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Celebrating High School Radio Day

Happy High School Radio Day! Today marks the 6th Annual High School Radio Day and as I write this, 83 high school radio stations from 31 states plan to participate. I’m heartened that high school radio is going strong and hope that in 2017, I’ll be able to visit more high school radio stations. You […]

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Radio Station Visit #134 – College Radio Station WHIP at Temple University

On a Friday evening in October, I traveled to Temple University in Philadelphia to see college radio station WHIP (pronounced W-H-I-P). As I approached its TECH Center building home, buses in the area were idling nearby, collecting passengers for a Temple football game that night. When I arrived at the station, WHIP’s General Manager Ed […]

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A Sad Goodbye to Free Speech Radio News

The long-running independent community radio news program Free Speech Radio News announced this week that its last edition will be broadcast on April 28. In a press release, the collective cites a decline in distribution and inability to find a “firm financial footing,” as causes for the closure. Born from the labor of freelance reporters […]

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College Radio Watch: Wrapping up Virginia Radio Tours, Vinylthon, Festivals and More News

I’ve finished writing up all of my Virginia radio station tours and when I reflect back on the visits, it’s amazing to see the variety of college radio stations. I was able to see a brand new low power FM station, a 70-year-old student-run commercial radio station, online-only stations and FM non-commercial stations. Some have […]

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Radio Station Visit #133 – College Radio Station WDCE at University of Richmond

It was after dark when I arrived on the University of Richmond campus on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Although I had a general idea of where college radio station WDCE was located, I had to circle the building before eventually spotting the station’s sign above the stairs leading down to the entrance to its basement […]

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Freeform Music, House Shows, and Art: Touring College Radio Station WXTJ-LP at University of Virginia

There’s a lot of radio going on at University of Virginia and the newest station is WXTJ-LP, a student-run low power FM (LPFM) college radio station. Although its studio is in the same facility as WTJU (see my tour #129 here), WXTJ-LP has its own identity and air sound. Frustrated by the lack of student […]

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Prometheus to FCC: Protect LPFMs from AM Translators

In January FCC moved to allow AM stations to acquire and geographically locate FM translator repeater stations a little further away from their main AM transmitter than previously permitted—within either 25 miles of their station, or within their daytime broadcast area, whichever is larger. Before this ruling those translators were limited to being located within […]

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MacBird! live at KPFK, 1967, and perchance the only online performance?

I teach a course at UC Santa Cruz on conspiracies and conspiracy theories, and I’ve been rummaging around for a digital performance of MacBird! for quite some time. As far as I can tell, the only online rendition of the show can be found on the Internet Archive. It is an air check via KPFK-FM […]

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Country Music and a 70-year Commercial College Radio Legacy: Visiting WUVA at University of Virginia

While making plans for my trip to Charlottesville, Virginia for the College Radio: Then, Now and Next symposium, I was looking forward to seeing all three radio stations that have an affiliation with the University of Virginia: WTJU (see my tour report #129), WXTJ and WUVA. Each has a distinct personality. WTJU is a non-commercial […]

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College Radio Watch: Station Tours, CBI Invites Production Award Submissions and More News

I can’t believe how many radio stations I visited in the last month. Thanks to the confluence of Spring Break, radio conferences, and other random business trips, I managed to see stations in Virginia, New York, and California in the past 30 days. And, yes, I’m tired. Unfortunately, it also means that my back log […]

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Radio Station Visit #130 – WNUW-LP at Neumann University

Back in October, 2016, I had a flurry of radio station visits in the Philadelphia-area, including a night-time trek to new low power FM (LPFM) college radio station WNUW-LP at Neumann University. WNUW’s General Manager Sean McDonald graciously picked me up from WYBF at Cabrini University (see my tour report #122) and drove me to […]

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Radio Station Visit #127 – WCWM at the College of William and Mary

While in Virginia last month, I had the chance to visit nine different radio stations. My last stop on Saturday, March 18 before heading to the airport was to Williamsburg to see WCWM-FM at the College of William & Mary. I’d never been to colonial Williamsburg, so it was a treat to catch a glimpse […]

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New online community radio from India: boxout.fm

Alas, I made it a day late for the inaugural launch-party broadcasts. But I have signed myself up for boxout.fm’s impending new online community radio service. India Today has an interview with the founders. “Initially,” says one of the progenitors: ” . . . we will start off with 4-6 hours of daily live shows hosted by […]

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College Radio Watch: Station Visits, Chart Changes, WSOU Seeks Alumni and More News

It’s been a busy few weeks of travel for me and I was happy to be able to squeeze in a bunch of college radio station visits in Virginia and New York. I just posted recaps of my trips to WMWC at University of Mary Washington and to WXJM at James Madison University. Also, on […]

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Video: Radio Is the Best Way to Reach Farmworkers

Low-power community radio station KPCN in Woodburn, OR serves the unionized farmworkers of the Willamette Valley, with news, information and entertainment in Spanish and indigenous languages. The station recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on the air, which we recognized on episode #72 of the podcast. At this past weekend’s Alliance for Community Media Northwest Summit […]

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Podcast #87 – Crossing Platforms, from Radio to TV and Beyond

Community radio stations are not just transmitters and studios. Similarly, public access TV stations aren’t just cable channels with studios. They are community media platforms, with a privileged place and sense of permanence that comes from their FCC license or franchise agreement, respectively. This week we explore how community radio and public access TV can […]

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Radio Station Visit #126 – College Radio Station WXJM at James Madison University

When I was planning my trip to Virginia, I had hoped that I would be able to see college radio station WXJM-FM, as I’d long been interested in its association with the MACROCK music festival. Now in its 20th year, the event was launched by WXJM in 1996 and at the time was called the […]

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