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audio: DJ “Gary Indiana” on WQAX-FM (“Quacks”), February 1981

Continuing my excavation of digitally archived college/community radio shows, I have found this nugget on the Internet Archives: a recording of WQAX-FM DJ “Gary Indiana” hosting a music show, circa February 1981. WQAX (aka, “Quacks” 100.3 FM) broadcast to Bloomington, Indiana as a cable station for two decades, from 1973 through 1993. The signal offered a […]

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College Radio Watch: Pitchfork asks “Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore?” and More News

Earlier this week, Pitchfork published a long-form piece with the provocative title, Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore? The sub-head continues the theme, adding, “How left-of-the-dial stalwarts are fighting to stay alive.” Click-bait for college radio fans and practitioners, the article is actually more nuanced than its alarmist descriptors suggest. On the doom and gloom side, […]

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Podcast #80 – Radio & Resistance in the Time of Trump

Radio stations hacked to play “F— Donald Trump” over and over. Concerns that Trump declaring himself a candidate for 2020 already might limit non-comms’ ability to criticize him. And with an Entercom / CBS Radio merger on the horizon, what does this all mean for community radio and podcasting? John Anderson, Assistant Professor of Television […]

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College Radio Watch: UWave’s LPFM Future in Jeopardy, Touring KUOZ-LP and More College Radio News

I was disappointed to hear that University of Washington, Bothell’s college radio station UWave (see my 2014 tour here) is facing opposition to its planned move to a low power FM (LPFM) channel. Although the station has a construction permit from the FCC for the new LPFM station, University of Washington officials told students that […]

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Radio Station Visit #119 – KUOZ-LP at University of the Ozarks

After waking before dawn and grabbing breakfast at a nearby Waffle House (we don’t have them in California!), I began a beautiful drive from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Clarksville, in order to see college radio station KUOZ-LP at University of the Ozarks. Lyrics to the Monkees song “the Last Train to Clarksville” kept swirling in my […]

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Radio Station Visit #118 – New LPFM KPSQ-LP in Fayetteville

It was such a treat getting to visit so many new low power FM (LPFM) radio stations last fall, including KPSQ-LP in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After my evening tour of college radio station KXUA on October 6, I journeyed to Fayetteville’s historic downtown to see community radio station KPSQ (97.3 FM on the dial), aka “Public […]

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Podcast #79 – Community Radio & Podcasting: Are They Worth It?

Eric and Paul have been thinking a lot about the value of community radio and podcasting, especially wondering if these media we love make a difference and are worth doing, even when audiences seem small by comparison. Ahead of Eric leading a roundtable on community podcasting and Paul giving a guest lecture to a class […]

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College Radio Watch: Dystopian Radio Drama, WUVA Selling FM License, College Radio Symposium and More News

Happy Lunar New Year! It feels like the semester is just getting started and there’s already some interesting news on the college radio front. On Radio Survivor Podcast #77, I give an update about college radio station KUNV, which is remaining under university control after a proposal for a public radio takeover fizzled. Meanwhile, folks […]

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Podcast #78 – Pai is Trump’s FCC Guy

On Monday the Trump administration announced the appointment of Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Last week when we talked to Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota he predicted that Pai would be the pick, and now that it’s happened we call him back to help us understand […]

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When the CIA blew off Pacifica radio (August, 1988)

The Central Intelligence Agency has digitally released 930,000 documents previously available only at the National Archives in Maryland. Of course I went straight to the search engine and started rummaging around for community radio stuff. So far, the CIA’s Pacifica radio files aren’t especially earth shattering, but there are some cute items, like this one: The above boils down to […]

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Podcast #77 – Trump’s FCC, UNLV, Norway and Live 365

FCC watcher, Christopher Terry joins us to talk about what may be in store for media policy under President Donald Trump and the Republican controlled Congress. Is there a specific looming threat to Community Radio, Public Radio, or Low Power FM? Paul corrects the record on why headlines that scream “Norway Is Shutting Down FM […]

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Radio Station Visit #117 – KCHUNG Radio in Los Angeles

One of the more unusual radio stations that I’ve visited is KCHUNG in Los Angeles. Around since 2011, the station has caught the ears of not only the artist community in its home town, but also the attention of the national press. Visiting journalists typically paint a portrait of KCHUNG’s diverse programming and quirky lair, […]

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PodcastRE Podcast Search Engine Aims to Help Researchers

Podcasting, as a form, is now more than a decade old. However, owing to its origin as a grassroots online medium with no centralizing agency or organization, finding and researching shows that are even just a few years old can be lesson in frustration. There are no physical assets for libraries and repositories to collect, […]

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College Radio Watch: WUMD Sale Reactions, CBI Philly Recap, WGSU History Series and More News

This week’s podcast is a rare treat, featuring all four Radio Survivors: me, Matthew Lasar, Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein. In the college radio segment, we discuss the pending sale of the FM license for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s college radio station WUMD. When we recorded the podcast, I hadn’t heard from many WUMD participants, […]

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WUMD Participants Speak out against Planned College Radio License Sale

Last week we learned that University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was in talks with Rhode Island Public Radio and plans to sell the FM license for college radio station WUMD. Paperwork was filed with the FCC, so the clock is ticking for public comment. Station participants and listeners were still adjusting to the news, but by […]

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Live365 to Return with Service for ‘Microcasters’

Just after the new year, the news hit that steaming radio service Live365 is preparing to come back from dead. The company is under completely new ownership. In fact, the new boss is a young entrepreneur and recent University of Pittsburgh graduate who already runs another streaming media company by himself, along with the help […]

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Podcast #76 – UMass Station Sale, Unlicensed LPFM in NZ & Archive Nuggets

All hands are on deck for our first show of 2017. First up, Jennifer Waits reports on the planned sale of U Mass-Dartmouth’s WUMD to Rhode Island Public Radio. Then Paul Riismandel shares radio discoveries from his trip to New Zealand, including legal but unlicensed low-power FM stations. Matthew Lasar wraps things up by sharing […]

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