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Mae Brussell, the KLRB and KAZU years

In the service of my course on conspiracies and conspiracy theories at UC Santa Cruz, I’ve been listening to Mae Brussell’s many radio programs on YouTube. “At some point you have to get information or documentation about what’s happening,” Brussell told her radio audience in July of 1972,  “you can’t just sit in the drawing room […]

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Radio Station Tour #137 – College Radio Station KXLU at Loyola Marymount University

The most recent UCRN (University of California Radio Network) conference provided the perfect opportunity for me to finally see Loyola Marymount University’s college radio station KXLU 88.9 FM in Los Angeles. Located on the Catholic university’s resort-like campus full of palm trees, expansive lawns, and glistening white buildings, KXLU feels like a secret club, blasting […]

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Remembering Nick Leggett, LPFM Pioneer

Community radio lost an important man last month. Nick Leggett was an engineer, writer, amateur radio operator and inventor with many patents to his name. He also was one of the original proponents of low-power FM, who petitioned the FCC to create the service in the late 1990s as part of the Amherst Alliance, alongside […]

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Radio Station Visit #136 – KLMU at Loyola Marymount University

It wasn’t until I visited Loyola Marymount University for the UCRN (University of California Radio Network) conference on April 8, that I realized that the Los Angeles campus was home to two college radio stations: KXLU-FM and online station KLMU. Since I have a soft spot for lesser known stations, I was interested in the […]

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College Radio Watch: Dear White People’s TV Portrayal of College Radio and More News

With the school year drawing to a close, college radio news is sparse, as students finish up school work and cram for final exams. Since it was a slow week, it provided the perfect opportunity for me to finally view an episode of the new Netflix series Dear White People. With a college radio DJ […]

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Radio Preservation Task Force Announces Radio History Conference in D.C. in November

We just got word that the Library of Congress’ Radio Preservation Task Force will be holding another conference in Washington, D.C. this fall. With the theme “Radio History: From Archive to Classroom,” the official event will take place on November 3 and 4 at the Library of Congress. A special pre-conference session on Cold War […]

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Podcast #90 – FCC Chair Declares War on the Open Internet

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is serving up a big cup of you-know-what for net neutrality, declaring his intent to decimate the 2 year-old Open Internet Order and the Title II protections it bestows on the internet. Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota joins to help us understand what Chairman Pai intends to do, […]

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John Oliver Is the Hero the Internet Needs

John Oliver is the hero the internet needs right now. Just when new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has targeted net neutrality again–a mere two years after the Commission passed the Open Internet Order–the HBO host brought the subject back into the spotlight again Sunday night for a sharp, incisive and hilarious dissection of Pai’s intention, […]

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Happy 20th birthday to Classical Discoveries

Many wonderful music programs come out of radio station WPRB-FM of Princeton, New Jersey. Marvin Rosen’s program Classical Discoveries ranks high among these offerings. He’s been celebrating new music and living composers over the airwaves since 1997, and on May 29 will note the show’s 20th birthday. “Classical Discoveries would not be possible anywhere else but here […]

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College Radio Watch: FCC Grants Consent for WUMD License Assignment, WKDU Tour, College Radio History Tips and More News

Earlier this week, on May 1, the FCC granted consent for the license assignment for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth college radio station WUMD to Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR). As readers will recall, in January, UMass Dartmouth announced plans to sell the college radio station license. We dug into the $1.5 million deal, speaking […]

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Radio on Tape: from ‘Second Side Up’ to ‘The Hour of Slack’

For 40 years Mark Talbot hosted his UK-based radio show “Second Side Up.” On cassette. Only on cassette. At its peak the show had 40 listeners, but duplicating that many tapes became too big of a financial drain on the DJ, so he scaled back. I learned about “Second Side Up” from the Australian podcast […]

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Radio Station Visit #135 – College Radio Station WKDU at Drexel University

There’s nothing like visiting a college radio station that you listened to in your youth, so I was in full-on fan girl mode when I set foot in college radio station WKDU in Philadelphia. The Drexel University radio station was one of the spots (you can listen at 91.7 FM) that I would lock in […]

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Open Internet Back in the Crosshairs

If there were any doubts that new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would fall in lockstep with the Trump Administration, wonder no more. Last week Pai revealed his plans to undo the Commission’s Open Internet Order, passed just a little more than two years ago. In particular, he vows to strip internet service of so-called Title […]

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Podcast #89 – How To Preserve Radio History

Laura Schnitker is an archivist and curator at the University of Maryland who has been active in preserving the legacy of college station WMUC, along with co-chairing the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force (with Radio Survivor Jennifer Waits). Laura recently gave a talk about her radio preservation and archiving work at the “College […]

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College Radio Watch: UWave Radio Loses LPFM, Touring WHIP, and More News

I was saddened to hear that college radio station UWave Radio will not be moving to low power FM (LPFM). Although it had been awarded a new LPFM construction permit, the administration of University of Washington, Bothell changed its mind and told students that it would be turning the permit back to the FCC. As […]

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