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College Radio Day set for Oct. 6

We were delighted to set a new record for college radio registrations in a single day when we opened up registration for College Radio Day 2017 on Friday. Over 40 stations registered in one day.

We are also still very excited about our upcoming Vinylthon next month. Stations can register for it here.

Read more from College Radio Day.

Pickering College radio station to broadcast Aurora events, town news

Pickering College is looking to partner with Aurora to highlight what’s going on the community.

Students recently made a presentation to council about the school’s radio station, 102.7 CHOP FM.

Read more from YorkRegion.com.

10 things you didn’t know about Chapman Radio and its 50th anniversary

Chapman Radio’s original call sign was KNAC – “The Station With the KNAC” and was broadcasted out of Morlan Hall. A few decades later, the organization changed its call sign to KNAB – “The Station With the KNAB.”

Read more from The Panther.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WYBF at Cabrini University and the College Radio Watch Column.

By | March 14th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News

WBRU radio station may be going up for sale soon

WBRU-FM may be for sale in the near future.In a letter sent to WBRU alumni Thursday morning, general manager and Brown University student Kishanee Haththotuwegama said the station’s nine-member board of directors had passed a resolution to begin seeking a buyer. The Station Membership, which consists of about 50 Brown University students who work at the station, will vote March 11 on approving a possible sale.
Read more from Providence Journal.

96.3 KNDS Put on Probation, at Risk of Losing NDSU Funding

For some of us, music is what gets us through our longest days.Yet, listening to 96.3 FM KNDS, NDSU’s student-run radio station, is not the route students choose to go to for their wind down of tunes.“I honestly think a lot of people haven’t heard as much of us as we would like to,” said KNDS’ Assistant Station Manager Brian Jackson.
Read more from KVVR.com.

SF school leaders attempt to steer news coverage of district-owned KALW

A top education official suggested that KALW public radio cover positive news about the San Francisco Unified School District on Tuesday, appearing to encroach on the editorial independence of the school district-owned radio station.
Read more from the San Francisco Examiner.

WCBN: Your Source for Musical Connections

On college campuses across the country, radio has largely been replaced by online music curation services like Pandora. While these services are convenient and are likely to connect us to music that we will like, they rarely introduce new themes or genres.  College radio stations such as WCBN at the University of Michigan, however, specialize in this. These stations offer students, and the community that they broadcast to, endless programing of new and underrepresented music while also offering students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of music as DJs.
Read more from The Michigan Review.

How San Bernardino Community College District is about to make $157 million off KVCR

The San Bernardino Community College District, which runs KVCR-TV, is expected to receive $157,113,171 in return for its broadcast frequency, the district announced Monday. Its programming will still be available, and viewers are not likely to notice a change.The district, which includes San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College, voluntarily participated in a Federal Communications Commission auction to free up bandwidth. Once vacated by KVCR, that bandwidth will be used by mobile and wireless providers.
Read more from the San Bernardino Sun.
By | March 7th, 2017|About CBI, Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: Practice Making Mistakes

In 2nd grade, on a school project for South Carolina history, I misspelled the name of the state of “Georgia.” All of our posters were hung in the hallway, and there was mine, with my teacher’s big red circle around my mistake, for all passers-by to see. Granted, this was a small elementary school in Surfside Beach, so the traffic for my particular error was pretty light. But that doesn’t mean I ever forgot it.

Jessica Clary, CBI IT Content Director

This week, there was a major error in a live television broadcast a lot of people were watching. A movie star was handed an envelope, walked on stage, opened it, and read it, announcing that “La La Land” had won an award, when it actually hadn’t, because the movie star had been handed the wrong envelope. The producers of “La La Land” started acceptance speeches on stage for an award they didn’t win. There was a pause, and an uncomfortable, awkward shuffle,  but finally, the mistake was realized, and rectified, and the team behind “Moonlight” came on stage to accept their award.

What seemed like, and is being treated like, the World’s Biggest Mistake Ever, is actually a teeny little human error. A human person holding a stack of envelopes handed another human person the wrong one. It’s a live TV broadcast. Things go wrong. And the best way to be ready for when things go wrong, is by having things go wrong before.

Imagine you’ve done everything perfect your entire life: Straight As, perfect attendance, always know the answer when you’re called on, etc. And then, something goes wrong. You’re probably going to panic. But imagine if instead, you had some Bs, you got a few tardies, and a few times when you got called on you had to say “Wow, I don’t know.” And you did it, and it didn’t kill you. No panic necessary. “I’ve done this before,” you thought. I’ll make it, come out the other side, and I’ll be better prepared for when the poop hits the fan the next time.

I often refer to student media as a “Fail Lab.” I encourage students to try things when they don’t know the outcome. I always want them to succeed, of course, but when they make a mistake, I want them to have a soft landing. After we try something new, we can see if it worked, and if it didn’t, how to change it, how to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again. As long as you learn from a mistake, it’s just as valid as a success.

So take advantage of this time, and all your possibilities for a soft landing. If you flub a line, or hit the wrong button at the wrong time now, on your college station, you’re better prepared for the time you do it at your first job, or your tenth job, or when you’re handing an envelope to Warren Beatty.

And, I’ve never misspelled “Georgia” again.

By | March 1st, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Practice Making Mistakes

Student Media in the News

CBI election nomination period extended

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is now accepting nominations through Monday, March 6 for the offices of Secretary, Development Director and Student Member. The Secretary and Development Director are each 3-year terms beginning December 1, 2017. The Student Member is a one year term beginning May 1, 2017. To be considered, nominations must be received by Ed Arke (earke@messiah.edu), Election Commissioner (self-nominations are accepted).

Read more from the CBI website.

SU Radio to return to air

This weekend, I conducted an interview with First-Year Meredith Rasmussen. She learned that the station had been abandoned last year due to declining membership. The radio station started in 2008 when a group of students received the King Creativity Grant to create an internet radio station. Since then, its popularity among membership and listeners has fluctuated until January 2016 when it was basically abandoned. Since then, no one has worked on the station and it just disappeared. So she took it upon herself to change its fate.

“Restarting the radio station was something that I had been wanting to do basically since arriving on campus,” Rasmussen said. “College radio was something that I have been interested in, and I was really disappointed that we didn’t have a station.”

Read more from The Megaphone.

EC Radio is back after extended hiatus

The wait is over. Emmanuel College Radio plans to officially launch their reboot this semester. The revival of EC Radio began with current president Nana Addae ’19 and vice president Jill Hyburg ’19. Before them, EC Radio club was dormant for two years.

Read more from The Hub.

Drury radio station carving out its place on FM dial

Drury University has long been home to an internet-based radio station that was broadcast, through a complicated antenna system, in various campus buildings.

The reach and the impact were severely limited, however. Jonathan Groves, chair of the communications department, believed the student-run college radio station could be so much more if it were available on the FM dial.

Read more from the Springfield News-Leader.

Project Yellow Light seeks PSAs for scholarship competition

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring change. Applicants have the mission to create a radio spot to encourage their peers to avoid distracted driving, specifically, texting while driving. Application deadline is April 1.  There are two scholarships (one for college and one for high school) worth $2,000 each. In addition to winning a scholarship, the winning entries will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and aired across the country courtesy of iHeartRadio. More info about PYL is here: http://www.projectyellowlight.com/about, and application guidelines for the contest are here: http://www.projectyellowlight.com/apply#radio.

Plus, the latest College Radio Watch column and Podcast #82: Busting Myths and Counting Charts.

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

Student Media in the News

Another College Station Sold

Cincinnati.com reported that supporters of the station showed up to a special regents meeting Tuesday to try to save the station. Many left in tears. Cincymusic.com’s Ian Bolender said, “You’re not just selling a radio station, you’re selling off the well-being of our music community. Without WNKU, a lot of artists would’ve never broke in this market.”

Read more at Radio Ink.

Fate of College Radio Charts Uncertain at CMJ After Almost 40 Years

One of the remaining bastions of the college-rock era has fallen silent, at least for now. For the second week in a row, CMJ has not published its weekly college radio charts, calling into question the fate of an institution that has tracked the music played by college stations around the country since 1978. No date has been set for when the venerable—and, once, invaluable—charts will resume.

Read more from Pitchfork.

SA approves WQKE radio funding

The President of WQKE Natalie Gramegna presented her appeal before the Senate for the allocation of $9846.27 for the purposes of purchasing updated equipment. The Senate voted in favor of Gramegna’s proposal allowing for the acquisition of various technical equipment necessary for the functioning the WQKE’s radio broadcast. The funds requested will be provided on behalf of the SA’s stabilization fund.

Read more from Cardinal Points.

Prairie Public radio to end broadcasts from UND

UND is preparing to sell its long-held radio station licenses to Prairie Public Radio as it readies plans to tear down the building which houses the local studio.

Bill Thomas, director of Prairie Public Radio, said the public radio service is currently in talks with the university about transferring the licensing for its two stations, KFJM and KUND-FM, to the main network. Thomas said local production would relocate from Grand Forks to the main Prairie Public offices in Fargo, though he said viewers “won’t be able to tell any difference on the air.”

Read more from Grand Forks Herald.

 

Plus, College Radio Watch weighs in on CMJ, the 81st Radio Survivor Podcast and Bandcamp Weekly checks out KPSU.

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

Student Media in the News

Syracuse radio station returning to airwaves for first time in 6 years

WERW, a student-run station at Syracuse University, announced Friday that it would soon begin broadcasting on the AM dial again. The college radio broadcaster had been operating online only since 2011, when a transmitter was removed from Booth Hall on campus.

The new signal will debut Monday, Feb. 20 on 1670 AM from antennas on top of the Carrier Dome and SU’s Goldstein Student Center on the South Campus, according to WERW general manager Rebecca Duke. However, the station will only broadcast at 100 mW (milliwatts) — a much lower power than WERW’s past signal of 20 watts in the ’90s and 2000s.

Read more from Syracuse.com.

Pitchfork wonders, ‘Does college radio even matter anymore?’

Yet, these experiences run the risk of becoming scarce, as more and more college stations go silent or cede their broadcast towers to corporate interests and conglomerates. Adding to the alarm is the recent downfall of CMJ, the institution that for decades tied the nation’s college radio stations together through charts and its annual festival. All this bad news has led some to eulogize the format, but college radio is still alive and, for many, still necessary.

Read more from Pitchfork.

On Air Next tackles the Pitchfork article

On Wednesday, Pitchfork posted an article titled “Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore.” If you haven’t read it yet, Kevin Lozano walks through the ins and outs of college radio history and finally decides: Yes, there is still a place for college radio. Of course, we at Radio 1190 knew this all along. Radio 1190 gives us an independent voice to express what we love, how we think and what we’re excited about. There’s so much content being created today — more than ever before. Staying on top of everything is an immeasurable challenge; one that no one is able to do alone.

Read more from Colorado Daily.

‘Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives’ Chronicles Legendary Hip Hop Radio Show

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives is one of those little stories that had a huge impact. The 2015 movie is currently available for streaming on Netflix and chronicles The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show, a New York-based college radio program whose influence travelled farther than its weak FM signal should have allowed. It had a religiously dedicated fanbase, and from 1990 to 1998 played host to just about every East Coast rapper of note before they hit it big. Perhaps more importantly, they cultivated an aesthetic appreciation of hip hop that would inspire underground hip hop for years to come. Hip hop authority The Source magazine went so for as to name it the “Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time.”

Read more from Decider.

Plus, Radio Survivor explores college stations for World Radio Day, checks archives from WQAX in 1981 and the College Radio Watch column.

By | February 14th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

2017 Summer Workshop • #CMMegaWorkshop

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.

Lodging and parking will be available at University of Minnesota residence halls for a fee.

 

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By | February 7th, 2017|CBI News, Conferences|Comments Off on 2017 Summer Workshop • #CMMegaWorkshop

Student Media in the News

Radio station KSVR works to serve Spanish-speaking audience

Seated in a studio at KSVR 91.7 FM last week, Francisco Farias pulled off his headphones as he took a break from recording his weekly Spanish-language music and news radio show.

Farias, who started volunteering at the station a few months ago, believes the station’s Spanish-language programs have a big impact on Skagit County’s Latino community.

“For me, this is a great opportunity to help people who don’t speak English listen to the radio and hear news,” Farias said through an interpreter. “For me, a person who doesn’t understand too much English, there are a lot of people who listen to the station.”

Read more from GoSkagit.com.

The Bronc is first to broadcast live from Philadelphia Auto Show

107.7 The Bronc became the first college radio station to broadcast live at the Philadelphia Auto Show on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Bronc brought a team of students to the show to broadcast live from noon to 4 p.m. and promote the fifth largest auto show in the nation on social media.

More than 700 vehicles were on display on the 700,000 square foot display floor in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The auto show staff contributed more than 30,000 on-site hours of labor setting up and removing displays.

Read more from Rider University.

The Sound of Emory: An Insight into WMRE

WMRE is Emory’s only radio station. Beginning as a mere idea in the early 1980s, in 1989 the station broadcasted its first show across campus through 590AM. Clear sounds didn’t last long on the AM channel, forcing the station to shift to a cable signal and then the internet, where it can be heard today. The shift in broadcasting also helped the clubs’s shift in production, and in 2008 they moved from the basement of a now-demolished Longstreet Hall to its current studio on the fifth floor of the Dobbs University Center (DUC).

Read more from The Emory Wheel.

WRUR delivers diversity in student taste and talent

Descending into the basement of Todd Union doesn’t feel how you might imagine walking into a radio station feels.

WRUR, residing in what were once the kitchen facilities for an ancient campus dining hall, puts students the push of a button away from an invisible audience of hundreds or thousands.

Hosting shows on both WRUR’s internet and FM platforms (The Sting and 88.5, respectively), student DJ’s dig into a wide variety of musical genres on their weekly broadcasts. The ease of access that WRUR offers leads to a high volume of DJs—about forty on The Sting and ten on FM—with all different tastes and musical perspectives

Read more from The Campus Times.

Campus radio station prepares for another big semester

A new semester means fresh ideas, new people and an updated schedule for student organizations. DJs at WGLZ, West Liberty’s radio station, are not wasting their time and have lined up some events for the campus community.

The station is bringing back some successful events and promotions from previous years.

“WGLZ listeners from last year may remember the WGLZ Bracket Contest for March Madness basketball.  The contest was popular among listeners with over 200 student entries competing for some really great prizes from Coca-Cola. This promotion will be back this semester,” said Jeff Pfister, director of WGLZ.

Read more from The Trumpet.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits new LPFM KPSQ-LP in Fayetteville and KUOZ-LP at University of the Ozarks and the College Radio Watch column

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Student Media in the News

Tune in to 90.7 WCLH for the station’s 45 birthday

“One the biggest highlights for WCLH has been the ability to keep our equipment and software current to reflect what’s being used at commercial radio stations,” Kristen Rock, station manager said. “From vinyl to cart machines to compact discs and MP3’s, WCLH has been able to provide students with quality hands-on training while giving listeners great programming.”

In honor of the anniversary of the radio station, WCLH will be airing a five-hour pre-recorded show beginning at noon on Feb. 4.

Read more from The Beacon.

Student radio station rocks with vinyl at record show

From punk rock to doo-wop, vinyl has brought the groove to a record show that helps Plymouth-Canton student radio station WSDP-FM (88.1) raise money and stay on the air.

Record dealer Rod Branham alone plans to bring about 4,500 vinyl albums to the ninth annual record show, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, inside the Salem High School cafeteria in Canton.

Read more from hometownlife.com.

Plus, the Radio Survivor College Radio Watch column.

By | January 31st, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: Listen to my Mother

Dave Asplund, CBI Vice President

“I make my lists and list my dates” are words I heard mom every time she would have someone ask her how she could juggle working, advocating for special needs children/adults, painting, raising a teen, managing a husband, and being a Minister’s wife. She lived by her lists and had a color coding system in her date book what a given date or event was about. Guess what color her notebooks were for the lists she kept. Yep, the list notebooks matched her color coding system.

I am my mother’s son, and I have a Franklin Covey planner that I use daily.  But this is not a advertisement for Franklin Covey, it is a blog idea I thought of while I filled in the myriad of dates in my planner for the new semester. The entries start with two board meetings, a budget and planning meeting, board of regents meeting, three doctor appointm …  Well you get the picture for my next two weeks.  This blog is about organization and dates.

Organization is the hard part because no two people have the same way to organize.  My mother had her lists, date book, and files she kept.  I have my day planner, the stacks of papers/material I am working on now, and files I have put away for later.  My wife has her day planner, the files of her information, and the Library of Congress.  What works for me leaves my wife shaking her head, and that is why everyone needs to find their own organizational method.  Whether you use the very formal and structured like Franklin Covey’s “Productivity Practice,” The Pomodoro Technique, Order of Importance, David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” method, Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret/ Don’t Break the Chain, the Action Method, or combining some/all of multiple methods to find the best way that works for you it is important to find that method or combo. I was trying to think of a good place to start and the public/college library was my answer until my son said “just Google it, dad” for methods of organization. Just a hint, I used ‘methods of organization’ in the search window.

The dates are easy.  As a student you have dates for assignments, group meetings, class meetings, extracurricular events, school events, work shifts, etc. As a college advisor, instructor, or staff member you have dates for department meetings, work shifts, planning sessions, family stuff, radio/TV stuff, university events, etc.  Any group you belong to has dates, tasks, and things you need to remember. Your college radio or TV station has a list of dates all their own along with things you need to do. The CBI website (askcbi.org) is an excellent place to find the published dates for this year, including Feb. 17, 2017, the date nominations must be received by for the offices of Secretary, Development Director and Student Member on the Board of Directors.

By | January 26th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Listen to my Mother