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College Radio Watch: WBAR Thriving, WVAU Tour, Record Sales, and More News

I’m immersed in the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) conference today and hope that some of you caught my two presentations yesterday on college radio history and culture. As I prepared for these presentations, I spent some time reflecting back on the more than 90 radio station visits that I’ve embarked on since 2008. Looking through my photos, I’ve been reminiscing about some of the sights and sounds from the amazing collection of stations that I’ve been to. One of those stations, Barnard College’s WBAR (which was my 13th field trip back in 2009), was the subject of a nice piece in the Columbia Spectator.

I was pleased to read that WBAR is the largest club at Barnard:

Seven years ago, WBAR was struggling to fill in time slots; now it is the largest club at Barnard, and getting a DJ position is highly competitive because of its growing popularity. The 100-plus WBAR DJs are comprised of students from all of Columbia’s affiliated schools—including Teachers College and the Jewish Theological Seminary—with no previous experience necessary.”

I’m always impressed by small schools with large station staffs, as it shows the enduring power of student radio.

Speaking of my station visits, on Monday I posted my most recent college radio station tour: WVAU at American University in Washington, D.C. It’s my final post from my spring trip to D.C. and my 90th radio station field trip report since 2008. I was very thankful that the WVAU staff welcomed me on a holiday weekend!

Also this week, on the Radio Survivor Podcast, I join Eric and Paul for the entire podcast. We recap the situation at Centenary College station WNTI (which is now airing material from WXPN) and I also talk about some new college radio stations that have recently launched or are coming soon and share details about the winning entries from the CBI/NextRadio contest. We also reminisce a bit about some of the biggest stories on Radio Survivor over the years, including my Family Radio coverage.

More College Radio News

WMPG to Host Record Sale on Saturday, Oct. 24th

Bangor Daily News writes that University of Southern Maine’s station in Portland, WMPG, is hosting its 20th annual Record & CD sale on Saturday, October 24th.

Henry Ford College Station Holding Record Show on Oct. 24

Another record show and sale is happening in Dearborn, Michigan, hosted by college radio station WHFR, according to Press and Guide. The 30-year-old station has been hosting its record show for 8 years.

KDUR’s Halloween Ball

The Independent writes about a Halloween show in Durango, Colorado benefiting Fort Lewis College’s radio station KDUR.

Behind the Scenes at WNYO

In a multi-part series for the Oswegonian, a college radio participant is sharing the inside scoop about WNYO at State University of New York in Oswego. Part one provides a brief overview of the station, along with some photos.

WSUM DJ Hosts “Heavy Petting Zoo”

This has got to be one of the best radio show names ever. The Badger Herald profiles the Madison Fire Department’s new public information officer, who also happens to be a long-time college radio DJ at University of Wisconsin, Madison station WSUM.

West Virginia University Radio Station Earns Three CMJ Awards

The Daily Athenaeum profiles U92FM (aka WWVU) on the heels of its successful run at the CMJ’s College Radio Awards.

WPRB Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Daily Princetonian reports on WPRB’s anniversary festivities, including the WPRB History exhibit and an on-air fundraiser.

College Radio Watch appears every Friday on Radio Survivor. We additionally report on college radio news in our weekly Radio Survivor Podcast.



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