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College Radio Watch: Moonies, Nirvana, and Trent Reznor’s College Radio Ties

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:55

This week, so many fascinating college radio stories caught my eye. We learn about college radio’s profound influence on music culture in the 1980s and 1990s in a piece about the marketing of Nirvana as well as in Trent Reznor’s recent speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Reznor explains that college radio […]

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Podcast #187 – Archiving LGBTQ Radio History

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 01:00

This week our guest is Brian DeShazor, an independent radio researcher and founder of the Queer Radio Research Project. Formerly the Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, DeShazor has taken a special interest in uncovering and highlighting the LGBTQ voices that have graced the community radio airwaves. On the episode, we discuss the history of […]

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How to turn your FBI surveillance into a radio show

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 20:59

As some of you know, I study and teach two subjects in depth: the history of broadcasting and the history of the USA National Security State. These two topics merge when the objects of government wiretaps realize that they are being listened to, then make strategic comments or even entertain their eavesdroppers. At this point […]

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Podcast #186 – African-American Preachers on Wax

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 03:00

On this week’s episode, scholar Lerone Martin shares with us the fascinating history of African-American preachers who distributed their sermons on 78rpm records during a time when they had limited access to the radio in the 1920s-1940s. Martin, Associate Professor in Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at […]

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College Radio Watch: WCWM’s Comes Back from Water Damage and More News

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:45

I was sad to read about college radio station WCWM’s troubles after a burst pipe in its building led to major damage last summer. When I visited the College of William and Mary radio station in 2017, I was amazed by the historical materials in its basement home, including an impressive collection of very old […]

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Radio Station Visit #154: Mercer Island High School Radio Station KMIH-FM

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:00

Mercer Island High School radio station, KMIH is the third in a trio of high school radio stations that I visited while in Seattle in October, 2018. First licensed in 1970, KMIH holds a class D FM license, currently over 88.9 FM in Mercer Island, Washington. Hand-made KMIH poster. Photo: J. Waits Founded in 1969, […]

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Podcast #185 – Funding Change Threatens Canadian Community Radio Stations

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 00:50

A change in Ontario university funding rules threatens more than a dozen campus community stations in Canada. Barry Rooke, executive director of the National Campus and Community Radio Association is our guest to help explain the situation. He explains how the structure of Canadian community and college radio stations differs from those in the U.S. […]

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Sound Stories: Toronto Hip-Hop & Radio; First All-Podcast Radio Station In 2019 or 2005?

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:46

Every week we seek out compelling stories about sound and radio and share them on Twitter. Here are some of the most intriguing from the last week: Vote looms on bringing jazz radio back to MHCC“The Mt. Hood Community College Board will vote next week on whether to bring jazz radio station KMHD back to […]

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Help Us Tell the History of Indymedia & LPFM

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 18:54

This November 30 marks the 20th anniversary of the protests against meetings of the World Trade Organization that shut down the city of Seattle. It also marks the birthday of the Indymedia movement, which brought together grassroots media activists from public access TV, print, community radio and internet technology to create a radical open publishing […]

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College Radio Watch: First Station?, Awards and Harvard Hubbub

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 18:19

College radio has garnered much news in the past few weeks thanks to a plethora of student media awards being presented by various organizations. It’s another reminder that awards can be a great reason to spread the word about college radio’s excellent work and pick up some media attention in the process. Two New College […]

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Podcast #184 – Hidden Women’s Radio History in Uruguay

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:08

We celebrated International Women’s Day by recording a fascinating interview about women’s radio history with University of Louisville Professor of History Christine Ehrick. Author of Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950, Ehrick schools us on the hidden history of a pioneering women’s radio station in Uruguay. Founded in […]

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Radio Station Visit #153: Bellevue High School Radio Station KASB

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 18:02

High school radio station KASB-FM in Bellevue, Washington was my second stop during a hectic day of radio station tours in the Seattle area in October, 2018. Bellevue High School’s Career and Technical Education Department Chair Brad Conger reached out to me awhile back, encouraging more coverage of high school radio on Radio Survivor. I […]

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Podcast #183 – Can Congress Stop Pirate Radio?

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 02:00

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act,” but does it actually have a chance at putting a dent in unlicensed broadcasting? We review the provisions of the the bill – called the PIRATE Act for short – and wonder if an uptick in the war on pirates […]

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R.I.P. Radio Adventurer ‘The Professor’

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 00:08

SWLing Post editor Thomas Witherspoon recently notified us of the passing of “radio zealot” Michael Pool, a/k/a The Professor. I was an avid follower of Pool’s travels in AM radio listening and airchecking that he recorded for WFMU’s Beware of the Blog during the 2000s, and later on his own Radio Kitchen blog until about […]

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Podcast #182 – Volunteer Radio in Antarctica (rebroadcast)

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 19:50

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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When radio (not Twitter) was where you got in trouble: the case of Sammy Davis Jr.

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 18:32

Once upon a time radio, not Twitter, was the place where you dug your own grave. An old Rat Pack story serves to illustrate . . .

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Radio Station Tours on the Podcast

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 19:00

For the past four years, I’ve been sharing tidbits of my radio station tours on the Radio Survivor show/podcast. My travels have taken me across the United States, visiting a variety of stations from California to New York. In this collection of podcasts featuring radio station tours, you’ll hear interviews with enthusiastic radio participants working […]

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College Radio Watch: Our Passion for Tours, A Trio of New Stations, and More News

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:40

This week began on such a high note, with Troy Price’s kind words about my college radio reports on the Radio Survivor Show/Podcast. In his Podcast Business Journal piece, If You are Passionate You Will Succeed, he writes: Listen to Jennifer Waits talk about college radio over on the Radio Survivor Podcast. She thinks, breaths, […]

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Podcast #181 – Visiting Community Radio Stations Around the World

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:08

Julia Thomas visited over a dozen community radio stations over the course of a year. Stations in Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ecuador “Often times by talking to community media makers,” Julia Thomas told Radio Survivor, “you’re meeting some of the most passionate, involved community members who have seen so much, who are so […]

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College Radio Watch: New Stations, Experimental Radio and More News

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:02

Folks involved with college radio are perhaps more likely to be audiophiles than the general population and this theme was front and center in our recent Radio Survivor show/podcast about the ongoing relevance of CDs. A former college radio colleague of mine from KFJC, Jacob Choplin, shares his thoughts about CDs, vinyl, cassettes, and stereo […]

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