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College Radio Watch: Counting up to my 100th Radio Station Tour

OK. It’s the home stretch. Next week I will reveal which radio station was the inspiration for my 100th radio station field trip report. Any guesses? I provided some clues in this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast and we also invited listeners to take guesses using the hashtag #100RadioTours on social media.

Hunter College Radio Tour & Historical Tidbit on Radio as Tool to Help with Campus Unrest

This week, I also posted field trip #99, which was my tour of Hunter College radio station WHCS. On the podcast, I talked about some interesting historical tidbits that I found at the station, including a letter mentioning the Henderson Commission aka the Temporary Commission to Study the Causes of Campus Unrest. Apparently the report mentioned that radio could be a good strategy for universities trying to grapple with student unrest and this was a bit of information that student radio proponents used in a proposal for a City University radio network.

As I wrote in my station visit post, “All of this was part of a broader campus communications plan. [City University Radio’s Director Peter] Edelstein writes, ‘A radio station with its broadest goal being public information about the university and its activities could only help. It would achieve the dialogue called for by the Henderson Commission (the Temporary Commission to Study the Causes of Campus Unrest) among students, parents and administrators of our colleges. It is the only feasible, day to day, basis for reaching all segments of the commuter population of your colleges, students and staff.'”

I just tracked down that report and it was fascinating to see how radio fit in.

The 1970 report, The Academy in Turmoil: First Report of the Temporary Commission to Study the Causes of Campus Unrest was prepared for the state of New York. Amid the lengthy findings is the following reference to radio: “It is evident that conflict exists between the college and surrounding communities. It is suggested that well prepared regular programs discussing societal issues be broadcast by the local radio stations and published in newspaper articles. Once we acknowledge a problem, then discourse may lead to solution.”

100 Radio Tours Factoids

As I look ahead to my 100th radio station tour post next week, I wanted to share a few statistics based on my first 100 tours.

  • Location of my first written radio station tour: WECB at Emerson College
  • Total write-ups since March 2008: 104 (includes 4 revisits)
  • Number of college radio stations visited: 69
  • Number of stations visited that are located at high schools: 7
  • Number of commercial terrestrial radio stations visited (that are not associated with colleges): 3
  • Number of religious radio stations visited: 1
  • Number of community/public radio stations visited: 19
  • Number of states visited: 14 states + District of Columbia
  • Number of countries visited: 2 (United States and Ireland)
  • Most stations visited in one year: 26 in 2014 (24 visits + 2 revisits)
  • State with the most visits: California (32/100 visits)

Run-Down of My 100 Radio Tours


1 – WECB at Emerson College in Boston, MA
2 – Cal Poly’s KCPR in San Luis Obispo, CA
3 – Notre Dame’s WVFI in South Bend, IN
4 – WFMU in Jersey City, NJ
5 – East Village Radio in NYC
6 – WNYU in New York City
7 – Northwestern’s WNUR in Evanston, IL


8 – Stanford’s KZSU in Stanford, CA
9 – University of San Francisco’s KUSF
10 – Santa Clara University Station KSCU in Santa Clara, CA
11 – UC Berkeley’s KALX in Berkeley, CA
12 – KSJS at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA
13 – WBAR at Barnard College in New York, NY
14 – KFJC at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA
15 – UC Santa Cruz Station KZSC in Santa Cruz, CA
16 – Haverford College Station WHRC in Haverford, PA
17 – FCCFree Radio in San Francisco
18 – Flirt FM in Galway, Ireland
19 – RXP 101.9 FM in New York City
20- WGBK at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois


21 – KPDO in Pescadero, California 
22 – KZYX in Philo, California 
23 – San Francisco’s Pirate Cat Radio 
10.5 – KSCU’s New Digs at Santa Clara University (2010)
24 – Radio Valencia in San Francisco (2010)
25 – WZBC at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA
26 – KSFS at San Francisco State University


27 – KEAR and Family Radio in Oakland, CA 


28 – Belfield FM at University College Dublin, Ireland
29 – Trinity FM at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
30 – KCNL, KSJO and KLOK in San Jose, CA
31 – WLUW at Loyola University Chicago, IL
32 – WPGU at University of Illinois, Champaign 
33 – WEFT in Champaign, Illinois 
34 – WRFU in Urbana, Illinois
35 – Radio DePaul at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
36 – WIBN in Oxford, Indiana
37 – KCSF at City College of San Francisco
38 – WRAS at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA
39 – SCAD Atlanta Radio at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
40 – WREK at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA
41 – WMRE at Emory University, Atlanta, GA


42 – WZRD at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL
43 – KLC at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR 
44 – KRRC at Reed College, Portland, OR
45 – KALW in San Francisco
46 – Urban Knights Radio at Academy of Art, SF, CA
47 – KPSU at Portland State University, OR
48 – KDUP at University of Portland, OR
49 – KJCC at San Jose City College, San Jose, CA 
50 – KSMC at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA 
51 – KCEA at Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton, CA


52 – WXVU at Villanova University, Villanova, PA
53 – KPOO in San Francisco, CA
54 – Mutiny Radio in San Francisco, CA
55 – in San Francisco, CA
24.5 – Radio Valencia’s New Location in SF (2014) 
56 – WSRN at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
57 – WMBR at MIT, Cambridge, MA
58 – WHRB at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
59 – WTBU at Boston University, Boston, MA
60 – WMFO at Tufts University, Medford, MA
61 – WRBB at Northeastern University, Boston, MA 
62 – WHHS at Haverford High School, Havertown, PA 
63 – Radio 1851 at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
64 – WQHS at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
16.5 – WHRC at Haverford College, Haverford, PA 
65 – WRGW at George Washington U, Washington, D.C. 
66 – WMUC at University of Maryland, College Park, MD 
67 – NPR in Washington, D.C. 
68 – WLOY at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD 
69 – WLTL at Lyons Township High School, La Grange, IL 
70 – KEXP in Seattle, WA
71 – Rainy Dawg Radio at U of Washington, Seattle, WA
73 – UWave at University of Washington, Bothell, WA 
74 – Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle, WA 
75 – KXSU at Seattle University, Seattle, WA
76 – The Tower at SF Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


72 – KUSF-in-Exile/San Francisco Community Radio
77 – WRFL at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
78 – KCSB at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 
79 – RBMA Radio in San Francisco (pop-up station)
80 – WRVG-LP at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
81 – WONC at North Central College, Naperville, IL
82 – 9th Floor Radio at Laney College, Oakland, CA
83 – ARTxFM in Louisville, KY
84 – KBCP at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, CA
85 – Bellarmine Radio at Bellarmine U, Louisville, KY
86 – WHBC at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
87 – WGMU at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
88 – KWVA at University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 
89 – KAOS at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
90 – WVAU at American University, Washington, D.C.
91 – Radio K at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 
92 – KRLX at Carleton College, Northfield, MN
93 – KBOO in Portland, OR
94 – in Portland, OR
95 – WMCN at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
96 – KSPC at Pomona College, Claremont, CA
97 – KBPS at Benson Polytechnic H.S., Portland, OR
9.5 – at University of San Francisco


98 – WBCR at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY  
99 – WHCS at Hunter College, New York, NY
Field Trip 100 – ?


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