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Hybrid Highbrow podcast #4: Why jazz loves Béla Bartók

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 19:23

   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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Podcast #123 – 2017 in Review: The Good, the Bad & the Conspiracy Theories

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 02:26

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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Podcast #122 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 02:43

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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Good Vibrations! a conversation about Açık Radyo of Istanbul, Turkey

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:31

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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College Radio Watch: Chef Competition, Radio Drama, and Return of WPRK

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:01

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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Is FM Radio Norway’s Network Neutrality? Majority Still Opposes Shutdown

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 23:24

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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Podcast #121 – What Happens After Net Neutrality; Open Signal Public Access TV

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 03:02

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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College Radio Watch: Strike at WWVU over Alleged Sexual Harassment, Station Tours and More News

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:40

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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Radio Station Visit #142 – College Radio Station WIIT at Illinois Institute of Technology

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:09

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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Podcast #120 – Have Your Own Tiny Radio Station

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:01

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 […]

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Radio Station Visit #141 – College Radio Station WKCR at Columbia University

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:55

On a rainy New York City day this spring, I headed to Morningside Heights in upper Manhattan for a visit to Columbia University’s college radio station WKCR 89.9 FM. The 76-year-old station has a deep respect for its history and I was delighted to see numerous reel-to-reel players, an entire room full of vintage audio […]

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College Radio Watch: 50th for KZSC, Farewell WSGR, Free Speech, and more News

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:46

A mysterious situation is brewing at St. Clair County Community College’s college radio station WSGR-FM, where word has it that the station has been shut down after 43 years on the air. According to the Port Huron Times Herald, The radio station was originally intended for students in the broadcasting degree program, which was discontinued […]

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Podcast #119 – Chicago Independent Radio Project

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 23:49

The Chicago Independent Radio Project launched as an internet radio station nearly a decade ago, with a mission of bringing a truly independent music- and arts-focused community radio station to Chicago. Thanks to the Local Community Radio Act, which allowed the growth of low-power FM stations in the nation’s biggest cities—and a lot of hard […]

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College Radio Watch: TV as the New College Radio and More News

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:38

Are TV shows the new college radio? An article on Interlochen, The Rewiring of Our Relationship to Music, dissects music discovery and invokes college radio in a few places. The author first references student radio DJs as understanding the importance of both old and new music, writing, “College-radio DJs, a guild whose influence is disappearing, knew […]

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Down the Highway One with Second Inversion radio

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 23:56

I enjoy one of the best driving commutes of anyone I know. I drive from San Francisco, California down the Highway One to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where I teach. Usually I drive down the coast on Mondays, and back up on Thursdays. This week I downloaded King-FM’s  application onto my iPhone […]

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Podcast #118 – Making Sense of the FCC’s Effort to Kill Net Neutrality

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 04:01

The FCC is about to vote on rules that would reverse network neutrality protections that the Commission put in place just two years ago. The terms of this rollback were released right before Thanksgiving, and represent the FCC effectively abdicating its role in guaranteeing the free flow of information on the internet. Prof. Christoper Terry […]

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Past Daily: Living History in Online Audio Archives

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:01

While looking for info on a BBC session recording of the 1980s new wave / post-rock band Talk Talk I stumbled upon a version of the band’s Radio 1 broadcast on a site called Past Daily. Digging into its archives I discovered a treasure-trove of audio archives, from a 1991 CBS Radio world news roundup […]

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Tour East London’s Pirate Radio Scene in “Drowned City”

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:01

I’m delighted to keep stumbling upon video artifacts of pirate radio, like the 1970s Portland public access footage and 1990 shortwave pirate documentary I recently shared. Next up I’ve found a more contemporary documentary from 2014 looking at London’s pirate radio scene. The city has long been a hotbed of unlicensed radio activity, such that […]

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Alice’s Restaurant and more 2017 Thanksgiving Broadcasts

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:49

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the wind up to the holiday season, which means that the annual ritual of tuning in to hear “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” on the radio is just around the corner. As I’ve been chronicling year after year and as we discussed on this week’s podcast, the classic 18 […]

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Podcast #117 – Soundwork: Preserving the Legacy of Radio, Podcasts (& Alice’s Restaurant)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:01

“Podcasts are luring people into listening,” Jennifer Waits reports, quoting the esteemed radio scholar Susan Douglas, from her keynote address at the recent Radio Preservation Task Force conference in Washington DC. Jennifer also relays some important reasons for studying radio history shared at the conference, especially to help understand the present and plan for the […]

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