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College Radio Survivor: mtvU College Radio Woodie Finalists and More LPFMs

In this week’s College Radio Survivor we take a look at the finalists for the mtvU Woodie Award and give an update on the LPFM applications awarded to colleges and universities this week. Earlier this week, MTV’s college-oriented brand mtvU released its list of the 10 college radio stations which are finalists for the College Radio Woodie Award. Finalists were “determined by peers and a panel of experts,” according to mtvU. The winner will be decided by popular online vote, with voting continuing through March 6th. Website visitors can vote as often as they’d like. This year’s finalists are a different mix from 2013 and the past two winners (2013 winner KSUA and 2012 winner WASU) didn’t make the list.

As always, I think of contests like this as a way for college radio and college radio stations to get more exposure. Attempts to identify the “best” college radio stations will always be controversial, as there are so many different types of stations and we all have different, subjective criteria for determining our favorites. Since Woodie winners seem to be arrived at by popular online voting, the contest is reliant upon stations that are good at online self-promotion. And the finalists are…

KALX 90.7 FM (University of California, Berkeley, CA)

KTSW 89.9 FM (Texas State University, San Marcos, TX)

WCRD 91.3 FM (Ball State University, Muncie, IN)

WEIU 88.9 FM (Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL)

WESS 90.3 FM (East Stroudsburg University, PA)

WIUX 99.1 FM (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN)

WPGU 107.1 FM (University of Illinois, Champaign, IL)

WPSC 88.7 FM (William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ)

WTBU 89.3 FM (Boston University, Boston, MA)

WUSC 90.5 FM (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC)

In other college radio news this week…

7 More Colleges and Universities are Granted LPFM applications

It’s hard to believe that since the beginning of the year more than 900 LPFM applications have already been granted. The number of college and university applicants that have moved on to the next step in the process continues to grow, with the total number of granted college radio LPFMs at about 37. Here are this week’s grantees:

Granted on February 10, 2014:

Lubbock Christian University (Lubbock, TX)

Sussex County Community College (Newton, NJ)

Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC)

Granted on February 11, 2014:

Neumann University (Aston, PA)

Granted on February 12, 2014:

University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)

Saint Michael’s College Inc. (Colchester, VT)

Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)

You can read about more college and university applicants here.

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