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College Radio Watch: University of Evansville to Sell WUEV License and More News

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 18:50

I’m saddened, but not surprised to hear that University of Evansville has announced plans to sell the 91.5 FM license for college radio station WUEV-FM in Evansville, Indiana to a religious broadcasting group. Once a station that I held up as an inspiring example of how to fight an impending license sale, WUEV is in […]

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Podcast #194: Build Your Own Tiny Radio Station

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:57

First conceived in the 1930s, there is a type of tiny radio station that anyone can operate legally, without a license. Bill DeFelice of HobbyBroadcaster.net joins the show to tell us about how you can get on the air today, to broadcast around your house, or even your neighborhood with a so-called ‘Part 15’ radio […]

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College Radio Watch: First University Station in the World? and More News

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:20

Each week seems to bring a new college radio “first” claim for me to obsess over. Latin American radio scholar Christine Ehrick (don’t miss her appearance on the Radio Survivor podcast, in which she schools us about the hidden history of a female-focused pioneering radio station in Uruguay) writes, “the station at the National University […]

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Podcast #193: Wavefarm, Reveil and Transmission Arts

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 02:59

Wave Farm Executive Director Galen Joseph-Hunter joins us to talk about transmission arts at Wave Farm and beyond. We discuss Wave Farm’s recently co-presented Reveil, SoundCamp’s live 24-hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, sourced from open microphones from around the world. Additionally, Joseph-Hunter gives us the scoop on the new Radio Artist Fellowship at […]

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College Radio Watch: Nearly 100 Years of College Radio in Canada and More News

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:01

Some interesting college radio history is embedded in a story about Canadian campus-community radio station CFRC. The Queen’s University station stretches back to the 1920s, making it the oldest college radio station in Canada. According to the “90 Years of Queen’s Radio” online exhibit created by the Queen’s University Archives: Public radio broadcasting from the campus of Queen’s […]

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Radio Station Visit #156: KMGP-LP Space 101.1 FM in Seattle

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 19:35

My 5th and final radio station visit at the end of a long day of Seattle touring brought me to an interesting arts enclave in Warren G. Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle. My destination, the newish low power FM (LPFM) community radio station SPACE 101.1 (KMGP-LP), which is a project of the Sand Point Arts […]

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Podcast #192: Saving Radio History with The Radio Preservation Task Force

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 20:25

Radio Preservation Task Force’s Director Josh Shepperd and Conference Director Neil Verma are our guests for a discussion about the work of the Library of Congress initiative. They explain the significance of 2020 for radio history, share some of the accomplishments of the Task Force, and preview the next Radio Preservation Conference Task Force Conference, […]

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How a radio show and comic book inspired the FBI’s name

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 20:14

It was 1934, and J. Edgar Hoover was sick of radio mysteries and comic strips that referred to “secret” government agents. We need a better name, he told his minions.

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College Radio Watch: Longest Running College Radio Station Quest and More News

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 15:55

My radio station tours resumed this week with a report on my trip to Bellevue College’s community-public radio station KBCS-FM in Bellevue, Washington. Although the station was launched by students who staged a protest in order to get the administration on board; these days there isn’t much of a student presence. It’s another example of […]

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Radio Station Visit #155: Public-Community Radio Station KBCS-FM

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 08:43

It’s become somewhat of a station tour cliche for me to write about the homey feel of the radio stations that I visit. But, Bellevue College’s public radio station KBCS 91.3 FM in Bellevue, Washington takes that vibe to another level, as its station is located inside an actual house. Entrance to KBCS. Photo: J. […]

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How an LPFM Produces an Hour of Hyper-Local News Every Weekday

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 00:24

Every weekday an all-volunteer reporting staff produces an hour of original, hyper-local news for WOOC-LP’s “Hudson Mohawk Magazine,” serving the Troy, NY area. A focus on mission and a concentration of resources on journalism helps the station accomplish this daily feat. Steve Pierce is the Executive Director of Media Alliance, which operates WOOC inside the […]

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College Radio Watch: WVBU License to be Sold, KHSU Upheaval and More News

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 20:33

There’s some sad news on the college radio front this week, with word that Bucknell University’s student radio station WVBU will be losing its FM signal. VIA Public Media plans to purchase the license for $17,600. The Daily Item writes, that WVBU “will move to a streaming-only platform and VIA Public Media will take over […]

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Podcast #190: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:02

Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist enamored with radios and radio waves. The Assistant Professor, Studio Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) joins us on the show to discuss her most recent transmission art project, Ghosts in the Airglow, in which she created work at the HAARP facility in Alaska. Christie also shares with us […]

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College Radio Watch: 168 hours of Vinyl, 50 Year Old Trivia Contest and More News

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:25

We had a fun chat about college radio’s Vinylthon at the start of this week’s Radio Survivor show. On Saturday, April 13, 2019, more than 140 radio stations played vinyl in celebration of the College Radio Foundation tradition. At Foothill College’s radio station KFJC-FM, where I’m Publicity Director, we ended up playing vinyl for 7 […]

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Three reasons not to edit out the ums

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:04

Removing “ums” from an interview is a foundational skill of podcast and radio editing, right up there alongside finding the right place to start the show and boosting the volume when it’s too quiet. But not all “ums” are equal. The um as a stand-in for another word: I’ve heard “ums” in audio used intentionally […]

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Podcast #189: No Locked Grooves for Podcasts

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 23:37

Jennifer, Eric and Paul sit down to review the latest research on podcasts from the Infinite Dial and Podcast Consumer reports, which leads to consideration of the transition between analog and digital media, inspired by Vinylthon. From 78s to CDs, and music memories to smooth jazz, just how great is this episode? Ask Dr. Science. […]

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When it comes to classical music (and classical radio), don’t mess with (San Antonio) Texas

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 18:19

KPAC is another reason why San Antonio, Texas is a great place for classical music and classical radio.

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College Radio Watch: Vinylthon and More News

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:32

At Foothill College radio station KFJC-FM where I am a volunteer DJ and Publicity Director, we are in the midst of 100+ hours of all-vinyl programming as part of College Radio Foundation’s 4th annual Vinylthon. As Paul outlines in his post this week, the official Vinylthon celebration of vinyl records is scheduled for Saturday, April […]

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This Concise History of LPFM in the U.S. Is a Must-Read

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 14:59

Most press coverage of low-power FM focuses on particular stations, or the flourishing of the medium in the last half-decade. Not unexpectedly, rarely do articles delve into the deep history, which goes all the way back to 1948, with mileposts in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, leading up the FCC’s eventual creation of the […]

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140 Stations Celebrate Vinylthon this Saturday

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:56

It started in college radio and now is sweeping stations around the world. No, I’m not talking about R.E.M. It’s Vinylthon! This Saturday, April 13 – which, not coincidentally, happens to be Record Store Day – 140 stations will feature programming with only vinyl records, some going all day long. The ones that clock in […]

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