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Podcast #160 – Marking a Quarter-Century of Internet Radio

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:49

Internet radio is older than you think. In fact, it’s at least a quarter-century old… and maybe even a little older. That’s the history Dom Robinson uncovered, and he joins to tell the story. He’s the co-founder of online video company id3as and a contributing editor to Streaming Media, and he reveals how he discovered […]

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Radio Station Visit #148: WVKR at Vassar College

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 06:16

Fireflies, letters from prisoners, and a dolphin shower radio are just a few highlights from my visit to Vassar College radio station WVKR 91.3 FM in Poughkeepsie, New York. While summer can be a bit sleepy at college radio stations, it’s often a fun time for me to visit, as campus parking is plentiful and […]

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College Radio Watch: 100 College Radio Station Tours, WNYU History, Time Shares and More News

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:53

It’s official. 100 college radio station tour reports are in the books, a milestone that I hadn’t even realized that I’d met. Thanks to my newly launched Radio Station Tours page, it’s much easier to peruse my radio station field trip accounts by station type and region. While putting the finishing touches on the list, […]

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Another “Best College Radio Station” List

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 17:52

My inbox and social media feeds were buzzing today, with the release of another best college radio stations list. In the post, “10 of the Most Influential College Radio Stations in the US,” Soundfly lists off ten radio stations: WERS, WFUV (see my tour), KALX (see my tour), WRSU, KCRW, KUTX, KUSF 90.3 FM (see […]

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Podcast #159 – Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, in College Radio and Podcasting

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 06:33

Programming changes draw attention at one college station, while another might be close to the auction block, and a new San Francisco LPFM steps in to the spiritual space left behind by a beloved departed station. Team that with some big changes in the podcasting industry, and we’ve got a full episode. After hearing from […]

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Internet Radio Is Older Than You Think

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:51

A protocol for streaming audio on a computer network was first published 44 years ago. That’s likely a good two decades or more before you, or most people, even heard of the internet. In fact, streaming audio over what became the internet was in use – for academic conferencing purposes at least – over the […]

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Radio Station Visit #147: KAKX at Mendocino High School

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:25

Tucked behind the gymnasium at Mendocino High School is the most magical building full of audio-visual delights. Home to high school radio station KAKX 89.3 FM; the warehouse-like space is a hub for all media arts at the high school. Just blocks away from the quaint seaside village of Mendocino, California, the school and its […]

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College Radio Watch: WGTB’s 1976 Shutdown, KXSF-LP Launch and More News

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 08:05

On this week’s Radio Survivor show and podcast we delve into some recently digitized recordings, including some focused on college radio, that are part of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters Archive. Of note for college radio historians, our guest Laura Schnitker points out a recording focused on the story behind a temporary shutdown of […]

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Podcast #158 – Surveying Community Radio’s Deep Archives

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 02:14

More than 600 community radio recordings from 1965 – 1986 are archived at the University of Maryland. These tapes were shared through a program exchange operated by the National Federation of Community broadcasters. The breadth of programming contained in these programs is remarkable, and underscores the still-active mission of the NFCB to support and promote […]

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Places in San Francisco to loiter while listening to classical music

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:26

Of late I have been trying to keep track of storefronts that play classical music in San Francisco. They make for excellent locations for classical music lovers to loiter. So far I have found two, briefly videoed in this Youtube clip. Obviously there’s much to lament in this practice. Andrew Mellor, writing for the Rhinegold […]

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College Radio Watch: WCWS to Leave FM, Fight to Save WUEV and More News

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:02

There’s chatter about a couple of college radio stations potentially giving up their FM licenses: WUEV at University of Evansville and WCWS at College of Wooster. In one case, supporters are organizing to voice their concerns; whereas in the other case, the loss of FM seems to be an accepted outcome. Both situations leave me […]

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Podcast #157 – Restoring Net Neutrality, One State at a Time

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:06

California is on the cusp of restoring net neutrality. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Katharine Trendacosta explains how this will happens, and what the implications are for the rest of the nation. Then Jennifer, Eric and Paul run down our slate of live podcast recordings coming up at this year’s Grassroots Radio Conference in Portland, OR […]

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College Radio Watch: Fall College and Community Radio Events and More News

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 08:04

With Labor Day weekend approaching, it’s hard to avoid that start of the school year feeling. College radio stations are no exception, as they host welcome events and kick into their fall schedules. Off-campus, a number of conferences and summits are releasing details about numerous autumn gatherings. I’m looking forward to attending several radio events […]

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Podcast #156 – Can We Strengthen Audio’s Public Domain?

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:22

In the U.S. the copyright situation for music and sound recordings made before 1972 is a mess of different and conflicting state laws. That’s because there is no overarching federal law. The unintended consequence is that archivists, librarians and artists are often afraid to duplicate, distribute or repurpose very old recordings that – if they […]

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Radio Station Visit #146: Community Radio Station WGXC-FM in Hudson, New York

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:35

With the rental car radio tuned to community radio station WGXC at 90.7FM, this intrepid radio reporter took a scenic drive through the lush countryside of Hudson Valley, spying vintage diners, farms, and picturesque barns. Tucked away in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, the Hudson outpost of Wave Farm’s WGXC serves as one […]

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Leonard Bernstein’s FBI file

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 17:57

If you Googled anything over the last twelve hours or so, you learned that today is American conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Classical radio station WQXR-FM in New York City has a wonderful memorial to Bernstein, reminding us of his work as a civil rights activist during the 1960s and 1970s, and his advocacy of […]

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College Radio Watch: Live Radio Survivor Show, Radio History and More News

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 15:27

On this week’s Radio Survivor show/podcast, we cover a number of topics, including Princeton Review’s annual “Best College Radio Stations” list. As readers may know, I’ve been analyzing these lists for over a decade. Every year I like to point out the methodology behind the survey and what it really means for college radio. With […]

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Podcast #155 – Connecting Podcasting’s Future to Radio’s Past

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 00:39

This week Paul reflects on insights gained at this year’s Podcast Movement conference, focusing on the opportunity for more people to be served by community podcasting. Jennifer reports back from Radio Day by the Bay, which included a live radio drama performance that connects up to the present-day explosion in scripted fictional podcasts. And then […]

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Happy National Radio Day 2018!

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:29

Let’s celebrate the oldest electronic medium today. Radio provides entertainment, news, information and companionship to millions of people every day in the U.S., and billions around the world. When your power goes out or your smartphone dies, you just need a couple of batteries and a radio (or just a wind-up radio) to keep in […]

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College Radio Watch: On National Radio Day, a Look Back at College Radio History

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:12

Happy National Radio Day! A few days ago, I got a request for information about college radio history and it is a reminder that the story of college radio in the United States is not well documented. The truth is that college radio stretches back to the earliest days of radio in the U.S., with […]

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