How do I get a broadcast radio license? How can I find all the LPFM or college radio stations? Will you visit and write about my favorite station? Every week the editors of Radio Survivor receive, and answer, queries like these from readers and listeners. While we enjoy corresponding with people, we thought we shouldn’t […]
“I can’t even imagine my life without KBOO.” That’s what Shaheed Haamid told the audience assembled January 20 at the Oregon Historical Society to celebrate the opening of “50 Years of KBOO,” an exhibit marking the Portland community radio station’s first half-century. Haamid is a long-time KBOO volunteer, programmer and current board member. He recalled […]
I have started something called the “Hybrid Highbrow Network.” It is at this point mostly only a figment of my imagination, a matrix of people who don’t know they’re in the matrix but who mix classical, jazz, showtunes, world music and whatever into whatever comes out the other end, radio-wise. Undaunted by the fictional nature […]
This week’s Radio Survivor Podcast #125 focuses on Radio Free America, which provides streaming and archiving services for public, community, college, and LPFM radio. Most intriguing to me is Radio Free America’s long history in college radio, with connections to CMJ and a former initiative that produced a radio show that was syndicated to 600 […]
My favorite college radio station, KZSC-FM in Santa Cruz, published a zine last year with many wonderful essays and photographs. Among my favorite graphics is a flow chart titled “How College Radio Are You?” full of questions that guide you along, depending on your level of college radio wisdom. So, if you know Prince’s favorite […]
Radio Free America is an online hub for community, college and public radio streams, serving up two weeks of archived programming, on demand. Founded by CEO Kenneth Pushkin in 2013, the platform now hosts more than 125 noncommercial stations free of charge. Pushkin and RFA’s station relations manager Jeff Abrams join to explain more about […]
We received the following package from an admirer last week, accompanied by this missive: “Howdy! Read in Monday’s New York Times about your low power FM radio efforts (I thought smartphones put an end to low power FM. Glad it did not). Back in the 1990’s I was interested enough to get a kit from […]
At the start of another new year, I’m reflecting back on all that has transpired in 2017, including the state of college radio. I was grateful to have been able to visit more radio stations (in Virginia, New York, Illinois and California) and have written up 16 of my 2017 visits so far. The past […]
Eric and Paul met young enthusiastic podcasters and podcast fans when they attended Podcon in Seattle at the beginning of December. It’s almost an understatement to say they were impressed by diversity of the attendees, and their love of radio drama style shows. Your hosts learned a lot (there’s a library with free public podcast […]
This past weekend the New York Times published a story on low-power FM community radio, with a particular focus on Washington and Oregon, where there is a unique concentration of stations. In assembling his story correspondent Kirk Johnson visited many stations and talked with a host of broadcasters and advocates, including Radio Survivors Jennifer Waits, […]
The fourth installment of my Hybrid Highbrow podcast gets at a musical phenomenon that I have wanted to explore for a while: the affinity that the jazz world has for the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. In pursuit of this nexus, I’m serving up some wonderful tracks by Richie Beirach, Tabula Rasa, Oliver Haynes, the Peter […]
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2017 was a year of ups and downs, from the continued growth of LPFM to the loss of net neutrality. All four Radio Survivors gather to review the year that was, assessing what happened in college radio, community radio and podcasting, with stops along the way in Istanbul, conspiracy theories and classical music. Jennifer, Matthew, […]
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Anita Pouchard Serra traveled across Argentina helping to set up new community radio stations with the DTL! collective. A photojournalist, she also documented the building of these stations, that are officially unlicensed, but operate in the spirit of a communications law that passed, but never went into effect. Anita joins to tell us about this […]
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The credo of Açık Radyo of Istanbul, Turkey begins as follows: “We have apparently lost our ability to have fun! Radio, TV, newspapers, and the like are all so terribly tedious and boring; mainstream media mainly serving nothing but a magnanimous mediocracy; being full of sound and fury, signifying nothing but a deafening cacophony. Paradoxically, mass […]
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Happy Winter Holidays! With holiday break happening on many campuses, there isn’t too much college radio news to report. In lieu of a year-end wrap-up, stay tuned for a future Radio Survivor Podcast in which I’ll be talking about some of the big college radio stories from 2017. College Radio News WPRK Has Been off […]
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Norway’s FM radio won’t go away that easily. Two years ago the world press reported, often breathlessly, on the Scandinavian country’s plans to end its national radio services on the FM dial, switching them over to digital broadcasting. Lost in most of the reportage was the fact 200 local FM stations would remain on the […]
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Why didn’t the internet just stop working the day after the FCC voted to end network neutrality? Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota joins to answer that question, and explain what happens next. He also lays out where is the fight over internet freedom going next, and what the real threat is for […]
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On December 7, students at college radio station WWVU (aka U92) at West Virginia University held a three-hour strike, protesting alleged sexual harassment by the university employee who manages the radio station. On Monday, December 11, it was reported that while the investigation is ongoing, the station manager will not report to work at the […]
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With so many college radio stations in the Chicago area, it can be tough to decide which to visit first. WIIT 88.9 FM at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) jumped to the top of my list when I learned that it was potentially one of the oldest college radio stations in the country. Coupled with […]
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First conceived in the 1930s, there is a type of tiny little radio station that anyone can operate legally, without a license. Bill DeFelice of HobbyBroadcaster.net joins the show to tell us about so-called ‘Part 15’ radio stations, and how you can get on the air today, to broadcast around your house, or even your […]