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Podcast #45 – The Controversy of Firsts



College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits joins for a discussion on the difficulty of claiming “firsts” in radio. Sparked by claims that WTBU in Boston was the first college station to stream online in 1999, Jennifer, Eric and Paul examine these kinds of proclamations.

Then Paul shares some low-power FM news from Los Angeles where the community spirit of creative cooperation and compromise is resolving a competition amongst 18 applicants for a single frequency in that city. Instead, at least a half-dozen new stations will go on the air, thanks to the efforts of the applicants, recently licensed stations, and volunteers from the LPFM advocacy group Common Frequency.

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2 Responses to Podcast #45 – The Controversy of Firsts

  1. AccordionBruce May 4, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    “A Controversy of Firsts”

    I’m totally gonna swipe that for a chapter I’m writing about industrial-revolution inventors.

    If that’s not the colloquial plural for arguments about primacy, it should be.

  2. derek May 4, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    I was on the staff at the University of Southern California college radio station KSCR. I’m not sure who was the first, but KSCR began streaming online back in mid-1998. Here’s a story from the student newspaper about it: http://cdm15799.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll104/id/143130/rec/20

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