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Radio Happenings at the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon

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CMJ College Day 2011 – Irwin Swirnoff Picking up an award for KUSF-in-Exile (photo: J. Waits)

The CMJ Music Marathon takes over New York City and environs October 15th to 19th, for a dizzying number of music showcases, panels, parties, and special events. Originally a conference focused on college radio, these days the CMJ Music Marathon caters to not only young radio DJs, but also to the hundreds of musicians who perform throughout the festival.

Music showcases start early in the morning and wrap up in the wee hours, while daytime panel discussions take a look at topics of interest to musicians and music fans. A few radio-related panels are scheduled throughout the week and the college radio-focused College Day is the place to be for college radio DJs. Additionally, University of Washington-owned radio station KEXP will be hosting free live performances at Judson Memorial Church throughout the week. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the radio events happening during this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. Panel discussions are open to badge-holders:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013:

11am-12noon: Panel: Climbing the Charts: Radio’s Future– This panel discussion looks at “radio, in all its myriad forms” and specifically delves into the future of “music-centric radio.” (NYU Kimmel Center, 10th Floor)

12:30pm-1:30pm: SoundExchange: What it is, Why it Pays & How to Get Your Share. Although this panel seems to be more geared towards musicians, it will no doubt be a useful discussion for SoundExchange-reporting radio stations. (NYU Kimmel Center, Room 909)

4:00pm – 5:45pm: College Radio Mixer. A meet and greet for people affiliated with college radio stations. (Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

KEXP Live Broadcast: University of Washington-affiliated radio station KEXP will be broadcasting live from Judson Memorial Church starting at 10am. The event is free and open to the public and will feature live performances by Bear Ceuse (10am), Cub Sport (noon), Weekend (2pm), and The Helio Sequence (4:30pm). (55 Washington Square South, NY, NY).

11am-12noon: College Radio- Roundtable Workshop. Musicians, promoters, and radio folks discuss college radio. (NYU Kimmel Center, Room 909)

3:30-4:30pm: Fair Play – Royalty Rates and Internet Radio. Brieanne Elpert and Blake Morgan discuss the “challenges presented by current royalty rates.”  (NYU Kimmel Center, Room 905/907)

Thursday, October 17, 2013:

KEXP will be doing live broadcasts starting at 10am. Saint Rich (10am), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2pm), and Ski Lodge (4pm). (55 Washington Square South, NY, NY).

College Day– An entire day devoted to college radio kicks off with breakfast at 9am. Panels start at 10am in the NYU Kimmel Center (10th Floor) and include the following:

10:00am-11:15: College Radio: Autonomy, Authenticity and Defining Independence.

11:30-12:45pm: College Radio: Music Directors’ Summit. College radio music directors talk shop.

1pm-2pm: College Day Lunch, including live bands.

2:15-3:30pm: College Radio: Radio Relevance 2013. The panel, moderated by WFMU Station Manager Ken Freedman, will look at “how college radio remains an important cultural force both on- and off-line.”

3:35-4:05: College Day: Performance by The Beards

4:00-5:00pm: 2013 CMJ College Radio Awards (see the nominees here)

6:00-8:00pm: College Day After-Party hosted by Medium Rotation (Solas, 232 E. 9th Street #1, NY, NY)

Friday, October 18, 2013:

KEXP will again be doing live broadcasts starting at 10am. Haerts (10am), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2pm), and Ghost Wave (4pm). (55 Washington Square South, NY, NY).

11am: College Radio- Resume and Interview Review. Throughout the CMJ Music Marathon, there are career-oriented sessions, including this one for college students exploring job options after college radio. “Two hiring managers with extensive college radio experiences will discuss what makes makes a quality new hire, and how to get there.” (NYU Kimmel Center, Room 406).

12:30-1:30pm: College Radio- Careers in Radio. This panel will feature a number of people working in the radio industry. (NYU Kimmel Center, Room 406).

2:00-3:00pm: HD Radio Technology: Expand Your Programming and Break New Formats. This panel will discuss the benefits and opportunities available with “HD Radio technology.” (NYU Kimmel Center, Room 405).

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