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Radio Guide to CMJ 2011

CMJ 2011

CMJ 2011

The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in New York City with a full schedule of live music performances, panels, film screenings, and an entertainment business law seminar. As was the case last year, there are a lot of radio happenings in the mix.

For college radio DJs, the most important event is College Day on Thursday, October 20th, in which panel discussions focus on both the art of doing radio and the challenges of running a station. A “Saving College Radio” panel will include representatives from WRVU and KUSF talking about the loss of FM at those stations. CMJ’s annual College Radio Awards will also be announced during College Day (voting will be open to CMJ badge holders up until some time on Thursday).

In addition to College Day, there will also be a College Radio Mixer tomorrow afternoon, a College Day after-party on Thursday, and college radio-themed mentor sessions on Friday. For those of you trying to make it to all of these college radio events, CMJ has put together a handy “cheat sheet” so that you know where to be and when.

As in years past, several college and community radio stations will also be hosting showcases and live remote broadcasts from CMJ. Here’s a selection of the radio happenings that I’m aware of:

Tuesday, October 18

College Radio Mixer at 4pm at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) for college radio station staff members only.

WFMU/Mexican Summer Showcase from 8pm to 2am at Public Assembly (back room), 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 19:

KEXP Sessions at the Ace Hotel: free, live broadcasts from 9am to 5pm (EDT) at the Ace Hotel (20 West 29th Street). They will also be inviting college radio staffers to stop by at 9:45 for a presentation and a chance to observe a recording session. The line-up of bands includes:

10:30am EDT – Zola Jesus

12:30pm EDT – We Are Augustines

2:30pm EDT – Portugal, the Man

4:30pm EDT – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

New Waves in Radio panel discussion from 11am to 12:15pm in NYU Kimmel Center, Room 406 (CMJ badge required). Panelists from Rhapsody, Pandora, Clear Channel, and Sirius XM will discuss “traditional and non-traditional forms of radio, and discuss how artists can best take advantage of opportunities for airplay.”

WNYU Tour and Informational Session for College Radio Staffers at 12:45pm at New York University’s college radio station WNYU (5-11 University Place).

Official CMJ 2011 College Radio Showcase at Shea Stadium from 7pm until 1am: College radio stations KXSC (University of Southern California), KXLU (Loyola Marymount University), KVRX (University of Texas, Austin) and KTRU (Rice University) worked together to curate this free, all ages, event open to the public (no CMJ badges required) featuring Computer Magic, Fidlar, Unstoppable Death Machines, Slutever, Wild Moccasins, Extra Life, Gangi, Fresh Millions, Buxton, and the Sour Notes.

Thursday, October 20:

College Day at CMJ from 9:30am to 5:30pm at Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor, NYU Kimmel Center (open to CMJ Badge holders)

KEXP Sessions at the Ace Hotel: free, live broadcasts from 9am to 5pm (EDT) at the Ace Hotel (20 West 29th Street). The line-up of bands includes:

10:30am EDT – Widowspeak

12:30pm EDT – Givers

2:30pm EDT – Dum Dum Girls

4:30pm EDT – The Lonely Forest

Digital Music Servicing, Radio Revamp (CMJ badge required): Panel discussion from 2pm to 3:15pm (NYU Kimmel Center room 905/907) on the topic of “how digitally servicing new releases is impacting college radio.”

College Day Afterparty at Sola’s (232 E. 9th St.) from 5:30 to 8:00pm

Friday, October 21:

KEXP Sessions at the Ace Hotel: free, live broadcasts from 9am to 5pm (EDT) at the Ace Hotel (20 West 29th Street). The line-up of bands includes:

10:30am EDT – WATERS

12:30pm EDT – EMA

2:30pm EDT – Caveman

4:30pm EDT – Atlas Sound

The Wizards of Oz panel discussion from 11am to 12:15pm for CMJ badge holders (NYU Kimmel Center Room 406). This panel will focus on the Australian music industry and will include a representative from FBi Radio.

College Radio Mentor Sessions at the Kimmel Center room 909 from 12pm to 1:30pm. Sign up for these sessions during College Day.

Silent Disco: From 6pm to 8pm this event (open to the public) at The Big Screen Plaza at Eventi Hotel (851 Avenue of the Americas) will feature videos made by Invisible Children “that have been used to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to use their talents to help stop a war in Central Africa where a rebel warlord is forcing children to fight as child soldiers. They will present The Musician Coalition, a group of artists uniting with their fans to build a system of life saving radio towers in the war affected region.”

Saturday, October 22:

9pm to 1am: KEXP is one of the sponsors of the 2011 Nomadic Wax CMJ showcase at 92YTribeca. Artists include: Omar Offendum, The ReMINDers, Masia One, Krussia, RahZemos, M.O.A., Babaluku, hosted by Kokayi with DJ Boo.

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