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College Radio Watch: Princeton Review, Kids, and Bank Robbers

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:02

The annual Princeton Review “Best College Radio Station” list has me in full-on analysis mode this week, as I scrutinize the list of 20 schools with “popular” radio stations. Based on surveys conducted at around 380 institutions, it reflects a microcosm (less than 10%) of the universe of more than 4,000 U.S. colleges and universities […]

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Princeton Review’s “Best College Radio Stations” List for 2019

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:54

This week, colleges and college radio stations across the United States are touting appearances in the newly released Princeton Review Best 384 Colleges (2019 edition), which includes a variety of survey results, both serious and whimsical. Notable to college radio fans, the included “Best College Radio Station” list is derived from student responses to a […]

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Podcast #153 Licensed and Unlicensed Low Power Radio

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:47

Two interviews that cover the state of low power radio in the United States. Stations that are on the air without a license – also known as Pirate Radio – and the low power stations that have FCC permission to broadcast due in part to the hard work of the former pirates. This episode is […]

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National Underwear Day unites all musical forms

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 16:17

Today is National Underwear Day, and radio station WWOZ-FM of New Orleans notes the occasion with a terrific video of the city’s Nat’l Underwear Day celebration from 2016: The New Orleans National Underwear Day Parade rolls again Sunday at 7p, starting and ending at 3610 Toulouse pic.twitter.com/7VoQW2tqk9 — WWOZ 90.7 FM (@wwoz_neworleans) August 5, 2018 […]

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College Radio Watch: 80s College Radio on Film, Anarchy Radio, and More News

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 08:44

Today, it’s not uncommon for mobile phone-wielding college radio participants to document every bit of minutiae from their stations and shows, leading to countless photos and videos across social media channels, from Instagram to YouTube. But back in the 1980s and 1990s, photos and videos was taken more sparingly because most people didn’t carry cameras […]

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Radio Station Visit #145: Wave Farm in Acra, New York

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 19:30

Radios in the woods, a pond station, and a Theremin are just a few of the goodies to be seen and heard at Wave Farm in Acra, New York. A non-profit arts organization, Wave Farm runs community radio station WGXC-FM and offers grants and residencies in transmission arts. For a radio nerd like me, a […]

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Podcast #152 – The Longest Running Hip-Hop Radio Show in The World?

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 00:53

The Eclipse Show on community radio station KGNU in Boulder CO is celebrating 40 years on the air, making it quite possibly the longest running hip hop radio show in the world. Radio Survivor has been examining the role that community and college radio has played in the development of hip hop culture, especially in […]

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College Radio Watch: Alumni Takeovers and Success Stories and More News

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 18:34

While planning my East Coast summer vacation, I fantasized about visiting numerous college radio stations in New York and Massachusetts, as I dreamed off ticking off more stops on my 140 station+ tour series. It’s always a balancing act, as my family members aren’t nearly as obsessed with sticker-covered cabinets, vinyl collections, and vintage audio […]

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Podcast #151 – The Wave Farm Grows Transmission Arts

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:01

Radios in the trees, a transmitter in the pond, and a weather-driven synth. These are just some of what you’ll find on The Wave Farm, a 29-acre property in New York’s Hudson Valley dedicated to radio and transmission arts. It’s anchored by community radio station WGXC, accompanied by a cornucopia of additional tiny terrestrial and […]

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Radio Day by the Bay in Alameda on July 21

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:14

The California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) will be presenting its annual Radio Day by the Bay this Saturday, July 21st in Alameda, California. Always a draw for radio enthusiasts and history buffs, the event will include a live auction of antique radios and electronics, a live radio play (“Pat Novak for Hire”), a surplus vintage […]

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Every Community Radio Programmer Must Be a Publicist

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:56

It is long past time when a community or college radio DJ or programmer can simply show up to do their show and expect to have an audience. Everyone who has a radio show bears the responsibility to build an audience for that show, and their station. Audience building is a challenge for every radio […]

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Podcast #150 – Sympathy for Kenny G

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 05:01

What killed smooth jazz radio? Why aren’t there any commercial classical stations any longer? And, why do radio stations have a “format” to begin with? Matthew Lasar joins us to explore these questions about the fundamental organizing principle of most music radio. Matthew is a co-founder of Radio Survivor and the author of three important […]

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Attention all classical radio stations: humans cough, deal with it

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:42

Attention all classical radio presenters: don’t deny your listeners live classical recordings because of a few tickled throats!

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Radio Survivor Recommends: How To Start Podcasting

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:02

On this week’s show Eric and I answer another frequently asked question we hear: how do I start podcasting? We give some basic advice to get started, focused on the basic gear you need, along with hints and tips along the way. To complement that segment I’ve put together some of that advice here, along […]

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Podcast #149 – How To Get Started Podcasting

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:01

How do I start podcasting? That’s one of the questions we field most frequently. So we answer it, in this second installment of our “Frequently Asked Questions” series. But first we do some follow-up about phone phreaker ‘Captain Crunch’ Draper (#147) and the nearly 1,000 challenges filed against applications for FM translator repeater stations (#144). […]

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The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map Is Now Online

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 00:01

Brooklyn, NY has one of the densest populations of unlicensed pirate radio stations in the U.S. As he explained on episode #133 of our radio show, journalist David Goren has been tracking and recording these stations for two decades. Now you can sample his archive of pirate airchecks with the interactive Brooklyn Pirate Radio Map, […]

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College Radio Watch: State of College Radio, Alum Success Stories, and More News

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:39

The Economist features a piece about college radio this week, with the headline How is College Radio Faring in the Streaming Era? – Not Signing Off Yet. It takes a cursory look at the state of college radio, unfortunately recycling stereotypical themes about the decline of college radio and its imagined heyday in the 1980s […]

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New music for Paddle to the Sea + nobody told me that smooth jazz died

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 18:15

I recommend a visit to Second Inversion radio for their wonderful video of the Third Coast Percussion ensemble’s new soundtrack to the 1966 Canadian short feature titled Paddle to the Sea. It is quite something. The musicians deploy skittering wood blocks and water-filled wine glasses to create a beautiful nature-filled sound environment. Paddle to the Sea was […]

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Podcast #148 – Solving the Mystery of Summer Camp Radio

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 00:55

Did you know that upwards of 350 radio stations were established at summer camps across the United States? Dan Braverman, President of Radio Systems, Inc., joins us to share the history of summer camp radio, including his own experience setting up a camp radio station when he was just nine years old. Still involved with […]

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LGBT Radio in Tunisia; LGBTQ Podcasts; Bar Inspired by Nikola Tesla | Around the Web June 17 – 24, 2018

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 00:05

Every week we share dozens of interesting radio and community media stories from all over the web on Twitter. Because we don’t want you to miss them, here’s some of the best, for the week ending June 24, 2018: “I was the first person to annoy people in the media and speak openly about LGBT […]

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