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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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Podcast #107 – Exploring Community Podcasting

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 03:05

On this episode we revisit our features on Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, and our interviews with founders Barry and Channie Peters. BCB started out as a low-power community radio initiative, but pivoting into podcasting when the group discovered that would better serve their community. We’ll listen to our first conversation with them from July 2015, and […]

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WBRU Programming Leaves FM in Advance of $5.63 Million License Sale to EMF

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:16

At 11:59pm last night, Brown University’s student-run commercial college radio station WBRU brought its broadcasts over 95.5 FM in Providence, Rhode Island to a close, making way for syndicated Christian radio programming from K-LOVE. On Wednesday, we learned more about the impending FM license sale to Educational Media Foundation, as paperwork was filed with the […]

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Podcast #106 – Not Yet Big Enough to Fail

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 01:03

Paul reports back from the Podcast Movement 2017 conference with some fresh facts about this growing medium, along with observations and advice from speakers and keynotes. There are definitely nuggets of information that will be useful to community and college podcasters and podcasters. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make […]

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College Radio Watch: WBRU Plans to Sell FM License to Christian Radio Group and More News

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 07:17

My thoughts are with everyone in the path of destruction due to Hurricane Harvey. Images from the storm damage are terrifying and continue to haunt me. Not only do I worry about my friends in Houston and beyond, but I’m also thinking about college radio stations in the storm zone, including KTRU at Rice University […]

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WBRU License Expected to be Sold to Christian Radio Group EMF

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 21:00

Rumors have been circulating for awhile that the 95.5 FM license for commercial radio station WBRU at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island was up for sale and just last month there was speculation that an announcement would be coming soon. Over the weekend, Providence Journal reported that WBRU was selling its license to Christian […]

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KPFA Pollini; WPRB Sonata a Tre; Cahill on Lou Harrison concerto

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 12:48

My friend Sherry Gendelman played one of Maurizio Pollini’s recordings the other day on her Piano radio show on KPFA in Berkeley. It was Pollini’s version of the Chopin Preludes and reminded me of when he came to New York City in 1979 and played Carnegie Hall. This was a huge deal since he was […]

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