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Podcast #113 – Mutual Aid Saves College Radio Station

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 03:05

At the end of 2015, it looked like the University of Nevada-Las Vegas might hand over the keys to its radio station, KUNV-FM, to Nevada Public Radio. More than a year later the situation reversed course, with the university deciding to keep the station and increase student involvement. Our college radio watcher Jennifer Waits learned […]

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Happy Coincidences in Sound Art Radio

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:35

While trying to find the Wave Farm Radio feed on TuneIn this afternoon, I stumbled upon “NAISA – New Adventures in Sound Art” and tapped play. What I heard fit the bill of what I was looking for, but from a different source based in Canada: transmission and sound art akin to what Wave Farm […]

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College Radio Watch: Fires, Me Too, Regional College Radio Groups and More News

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:00

It’s been rough in Northern California lately, with many of my friends, family, and colleagues grappling with the outbreak of wildfires across many different regions. Luckily a number of these fires are nearly contained, although I’m still worried about friends near a newer fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ever since the first fires started […]

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Me Too: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in College Radio

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:44

On social media this week, I’ve sadly been hearing countless first-hand accounts of instances of sexual harassment and abuse suffered by my friends, colleagues, and family members. As I read through many personal stories describing reprehensible behavior by men throughout my friends’ lives, I’m reminded of so many occasions where I was was either harassed […]

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Wave Farm Celebrates 20 Years of Transmission Art

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:36

Transmission arts organization and community broadcaster the Wave Farm celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday with an event at the Fridman Gallery in New York City, titled, “Wave Farm 1997–2017: Twenty Performances for Twenty Years.” From noon to 10 PM, 22 sound and transmission artists will perform, including Wave Farm artistic director Tom Roe and […]

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Local Radio’s Value Demonstrated During Emergencies

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:01

The local service of radio grows enormously in value when disaster strikes a community. This is what we’ve seen with the wildfires that have swept through the Northern California counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Solano beginning last week. Fast moving and unpredictable, these deadly fires also took out communications infrastructure like cell towers, […]

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Podcast #112 – Sinclair Could Become the Wal-Mart of TV

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:05

Ajit Pai was just renominated and confirmed as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and there are a number of pivotal policy items ahead on his agenda. Our resident FCC watcher, Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota, joins to help us understand what’s in store and what the stakes are. First, he […]

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Broadcast the Radio Survivor Show on Your Station

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:01

We are very happy to announce that our weekly radio show and podcast is now available for broadcast to all non-commercial broadcast and internet radio stations. The show is available at no charge every week for all qualified stations, including college, community, public and LPFM stations as well as non-commercial internet-only stations. You do need […]

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College Radio Watch: Uncertainty at KUCR, New Stations, and Carrier Current History

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:00

There’s lots of college radio news this week, particularly following last Friday’s College Radio Day, which drew participation from 461 radio stations. Did you hear something particularly interesting or do something special at your college radio station? Since I got my college radio start at a carrier current station, I was excited to learn more […]

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College Radio Watch: Happy College Radio Day

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:00

Happy College Radio Day! On this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast we chat with College Radio Day founder Rob Quicke. Recording the podcast was the perfect way for us to celebrate the day, although college radio is on my mind 365 days a year. How are you celebrating College Radio Day? One of my favorite things […]

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Podcast #111 – Celebrating College Radio Day 2017

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 15:16

Rob Quicke founded College Radio Day in order to celebrate this unique medium and service. This year’s College Radio Day happens Oct. 6. Now in its seventh year, the celebration has spread globally with hundreds of stations participating. Quicke, who is also the GM of WPSC-FM at William Paterson University, joins to share the story […]

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College Radio Watch: Zombie Apocalypse, War of the Worlds and More News

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 19:14

Although college radio is my true love, community radio comes a close second. Local, independent radio stations in the United States are enjoying an unprecedented moment right now, as so many brand new stations are hitting the airwaves thanks to the Local Community Radio Act and the subsequent low power FM application window in 2013. […]

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Radio Survivor in the San Francisco Chronicle

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:29

Respected music and media journalist Ben Fong-Torres talked with my fellow Radio Survivors Jennifer Waits and Matthew Lasar for a piece about community radio in the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s online now and will appear in print in the Sunday, October 1 edition. While community radio stations get occasional news coverage when something notable happens–like […]

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Podcast #110 – Grassroots Radio Conference Preview

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 03:05

The Grassroots Radio Conference is an annual meeting of community, college and other non-commercial radio stations for the purpose of skill-sharing, training and strengthening ties. We talk with Caitlin Reading, a LPFM station startup specialist who is helping to organize this year’s GRC, happening Oct. 6 – 9 at WCAA-LP in Albany, NY, to learn […]

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College Radio Watch: KFJC in Liverpool, WXTJ’s Trash House, and More News

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:30

I’m in a musical haze because my home station KFJC is doing another live broadcast today, which began at around 7:30am PDT, this time from the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. For more back story, tune in to this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast. In addition to my chatter about KFJC’s international broadcasts (including last week’s from […]

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Podcast #109 – News From Bainbridge Island to Reykjavík

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 03:05

As autumn kicks off in the northern hemisphere Jennifer, Eric and Paul circle back to share responses to last week’s episode, all about community podcasting, and look forward to what’s in store for community media this fall. Jennifer lets us know about two international festivals being broadcast by her home station KFJC, and reports on […]

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Is post-World War I Stravinsky better for community radio?

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 21:04

I was listening to KPFA’s Sunday morning classical music show yesterday, and suddenly they played Igor Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat and I thought: maybe there are two kinds of Stravinsky for two kinds of public radio stations. For the big grand classical music stations like WQXR-FM in New York City, the pre-World War I ballets with […]

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College Radio Watch: KFJC in Iceland, WAER documentary and more news

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 20:00

As I cull through the week’s college radio news, I’ve been enjoying the sounds of  AAIIEENN, DOPUR, and Godchilla performing live in Reykjavik. Foothill College radio station KFJC, where I volunteer and DJ, is about to wrap up day one of its 2 days worth of remote broadcasts from Iceland, complete with video stream. This […]

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Podcast #108 – Advice for Launching a Hit Podcast

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 18:10

Zahra Noorbakhsh and Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed started using the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hashtag as a joke on twitter. When they started a podcast using the same name it became an instant hit. They were getting positive press coverage before they had even recorded their first episode. Zahra joins to discuss the show, and the things she has […]

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College Radio Watch: WXJM returns to FM, KSLU loses funds and more news

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:00

What a crazy few weeks of weather. I’m watching images of Hurricane Irma as I write this and my thoughts are with everyone in the Caribbean, Florida, and beyond. At this point, folks in Florida are making preparations for expected landfall somewhere on its shores. It has got to be terrifying to know that such […]

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