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College Radio Watch: State of College Radio, Alum Success Stories, and More News

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:39

The Economist features a piece about college radio this week, with the headline How is College Radio Faring in the Streaming Era? – Not Signing Off Yet. It takes a cursory look at the state of college radio, unfortunately recycling stereotypical themes about the decline of college radio and its imagined heyday in the 1980s […]

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New music for Paddle to the Sea + nobody told me that smooth jazz died

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 18:15

I recommend a visit to Second Inversion radio for their wonderful video of the Third Coast Percussion ensemble’s new soundtrack to the 1966 Canadian short feature titled Paddle to the Sea. It is quite something. The musicians deploy skittering wood blocks and water-filled wine glasses to create a beautiful nature-filled sound environment. Paddle to the Sea was […]

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Podcast #148 – Solving the Mystery of Summer Camp Radio

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 00:55

Did you know that upwards of 350 radio stations were established at summer camps across the United States? Dan Braverman, President of Radio Systems, Inc., joins us to share the history of summer camp radio, including his own experience setting up a camp radio station when he was just nine years old. Still involved with […]

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LGBT Radio in Tunisia; LGBTQ Podcasts; Bar Inspired by Nikola Tesla | Around the Web June 17 – 24, 2018

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 00:05

Every week we share dozens of interesting radio and community media stories from all over the web on Twitter. Because we don’t want you to miss them, here’s some of the best, for the week ending June 24, 2018: “I was the first person to annoy people in the media and speak openly about LGBT […]

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College Radio Watch: GRC Portland and CBI Seattle Proposals Due Soon and More News

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 18:31

It’s transition time at many college radio stations, as volunteers and staff members from the academic year graduate and pass the torch to new leadership. With these shifts, summer can be a good time for station projects and for making plans for the fall. A couple of fall radio conferences in the Pacific Northwest should […]

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Podcast #147 – Prison Radio Exhibit and a High School Station in a Band Room

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:13

On this week’s episode we venture to prison and to a very unusual high school radio station. Members of the artist collective Provisional Island (Heidi Ratanavanich, Eileen Shumate, and Michael McCanne) speak with us about their prison-radio-themed exhibit, An Electric Kite, which is on view at the historic site/museum Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia through […]

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Somebody stop killing jazz radio please

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:05

Oh for goodness sake would you people stop killing jazz radio already? You know who you are. And we know who you are, too. In North Carolina there’s Fayetteville State College’s Board of Trustees, who sold WFSS-FM back in 2015. Of late somebody wrote into the Fayetteville Observer and asked: “The Fayetteville State University public radio […]

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Radio remembers Lorraine Gordon, impresaria of The Village Vanguard

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:59

Lorraine Gordon has died. She operated the world’s premier jazz club, the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, for almost 30 years. Gordon ran the place like a clock. The New York Times obituary gives you the picture: Ms. Gordon, often nursing a glass of vodka, presided over the scene with a personal brand of tough […]

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College Radio Watch: Antarctica, 80s Flashbacks, Radio Camp and More News

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:01

Broadcasting to a minuscule potential audience of around 130 people during the dark days of winter, Ice Radio has much in common with my own college radio show that beamed into my school’s cafeteria at mealtimes. Similar to a college radio station in the pre-internet days, the community radio station at McMurdo Station in Antarctica […]

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Podcast #146 – Volunteer Radio from Antarctica

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:10

Inspired by an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, we travel all the way to Antarctica to learn about mysterious community radio station, Ice Radio. Sadly, we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death on the day that we recorded this episode. Ice Radio is the latest iteration of a radio station that began more than 50 […]

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Net Neutrality Is Over (For Now) – What It Means for Radio

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:01

Monday, June 11 was the day the FCC’s repeal of the Open Internet Order took effect. That means federally mandated network neutrality is over. Internet service providers are now free to throttle or block specific sites or services, or to offer paid prioritization to others, with the only proviso being that they disclose it. (For […]

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Radio Drama Changing Attitudes in South Sudan; Smartphone FM Chip a ‘Potential Life Saver’; On the Radio It’s Always Midnight | Around the Web June 4 – 10, 2018

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:12

Every week we share dozens of interesting radio and community media stories from all over the web on Twitter. Because we don’t want you to miss them, here’s some of the best, for the week ending June 10, 2018: "Fifty years ago this spring, a small, unlicensed radio station signed on in the Chestnut Hill […]

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College Radio Watch: Hip Hop Radio Archive and More News

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 08:08

On this week’s podcast, we dig into the Hip Hop Radio Archive, which owes its very existence to some pioneering college radio shows. Founder Ryan MacMichael was in large part inspired by early hip hop programming that he heard over stations like Princeton University station WPRB. A work in progress, the Hip Hop Radio Archive […]

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Radio Hammer DJs Fight Villainous Baddies

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:06

I’ve joked about the common trope of “DJs in peril” in popular culture; with numerous films portraying radio hosts as the target of evil-doers. The tables are turned in the video game “Radio Hammer Station,” in which a crew of pirate radio DJs battle “a wide variety of villainous baddies,” including aliens, zombies and “horribly […]

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Podcast #145 – Hip-Hop Radio Archive

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:47

The Hip-Hop Radio Archive aims to digitize, preserve, share, and contextualize recordings of hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 1990s from commercial, college, community, and pirate stations of all sizes, telling the stories of the shows and the people that made them. Our guest is founder of the archive, Ryan MacMichael. Radio Survivor is a […]

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R.I.P. Bob Fuss, CBS News Radio Correspondent; Virgin Islands Residents Get Ham Licenses for Hurricane Season | Around the Web May 28 – June 3, 2018

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 02:01

Every week we share dozens of interesting radio and community media stories from all over the web on Twitter. Because we don’t want you to miss them, here’s some of the best, for the week ending June 3, 2018: Policy on community radio to be introduced soon: State Minister Banskota https://t.co/XQaQbTvpZz — Radio Survivor (@RadioSurvivor) […]

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College Radio Watch: Getting One’s Start in College Radio and More News

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:00

Like many college radio participants, I’m dreaming about my summer vacation; although in my case that also means cross-checking vacation plans with intriguing radio stations. In order to plan these tours in good conscience, I need to complete my tour reports from recent visits. College radio fans should definitely take a look at my latest […]

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Radio Station Visit #144: High School Radio Station VCS Radio

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 04:58

It was with great anticipation that I arrived at VCS Radio at Vacaville Christian Schools in Vacaville, California for a full day of immersion into the highly unusual middle school/high school radio station. Having spoken with energetic station manager Ralph Martin previously for the Radio Survivor podcast, I expected that it would be a visit […]

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Podcast #144 – Standing Up for LPFM’s Slice of the Pie

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:38

Applications for 1,000 translator radio stations may pose a threat to low-power FM stations, say three community radio groups. So the groups filed informal objections against all of them, slowing down the FCC’s processing of these applications. This move has sparked controversy within the radio industry. The Center for International Media Action, Common Frequency, Inc. […]

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LPFM Advocate: 998 Translator Objections Create ‘a Needed Pause’

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:34

Editor’s Note: Common Frequency is one of three LPFM advocacy groups that on May 16 filed informal objections with the FCC against 998 FM translator applications. CF’s technical director Todd Urick was a guest on episode #144 of our podcast to explain some of the reasoning behind this controversial action. He follows up with this […]

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