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College Radio Watch: Is College Radio ‘Almost Public Radio’? and More News

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:13

In the provocative piece, WNYU, New York is “Almost Public Radio,” radio veteran Ken Mills posits that college radio station WNYU at New York University (see my 2008 tour) falls into the category of “almost public radio.” Mills argues that stations in this category “copy public radio’s style, represent themselves as a public trust and/or […]

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How to Listen to Super Bowl LIII on the Radio

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:38

Once again it’s time for my annual hunt for the Super Bowl on the radio around the world. Last year I had fun listening to the first Australian to call the big game for his home audience. Announcer Gerard Whateley returns for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta to broadcast the game on 1116 SEN Victoria, […]

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Podcast #178 – Irish Pirate Radio Archive

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 00:34

For about a decade, ending in 1988, pirate stations dominated the Irish radio bands, exploiting a loophole in the law that made punishments for unlicensed broadcasting on par with a speeding ticket. Now the sounds and artifacts of this cultural movement are being preserved online in the Irish Pirate Radio Archive. Archive co-founders Brian Greene […]

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10 Reasons Why CDs Are Still Awesome (Especially for Radio)

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 01:27

Quite a lot of shade is getting thrown at CDs in the press these days. The LA Times reports, “The compact disc era may finally be entering its hospice stage,” while Rolling Stone declares, “CDs Are Dying Three Times as Fast as Vinyl Is Growing.” Putting aside the misleading equivocation of the RS calculation – […]

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Retro Vacation Postcards from Radio Station Tours

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:30

Jennifer takes beautiful photos on her radio station tours, and we thought it would be great to find new ways of sharing them. We also want to do more to engage with and say “thank you” to our supporters on Patreon. So we created our first sheet of digital postcards. The first edition has four […]

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College Radio Watch: Penitentiary Rock and More News

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 07:00

Ever since my stint as a college radio DJ at Pomona College’s KSPC (see my tour), I’ve been aware of college radio’s fan base among the prison population. DJs at KSPC regularly received letters, postcards and phone calls from faithful listeners who resided in a nearby men’s prison. This past summer, I learned about a […]

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Radio Station Visit #152: Dance Music-Oriented High School Radio Station C89.5

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 15:40

My marathon day of Seattle radio station visits last October launched with a trip to see high school radio station KNHC-FM aka C89.5. As I approached Nathan Hale High School in my rental car, I tuned in to the dance music station while delighting in the dramatic Pacific Northwest scenery: dark grey skies and vibrant […]

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Podcast #177 – Philosophies of Podcast & Radio Editing; Seattle’s Rich High School Radio Scene

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 23:48

In addition to co-hosting the show, Eric Klein edits most episodes, and is a professional freelance audio editor. He put some of his philosophies of editing radio and podcasts in writing for last year’s Grassroots Radio Conference, and for a recent post at Radio Survivor. On this episode Eric elaborates on his advice to “know […]

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Julius Eastman comes to town

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 20:05

“When the piece was over the audience erupted with applause and cheers. I’m really happy that I attended.”

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G-town radio offers jazz and perspective to Germantown

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 19:59

One of the things I like about G-town radio is that it starts every morning with jazz programming. The internet community station broadcasts to the Germantown section of Philadelphia. From Monday to Saturday the jazz streams from six to nine am, and to ten am on Sundays. “Get out of bed mix featuring classic jazz, mellow pop […]

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Podcast #176 – Audio Fiction’s very long history of innovation

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:26

From the “Classical Radio Era” to today’s hottest podcasts, we’re here for the love of radio drama and fictional sound-art. Our guest is Neil Verma, author of a book and teacher of classes on the subject, although as he tells us on today’s episode, the class became a lot more popular with students after he […]

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College Radio Watch: AM Radio to End at Quinnipiac U, KDVS Tour and More News

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:41

Happy New Year! With many colleges still on winter break, things are fairly quiet on the college radio news front. A Visit to College Radio Station KDVS Still catching up on my radio station travels from 2018, on last week’s podcast/radio show I was happy to feature my visit to the University of California, Davis […]

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Radio’s Wheels of Steel Are Coming Back: The Technics SL-1200 Mk VII

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 19:05

If Jennifer’s radio tours and my recent visits to stations are any indication, it seems like a large percentage of the physical media being played on community and college stations are vinyl records. Since true broadcast turntables have been out of production for decades, a variety of reasonably sturdy DJ turntables have filled in the […]

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Podcast #175 – Awakening to Sound plus a tour of KDVS

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 18:40

What can a careful study of sound teach us about our listening? Listening to the media we choose as well as listening to the place where we live and the people who’s voices we encounter? Prof. Jennifer Stoever thinks about these questions, a lot. And so do a growing number of scholars working in a […]

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How to turn card catalogue cards into community art

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 17:50

Check out this video (filmed and edited by me) in which Bob explains how thousands of old school card catalogue cards became beautiful little pieces of community based art.

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The Shortwave Radio of the Internet: Low Bitrate Streaming

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 09:23

While updating the 2004 podcast entries for my old radio show “mediageek” I was reminded that I used to post the episodes in both a 64kbps mono “broadcast quality” MP3 and a 16kbps. The reason why I posted such a low bitrate file, containing relatively low fidelity, was to make the show accessible to listeners […]

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Walking the Talk: Preserving ‘mediageek’ at the Internet Archive

Sun, 01/06/2019 - 09:03

We’ve talked a lot about archiving and preserving radio here at Radio Survivor, especially on our podcast. Inevitably during these discussions I’ll open my big mouth and muse about how I should archive my own work somewhere it’ll be in safe hands, like the Internet Archive. But up to now, it’s just been talk. Now, […]

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Podcast Prowler: History & Archiving with ‘Jason Scott Talks His Way Out of It’

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 16:05

I’ve been following the work of historian and archivist Jason Scott for more than a decade, ever since he released his film “BBS: The Documentary” (available on the Internet Archive). He’s known for relentless efforts to preserve digital artifacts and media, like the text files that were the stock-in-trade of the early internet, Usenet and […]

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Philosophies of Editing for Radio

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:54

This is a post about editing radio, not in the small way of removing ums but the big way, like when you have an hour of audio that you need to edit down to 28 minutes, or when you are selecting 30 second soundbites to include in your story. I had the privilege of being […]

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Podcast #174 – Preserving Brooklyn Pirate Radio

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 00:22

There are more unlicensed pirate radio stations in New York City than licensed stations. The borough of Brooklyn is a particular hotspot. Producer and journalist David Goren has been researching and recording these stations so that their ephemeral nature isn’t lost to history. To help preserve this legacy and make it accessible to a wider […]

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