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Prometheus to FCC: Protect LPFMs from AM Translators

In January FCC moved to allow AM stations to acquire and geographically locate FM translator repeater stations a little further away from their main AM transmitter than previously permitted—within either 25 miles of their station, or within their daytime broadcast area, whichever is larger. Before this ruling those translators were limited to being located within […]

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MacBird! live at KPFK, 1967, and perchance the only online performance?

I teach a course at UC Santa Cruz on conspiracies and conspiracy theories, and I’ve been rummaging around for a digital performance of MacBird! for quite some time. As far as I can tell, the only online rendition of the show can be found on the Internet Archive. It is an air check via KPFK-FM […]

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Country Music and a 70-year Commercial College Radio Legacy: Visiting WUVA at University of Virginia

While making plans for my trip to Charlottesville, Virginia for the College Radio: Then, Now and Next symposium, I was looking forward to seeing all three radio stations that have an affiliation with the University of Virginia: WTJU (see my tour report #129), WXTJ and WUVA. Each has a distinct personality. WTJU is a non-commercial […]

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College Radio Watch: Station Tours, CBI Invites Production Award Submissions and More News

I can’t believe how many radio stations I visited in the last month. Thanks to the confluence of Spring Break, radio conferences, and other random business trips, I managed to see stations in Virginia, New York, and California in the past 30 days. And, yes, I’m tired. Unfortunately, it also means that my back log […]

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Radio Station Visit #130 – WNUW-LP at Neumann University

Back in October, 2016, I had a flurry of radio station visits in the Philadelphia-area, including a night-time trek to new low power FM (LPFM) college radio station WNUW-LP at Neumann University. WNUW’s General Manager Sean McDonald graciously picked me up from WYBF at Cabrini University (see my tour report #122) and drove me to […]

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Radio Station Visit #127 – WCWM at the College of William and Mary

While in Virginia last month, I had the chance to visit nine different radio stations. My last stop on Saturday, March 18 before heading to the airport was to Williamsburg to see WCWM-FM at the College of William & Mary. I’d never been to colonial Williamsburg, so it was a treat to catch a glimpse […]

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New online community radio from India: boxout.fm

Alas, I made it a day late for the inaugural launch-party broadcasts. But I have signed myself up for boxout.fm’s impending new online community radio service. India Today has an interview with the founders. “Initially,” says one of the progenitors: ” . . . we will start off with 4-6 hours of daily live shows hosted by […]

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College Radio Watch: Station Visits, Chart Changes, WSOU Seeks Alumni and More News

It’s been a busy few weeks of travel for me and I was happy to be able to squeeze in a bunch of college radio station visits in Virginia and New York. I just posted recaps of my trips to WMWC at University of Mary Washington and to WXJM at James Madison University. Also, on […]

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Video: Radio Is the Best Way to Reach Farmworkers

Low-power community radio station KPCN in Woodburn, OR serves the unionized farmworkers of the Willamette Valley, with news, information and entertainment in Spanish and indigenous languages. The station recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on the air, which we recognized on episode #72 of the podcast. At this past weekend’s Alliance for Community Media Northwest Summit […]

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Podcast #87 – Crossing Platforms, from Radio to TV and Beyond

Community radio stations are not just transmitters and studios. Similarly, public access TV stations aren’t just cable channels with studios. They are community media platforms, with a privileged place and sense of permanence that comes from their FCC license or franchise agreement, respectively. This week we explore how community radio and public access TV can […]

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Radio Station Visit #126 – College Radio Station WXJM at James Madison University

When I was planning my trip to Virginia, I had hoped that I would be able to see college radio station WXJM-FM, as I’d long been interested in its association with the MACROCK music festival. Now in its 20th year, the event was launched by WXJM in 1996 and at the time was called the […]

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Radio Station Visit #125 – WMWC at University of Mary Washington

On a brisk morning on Thursday, March 16, I set out from Richmond for a westerly road trip, with my first stop at WMWC at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I parked on a street bordering the back of campus and as I made my way uphill, I heard some alarming, repetitive thunder-like […]

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Northwest Community Media Gathers in Portland this Weekend

This weekend the Alliance for Community Media’s Northwest Chapter will hold its conference on March 31 and April 1 in Portland, OR, hosted by Open Signal community media. Although ACM has historically represented public access, educational and government cable television channels (so-called PEG channels), this event also invites community radio folks to participate. This cross-medium […]

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Podcast #86 – Radio Resistance from an Alternate Universe

“Hijacking airwaves, a secret network of DJs broadcast messages of hope to keep the memory of a former America alive,” reads the press release for a marketing campaign that has captured our imagination here at Radio Survivor. “Resistance Radio” was created to promote the Amazon television series “The Man in The High Castle.” Steve Coulson […]

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Radio Station Visit #124 – Community Radio Station WRIR-LP in Richmond, Virginia

A little over a week ago, I got back from a radio-filled trip to Virginia, which included a stay in Charlottesville for the College Radio: Then, Now, and Next symposium and visits to nine radio stations throughout the state. Before heading to the airport, I trekked to a couple of radio stations, starting off with […]

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College Radio Watch: Arkansas Stations Form College Radio Organization, IBS Awards Announced, and More News

I had a wonderful time in Virginia last week and was able to see eight college radio stations. The reason for my trip, however, was a speaking engagement at the WTJU-hosted “College Radio: Then, Now, and Next” symposium at University of Virginia last Friday. I gave an overview of the history of college radio and […]

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