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Radio Station Visit #123 – College Radio Station WVCW at Virginia Commonwealth University

I always relish the opportunity to visit more radio stations, so when I made plans to speak at WTJU’s college radio symposium in Virginia, I built in some time to tour a bunch of nearby stations. Soon after my flight landed in Richmond, Virginia on the night of Wednesday, March 15, I made my way […]

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Podcast #85 – Dreaming of a Better CPB

The president’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 2018. Radio Survivor’s own Matthew Lasar joins to help us put this attack on public broadcasting in historical perspective. He analyzes the inherent weakness in the design of the CPB and proposes ways in which the system could be both stronger […]

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Station not on the Internet? You’re Losing Young Listeners, Big Time

Your broadcast station–LPFM, community, college–needs to have its programming on the internet, one way or another. Now. Why? Because you risk missing a generation of listeners whose media intake is primarily online. YouTube is where they hang out the most, but online radio is also a destination. Where they’re moving away from is your AM […]

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Resistance Radio: Mesmerizing Dystopian Pirate Radio

Over the weekend I stumbled across Resistance Radio and was immediately obsessed with the nostalgic music, rebellious DJs and the geeky radio details. The website reads, The year is 1962. America stands divided and controlled by the Greater Nazi Reich in the East and the Japanese Pacific States in the West. Seventeen years after the […]

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How To Improve Your LPFM, Community & College Radio Reception

One of our Patreon supporters dropped us a line to ask if we’d take up the question of how to improve reception of low-powered stations. It’s a challenge most radio lovers have faced, not quite being able to tune in your favorite college or community station, especially inside a house or office, even when that […]

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Podcast #84 – Improving Your Radio Reception

LPFM, college and community stations are great, but because of low power many of them are also hard to hear, especially inside your house or office. Based on an inquiry from one of our Patreon supporters, we dedicate this episode to helping you improve your reception. Broadcaster and radio reviewer extraordinaire Jay Allen, the man […]

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The Mumbles play on Sister Midnight: Wichita public radio, 1987

In case you need a refresher on the public/community radio scene in Wichita, Kansas, circa 1987, The Mumbles had a big following in and around the area. Fans did a number of shows about the punk band on KMUW-FM’s legendary Sister Midnight program. You can listen to them here: I particularly enjoyed the Elvis imitations, done with […]

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College Radio Watch: WBRU May Sell License and more News

We learned this week that Brown University’s long-time commercial radio station WBRU may be up for sale. According to the Providence Journal: In a letter sent to WBRU alumni [March 2]…, general manager and Brown University student Kishanee Haththotuwegama said the station’s nine-member board of directors had passed a resolution to begin seeking a buyer. […]

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Radio Station Visit #122 – WYBF at Cabrini University

My trip to Cabrini University’s college radio station WYBF was a long-time coming. Located on Philadelphia’s main line in Radnor, Pennsylvania, WYBF has shared an FM channel with WXVU at nearby Villanova University since 1991. I’d known of this time-share arrangement for many years and my own alma mater station WHRC had even made attempts […]

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