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Radio Amateurs & Shortwave Broadcasters Assist Nepal Earthquake Relief

In the days since the disastrous earthquake in Nepal amateur radio operators have been lending critical communications assistance, especially in places where power, telephone, wireless and internet service has been interrupted. Nepal has only 99 licensed amateur radio operators, which is why hams from other countries have traveled to the country to help. The country’s […]

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There Are Surprisingly Few Spanish-Language News Stations

The Pew Research Center released its annual State of the News Media report for 2015. One fact struck me that I haven’t seen otherwise commented on elsewhere: only 30 Spanish-language radio stations in the US air news and talk programming, out of more than 500 Spanish-language format stations total. That’s seems really low to me. […]

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college radio station WHRC in 2014

Free Access to Special Journal Edition on College Radio

A special journal edition devoted to college, student, and university radio has just been published by Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. Excitingly, the issue is open access and available to all readers. This is also a special issue as it features original articles by Radio Survivor’s Jennifer Waits as well as by me. Given […]

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How Weird

WTJU floats; ARTxFM boomboxes; weirds out; WDNA videos live jazz

Boatloads of events and performances are happening across community radio-land, especially during subscriber marathon season. Lots of stations are posting Facebook pix and videos of what’s going on. Here below, for example, is the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Band live on the air via South Florida jazz station WDNA during their latest subscriber drive:   Meanwhile WTJU recently […]

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CDs at college radio station WONC

College Radio Watch: College Radio as a “Defining” Experience, More Documentaries, KDVS’ Fundraiser Goodies, and More News

This week I ran across a fun, short documentary about two Southern California college radio stations, Pomona College’s KSPC and University of California, Riverside’s KUCR. Speaking of KUCR, the student who created the documentary also gives a first-person account of the impact of college radio on his life in the Highlander. Jake Rich writes, (more…)

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LPFM Watch

LPFM Watch: REC Proposes LPFM Power Increase to 250 watts + 9 More LPFM construction permits

This week we only saw nine more grants for new low power FM (LPFM) construction permits, but it doesn’t mean that it was all quiet on the LPFM front. REC Networks has filed a Petition for Rule Making with the FCC with the intention of helping “LPFM stations enhance their signal within their current three […]

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