After a bit of a summer vacation, we are back with some college radio news. Earlier this week, I shared Princeton Review’s new “Best College Radio Station” list, a ranking of 20 schools based on student surveys asking about the popularity of their school radio stations. On the list are some old favorites as well as a few newbies.
We’ve also been busy covering the culture of college radio throughout the summer. I hope you caught my colleague Eric Klein’s interview on Radio Survivor Podcast #207 with Nathan Moore, who heads up college radio stations WTJU and WXTJ at University of Virginia.
In upcoming months, I will also be sharing write-ups from my summer college radio station travels.More College Radio News Infrastructure, Expansions, New Stations
- KGLT College Radio Expands into Big Sky (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
- Reunited and it Sounds So Good: KTRU Buys Back Original Call Sign (Rice Thresher)
- KTRU Gets KTRU Call Letters Back (KTRU Facebook)
- Student Radio Channel Launches in Liepaja (LSM.LV Public Broadcasting of Latvia)
- The Challenges Facing Journalism and Broadcasting Programs (Tri States Public Radio)
- VIA Public Media Now Broadcasting on WVBU-FM, Collaborating with Bucknell Education (NorthcentralPA.com)
- Rollins College Student Radio Station WPRK-FM Signing Off for Hurricane Dorian (Orlando Weekly)
- Rollins Student Radio Station WPRK-FM Back on the Air Following Hurricane Dorian (Orlando Weekly)
- Post Animal Headlines Studio-A-Rama 2019 (Cleveland Patch)
- Studio A Rama Music Festival, a Cleveland Institution for 52 Years, to Hit CWRU (Cleveland.com)
- Seton Hall Student to Attend College Radio Conference at Cambridge (TAPinto)
- Northern Michigan University’s Radio X Celebrating 50 Years with Music Festival (ABC 10)
- College Radio: On Campus and Around the World (Index Journal)
- August MD of the Month: Troy Lemberg, CFUV Victoria, BC (NACC Chart)
- Pleasure Theory, a Sex-Positive FIU Student Radio Show, Airs Fridays at 10am (Miami New Times)
- WSC Professor Airs Podcast (The Wayne Stater)
- Princeton Review’s 2020 “Best College Radio Stations” List (Radio Survivor)
- 107.7 The Bronc Nominated for a “Radio Emmy” (The Rider News)
- WERS and WECB “Best College Radio Stations” in Princeton Review (Talkers)
- WERS, WECB/Boston Named Best College Radio Stations (AllAccess)
- Princeton Review Includes Ithaca College among Best in Nation (Ithaca College)
- Athens Music 101: How to Get Involved with the Scene as a Student (Flagpole Magazine)
- Stan Zabka, Who Worked with Hollywood and Late-Night Giants, Lives in Grass Valley (The Union)
- Rod Serling’s College Radio Past (Screen Rant)
- Poignant Marco Collins Doc of Seattle DJ who Broke “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (The Stranger)
- When Watching those First Games, Remember Red Barber (Daily Journal)
- Meet the Man Behind the Sound of Denver Radio (Westword)
- Meet Three of the Artists Featuring Work at Flower Bomb Fest (Washington City Paper)
- Our Favorite MTV VJs of All Time (Insider)
- Drew Appointed to JCC Board (Observer Today)
- Toronto’s Ciel (FACT)
- Free Samples? Not When it Comes to Hip-Hop and Copyrights (Daily Emerald)
- From Keene State Journalism Major to Emmy Award Winner (Keene State College)
- At the Royale, a Neighborhood Bar has become a Political Hub (Riverfront Times)
- ThFctry Brings Retro Flair to Local Radio (On Tap Magazine)
- Jack Clifford, Food Network co-Founder who began in Phoenix, Dies (AZCentral)
- Ryan Hamilton Puts on a “Happy Face” in Thousand Oaks (VC Reporter)
- Alabama Governor Apologizes for Wearing Blackface in College (Associated Press)
- Interview with Ivey and LaRavia on Auburn Student Radio Station (WSFA 12)
- The Hardcore Evolution of Greg Norton (Psychology Today)
- Wavy Gravy’s Woodstock Flashbacks Available to Rock Radio (AllAccess)
- A Motorcycle has now become the Sum of our Fears: 1980s College Radio Memories (Cleveland.com)
- Remembering Our Friend David Berman (Jagjaguwar)
- See 29 of the Greatest Hip-Hop Documentaries (XXL)
- Black Marble Shares Video for “Feels” with 90s College Radio Imagery (Stereogum)
- Best Going Back to College Movies 2019 (University Magazine)
- The Hero Worship of the New Springsteen Movie Knows No Limits (Pitchfork)
- Jagjaguwar Shares Unreleased David Berman Poem, with College Radio Themes and More (Pitchfork)
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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 changed the name from “Radio Drama” to “Audio Drama.”
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast of one of our favorites from this year. It originally aired 1/15/2019 as episode #178Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast.
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The Classical Radio work of Norman Corwin
J.G Ballard’s Radio Plays on the BBC
Classic Radio’s The Shadow
Jennifer Waits’ article on Unshackled
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In early August, Princeton Review released the latest edition of its annual college rankings guide, The Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition. While the lists it compiles of the best party schools and the most beautiful campuses may garner the most headlines; its annual “Best College Radio Station” list has been drawing me in for years. Since 2008, I’ve been combing through these rankings, which are often a source of pride for college radio stations.
The 20 colleges on this year’s list are once again an interesting mix of schools, from large universities with multiple radio stations to tiny liberal arts colleges with online-only stations, and even a school with a fairly new low power FM station. Many of these stations are new to me and I was also intrigued to see a school from outside the United States for the first time in all the years that I’ve been reporting on the rankings. As I’ve noticed before, the northeast is over-represented and the west coast is under-represented. Of note, no schools from California are on the 2020 list, while seven schools from New York made the cut.Best = Popular
As a reminder, although the Princeton Review describes its college radio results as “Best College Radio Station,” the title doesn’t tell the whole story. Here’s the skinny:
1. Results are based on student surveys
2. Surveys were conducted at 385 colleges
3. Students are asked to judge the popularity, not the quality, of an unspecified campus radio station at their own college
4. Radio stations are not named in the survey or in the resulting rankings
5. Only schools surveyed can make it into the rankings, so college radio stations at schools that are not surveyed by Princeton Review won’t appear on the list
A number of colleges appearing on the “Best College Radio Station” list have multiple radio stations, including student-run stations, large public radio stations, and everything in between. It makes sense that students would indicate that their school’s radio station is “popular” if they are on a campus with a high profile professional radio station and/or with several radio stations.Digging into Methodology
As was the case for the 2019 edition, the 2020 college radio results are based on three years worth of survey data. Around 140,000 students were surveyed at 385 colleges, representing approximately 364 students per campus. Survey results for this edition are culled from responses given during the 2018-2019, 2017-18, and 2016-17 academic years. The survey asks: “How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements at your school?” and among the list of statements is: “College Radio Station is popular.” Respondents are given the following options: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Neither Agree or Disagree, Agree or Strongly Agree.How Similar is this Year’s List to Prior Lists?
For the 2020 Princeton Review list of “Best College Radio Stations,” 12 of the 20 schools were on the 2019 list. Of the eight that were not on the 2019 list, four have appeared before. The other four schools (University of South Florida, McGill University, Louisiana State University, and Drury University) have not shown up in the 13 years that I’ve been tracking. This year’s mix of stations is less familiar to me. Whereas last year I’d visited college radio stations at 8 of the 20 schools on the overall list; I’ve only been to 4 of the 20 stations on the 2020 list. This is also the first time that I’ve seen a school from Canada on the list (McGill University).
The complete list for the 2020 edition is listed below (for comparison, here are the lists from the 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 editions of Princeton Review).2020 Princeton Review’s Best College Radio Stations (aka Most Popular College Radio Stations)
Note: I’ve added station names and call signs as the Princeton Review only lists school names. Schools in bold were not on the list last year.
- Learn more on my WECB tour, which was Station Field Trip #1
2. St. Bonaventure University (WSBU-88.3 FM, St. Bonaventure, NY)
4. Arizona State University (KASC 1330 AM, Tempe, AZ)
5. Manhattanville College (WMVL, Purchase, NY)
8. Reed College (KRRC, Portland, OR)
- Learn more on my KRRC tour, which was Station Field Trip #44
9. McGill University (CKUT 90.3 FM, Montreal, Canada)
11. Louisiana State University (KLSU 91.1 FM, Baton Rouge, LA)
12. Providence College (WDOM 91.3 FM, Providence, RI)
13. Columbia University (WKCR 89.9 FM, New York, NY)
14. Hofstra University (WRHU 88.7 FM, Hempstead, New York)
15. University of Puget Sound (KUPS 90.1 FM, Tacoma, Washington) –
Most recently appeared on 2018 list
16. Seton Hall University (WSOU 89.5 FM, South Orange, NJ) – Most recently appeared on 2014 list
17. Denison University (WDUB 91.1 FM, Granville, OH) – Most recently appeared on 2018 list
18. Truman State University (KTRM 88.7 FM, Kirksville, MO)
19. Fordham University (WFUV 90.7 FM, Bronx, NY)
- Learn more on my WFUV tour, which was Station Field Trip #139
20. Drury University (KDRU-LP 98.1 FM, Springfield, MO)Learn More about College Radio
If this is your first time on Radio Survivor, please take a look at our massive archive of college radio content. We cover college radio news on Fridays in the College Radio Watch column, report on college radio culture on our weekly radio show/podcast, tour college radio stations regularly, and have a page devoted to college radio basics.
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Radio World reports that Switzerland’s FM radio broadcasts are due to end by the end of 2024, according to a release from the country’s Federal Office of Communications. OFCOM says at the end of July only 17% of people in that country listen to FM exclusively.
I am a bit chagrined that this story flew under my radar until now. Back in December 2014 the Digital Migration working group formulated a plan to switch entirely over to digital DAB+ broadcasting, and in 2015 “more than 80 percent of private radio stations agreed to this decision,” according to OFCOM. So this has been in the works for several years.
DAB+ is a digital radio standard used through much of Europe, including the U.K. and Norway, the latter of which turned off national FM broadcasts in 2017 – many local FM stations are still on the air. OFCOM reports that 65% of Swiss listen to the service, while only 35% use analog FM.
In addition to commercial and state-supported public broadcasters, Switzerland has about 15 community radio stations. According to a 2018 article in Swiss Review, OFCOM will subsidize 80% of DAB+ broadcast costs for non-commercial stations, and is offering financial support for the installation of digital studios. Presumably, community stations would qualify for these grants. Searching around some stations’ websites indicates that quite a few already simulcast on DAB+.
Subsidizing a station’s DAB+ transmission is not quite the same as building it a brand new transmitter, as it would be with FM or HD Radio. A single DAB+ transmitter can accommodate multiple stations’ signals as a multiplex. Thus, in most countries with DAB+, like the U.K., Norway and Switzerland, each station actually leases space, rather than owning its own transmitter. In that way DAB+ is more efficient than FM.
One trade-off of DAB+ is that a centralized infrastructure makes the system inherently more vulnerable in times of natural disaster, or just run-of-the-mill calamity, like a power outage. It also leaves stations less independent. In Switzerland the DAB+ infrastructure is owned and operated by the for-profit company Digris.
While Digris is investing to grow its infrastructure – like building transmitters in mountainous roadway tunnels – DAB+ listening is still mostly in motor vehicles, rather than homes. This is not unlike HD Radio in the U.S., where it’s difficult to even find a digital-capable home tuner.
What this means is that most home listening in Switzerland may simply move to internet radio in 2024. No doubt it’s likely much home and office listening already is online, and those who want to hear DAB+ outside the car have plenty of receivers to choose from, though reception might be challenging outside of urban areas.
From what I can see now, the path to an FM turnoff in Switzerland seems even clearer than it was in Norway, where public opinion hasn’t been altogether favorable, and many stations remain analog. In part this is likely due to relative consensus amongst Swiss broadcasters in general, not just major national broadcasters. A significant government subsidy, combined with overall strong support for public broadcasting also help.
Because of these factors, magnified by the country’s small geographic size and high per capita income, Switzerland is an outlier – just like Norway before it. Although the idea of a full digital transition has been floated in other European countries that have DAB+ broadcasting, both large and small, it hasn’t gained traction, often owing to the cost and complexity of sunsetting an established, proven and reliable technology that exhibits few downsides. Moreover, it’s easier to transition a relatively affluent population of 8.4 million to digital radio, than the larger, more economically diverse 66 million of the U.K. or 82 million of Germany.
No, this is not a bellwether of analog radio’s demise, nor an indicator of a digital transition here in the U.S. I suspect as 2024 draws closer we may hear more critical voices in Switzerland, when Swiss citizens realize that millions of their radios will become obsolete – at least for listening to radio from their native land.
Folks in Geneva and other cities and towns along the border will still be able to tune in stations from France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein. That’s something less accessible to Norwegians, who are much more geographically distant from other FM broadcasting countries.
In the meantime, keep an enormous grain of salt on hand for when you see the torrent of clickbaity “Is this the end of FM radio” stories, if and when this news hits the feed of a tech writer on a quota.
These are a few of the audio and radio archives recently shared by the Kitchen Sisters as part of their week-long #KeeperoftheDay series highlighting partners of the Radio Preservation Task Force. The week kicked off with a short piece from RPTF chair Josh Shepperd. You can hear Shepperd talk more about the task force on podcast #192, guesting with co-chair Neil Verma.
For those not in the know, the Kitchen Sisters have been carrying the torch for exploratory radio documentary since way before podcasting re-popularized the genre. They’ve also been strong advocates for archiving and preservation of sound history. Their podcast, “The Kitchen Sisters Present…,” highlights “[s]tories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission.” This includes artifacts like the ephemeral sounds of Burning Man and “Stubb’s Blues Cookbook Cassette.”
The Sisters also recently received a GRAMMY Preservation Grant to assist them in preserving and protecting their deep archive of interviews, stories and music.
If you wade into their deep pool of sounds you’ll inevitably take a full dive. The Kitchen Sisters must be on the radar of every radio lover.
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Jennifer is back from travels, that included Hawaiian community radio, to join Eric and Paul. First up, a question: is “pathfinder” a good replacement for the word “pioneer,” the latter of which has an unfortunate colonial heritage? Listener Pat Flanagan suggested it to us after we asked for input a couple of episodes, so we provisionally adopt it here to talk about people who are finding new paths for our favorite audio media.
Jennifer updates us about a new pathfinding low-power FM station backed by the San Francisco Public Press, and announces that the call for papers is open for the next Radio Preservation Task Force conference in October 2020.
Paul reports back from Podcast Movement, where some 3000 podcasters of many stripes met for 3 days in Orlando, Florida. He remarks on the wide variety of podcast email newsletters he learned about, and the Podcast Brunch Club. We note recent allegations of plagiarism against a popular true crime podcast, using it as a launching point for a discussion about journalism and ethics in community broadcasting and podcasting.Show Notes:
- Call for Papers – ‘Century of Broadcasting: Preservation and Renewal’ Conference
- Podcast #192: Saving Radio History with The Radio Preservation Task Force
- Muni Diaries
- San Francisco Public Press
- Podcast #191: How an LPFM Produces an Hour of Hyper-Local News Every Weekday
- Podcast Movement 2019
- Preserve This Podcast
- Podcast Brunch Club
- The Adventure Zone podcast
- NY Times: Popular ‘Crime Junkie’ Podcast Removes Episodes After Plagiarism Accusation
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Walter Benjamin broadcast his third “Youth Hour” radio talk with a lament on the state of puppet show entertainment in that famous city.
“Children who want to go to puppet theater don’t have an easy time of it in Berlin,” Benjamin explained. They’ve got better deals in Munich, Paris, and Rome. But one production company still remained, he noted: Kasper Theater, which had its roots in the 18th century puppet character of that name. Kasper was a priggish smartass and the star of a puppet entertainment genre called Kaspertheater, which audiences regarded as synonymous with puppetry in general.Kasper the Friendly Hand Puppet;
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Before newspapers began publishing comic strips, puppet shows may have been the first entertainment to try to reach both children and adults at the same time. Benjamin reminisced on the Kasper character of the early nineteenth century, who appeared
“not only in plays that were written for him; he also sticks his saucy little nose into all sorts of big, proper theater pieces for adults. He knows he can risk it. In the most terrible tragedies nothing ever happens to him. And when the devil catches up with Faust, he has to let Kasper live, even though he’s no better behaved than his master. He’s just a peculiar chap. Or in his own words: ‘I’ve always been a peculiar fellow. Even as a youngster I always saved my pocket money. And when I had enough, you know what I did with it? I had a tooth pulled’.”
Before going any further with Benjamin’s observations on this subject, I note that KBOO-FM in Portland, Oregon broadcast a fun little puppet theater show for a spell. A 2014 episode featured an interview with a Kasper-like character named “Turner D Century,” candidate for mayor in that city.
“You have some interesting positions that I would like to talk about, ” the host began.
“What are they letting a woman into the radio studio for”? Mr. Century demanded. “This modernization has gone too far.”
Unintimidated, the host pressed on. “Well, Mr. Century, let’s just get into it then. You have a very strong position on the bridges of Portland.”
“We’re going to tear down the bridges once and for all. It was a terrible idea to build them. We’ve wound up connecting the beautiful city with the riff raff, who are free to wander the bridges any time they want and pollute the general environment . . . It’s disgusting, quite frankly.”
“Are you going to ask taxpayer- “
“No, we’re just going to blow them up with dynamite!”
Interestingly, Benjamin managed to sneak some observations about the subject of democracy into his puppet show talk. “A proper puppeteer is a despot,” he explained, “one that makes the Tsar seem like a petty gendarme.” The puppet master writes the shows, does all the art work, dresses up the puppets, and plays all the roles via their own voice. But at the same time, the puppeteer must remain wary of the powers beyond puppet land. “First from the church and [second] the authorities,” Benjamin’s radio essay warned, “because puppets can so easily mock everything without being malicious.”
Benjamin wrapped up his radio essay with summaries of various puppet routines that he found amusing. The last of these was titled “The Discovery of America,” and featured a conversation between Columbus and a “New Worlder.”
“Who goes there?” asks the New Worlder puppet. “What do you want?”
To which the Columbus puppet replies, “I call myself Columbus” and “Simply to discover.”
“And that is how America was discovered,” Benjamin’s description of the exchange summarily ended, “which is now a republic that for a number of reasons I cannot recommend. As soon as this republic gets a king, it will become a monarchy; that’s just the way it is.”
That is how Benjamin concluded his third talk, broadcast on December 7, 1929 in Berlin, less than a year before Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party won a stunning electoral victory in Germany’s Reichstag (Parliament). And this is how I am ending my latest Walter Benjamin diary entry, just days after United States President Donald Trump went on Twitter to order all US companies to stop doing business with the People’s Republic of China.
This is the third entry in my Walter Benjamin Radio Diary series.
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Radio Survivor is pleased to share an announcement from the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) of the Library of Congress about a call for papers for its forthcoming conference, “A Century of Broadcasting: Preservation and Renewal.” The event will be held October 22-24, 2020 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Presentation proposals are due by December 1, 2019. Read on for the full details from the RPTF:A Century of Broadcasting: Preservation and Renewal
Conference Dates: Oct 22-24, 2020
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019Call for Papers
The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) of the Library of Congress invites applications for papers, panels, moderated discussions and workshops for a conference marking the centenary of broadcasting in the United States.
We seek presentations by archivists, radio and television historians, artists, information scientists, journalists, sound studies scholars, broadcasters and others highlighting how preservation can help us complicate and rethink our understandings of the history of mass media at community, local, national and international levels. We particularly welcome participants who put archival resources to work today to enrich radio, television, podcasting, music, literature, journalism, public history, installation art and other creative practices.
The conference will take place Oct. 22nd to 24th, 2020, at the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. Registration is free for all presenters, moderators and respondents.
Celebrating One Hundred Years of Broadcasting
In the United States, the radio industry began primarily as a form of wireless telegraphy used for point-to-point communication. After World War I, government licensing began for stations that were changing the medium by airing point-to-mass broadcast transmissions of music and voice. From the celebrated Election Day broadcasts of Westinghouse station KDKA on November 2, 1920 to similar services offered by hundreds of other stations from coast to coast, the industry paradigm shifted. The broadcasting model endures to the present, characterizing media systems from large commercial networks to public broadcasting, satellite radio and online streaming services, and RSS-based podcasting.
This conference marks the centenary of that paradigm shift and investigates radio’s century of constant renewal and rebirth over the course of the intervening century, during which various radio and radio-like practices have been invented and reinvented, forgotten and remembered, in settings across the United States. We want to highlight a century dotted with “new” sound practices in this restless medium, from the first non-English programs to the first broadcasts aimed at communities of color, from the first international shortwave transmissions to the first true crime podcasts, the first educational shows to the first radio-based art. Our conference underscores the role of preservation in documenting (and even driving) the process of renewing radio from generation to generation and from community to community.
Renewing Radio Heritage
This meeting also takes place at a moment in which media history is itself changing, thanks to a renaissance in radio and television preservation, which has created an archive that is more diverse and richer than ever before, conveying a sharper sense of how broadcast media helped Americans articulate understanding of nation, region, class, gender, race, sexuality and ability. That is thanks in part to the work of the Radio Preservation Task Force, which for five years has been pursuing projects and partnerships to change the very archive itself in a way that necessitates fresh thinking about many firsts—and seconds, and thirds— in conventional national and international narratives of radio history.
Created in 2014 in fulfillment of a radio preservation mandate in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Plan, the RPTF is charged with fostering collaborations between researchers and archivists to facilitate work on radio preservation, developing an online inventory of extant collections, promoting preservation of endangered radio collections, encouraging use of radio and sound archives in educational settings, and cultivating academic study of archival radio materials. It currently boasts a network of hundreds of scholars and archivists who share materials, fundraising, and best practices. The RPTF has also constructed a national database aggregating information on over 2,500 radio collections from coast to coast, and has encouraged and overseen several special issues and anthologies on radio history and preservation. It is currently developing pedagogical guides for classroom use and resources to assist with preservation of endangered radio materials. To advance its goals, the RPTF partners with over 40 local, national, and international academic, archiving, and media organizations. A full list of partner institutions is available on our conference site.
This conference will focus on preservation’s historic and ongoing role in documenting and shaping new research from policy studies to sound studies, and new media practices from journalism to art. To that end, we seek panels, presentations and workshops whose ambit could include, but is not limited to:
- Highlighting a specific archive based on historic recordings that challenge assumptions about mass media history, the invention or reinvention of formats, or show outreach to new audiences.
- Offering best practices based on experience in preservation, from digitization and metadata to fair reuse, either on air or in arts settings.
- Exploring techniques for researching, processing or reusing the changing radio archive, such as how to use specialized methods from machine learning to deep listening.
- Examining communities whose stories have been lost but can now come to light as a result of the RPTF’s various initiatives and caucuses, especially communities of color, native communities, women’s radio history, LGBTQ histories, as well as among differently abled communities.
- Examining how preservation can highlight radio’s historic and ongoing role in activism, especially at the regional, local and community level.
- Looking at international histories of radio, and at preservation practices outside the United States, particularly in Latin America and Europe, from which U.S. archivists might learn.
- Focusing on long-arc narratives of radio history—the history of crime reporting, for instance, or civil rights radio—that stretch across the entirety of the “broadcast century” and whose history isn’t limited to one “tier” of radio, but rather can be studied in contexts from large networks to local radio and podcasts, and everywhere in between.
- Studying how preservation methods might be adapted for emerging forms of radio beyond traditional broadcasting platforms, particularly podcasting, as well as the study of broadcast platform elements themselves, from radio tower systems to RSS.
- Focusing on preserving recordings from arts and freeform stations, as well as exploring how the materials that RPTF projects have uncovered can be reused in contemporary art, journalism and research in the new golden era of podcasting and sound art more broadly.
- Providing practical advice for independent archivists, particularly when it comes to public history outreach, identifying possible funding and grant writing.
Proposal options include papers, pre-constituted panels, moderated discussions, and workshops. To submit a proposal, email abstracts and other materials specified below in a single document to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2019. For questions, please contact email@example.com.
Papers. Individual archivists, scholars or artists are invited to submit an abstract for a paper of about 20 to 30 minutes in length on our conference themes. Successful applications will be organized into panels by the steering committee. Applications should include: A brief biography; contact information for the applicant including any institutional affiliation; a 400-word abstract with a title; and five keywords.
Pre-constituted Panels. Pre-constituted panels should have 3-4 participants, plus a moderator and/or respondent. These panels will be based on the presentation of papers, with each speaker given 20 to 30 minutes to speak. Applications should include: A brief biography for each applicant; contact information for each applicant including any institutional affiliations; a 400-word abstract with a title for each paper; five keywords for each paper; a 400-word abstract explaining the goal and ambit of the panel.
Moderated Discussions. These events will differ from pre-constituted panels in that they do not require formal prepared remarks and will instead focus on discussion and exchange. Groups of 4-6 participants may apply, with each participant expected to speak for 5-10 minutes about a current project, archival recording, or issue. Applications should include: A brief biography for each applicant; contact information for each applicant including any institutional affiliations; a 400-word abstract explaining the goal and ambit of the panel; five keywords for the panel as a whole.
Workshops. For workshops on specific issues (e.g., digitization, grant writing, analysis tools, recording workshops), a single presenter or team leads discussion and has an open forum to field questions. Applications should include: A brief biography for the workshop leader(s); contact information including any institutional affiliations; a 400-word abstract explaining the goal and ambit of the workshop including any technical equipment that would be needed.
The Library of Congress RPTF Conference Steering Committee
RPTF 2020 Conference Chair:
Neil Verma, Northwestern University
Christopher Sterling, George Washington University
Library of Congress:
Steve Leggett (NRPB)
Cary O’Dell (NRPB)
Josh Shepperd, Catholic University and Penn State University
RPTF Assistant Director:
Shawn VanCour, University of California, Los Angeles
Conference Committee Members:
Matt Barton, Library of Congress
Claudia Calhoun, Fairfield University
Inés Casillas, University of California, Santa Barbara
Susan Douglas, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Christine Ehrick, University of Louisville
Anna Friz, University of California, Santa Cruz
Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, University of Texas, Austin
Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bob Horton, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Tom McEnaney, University of California, Berkeley
Julie-Beth Napolin, The New School
Stephanie Sapienza, University of Maryland
Jacob Smith, Northwestern University
Michael Socolow, University of Maine
Dave Walker, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Nathan Moore is the General Manager of WTJU at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hear how and why he has lead the way to build a podcasting studio for the community to use, as well as a student run LPFM station and a concert series and a summer camp.Show Notes:
- “Unsettled” WTJU’s one minute stories on immigrants
- teej.fm, WTJU’s podcasting network
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With mergers, acquisitions and millions of dollars changing hands, podcasts continue to be in the news. But just when it seems like well-funded networks are edging out the indies, Paul and Eric are here to assure community and college broadcasters and independent podcasters that there is growing opportunity for them, too.Show Notes:
- Paul on The Wolf Den Podcast
- The Verge: iHeartMedia will start airing its own podcasts on over 200 of its radio stations every Sunday
- That NY Times articles that podcasters hated so much: Have We Hit Peak Podcast?
- Podcast #98 – Celebrating ‘Small’ Podcasts
- Podcast #195: Telepathy and Radio Mind
- Podcast #178 – Irish Pirate Radio Archive