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The Spirit of Cassette Culture Lives on ‘No Pigeonholes Radio’

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 01:13

Decades before the invention of the MP3, the audiocassette, along with the home dubbing deck and four-track tape recorders, put the power to create and distribute recordings into the hands of anyone with the will to record. No longer reliant on record labels or the capital investment needed to rent studio time and press records, […]

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Podcast #114 – A Common Sense Approach to Unlicensed Broadcasting

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:20

Journalism professor John Anderson has been tracking the FCC’s enforcement of unlicensed radio for 20 years, and has seen the agency have little success, despite the periodic uptick in policing the airwaves, such as we’re seeing now. He suggests there are common sense approaches to managing the FM broadcast spectrum that would address the underlying […]

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Public Access TV Archive Documents 1970s Portland Pirate Radio

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 09:31

I just discovered this fascinating piece of video tape on YouTube, likely dating from the 1970s, documenting a pirate radio and television station operating in my neighborhood, Sunnyside, in Portland, OR. It’s part of an archive of tapes from an archive of The Video Access Project, digitized by the Oregon Historical Society. It’s truly a […]

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KUCR: The Movie

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 16:07

I am so looking forward to the completion of this documentary about KUCR-FM: the radio station of the University of California at Riverside. I have all kinds of fond memories of my stint as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCR back in 2000. The best thing about that gig was getting to know and becoming […]

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College Radio Watch: Students in Public Radio, 1997 as Peak Indie, and More News

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 07:00

This week’s Radio Survivor Podcast is particularly inspiring for college radio, as we look more closely at how KUNV was able to remain under university control, largely due to its increased commitment to students. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas public radio station sought advice from Fordham University’s WFUV about engaging students as vital members […]

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The Joy of Finding Truly Local Commercial Radio (Yes, It Exists)

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 15:01

While we mostly celebrate non-commercial radio here at Radio Survivor, that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate commercial radio when done well. The problem is that in the 20 years since the 1996 Telecom Act grossly deregulated radio ownership, the quality of most commercial radio dropped precipitously, leaving many stations with very little local programming, with […]

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Podcast #113 – Mutual Aid Saves College Radio Station

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 03:05

At the end of 2015, it looked like the University of Nevada-Las Vegas might hand over the keys to its radio station, KUNV-FM, to Nevada Public Radio. More than a year later the situation reversed course, with the university deciding to keep the station and increase student involvement. Our college radio watcher Jennifer Waits learned […]

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Happy Coincidences in Sound Art Radio

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:35

While trying to find the Wave Farm Radio feed on TuneIn this afternoon, I stumbled upon “NAISA – New Adventures in Sound Art” and tapped play. What I heard fit the bill of what I was looking for, but from a different source based in Canada: transmission and sound art akin to what Wave Farm […]

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College Radio Watch: Fires, Me Too, Regional College Radio Groups and More News

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:00

It’s been rough in Northern California lately, with many of my friends, family, and colleagues grappling with the outbreak of wildfires across many different regions. Luckily a number of these fires are nearly contained, although I’m still worried about friends near a newer fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ever since the first fires started […]

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Me Too: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in College Radio

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:44

On social media this week, I’ve sadly been hearing countless first-hand accounts of instances of sexual harassment and abuse suffered by my friends, colleagues, and family members. As I read through many personal stories describing reprehensible behavior by men throughout my friends’ lives, I’m reminded of so many occasions where I was was either harassed […]

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Wave Farm Celebrates 20 Years of Transmission Art

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:36

Transmission arts organization and community broadcaster the Wave Farm celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday with an event at the Fridman Gallery in New York City, titled, “Wave Farm 1997–2017: Twenty Performances for Twenty Years.” From noon to 10 PM, 22 sound and transmission artists will perform, including Wave Farm artistic director Tom Roe and […]

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Local Radio’s Value Demonstrated During Emergencies

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:01

The local service of radio grows enormously in value when disaster strikes a community. This is what we’ve seen with the wildfires that have swept through the Northern California counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Solano beginning last week. Fast moving and unpredictable, these deadly fires also took out communications infrastructure like cell towers, […]

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Podcast #112 – Sinclair Could Become the Wal-Mart of TV

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 03:05

Ajit Pai was just renominated and confirmed as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and there are a number of pivotal policy items ahead on his agenda. Our resident FCC watcher, Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota, joins to help us understand what’s in store and what the stakes are. First, he […]

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Broadcast the Radio Survivor Show on Your Station

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:01

We are very happy to announce that our weekly radio show and podcast is now available for broadcast to all non-commercial broadcast and internet radio stations. The show is available at no charge every week for all qualified stations, including college, community, public and LPFM stations as well as non-commercial internet-only stations. You do need […]

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College Radio Watch: Uncertainty at KUCR, New Stations, and Carrier Current History

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:00

There’s lots of college radio news this week, particularly following last Friday’s College Radio Day, which drew participation from 461 radio stations. Did you hear something particularly interesting or do something special at your college radio station? Since I got my college radio start at a carrier current station, I was excited to learn more […]

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College Radio Watch: Happy College Radio Day

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:00

Happy College Radio Day! On this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast we chat with College Radio Day founder Rob Quicke. Recording the podcast was the perfect way for us to celebrate the day, although college radio is on my mind 365 days a year. How are you celebrating College Radio Day? One of my favorite things […]

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Podcast #111 – Celebrating College Radio Day 2017

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 15:16

Rob Quicke founded College Radio Day in order to celebrate this unique medium and service. This year’s College Radio Day happens Oct. 6. Now in its seventh year, the celebration has spread globally with hundreds of stations participating. Quicke, who is also the GM of WPSC-FM at William Paterson University, joins to share the story […]

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