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Podcast #185 – Funding Change Threatens Canadian Community Radio Stations

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 00:50

A change in Ontario university funding rules threatens more than a dozen campus community stations in Canada. Barry Rooke, executive director of the National Campus and Community Radio Association is our guest to help explain the situation. He explains how the structure of Canadian community and college radio stations differs from those in the U.S. […]

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Sound Stories: Toronto Hip-Hop & Radio; First All-Podcast Radio Station In 2019 or 2005?

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:46

Every week we seek out compelling stories about sound and radio and share them on Twitter. Here are some of the most intriguing from the last week: Vote looms on bringing jazz radio back to MHCC“The Mt. Hood Community College Board will vote next week on whether to bring jazz radio station KMHD back to […]

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Help Us Tell the History of Indymedia & LPFM

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 18:54

This November 30 marks the 20th anniversary of the protests against meetings of the World Trade Organization that shut down the city of Seattle. It also marks the birthday of the Indymedia movement, which brought together grassroots media activists from public access TV, print, community radio and internet technology to create a radical open publishing […]

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College Radio Watch: First Station?, Awards and Harvard Hubbub

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 18:19

College radio has garnered much news in the past few weeks thanks to a plethora of student media awards being presented by various organizations. It’s another reminder that awards can be a great reason to spread the word about college radio’s excellent work and pick up some media attention in the process. Two New College […]

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Podcast #184 – Hidden Women’s Radio History in Uruguay

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:08

We celebrated International Women’s Day by recording a fascinating interview about women’s radio history with University of Louisville Professor of History Christine Ehrick. Author of Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950, Ehrick schools us on the hidden history of a pioneering women’s radio station in Uruguay. Founded in […]

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Radio Station Visit #153: Bellevue High School Radio Station KASB

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 18:02

High school radio station KASB-FM in Bellevue, Washington was my second stop during a hectic day of radio station tours in the Seattle area in October, 2018. Bellevue High School’s Career and Technical Education Department Chair Brad Conger reached out to me awhile back, encouraging more coverage of high school radio on Radio Survivor. I […]

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Podcast #183 – Can Congress Stop Pirate Radio?

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 02:00

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act,” but does it actually have a chance at putting a dent in unlicensed broadcasting? We review the provisions of the the bill – called the PIRATE Act for short – and wonder if an uptick in the war on pirates […]

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R.I.P. Radio Adventurer ‘The Professor’

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 00:08

SWLing Post editor Thomas Witherspoon recently notified us of the passing of “radio zealot” Michael Pool, a/k/a The Professor. I was an avid follower of Pool’s travels in AM radio listening and airchecking that he recorded for WFMU’s Beware of the Blog during the 2000s, and later on his own Radio Kitchen blog until about […]

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Podcast #182 – Volunteer Radio in Antarctica (rebroadcast)

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 19:50

Inspired by an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, we travel all the way to Antarctica to learn about mysterious community radio station, Ice Radio. Sadly, we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death on the day that we recorded this episode. Ice Radio is the latest iteration of a radio station that began more than 50 […]

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When radio (not Twitter) was where you got in trouble: the case of Sammy Davis Jr.

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 18:32

Once upon a time radio, not Twitter, was the place where you dug your own grave. An old Rat Pack story serves to illustrate . . .

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Radio Station Tours on the Podcast

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 19:00

For the past four years, I’ve been sharing tidbits of my radio station tours on the Radio Survivor show/podcast. My travels have taken me across the United States, visiting a variety of stations from California to New York. In this collection of podcasts featuring radio station tours, you’ll hear interviews with enthusiastic radio participants working […]

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College Radio Watch: Our Passion for Tours, A Trio of New Stations, and More News

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:40

This week began on such a high note, with Troy Price’s kind words about my college radio reports on the Radio Survivor Show/Podcast. In his Podcast Business Journal piece, If You are Passionate You Will Succeed, he writes: Listen to Jennifer Waits talk about college radio over on the Radio Survivor Podcast. She thinks, breaths, […]

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Podcast #181 – Visiting Community Radio Stations Around the World

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:08

Julia Thomas visited over a dozen community radio stations over the course of a year. Stations in Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ecuador “Often times by talking to community media makers,” Julia Thomas told Radio Survivor, “you’re meeting some of the most passionate, involved community members who have seen so much, who are so […]

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College Radio Watch: New Stations, Experimental Radio and More News

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:02

Folks involved with college radio are perhaps more likely to be audiophiles than the general population and this theme was front and center in our recent Radio Survivor show/podcast about the ongoing relevance of CDs. A former college radio colleague of mine from KFJC, Jacob Choplin, shares his thoughts about CDs, vinyl, cassettes, and stereo […]

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Podcast #180 – Net Neutrality Back in Court Again

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 05:02

The Federal Communications Commission was back in court on Feb. 1, called on to defend its decision to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order in December 2017. It seems like the FCC lawyers didn’t have the best day in front of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, and Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of […]

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What was that “very serious” music I heard on the radio in 1959?

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 00:08

I am at the point when recalling events from my childhood feels like excavating into another historical epoch. Nonetheless, if I don’t try to work out these personal archeological memory digs now, it does not feel like I will get to them later. So here I ponder a question that has poked at me for […]

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Podcast #179 – Don’t Throw Your CDs Away in 2019

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 00:13

This episode is dedicated to the compact disc. Paul recently published an article outlining 10 reasons why CDs are awesome, and it seems to have hit a nerve, turning out to be one of our most popular. So we dive into these reasons, and even talk to a Millennial, Jacob Choplin, who also loves CDs […]

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Bonus Episode #178.5 – More Irish Pirates for the Radio Anoraks

Sat, 02/02/2019 - 07:09

We had so much fun talking with Irish Pirate Radio Archive founders Brian Greene and John Walsh on episode #178 that we went way past the 59 minutes we deliver for our radio affiliates. Since not everything could fit into our regular episode, we saved some of the nerdier bits for our Patreon supporters. We […]

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College Radio Watch: Is College Radio ‘Almost Public Radio’? and More News

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 08:13

In the provocative piece, WNYU, New York is “Almost Public Radio,” radio veteran Ken Mills posits that college radio station WNYU at New York University (see my 2008 tour) falls into the category of “almost public radio.” Mills argues that stations in this category “copy public radio’s style, represent themselves as a public trust and/or […]

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How to Listen to Super Bowl LIII on the Radio

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:38

Once again it’s time for my annual hunt for the Super Bowl on the radio around the world. Last year I had fun listening to the first Australian to call the big game for his home audience. Announcer Gerard Whateley returns for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta to broadcast the game on 1116 SEN Victoria, […]

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