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Upcoming Saving College Radio Events

Saving College Stations (Photo: J. Waits)

It’s encouraging to see that a number of upcoming events and conferences will be addressing the future of college radio.

I will be speaking on a panel at the National Student Media Convention in October and am also hoping to moderate a panel “College Radio’s Crisis: Activism or Apathy” during the SXSW music festival next Spring.

Additionally, CMJ will have a panel moderated by Ken Freedman of WFMU during its annual “College Day” during the CMJ Music Marathon. And, in just a few weeks, Freedman will also be co-hosting a webinar on the topic of Saving College Radio.

Mark your calendars for:

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 from 1pm-2pm PDT: Saving College Radio Stations (webinar)

Elizabeth Robinson of UC Santa Barbara’s college radio station KCSB and Ken Freedman of community radio station WFMU will lead this NFCB-hosted webinar.

Thursday, October 20, 2011: College Day at CMJ Music Marathon (New York City)

During CMJ’s annual college radio-themed day, an entire panel will be devoted to the topic of “Saving College Radio.” Ken Freedman of WFMU will moderate. In addition to “College Day,” CMJ will also be hosting a College Radio Mixer on October 18.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 2-3:20pm: “The College Radio Crisis (and How to Survive)” at National Student Media Convention (Orlando, Florida)

I will be participating in this panel along with representatives from WRVU, KTRU, and others. Panelists will discuss the current crisis in college radio and will share strategies to help stations ensure their future. The National Student Media Convention (October 26-30, 2011) will also include several other sessions directly related to saving college radio.

March 2012: Proposed SXSW Music Panel: “College Radio’s Crisis: Activism or Apathy”

I proposed a panel for the SXSW Music Festival on the topic of “activism or apathy” in college radio. I’m excited to have representatives from WRVU, College Radio Day, and Radio One 91 FM (Dunedin, New Zealand) slotted to present. They will talk about whether or not college radio is worth fighting for and will discuss the role of FM and if it is vital to the future of college radio. To vote for this panel, visit the SXSW website’s “Panel Picker” tool by September 2, 2011.


Here are a few more resources for stations looking to ensure their future:

9 Tips to Ensure College Radio’s Survival

Saving College Stations Panel at June 2011 NFCB conference

Saving College Radio Panel at SXSW 2011 (Podcast)

The Mediageek’s Advice for College Stations, Part 1-Be True to Your School

The Mediageek’s Advice for College Stations, Part 2- No More Elitism, Recruit, Recruit, Recruit



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