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College Radio Watch: WBRU Plans to Sell FM License to Christian Radio Group and More News

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 07:17

My thoughts are with everyone in the path of destruction due to Hurricane Harvey. Images from the storm damage are terrifying and continue to haunt me. Not only do I worry about my friends in Houston and beyond, but I’m also thinking about college radio stations in the storm zone, including KTRU at Rice University […]

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WBRU License Expected to be Sold to Christian Radio Group EMF

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 21:00

Rumors have been circulating for awhile that the 95.5 FM license for commercial radio station WBRU at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island was up for sale and just last month there was speculation that an announcement would be coming soon. Over the weekend, Providence Journal reported that WBRU was selling its license to Christian […]

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KPFA Pollini; WPRB Sonata a Tre; Cahill on Lou Harrison concerto

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 12:48

My friend Sherry Gendelman played one of Maurizio Pollini’s recordings the other day on her Piano radio show on KPFA in Berkeley. It was Pollini’s version of the Chopin Preludes and reminded me of when he came to New York City in 1979 and played Carnegie Hall. This was a huge deal since he was […]

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Podcast #105 – From the Princeton Review to Incoming Wounded

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 03:05

The Princeton Review’s annual list of top college radio stations is out, and college radio expert Jennifer Waits joins to deconstruct the list, its methodology, and the notion of “best” college radio stations in the first place. Then Paul talks with Ed Hadley, who has been producing the overnight radio show “Incoming Wounded” on community […]

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Hybrid Highbrow podcast #3: Classical tango!

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 17:55

For my third Hybrid Highbrow podcast I have assembled a collection of tango pieces written by late-19th and early 20th-century classical composers. These include Albéniz, Shostakovich, Milhaud, Mompou, Stravinsky, Satie, and Poulenc. Listening to these wonderful compositions, and reading up on the history of tango, I am struck by the explosive impact that this genre […]

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Happy National Radio Day!

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 12:15

Once again it’s the day to celebrate the most enduring electronic medium: radio. In particular it’s time to recognize the stations, programmers, DJs and volunteers who make vibrant, relevant local radio, that informs, entertains and enriches communities. Make a point to tune in your favorite local stations today, and maybe give ‘me a quick call […]

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College Radio Watch: WTJU to Air “Community Healing” Broadcast in Charlottesville

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:17

My thoughts keep turning to Charlottesville, where a series of white supremacist events last Friday and Saturday led to violence, injuries and one death. It was brought closer to home when I learned that a WTJU volunteer, Tyler Magill, suffered a stroke that may have been precipitated by being hit in the neck by a […]

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Podcast #104 – Soundcloud, Patent Troll & the Legacy of Talk

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:29

We catch up on news that’s important to podcasters and broadcasters. Soundcloud received emergency investment to keep running, but is it still a sustainable host for podcasts? The podcast patent troll is totally dead, finally. And, responding to reader and listener questions, Paul reviews the history of proposals to create a low-power AM radio service […]

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KEXP Celebrates National Radio Week by Honoring Other Radio Stations

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:06

National Radio Day is approaching this Sunday, August 20 and in advance of that, public radio station KEXP in Seattle is doing a week’s worth of special programming “dedicated to celebrating and remembering radio stations that went off the air or changed formats,” according to a press release. It’s rare that radio stations pay homage […]

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Podcast #103 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 22:51

Anita Pouchard Serra traveled across Argentina helping to set up new community radio stations with the DTL! collective. A photojournalist, she also documented the building of these stations, that are officially unlicensed, but operate in the spirit of a communications law that passed, but never went into effect. Anita joins to tell us about this […]

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What about Low-Power AM (LPAM)?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:39

With the last group of low-power FM stations approved in the 2013 licensing window now going on the air—and no new LPFM windows scheduled—many folks are wondering what other licensed low-powered broadcasting opportunities might exist. So far this year we at Radio Survivor have fielded quite a few inquiries from people who would like to […]

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Apple Kills Off Its First and Only FM Radio

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:01

Apple recently announced the end for two more of its iPod music player models, the iPod Shuffle and the iPod Nano. The cancellation of the latter also eliminates Apple’s first, and only, radio receiver. While the iPod Touch remains in production, it’s really just an iPhone without a cellular phone function. Nice as it is, […]

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

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 19:23

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?

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 03:05

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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