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Podcast #167 – Alternative Histories of Podcasting

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 21:17

Do you remember audioblogging? Prof. Andrew Bottomley does, and he’s here to tell some alternative histories of podcasting. From “Geek of the Week” to Odeo, he illuminates many more bygone shows and platforms from the 1990s and early 2000s that gave rise to what we’ve now settled on calling “podcasts,” for better or worse. Bottomley […]

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College Radio Watch: Election Coverage and More News

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 08:17

With the mid-term elections this week, it was great to see that a number of college radio stations were providing special coverage. University of Southern California’s Annenberg Media as well as Hofstra University and Ithaca College did extensive reporting. Additionally, the radio station at Hillsdale College has introduced a new talk show focused on politics. […]

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Podcast #166 – The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 23:14

The FCC has proposed to de-fund community media through an arcane rule that determines how contributions from cable companies to public-access, educational and government (PEG) stations are counted. Because it’s arcane, the effort is flying under the radar. But we have two community media advocates to help explain what’s at stake. Martin Jones is the […]

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Listening Notes: KXJC-LP in Cave Junction, Oregon

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 19:47

This past weekend I accompanied my wife for a short trip to Oregon’s Illinois Valley where she facilitated a Conversation Project for Oregon Humanities. Of course I tuned around the FM dial in search of something interesting and local. Quickly I stumbled upon KXJC-LP at 105.7 FM broadcasting from Cave Junction, an eclectic and artsy […]

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College Radio Watch: CBI Panel on the Podcast, KFJC in Berlin and More News

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 08:00

I had a wonderful time at the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) convention last week in Seattle! It was great to see my long-time college radio friends and fun to meet so many other student broadcasting colleagues. We recorded a college radio-centric edition of the Radio Survivor show during the conference. Take a listen to the […]

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Rough notes: thoughts on the post-“Radio is Dead” era

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 14:02

“If I am alive, what am I doing here? And if I’m dead, why do I have to go to the bathroom?” – Thomas Dewey, 1948

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Podcast #165 – College Radio Is Truly Local Radio

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 00:10

Live from the College Broadcasters, Inc. Convention in Seattle we take on college radio’s place in the contemporary media landscape. After deciding not to sell its radio station 13 years ago, the University of Evansville administration said, “we are once again examining the relevancy of the medium and exploring opportunities to enhance our curriculum through […]

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UbuWeb’s Treasure Trove of Avant-Garde Radio and Sound

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 17:15

What if I told you there’s an online archive of hundreds of avant-garde media works that exists with little regard for copyright, though it respects the wishes of artists and their estates? Would you believe it’s been there for 22 years, without fail? That archive is UbuWeb. I’m pretty sure I first learned about it […]

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Dash Radio Investment Demonstrates Interest in ‘Real’ Internet Radio

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 19:46

News about Dash Radio crossed my transom the other day, as the growing internet radio operation announced that it secured $8.8 million in seed funding. It’s interesting to see this sizable of an investment made in pureplay internet radio operation that isn’t attached to an on-demand service, like Spotify, or a personalized service, like Pandora. […]

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College Radio Watch: Radio Survivor at CBI, Culture Wars, and More News

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 08:37

On this week’s episode of Radio Survivor, the topic is college radio and the culture wars. Our guest, historian Kate Jewell, shares with us her research delving into college radio history and its intersections with activism, controversies, and institutions. She also reveals some of her research finds, including stories that she’s unearthed from university and […]

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Podcast #164 – College Radio and the Culture Wars

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 00:22

When Tipper Gore and the PMRC called rock and rap stars to testify in front of Congress about explicit lyrics, did this affect college radio? How could it not? Prof. Kate Jewell is examining the relationship between college stations and the culture wars as part of a new book project. Jewell is Associate Professor of […]

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College Radio Watch: WUEV’s Murky Future, KFJC Broadcasts from Berlin and More News

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:45

On Tuesday, supporters of college radio station WUEV gathered at University of Evansville to speak out against a rumored sale of the station’s FM license. I’m glad they are keeping up the fight, as WUEV was my shining example of how college radio stations could successfully convince and educate university administrators about the relevance and […]

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Podcast #163 – The Post-‘Radio Is Dead’ Era

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:56

Radio Survivor co-founder Matthew Lasar declares we’re in the post-“Radio Is Dead” era, during a time when audio media has survived and thrived, whether you listen over the broadcast airwaves, podcast, satellite or internet stream. Jennifer Waits and Paul Riismandel join Matthew live in San Francisco for a discussion about radio’s recent evolution, including the […]

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WUEV Supporters Gather Today Amid Rumored College Radio License Sale

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:02

Today, supporters of University of Evansville’s college radio station WUEV (see our recent coverage, as well as the story of how WUEV fought off a possible sale many years ago) congregated on the Evansville, Indiana campus for a “Fight for WUEV” rally. “This gathering, organized by students, matters given new unconfirmed updates from multiple sources […]

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College Radio Watch: Old Cart Art, Leo Blais Under Lock and Key, and More News

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:38

I hope you had a fantastic College Radio Day last Friday. I spent the day at the Grassroots Radio Conference in Portland, Oregon. While mostly community radio stations were in attendance, I shared “Happy College Radio Day” greetings with colleagues from University of California, Santa Cruz station KZSC (see my tour) and Portland State University […]

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Podcast #162 – The Future of Community Radio, Live from Grassroots Radio Conference

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:43

What will community radio sound like in 2023? Will the death of net neutrality make radio even important? Will analog FM radio even exist anymore? Two active and insightful community media activists joins us to tackle these questions and more, live from 2018 Grassroots Radio Conference held in the Native American Student & Community Center […]

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How SiriusXM won me over with its “Jzz/Stndrd/Clscl” zone

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 15:35

What won me over is that the service has concatenated a gaggle of music channels into a section that the LED on my SiriusXM interface calls “Jzz/Stndrd/Clscl.”

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College Radio Watch: Happy College Radio Day

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 03:01

Happy College Radio Day! Today is a celebration of all things college radio and in honor of that, we devoted this week’s Radio Survivor syndicated radio show/podcast to the topic of college radio. Touring WVKR and KDVS Tune in to this week’s Radio Survivor show to hear not only about College Radio Day, but also […]

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Former FCC Commissioner Clyburn To Address Grassroots Radio Conference Friday

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 23:47

Community radio staff, volunteers, advocates and activists will gather this weekend in Portland, OR for the 2018 Grassroots Radio Conference. On Friday evening they’ll be treated to an opening keynote by former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. She’s renowned for her public interest advocacy during her nearly nine years on the Commission, as a strong supporter […]

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