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College Radio Watch: Early Sports Coverage by Telegraph and More News

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:12

While I was in a research rabbit hole this week, I found an intriguing tale of an early “broadcast” of a college football game through the use of a telegraph in 1903. According to the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club, On October 31, 1903, the University of Michigan Football Team traveled to Minnesota to […]

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Podcast #138 – Radio History on Display at the San Francisco Airport

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:45

We visit the “On The Radio” exhibit on radio history at the San Francisco Airport Museum, where travelers can feast their eyes on 27 cases full of historical items related to radio’s past, ranging from 1920s crystal radios to 1970s novelty radios. And Paul brings us an update on where unlicensed radio, aka Pirates, stand […]

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The Rise and Fall of Brooklyn Hip-Hop Pirate WBAD

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:01

We recently had Brooklyn pirate radio watcher (and listener) David Goren on episode #133 of podcast and radio show, talking about his efforts to document this vibrant scene. He also told us about an earlier pirate pioneer from the borough, WBAD, which broadcast underground hip-hop to a loyal audience from 1995 to 1998. He produced a […]

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RIP Art Bell, Who Brought Freeform Call-In Radio Nationwide

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 15:55

Late night talk radio innovator Art Bell has died at the age of 72. He passed away in his sleep, at home in Pahrump, Nevada on Friday, April 13. For the night owls, insomniacs, late-shift and early-morning workers, Bell was a comforting voice crackling through the AM airwaves on his shows “Coast to Coast AM” […]

College Radio Watch: KFJC Broadcasts from Primitive Guitar Fest and More News

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:15

Over the next few days, the station where I volunteer, Foothill College radio station KFJC-FM is broadcasting live from a music festival several thousand miles from home. With a fixation on underground music and a growing obsession with undertaking ambitious remote broadcasts from afar; my KFJC cohorts continue to amaze me (see my tech-heavy account […]

Podcast #137 – Transmission Art with Zach Poff

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:38

On the Radio Survivor program today we are talking about making art with radio technology and listening to sound art. Our guest is media artist, educator and maker-of-things, Zach Poff. Show Notes Zach Poff’s Pond Station is broadcasting live during the day-light hours from just below the surface of a pond. Soundcamp is a network […]

An Affectionate & Honest Filmic Portrait of Negativland’s Don Joyce

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 23:11

Musician, DJ and radio artist Don Joyce passed away nearly three years ago, on July 22, 2015. He left behind a voluminous archive of his KPFA radio program “Over the Edge,” which took off in new, chaotic and creative directions when he welcomed the participation of the experimental band Negativland in 1981, then joining the […]

College Radio Watch: CMJ Lawsuit, WREK’s 50th, Station Tours, and More News

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:31

On this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast/radio show, I’m pleased to share two of my most recent college radio station tour reports. In the episode, Paul Riismandel and I chat about my visits to WIIT at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and WKCR at Columbia University in New York City. Both stations are super interesting, […]

Podcast #136 – Storied College Stations WIIT & WKCR

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:37

Jennifer Waits takes us on tours of two storied college stations, with deep roots in their communities. WIIT-FM is the student station at the Illinois Institute of Technology, housed in the modern Rem Koolhaas designed McCormick Tribune Campus Center situated at the intersection of Chicago’s Bronzeville and Bridgeport neighborhoods. WKCR is Columbia University’s station, with […]

FM Radio Is Here To Stay in the UK

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 00:14

When Norway completed the shutdown of its national FM radio signals the tech sites and blogs were all breathless in reporting the news. But, despite the strong currents of digital triumphalism, the way of Norway is not a sign of things to come for analog radio. As Norway paved the way for the wholesale move […]

College Radio Watch: Was WBWC the First Student-Operated Radio Station? Plus More News

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:31

College radio history is near and dear to my heart and I appreciate it when stations celebrate their origin stories. With many stations purporting to be the “first” at this or that, I’m always eager to dive into long-lost documents in order to sleuth out the veracity of station lore. As any historian or journalist […]

Podcast #135 – Resurfacing Women’s Contributions in Podcasting History

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:06

Women made significant contributions to the initial development of podcasting that have been forgotten. Historian Jennifer Hyland-Wang has been resurfacing these contributions, and drawing parallels with women’s contributions to the formative years of radio. She joins us on this episode to share this history and examine the ways in which the structural biases of the […]

Smooshing Stalin’s death and a scary radio story into one movie

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 19:22

The Death of Stalin begins with a terrifying radio story. Did it actually happen?

College Radio Watch: Radio Pioneers, Geezer Radio, and More News

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 14:26

While touring through the “On the Radio” radio history exhibit at SFO Museum on Monday, I was reminded of a couple of college radio connections. Curator Daniel Calderon pointed out to me his “nod” to college radio in the FM radio portion of the exhibit. According to the exhibit notes, “As FM searched for its […]

‘On the Radio’ Exhibit at San Francisco Airport Celebrates Radio History

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:00

Radio fans have a major reason to visit San Francisco this year: the SFO Museum just debuted the massive “On the Radio” exhibit in Terminal 3 of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Until September 30, 2018, travelers can feast their eyes on 27 cases full of historical items related to radio’s past, ranging from […]

Podcast #134 – The KRAB-FM Archives

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:59

KRAB was the fourth-ever community radio station in the U.S., serving Seattle, WA from 1962 to 1984. Like any community station, it broadcast thousands of hours of original and important programming during that time, documenting important social movements and voices not heard, or not heard clearly, in mainstream media. Former volunteer and board member Chuck […]

Radio Review: The Tivdio V-115 Records Airchecks on the Go

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 20:58

On a trip last fall visiting my parents in northern New Jersey, during the evening the I tuned around the AM dial and encountered some fascinatingly unique local stations. I wished I could record some airchecks but didn’t have any easy way to do so, and I couldn’t find any sort of online program archives. […]

If I could crossover the world . . .

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 17:21

Good grief is there ever a lot of crossover classical stuff going on, much of it in the United Kingdom. Let’s see . . . The Classic FM online service is teaming up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and PlayStation to present a show titled PlayStation in Concert, billboarding “the very best in video game music.” […]

College Radio Watch: Awards Season is Upon Us

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:11

While I’m full of guilt over some of my delayed college radio station field trip reports; I’m elated that my colleague Paul Riismandel just shared tales from his recent visit to a community radio station in Hawaii. For intrepid radio travelers, there’s nothing quite like setting foot into an unknown station, taking in the sights […]

Mahalo to Mana’o Radio, Maui’s Community Station

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 01:27

I recently had a short vacation on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Immediately upon getting in our rental car at the airport I dutifully turned the radio to the left end of the dial, where I quickly found KMNO-FM, Mana’o Radio, the local community station. Mana’o Radio turned out to be a wonderful travel companion […]