainstream. On their website, WREK claims that they wish to use their status as a college radio to bring these “forms of music into public consciousness,” and the annual concert plays into that philosophy.

Read more from The Technique.

Mic drop: VIC Radio celebrates 50-Hour Marathon April 7-9

The DJs kicked off the marathon singing along to pop hits in high spirits. The VIC, or Voice of Ithaca College, radio studio was packed, the spring heat dangling in the studio. Four DJs — senior Kemery Colbert and sophomores Jill Simon, Lexy White and Haley Goetz — led a group of about 10 people in a joyful chorus of pop tunes.

Read more from The Ithacan.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits Lehman College Underground Radio, WTJU at the University of Virginia and WNUW-LP at Neumann University, and the College Radio Watch column. And, news from WUVA’s transition to multimedia.

And, CBI is accepting nominations for the Joel Willer award, submissions for the annual National Student Production Awards are open, and registration is open for the first-ever summer College Media Megaworkshop featuring the Broadcast Management track by CBI.

By | April 18th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

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

Student Media in the News

Nominations open for CBI’s Joel Willer Award

The Joel Willer Award is named for one of CBI’s most influential members, and is presented in recognition for exceptional dedication and service to student electronic media.

Nominees should be active CBI members in good standing who have made a substantial and long-standing impact on student electronic media through teaching, advocacy, promotions, or other means, which are demonstrable and last beyond their initial action.

To nominate someone for the Joel Willer Award, please fill out the form found on the Joel Willer Award page. Nominations are due by May 5.

Maben: Radio skills jobs are still out there

Students have taken their station imaging skills and applied them to branding within the social media sphere. Radio needs to do a much better job of reminding the world that we are the experts in music curation, and audio storytelling and entertainment. We are the folks you want to hire when you need those things done, no matter the platform or business purpose. It certainly doesn’t fully offset the sharp decline in traditional radio jobs, but there are opportunities in other sectors of the economy for folks who love the art, craft and thrill of radio.

Read more from Soap Box on Tom Taylor Now.

VIC Radio hosts 50-hour marathon for Friendship Donations Network

“Our reach over the marathon weekend, because we’re on all three college stations, is about 200,000 people, plus those listening online. So, it’s a really good way to let the community know about the nonprofit,” Gardner said. “Even though the money is really wonderful, sometimes the biggest thing is having 50 hours where we’re exclusively talking about them, and community members will know what their organization is about.”

Read more from Ithaca College.

Plus Spinning Indie visits WCWM at the College of William and Mary and the weekly College Radio Watch column.



By | April 11th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: Pitch in this fall in San Antonio

John Morris, CBI President

We are getting to that time of the school year where everyone seems to be focusing on just one thing: getting to the end of the semester. Hopefully, as you are nearing the end of the school year, you are doing so with success. But as you plan for the last few months of school, be sure to look to the future, especially the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio in November.

Before you move on to your summer activities make sure that you take advantage of all the opportunities CBI and this convention offer you. One is the chance to be a presenter in one of the workshops. What area of expertise, or just an area where you have learned a lot, can you share with those attending the convention? Once you have the area you want to present in begin reaching out to either professionals or students from other schools to have them join you on a panel. The best panels often have representatives from several different schools and/or professionals so that a variety of viewpoints can be presented.

There are numerous topics that make great sessions. To name just a few: programming (either for a free form station or a station with a single format and a tight playlist), leadership, training new staff, production, news and news reporting, promotions and more. You’ve learned a lot working at your school’s media; share what you’ve learned. When you team up with another student from a different school the knowledge shared can be great.

To do this though you should be reaching out to those students from other schools before everyone heads home for the summer. Use the CBI listserv to reach a large audience as you seek other participants. Think about those students you met at last year’s convention that you thought would be great to share information with. Connect your skill set with theirs and there is a great learning experience for everyone. Ask your faculty advisor to help you. They often will have tips to help you be more successful in setting up a session. If you wait until the summer, it’s going to be very hard to connect with other students.

This is a great way to also add something to your resume. As you begin your professional job search, things on your resume that help separate you from other applicants can often go a long want in helping you land the job offer. It’s a win-win for everyone. You’ll be more involved in the convention, the sessions will be even better than before, and it puts you on a path to success.


By | April 5th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Pitch in this fall in San Antonio

Student Media in the News

Join CBI in July for the Summer Megaworkshop

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop!
  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls.
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.
Learn more on the Megaworkshop website.

Has Spotify killed the radio student D.J.?

College radio stations allow students to come together with shared interests on campus, both physically and intangibly. Whether the station be recorded in a dingy, grey basement on a table covered with emptied potato chip bags, or in a beautiful student center overlooking campus, having a space to connect with peers over a love of music is an incredible addition to the college experience.

Read more from Study Breaks.

Six ways to show school spirit, even if you’re more apathetic than athletic

Even if you don’t want to get involved there are ways to show you care and ways to also help you stay informed. Chances are your college had a newspaper, magazine or informational website and a radio station. To support those you can pick up the latest issue of what they publish and you can listen to the music and sports they play on the college radio station.

Read more from The Guardian.

Sold: High Desert And Colorado Noncommercial FMs

In other filings with the FCC, Grace Public Radio is selling noncommercial oldies-jazz KILE-F/Woodland Park, Co. to The Colorado College for $24,000.

Read more from All Access.

CBI National Student Production Awards are open

Entries are to be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. All entries must be submitted via online by Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Entry is FREE for CBI member stations.

Read more and start your entries on the CBI Awards page.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WMWC at The University of Mary Washington and WXJM at James Madison University.

By | April 4th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: No Sacred Cows

There’s an old joke that management consultants like to tell:

Greg Weston, CBI Immediate Past President

Q. What are the seven words that will destroy any successful organization?

A: But we’ve always done it that way.

Even student media — with its transient staffs and “underground” ethos – fall prey to the tendency to resist change. It can be very difficult for young people — even the creative, forward thinking ones who tend to populate student media outlets — to drastically alter systems that they’ve been taught. That’s why it’s essential for student media leadership, whether students, faculty or staff, to create an environment where systemic change is not just permitted, but encouraged.

At WPTS Radio, we do an exercise at least once a year called “Sacred Cows.” It’s basically an opportunity for our board of directors to question and challenge the most basic parts of our operation. Beyond that, all directors are reminded throughout the year that they should be examining every process in their departments to make sure they are still represent best practices.

Honestly, after doing this for more than a decade, we don’t make major changes that often. But the process remains vital. It often leads to fixes of smaller problems that make us more efficient and effective. And it creates a culture in which creativity and assessment are respected and expected, which benefits both our media outlets and the students who work in them.

By | March 29th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: No Sacred Cows

Student Media in the News

WRFL celebrates 29 years of college radio

The UK’s student run radio, WRFL celebrated its 29th anniversary on Tuesday, March 7, with a birthday bash coming in April.

Almost three decades later, a continuously improving WRFL still strives to bring the Lexington community together by promoting independent musicians, constantly building on Lexington’s art and music scene.

Read more from the Kentucky Kernel.

Emory & Henry alum Eric McClure racing to fund college radio station

McClure, a 2000 E&H graduate, announced in January that his team, Martin-McClure racing, will field a second entry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Pitt Lite 125 on April 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway. All proceeds from the race will go directly into the Eric McClure Endowment, according to WEHC 90.7 General Manager Teresa Keller.

The No. 39 Toyota Camry will feature logos for Emory & Henry on the hood and for the college’s radio station on the quarter panels.

Read more from The Roanoke Times.

Chattanooga radio reporter fired, blames lawmakers

A college radio reporter is fired from her job after she reported a story that drew criticism from Tennessee lawmakers.

Those lawmakers say she didn’t identify herself as a journalist.

Jacqui Helbert worked for WUTC, which broadcasts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.

Read more from News Channel 9.

PSAs Promote College Radio

The College Radio Foundation has launched a new radio public service announcement campaign reminding listeners of the value of college radio. The PSA series is called “College Radio. Now. More Than Ever” and is part of a year-long campaign.

Read more from Radio World.

Minnesota Public Radio comes home to Saint John’s University April 25 -26 to mark its 50th anniversary

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) returns to its birthplace with a two-day visit to the Saint John’s campus in late April. On Tuesday, April 25, MPR Day at Saint John’s will feature live broadcasts of all three MPR regional services: MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current, as well as live performances and special guests throughout the day. All events will take place at Brother Willie’s Pub in Sexton Commons. In addition, Garrison Keillor will perform a sold-out show at the College of Saint Benedict that same evening.

Read more from Saint John’s University.

Weber State to sell FM student radio license for KWCR

The Weber State University student radio station is going totally digital.

In fact, KWCR Wildcat Radio hasn’t been broadcasting on the radio about a year and a half now, adviser Robin Haislett said, save a once-annual broadcast just to keep the license.

Read more from The Standard Examiner.


Plus, Radio survivor visits WVCW and WRIR-LP!


By | March 28th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News

The Debate Over RIPR’s Expansion

Earlier this year, Rhode Island Public Radio went public with a proposed plan to acquire UMass Dartmouth’s 45-year-old college radio station, 89.3 WUMD. Rhode Island Public Radio, still a relatively young station currently renting small public access frequencies to air both locally produced news features as well as NPR programming such as All Things Considered and Fresh Air, wants a permanent home and for them WUMD fits the bill. It’s a powerful signal from which they could grow locally produced journalism on a solid, owned foundation that would be moved just over state lines to Tiverton; covering Rhode Island, all of the South Coast to Cape Cod and even some parts of eastern Connecticut. All the deal needs is FCC approval, but standing in the way is the community and student staff at WUMD.

Read more from Providence Monthly.

KCSM to remain despite ongoing budget struggle: College official claims recent turnover not indicative of larger coming shifts

Despite experiencing the sort of ongoing financial budget strife commonly faced by college radio stations, faithful listeners to KCSM can expect most of their favorite programming to remain, a district official said.

The College of San Mateo’s jazz radio station, 91.1 FM, lost three on-air personalities in recent months, but such changes are not indicative of larger shifts on the horizon, said Mitchell Bailey, spokesman for the San Mateo County Community College District.

Read more from The Daily Journal.

Miss. College Sells FM License in Jackson

Mississippi College is selling its FM signal at 93.5 MHz in Jackson.

“Star 93.5” WHJT(FM) is an outreach ministry of the college; it has aired heritage Christian music for the central part of the state since 1989; members of the station are shown in a 2014 image from its website.

Read more from Radio World.

Lake Land College invites students to the Radio/TV Open House

During the Radio/TV Open House from 12-2 p.m., participants are invited to broadcast LIVE on WLKL 89.9 The Max Alternative, the college’s student run FM radio station; anchor a newscast in the TV studio; use equipment in the TV production control room and studio; record and listen to their own audio spot using professional audio equipment; operate state-of-the-art camera and video equipment and experiment with industry-standard digital editing software.

Read more from the Effingham Daily News.

Hendrix Radio Station KHDX Part of New Arkansas College Radio Association

“One of our hopes is that the ArkCRA will help provide stability and support to student-run radio operations, which can struggle sometimes because of staff turnover,” said Hendrix biology professor and KHDX advisor Dr. Maureen McClung. “Charter stations include well-established organizations and those that are just starting out, so the ArkCRA presents many opportunities for collaboration.”

Read more from Hendrix College.

Plus, How to Improve your LPFM Community & College Radio Reception on Radio Survivor.

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