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College Radio Watch: WNUR and KBOO History, WRFH at CPAC and More News

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:12

I’m so inspired by radio historians and this week I highlighted the work being done for Northwestern University’s college radio station WNUR. While a student, Brock Stuessi started the WNUR Underground Archive Project to help preserve the unique materials in the WNUR music library. Although he’s since graduated, he’s still working on the project as […]

WNUR Underground Archive Project Sheds Light on College Radio History

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:44

College radio history is near and dear to me; so I am thrilled to learn about the WNUR Underground Archive Project. Launched initially as a student project by WNUR (see my 2008 station tour) participant Brock Stuessi, the website features a glimpse into the Northwestern University radio station’s rock music collection. Featuring scans of album […]

Do we really know the history of classical music in America?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:43

I am listening to South Dakota Public Broadcasting interview Joseph Horowitz, author of Classical Music in America: A History of its Rise and Fall. Judging from the author’s tone, the book decidedly focuses on the decline aspect of the story. “What we take for granted today,” Horowitz tells his radio interviewer David Gier,  “that the market […]

Podcast #130 – How To Preserve 50 Years of Community Radio History

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:01

Portland community radio station KBOO-FM celebrates its 50th year on air in 2018, and to commemorate the anniversary the station is hosting an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum. While an exhibit seems simple enough on the surface, in fact a lot of time, thought and work goes into curating the artifacts and narrative […]

College Radio Watch: Sports Radio’s Student Radio Connection and More News

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:33

Happy belated World Radio Day to my college radio friends. I celebrated by reading about radio, listening to radio, and doing radio. Pretty much a typical week for me. As my colleague Paul Riismandel noted in his post, this year’s World Radio Day had a sports theme. Although I don’t write much about sports, it’s […]

Podcast #129 – Deaf Accessibility for Podcasts & Radio

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:13

If you’re a hearing person, you might not expect that podcasts would be popular with people who are deaf or are hard of hearing. But you’d be wrong. Miri Josephs is a podcaster who also considers herself part of the deaf community. She joins this episode to explain why it’s important to make podcasts, and […]

Happy World Radio Day!

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:21

Today, is World Radio Day. First proclaimed in 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to, “celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.” February […]

Podcast #128 – The FCC Is Creating the Clear Channel of TV

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 00:10

The nation’s largest TV station owner is about to get even bigger, threatening to create the equivalent of Clear Channel for local television. New ownership rules passed by the FCC’s Republican majority in November are set to take effect Feb. 7, paving the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire Tribune television stations. Prof. Christopher […]

Julius Eastman we hardly knew you

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 00:10

Julius Eastman was a brilliant black/gay composer whose lamentably short life is explored on WBUR’s Here and Now. His music was beautiful, but its presentation was not for the faint of heart. I hear Bach’s C-minor Passacaglia in Eastman’s controversially titled work, “Evil Nigger.” But you listen and decide for yourself. According to interviewed historian […]

College Radio Watch: College Radio Community Storytelling Project and More News

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:48

Former college radio participant Lindsy Goldberg is doing an interesting graduate school project about college radio and community. On her College Radio Community Storytelling site, she is seeking hand-written stories from current and former college radio folks. Goldberg writes, “I am seeking handwritten stories from anyone who has ever been a member of a college […]

How To Listen to Super Bowl LII on the Radio this Sunday

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:39

Every year I enjoy the little treasure hunt of figuring out where you can listen to the Super Bowl on the radio. Having done this for five years now, parts are the same every year, especially when it comes to terrestrial US listening. But what keeps me on the hunt is figuring out how listeners […]

Podcast #127 – Franken-FMs Are Low-Power TV Stations Masquerading as Radio

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 02:10

“Franken FM” is the name writer Ernie Smith of calls TV broadcasters who use analog Channel 6 to be heard at 87.7 on the FM dial. Paul talks with Ernie about their mutual fascination with these stations, which Paul has written about extensively on Radio Survivor. Also included in the interview, Ernie Smith explains […]

College Radio Watch: College Radio Station List, WBAR Works on Diversity, and More News

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:53

On this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast (#126), Matthew Lasar, Paul Riismandel, Eric Klein and I discuss some of the most frequently asked questions that we get at Radio Survivor, including some focused on college radio. In addition to the most popular question of “How do I start a radio station?,” I’m regularly asked “How many […]

Building a Better Portable Turntable: The Modified Numark PT01USB

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 01:30

A couple of holiday seasons ago I wrote about some inexpensive turntables that are very good alternatives to buying a cheap plastic Crosley or Victrola suitcase-style portable record player. Though some audiophiles are a little hyperbolic about how quickly these players will destroy your precious, it is true that they take their toll over time. […]

Podcast #126 – We Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 04:01

How do I get a broadcast radio license? How can I find all the LPFM or college radio stations? Will you visit and write about my favorite station? Every week the editors of Radio Survivor receive, and answer, queries like these from readers and listeners. While we enjoy corresponding with people, we thought we shouldn’t […]

Oregon Historical Society Commemorates 50 Years of KBOO Community Radio

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 09:01

“I can’t even imagine my life without KBOO.” That’s what Shaheed Haamid told the audience assembled January 20 at the Oregon Historical Society to celebrate the opening of “50 Years of KBOO,” an exhibit marking the Portland community radio station’s first half-century. Haamid is a long-time KBOO volunteer, programmer and current board member. He recalled […]

On the year 1933 when it’s 3:33 pm . . .

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 20:19

I have started something called the “Hybrid Highbrow Network.” It is at this point mostly only a figment of my imagination, a matrix of people who don’t know they’re in the matrix  but who mix classical, jazz, showtunes, world music and whatever into whatever comes out the other end, radio-wise. Undaunted by the fictional nature […]

College Radio Watch: 1980s Syndicated Radio, WBRU-LP Revives Bit of WBRU, and More News

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:00

This week’s Radio Survivor Podcast #125 focuses on Radio Free America, which provides streaming and archiving services for public, community, college, and LPFM radio. Most intriguing to me is Radio Free America’s long history in college radio, with connections to CMJ and a former initiative that produced a radio show that was syndicated to 600 […]

KZSC in Santa Cruz asks: how college radio are you?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:48

My favorite college radio station, KZSC-FM in Santa Cruz, published a zine last year with many wonderful essays and photographs. Among my favorite graphics is a flow chart titled “How College Radio Are You?” full of questions that guide you along, depending on your level of college radio wisdom. So, if you know Prince’s favorite […]

Podcast #125 – Radio Free America Is an Online Hub for Noncomm Radio

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:14

Radio Free America is an online hub for community, college and public radio streams, serving up two weeks of archived programming, on demand. Founded by CEO Kenneth Pushkin in 2013, the platform now hosts more than 125 noncommercial stations free of charge. Pushkin and RFA’s station relations manager Jeff Abrams join to explain more about […]