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AM carrier current transmission equipment at college radio station WHRC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Hidden History of Carrier Current Radio and More News

I hope you caught this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast (episode #51), in which I talk about the history of carrier current college radio. Dating back to 1936, college radio carrier current stations starting popping up on campuses in earnest throughout the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond. At one point there were rumored to be more than 600 carrier current radio stations in the United States. Tune in to hear some tidbits that I gleaned from my ongoing research about the history of college radio.

Speaking of college radio history, I learned some fascinating tales from Georgetown University’s college radio past during my tour of the station in February. I wrote a piece about that visit earlier this week and provide a small glimpse into the station’s radical past as well as a look at today’s thriving streaming radio station WGTB.

More College Radio News

Saying Goodbye to KFKX: Hastings College Media Alumni React (Hastings College Media)

The State of College Radio Station WRAS in 2016 (Creative Loafing)

WKNC Builds Antenna, Expands Broadcast Range (Technician, North Carolina State University)

Tomball’s New LPFM Expands its Reach to Include College Student Participants (Houston Chronicle)

College Radio Winners Announced for the Alabama APME Contest (SunHerald)

Student Spotlight: WWSU General Manager Cody Stevens (The Guardian)

Radio Waves: 100 Radio Tours (

Student from CSRfm Wins Radio Award at New York Festivals Radio Program Awards (Kent Online)



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