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How radio changed Woody Guthrie’s life

Aric Allen has a compelling YouTube documentary about the impact of radio on Woody Guthrie’s life and career (although I’m not sure Guthrie would approve of the c-word). “California turned Woody into a radical but in 1937 Los Angeles turned him into a radio star,” Allen contends. “He was just a 24 year old sign […]

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Margot Adler: the Pacifica radio years

NPR reports that one of its most beloved and distinguished correspondents, Margot Adler, has died at age 68 after a struggle with cancer. The NPR remembrance observes that Adler shaped “what we would call the NPR sound today: human, curious, conversational.” It should be noted that prior to her joining NPR, she was a mainstay at […]

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College Radio Station equipment and flyers at the Saving WMUC exhibit

College Radio Watch: WSCS Sale Details and Film of Yale’s WYBC in 1950s

Last week I reported on the impending sale of the Colby-Sawyer College radio station WSCS-FM to the Vinikoor Foundation. After corresponding with representatives from the college and from Vinikoor, I have a few more details about the sale. According to Ambrose Metzegen, the Chief Operating Officer and Faculty Advisor for WSCS, “The decision to sell […]

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For T-Mobile, ‘freedom’ means a closed Internet

The formal portion of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet proceeding has concluded. Tens of thousands of individuals have filed comments, as have all of the major Internet Service Providers. We sparked some controversy last month by calling T-Mobile’s music “Freedom” plan an Internet fast lane. Paul Riismandel characterized it as such because the plan […]

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LPFM News: Dismissals due to Lack of Non-Profit Status, Plus New Arts and HS Stations

In LPFM news this week, most of the action is happening behind the scenes, with groups working to amend applications and work on potential settlement agreements. As Paul mentioned last week, REC Networks is monitoring the progress of various MX groups in the West. Only a few applications have been granted in the past few […]

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Radio Survivor Visits Gramophoney Baloney Show at KPOO-FM in San Francisco

On Monday, fellow Radio Survivor Matthew Lasar and I were guests on the Gramophoney Baloney radio show at community radio station KPOO-FM in San Francisco. Matthew has written numerous times about his love for this radio show and he’s even followed its host DJ Schmormac from station to station. Although I didn’t know too much […]

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Podcast Survivor July 23, 2014

Podcasting News: Anticipated Overcast App Drops

In this week’s podcasting news: Connecticut’s WNPR-FM dedicates an hour to “the culture and design of podcasts”; the anticipated Overcast app is released. WNPR-FM Explores the “Culture and Design of Podcasts.” Public station WNPR-FM dedicated the Tuesday edition of its morning talk show Where We Live to the topic of podcasts this week. Host John […]

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The Death Spiral of AM Talk Radio

Darryl Parks is the former corporate brand manager for Clear Channel talk stations and was program director for Cincinnati news/talk WLW-AM. Now independent, Parks keeps a blog where he recently has trained his sights on his old business. A couple of weeks ago he dissected the plummeting ratings across the mostly-conservative AM talk radio format. […]

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