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Radio Station Visit #150: Portland Radio Project

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:56

On a drizzly Columbus Day morning, I arrived at the Day Theater in Portland, Oregon to visit community radio station Portland Radio Project. The welcoming message on the marquee read: “PORTLAND RADIO PROJECT 99,1 A LOCAL BAND EVERY 15 MINUTES,” proudly proclaiming the presence of the low power FM radio station that was housed within. The […]

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Unsilent Nights: where to find one; what to do

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:58

The holiday season approaches, and as has been the case since 1992, revelers will soon gather in a host of cities and perform Phil Kline’s composition Unsilent Night. They will each download one of four parts of the piece and play it on some mobile device as they stroll down evening streets. Anything from a iPod […]

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College Radio Watch: #MeToo, Noise, Metal, and Anniversary Festivities

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:00

During this year’s College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) conference in Seattle, vital conversations about women in college radio took place during the “Supporting Female Broadcasters Through the #MeToo Movement” session. While many stations have thoughtful and enlightened staffs; participants sadly recounted plenty of stories of sexist and racist behavior. With that as backdrop, it’s disappointing (but […]

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Podcast #170.5 – Bonus: São Paulo FM Bandscan

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 01:19

Paul shares a few more details of his trip to Brazil, and then he and Eric listen to a bandscan of the FM dial recorded on a Sunday night in São Paulo, the country’s largest city. Christian radio? Check. Bad 80s pop music? Yep. One takeaway is that commercial radio everywhere kinda sucks, in general. […]

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Podcast #170 – Community Radio in Brazil

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 01:04

Álvaro Burns is a community radio broadcaster in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, where he hosts a local sports show on Rádio Paraty FM and he produces the podcast “A Hora do Cafezinho.” Álvaro is a long-time friend of the show, and Paul recently traveled to Brazil and was able to meet up with him […]

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College Radio Watch: Internet Radio Pioneers, College Radio in the 1920s and More News

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:13

On episode 167 of the Radio Survivor show/podcast, our guest Andrew Bottomley digs into the roots of podcasting and internet radio. The story includes some college radio pioneers, namely the college radio stations that debuted simultaneous internet radio streams concurrent with their FM broadcasts. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s WXYC and Georgia Institute of […]

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Podcast #169 – The Free Music Archive is Dead, Long Live the Free Music Archive

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 21:23

The Free Music Archive is shutting down. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make a monthly contribution through our Patreon campaign. Make a one-time or recurring donation with any major credit card via PayPal. Show Notes: The Free Music Archive ALL THE MUSIC: Unza Unza live at Pacific Parc […]

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2018 Holiday Guide: Quirky Radio-Themed Gifts for the Audio Obsessed

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:21

Being a radio fanatic, I keep an eye out for unusual radio-themed items. With the holiday shopping season upon us, it’s as good a time as any to share some recent finds, particularly since we haven’t done any Radio Survivor gift guides in awhile. With that, here’s my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for those in […]

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There’s a place for us (and it includes Jewish music + oldies)

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 17:09

I am increasingly confident that there is a place for everyone, especially on the radio. The other day in response to Jennifer’s annual Alice’s Restaurant survey we received a response from Al Gordon of WJPR in New Jersey. The station broadcasts a hybrid format: “Jewish all day and oldies all night.”

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Podcast #168 – A Time Machine for All the Radio plus Shortwave

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 20:09

Perhaps you are like me and you have wished that you could go back in time and spin a radio dial and just listen to and browse the full radio spectrum from another time and place. Our guest on the show, Radio Anthropologist Thomas Witherspoon, is building a website for just such a thing. It’s […]

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Alice’s Restaurant Maintains Spot on Thanksgiving Radio Dial in 2018

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 14:49

For many, tuning in to hear Arlo Guthrie’s epic tune Alice’s Restaurant on the radio is an annual Thanksgiving ritual. Inspired by events that transpired on Thanksgiving day in 1965, the 18+ minute “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” became a radio staple following multiple airings on WBAI in New York. Smithsonian did an excellent piece last year […]

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Four great pieces for a Sunday AM classical music community radio show

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:02

My friend Sherry Gendelman, who hosts a popular Sunday morning classical music show on KPFA in Berkeley, started her program last week with a piece for violin and orchestra. No sooner did the performance begin than the phones started ringing. ‘What is this?’ six listeners in a row immediately demanded. “I woke up to this […]

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Podcast #167 – Alternative Histories of Podcasting

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 21:17

Do you remember audioblogging? Prof. Andrew Bottomley does, and he’s here to tell some alternative histories of podcasting. From “Geek of the Week” to Odeo, he illuminates many more bygone shows and platforms from the 1990s and early 2000s that gave rise to what we’ve now settled on calling “podcasts,” for better or worse. Bottomley […]

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College Radio Watch: Election Coverage and More News

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 08:17

With the mid-term elections this week, it was great to see that a number of college radio stations were providing special coverage. University of Southern California’s Annenberg Media as well as Hofstra University and Ithaca College did extensive reporting. Additionally, the radio station at Hillsdale College has introduced a new talk show focused on politics. […]

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Podcast #166 – The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 23:14

The FCC has proposed to de-fund community media through an arcane rule that determines how contributions from cable companies to public-access, educational and government (PEG) stations are counted. Because it’s arcane, the effort is flying under the radar. But we have two community media advocates to help explain what’s at stake. Martin Jones is the […]

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Listening Notes: KXJC-LP in Cave Junction, Oregon

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 19:47

This past weekend I accompanied my wife for a short trip to Oregon’s Illinois Valley where she facilitated a Conversation Project for Oregon Humanities. Of course I tuned around the FM dial in search of something interesting and local. Quickly I stumbled upon KXJC-LP at 105.7 FM broadcasting from Cave Junction, an eclectic and artsy […]

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College Radio Watch: CBI Panel on the Podcast, KFJC in Berlin and More News

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 08:00

I had a wonderful time at the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) convention last week in Seattle! It was great to see my long-time college radio friends and fun to meet so many other student broadcasting colleagues. We recorded a college radio-centric edition of the Radio Survivor show during the conference. Take a listen to the […]

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Rough notes: thoughts on the post-“Radio is Dead” era

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 14:02

“If I am alive, what am I doing here? And if I’m dead, why do I have to go to the bathroom?” – Thomas Dewey, 1948

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Podcast #165 – College Radio Is Truly Local Radio

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 00:10

Live from the College Broadcasters, Inc. Convention in Seattle we take on college radio’s place in the contemporary media landscape. After deciding not to sell its radio station 13 years ago, the University of Evansville administration said, “we are once again examining the relevancy of the medium and exploring opportunities to enhance our curriculum through […]

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UbuWeb’s Treasure Trove of Avant-Garde Radio and Sound

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 17:15

What if I told you there’s an online archive of hundreds of avant-garde media works that exists with little regard for copyright, though it respects the wishes of artists and their estates? Would you believe it’s been there for 22 years, without fail? That archive is UbuWeb. I’m pretty sure I first learned about it […]

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