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Radio Station Visit #142 – College Radio Station WIIT at Illinois Institute of Technology

With so many college radio stations in the Chicago area, it can be tough to decide which to visit first. WIIT 88.9 FM at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) jumped to the top of my list when I learned that it was potentially one of the oldest college radio stations in the country. Coupled with […]

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Studio in college radio station WKCR. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #141 – College Radio Station WKCR at Columbia University

On a rainy New York City day this spring, I headed to Morningside Heights in upper Manhattan for a visit to Columbia University’s college radio station WKCR 89.9 FM. The 76-year-old station has a deep respect for its history and I was delighted to see numerous reel-to-reel players, an entire room full of vintage audio […]

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College radio station KZSC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: 50th for KZSC, Farewell WSGR, Free Speech, and more News

A mysterious situation is brewing at St. Clair County Community College’s college radio station WSGR-FM, where word has it that the station has been shut down after 43 years on the air. According to the Port Huron Times Herald, The radio station was originally intended for students in the broadcasting degree program, which was discontinued […]

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Podcast #119 – Chicago Independent Radio Project

The Chicago Independent Radio Project launched as an internet radio station nearly a decade ago, with a mission of bringing a truly independent music- and arts-focused community radio station to Chicago. Thanks to the Local Community Radio Act, which allowed the growth of low-power FM stations in the nation’s biggest cities—and a lot of hard […]

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View of college radio station WDCE's on-air studio from the college radio station's CD library. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: TV as the New College Radio and More News

Are TV shows the new college radio? An article on Interlochen, The Rewiring of Our Relationship to Music, dissects music discovery and invokes college radio in a few places. The author first references student radio DJs as understanding the importance of both old and new music, writing, “College-radio DJs, a guild whose influence is disappearing, knew […]

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Podcast #118 – Making Sense of the FCC’s Effort to Kill Net Neutrality

The FCC is about to vote on rules that would reverse network neutrality protections that the Commission put in place just two years ago. The terms of this rollback were released right before Thanksgiving, and represent the FCC effectively abdicating its role in guaranteeing the free flow of information on the internet. Prof. Christoper Terry […]

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Tour East London’s Pirate Radio Scene in “Drowned City”

I’m delighted to keep stumbling upon video artifacts of pirate radio, like the 1970s Portland public access footage and 1990 shortwave pirate documentary I recently shared. Next up I’ve found a more contemporary documentary from 2014 looking at London’s pirate radio scene. The city has long been a hotbed of unlicensed radio activity, such that […]

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