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Podcast #133 – Preserving Brooklyn Pirate Radio

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:38

There are more unlicensed pirate radio stations in New York City than licensed stations. The borough of Brooklyn is a particular hotspot. Producer and journalist David Goren has been researching and recording these stations so that their ephemeral nature isn’t lost to history. To help preserve this legacy and make it accessible to a wider […]

College Radio Watch: Stereotyping Sound, Podcast Honors Women and More News

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 08:30

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and in light of that, this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast raises important issues about how we listen: not only to women, but also to people who come from different backgrounds from our own. Our guest, Jennifer Stoever, is the editor-in-chief of the Sounding Out! blog, which focuses on sound studies […]

Podcast #132 – Sounding Out on the Cultural Politics of Sound & Listening

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 00:20

How often do you think about how you listen? What assumptions do you make about a person’s voice, their pitch or accent? What sound is desirable, and what’s rejected as noise? Prof. Jennifer Stoever thinks about these questions, a lot. And so do a growing number of scholars working in a field called Sound Studies. […]

College Radio Watch: Jazz and Oldies Leaving Campus and More News

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:22

A couple of university-held radio station license sales are in the works, although student involvement seems to be minimal at both college radio stations. YourErie reports that the oldies station WMCE-FM at Mercyhurst University is going to maintain its format when the license transitions to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). According to […]

Podcast #131 – Libraries and Community Media

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 06:01

What if you could record your podcast at your local library, for free? In British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial let you do just that. And much more. Both libraries provide studio space, tools and instruction for creating podcasts, radio, videos and other forms of community media. But there’s more to it […]

Mr. Okra has died, Henry Cowell’s “Tiger,” George Clinton on aliens

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 20:31

“We gonna be dealing with aliens. You think black and white gonna be a problem? Wait till you start running into motherfuckers with three or four dicks!” – George Clinton

College Radio Watch: WNUR and KBOO History, WRFH at CPAC and More News

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:12

I’m so inspired by radio historians and this week I highlighted the work being done for Northwestern University’s college radio station WNUR. While a student, Brock Stuessi started the WNUR Underground Archive Project to help preserve the unique materials in the WNUR music library. Although he’s since graduated, he’s still working on the project as […]

WNUR Underground Archive Project Sheds Light on College Radio History

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:44

College radio history is near and dear to me; so I am thrilled to learn about the WNUR Underground Archive Project. Launched initially as a student project by WNUR (see my 2008 station tour) participant Brock Stuessi, the website features a glimpse into the Northwestern University radio station’s rock music collection. Featuring scans of album […]

Do we really know the history of classical music in America?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:43

I am listening to South Dakota Public Broadcasting interview Joseph Horowitz, author of Classical Music in America: A History of its Rise and Fall. Judging from the author’s tone, the book decidedly focuses on the decline aspect of the story. “What we take for granted today,” Horowitz tells his radio interviewer David Gier,  “that the market […]

Podcast #130 – How To Preserve 50 Years of Community Radio History

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:01

Portland community radio station KBOO-FM celebrates its 50th year on air in 2018, and to commemorate the anniversary the station is hosting an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum. While an exhibit seems simple enough on the surface, in fact a lot of time, thought and work goes into curating the artifacts and narrative […]

College Radio Watch: Sports Radio’s Student Radio Connection and More News

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:33

Happy belated World Radio Day to my college radio friends. I celebrated by reading about radio, listening to radio, and doing radio. Pretty much a typical week for me. As my colleague Paul Riismandel noted in his post, this year’s World Radio Day had a sports theme. Although I don’t write much about sports, it’s […]

Podcast #129 – Deaf Accessibility for Podcasts & Radio

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:13

If you’re a hearing person, you might not expect that podcasts would be popular with people who are deaf or are hard of hearing. But you’d be wrong. Miri Josephs is a podcaster who also considers herself part of the deaf community. She joins this episode to explain why it’s important to make podcasts, and […]

Happy World Radio Day!

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:21

Today, is World Radio Day. First proclaimed in 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to, “celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.” February […]

Podcast #128 – The FCC Is Creating the Clear Channel of TV

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 00:10

The nation’s largest TV station owner is about to get even bigger, threatening to create the equivalent of Clear Channel for local television. New ownership rules passed by the FCC’s Republican majority in November are set to take effect Feb. 7, paving the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire Tribune television stations. Prof. Christopher […]

Julius Eastman we hardly knew you

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 00:10

Julius Eastman was a brilliant black/gay composer whose lamentably short life is explored on WBUR’s Here and Now. His music was beautiful, but its presentation was not for the faint of heart. I hear Bach’s C-minor Passacaglia in Eastman’s controversially titled work, “Evil Nigger.” But you listen and decide for yourself. According to interviewed historian […]

College Radio Watch: College Radio Community Storytelling Project and More News

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:48

Former college radio participant Lindsy Goldberg is doing an interesting graduate school project about college radio and community. On her College Radio Community Storytelling site, she is seeking hand-written stories from current and former college radio folks. Goldberg writes, “I am seeking handwritten stories from anyone who has ever been a member of a college […]

How To Listen to Super Bowl LII on the Radio this Sunday

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:39

Every year I enjoy the little treasure hunt of figuring out where you can listen to the Super Bowl on the radio. Having done this for five years now, parts are the same every year, especially when it comes to terrestrial US listening. But what keeps me on the hunt is figuring out how listeners […]

Podcast #127 – Franken-FMs Are Low-Power TV Stations Masquerading as Radio

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 02:10

“Franken FM” is the name writer Ernie Smith of calls TV broadcasters who use analog Channel 6 to be heard at 87.7 on the FM dial. Paul talks with Ernie about their mutual fascination with these stations, which Paul has written about extensively on Radio Survivor. Also included in the interview, Ernie Smith explains […]

College Radio Watch: College Radio Station List, WBAR Works on Diversity, and More News

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:53

On this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast (#126), Matthew Lasar, Paul Riismandel, Eric Klein and I discuss some of the most frequently asked questions that we get at Radio Survivor, including some focused on college radio. In addition to the most popular question of “How do I start a radio station?,” I’m regularly asked “How many […]

Building a Better Portable Turntable: The Modified Numark PT01USB

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 01:30

A couple of holiday seasons ago I wrote about some inexpensive turntables that are very good alternatives to buying a cheap plastic Crosley or Victrola suitcase-style portable record player. Though some audiophiles are a little hyperbolic about how quickly these players will destroy your precious, it is true that they take their toll over time. […]