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2018 Princeton Review “Best College Radio Station” List is Released

The Princeton Review has released its annual list of the “Best College Radio Stations,” based on student surveys conducted at 382 colleges. Part of its larger Best 382 Colleges publication, the college radio list is derived from student responses to a question about the popularity of their college radio station. For the new 2018 list, […]

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Podcast #102 – How Inclusive Is Community Media, Really?

Sally Kane, CEO of the National Federation Community Broadcasters, has a question for community media: How inclusive are we, really? That’s the jumping off point for our conversation with Sally and her colleague Ernesto Aguilar, as they report back from the NFCB 2017 Conference, held in Denver, CO July 17 – 19. We discuss the […]

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College Radio Watch: WBRU Sale Imminent, College Radio on TuneIn, and More News

With hundreds, maybe thousands of college radio stations all over the world, it can be daunting for new listeners who are open to exploring the dizzying number of offerings. Some college radio aficionados turn to “best of” lists in order to get turned on to new stations, but those typically only scratch the surface. To […]

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Audio Treasures and Unexpected Radio on TuneIn

While exploring the music discovery and listening service TuneIn this week, I was pleased to find many of the radio stations that I was hoping to encounter, including college radio, new low power FM (LPFM) stations, high school radio, public radio, and commercial stations. In addition to traditional radio, TuneIn also has podcasts, audio books, […]

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Message in a bottle, re: KPFA’s cancellation of Richard Dawkins

I had a feeling that this brouhaha over Richard Dawkins at KPFA would happen. My involvement with the station these days is pretty minimal, but a couple of Sundays ago I dropped by as a guest on my friend Sherry Gendelman’s wonderful classical music show Piano. As we entered the Berkeley, California signal’s building entrance, […]

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Podcast #101 – Racist Sandwich

Racist Sandwich is a Portland, Oregon based podcast that tackles the intersection of food, race, class and gender. Started by journalist Zahir Janmohamed and chef Soleil Ho, both with no prior podcasting experience, the show has received recommendations from outlets like the CBC and The New York Times. Zahir joins us to talk about learning […]

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College Radio Watch: WBRU Shopping its License, Radio Camps and More News

In honor of the 100th episode of our podcast this week, we recorded a special edition featuring all four Radio Survivor partners. It was fun chatting with Matthew, Eric and Paul about our favorite podcast memories and reflecting on our hopes and dreams for the podcast. For me, it’s been a great way to help […]

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Podcast #100 – It’s All Radio Now

The four Radio Survivors—Jennifer Waits, Matthew Lasar, Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel—come together to reflect on 100 episodes of the podcast, and 8 years of Radio Survivor, sharing some favorite moments, and some thoughts about the future of community media. Importantly, Matthew observes that “radio is dead” articles and think-pieces have subsided as of late, […]

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Why Radio Survivor Supports the Day of Action for Net Neutrality

Today is the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. Radio Survivor is a supporter because we understand clearly how the internet is a powerful medium to disseminate diverse and independent voices. As an independent online publication and podcast Radio Survivor fundamentally relies on a free, unfiltered internet to exist and communicate with fellow radio […]

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Podcast #99: The Beginning Of The End For AM Radio In Brazil

Brazil is embarking on a grand experiment with the radio dial. AM stations have the opportunity to relocate to FM, and plans are afoot to expand the size of the FM dial. However, don’t be surprised that you haven’t heard about it. We hadn’t either until listener Álvaro Burns brought it to our attention. Álvaro […]

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College Radio Watch: WFUV tour, 1980s College Radio Nostalgia and More News

This week I shared my report from my visit to public radio station WFUV in the Bronx. Based at Fordham University, the station airs a music-oriented format, with primarily local, professional show hosts. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, WFUV began as a student-focused college radio station, becoming a public station by the late 1980s. […]

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Hybrid Highbrow podcast #2: Arabesques from Debussy to Willie “the Lion” Smith

By popular demand I have produced my second Hybrid Highbrow podcast. It’s all about jazz and classical pieces that conform to the “arabesque” format. Arabesques are often but not always written for the piano. Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy composed the most famous arabesques. But I also hear the arabesque spirit in the the work […]

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Radio Station Visit #139 – WFUV at Fordham University

No two radio station tours are alike. More often than not I’m solo, trekking into hidden corners of campuses from early in the morning to late at night. Occasionally family, friends or radio colleagues will join me, sometimes tag teaming with me as I interview station personnel. My visit to Fordham University’s music-focused NPR-affiliated public […]

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Podcast #98 – Celebrating ‘Small’ Podcasts

With so much of the online discussion in podcasting seeming to focus on growing audiences and getting big, we thought it necessary to explore and celebrate “small” podcasting, shows that don’t break onto the charts, but have dedicated audiences. If we celebrate small business and small craft breweries, why not celebrate small podcasts? Eric talks […]

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College Radio Watch: WUMD Leaves FM, WUSB’s 40th Anniversary, and More News

On Monday I caught a bit of the final moments of WUMD over FM. The community-focused college radio station at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth is moving to an online-only format after its FM license was sold to Rhode Island Public Radio. To mark the occasion, WUMD aired special programming and shared video from the studio […]

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Interference Conflict Between Unlicensed Stations in New Zealand

From Wellington, New Zealand comes news that a commercial radio group is planning a new station that threatens one run by an elementary school, MaranuiFM. The commercial radio group Mediaworks plans to run its popular “Polly and Grant” morning show on a 24-hour loop at 106.7 FM, the same frequency as the school station. Typically […]

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In which I launch the Hybrid Highbrow podcast . . .

Hybrid Highbrow podcast #1 is out! Ta daaaaa! The maiden episode focuses on the similarities between two early 20th-century “talking machine” singers: blues shouter Mamie Smith and opera star Enrico Caruso. Both sang in the middle ranges, alto and tenor, rather than the high or low registers. This made them perfect for acoustic recording. Both […]

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Podcast #97: PhillyCAM’s LPFM in the City of Brotherly Love

Intrepid radio tourist Jennifer Waits reports back from her journey to PhillyCAM radio in the City of Brotherly Love, adding a low-power FM station, WPPM-LP, to an established public access TV operation. Following up on episode #96 we catch up on the latest smart speaker research and Jennifer shares news about two college stations sold […]

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College Radio Watch: Weber State to Sell KWCR License to EMF, WUMD’s final days of FM and More News

I was interested to learn that public radio station WGBH has launched a radio show focused on higher education. According to WGBH, the June 18 pilot episode of “On Campus Radio” discusses “the nature of free speech on campus.” One story digs into examples from Wellesley, “where conservative professors are trying to burst the liberal […]

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