I’m in the midst of my fall travels, having just returned from a trip to Arkansas for the Grassroots Radio Conference (GRC). Along the way, I squeezed in several college radio station visits, including trips to KXUA-FM at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, KUOZ-LP at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, and Hendrix College’s class D FM radio station KHDX-FM in Conway. As always, it was incredibly inspiring meeting college radio participants and seeing the stations in which they do their work. As an added bonus, a handful of students from KHDX road tripped to the GRC event; so I got to hang out and chat with them even further. In the weeks to come, I’ll share more details about those stations visits.
Next week I’m heading to Philadelphia for the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) conference in Philadelphia. Dubbed the National Student Electronic Media Convention, the confab takes place from October 20 to 22, with some pre-sessions on the 19th. I’ll be sharing my knowledge about college radio history in a 9am session on Thursday, October 20th and will be helping to lead a radio history “show and tell” at 3pm on Friday, October 21st. Additionally, I’m giving a talk about the history of radio at Haverford College on Wednesday, October 19th at 4pm at Magill Library at Haverford College in Haverford, PA. It would be great to see Radio Survivor readers at one or more of these events.
Preparing to Move? Think about Saving Your College Radio Artifacts
College radio history is always on my mind and when I read about stations preparing to either shut down or move out of long-time homes; I cross my fingers that someone is thinking about preservation efforts. The Kenyon Collegian writes that the Kenyon College radio station WKCO will soon have to move out of the space that it has been occupying for decades. Think of all of the posters, station flyers, recordings, and file cabinets full of meeting minutes and other ephemera.
When faced with a move like this, I’d highly recommend that WKCO get in touch with the Kenyon College archivist to establish a WKCO collection if there isn’t one already. And, even if there is, I’d suggest working to pass along more materials to that collection. Any time there is a station move, I fear that fascinating bits of paper and pieces of audio (cassettes, reels, carts, etc.) will end up in dumpsters, so I implore radio stations to think about their histories and work to save items that paint a portrait of your radio station and its relationship to your campus and to the broader music culture.
More College Radio News
Events and Special Programming
WRRC Presents Rider University’s First Drive-In Movie (Rider University)
Report from International Student Radio Conference in Finland, Part 1 (College Radio Day)
Report from International Student Radio Conference in Finland, Part 2 (College Radio Day)
Students Take Over the Airwaves at Hillsdale College’s New Radio Station (Hillsdale Collegian)
The Day the Music was Revived: A Return for WRCM (the Quadrangle)
Building the Baylor Campus Radio Studio (Kickstarter)
History and Anniversaries
KUCR Honored by Campus at its 50th Anniversary Gala (Highlander)
After 70 Years, WKCO will Move out of Farr Hall Basement (The Kenyon Collegian)
What’s in a Name? WPGU (News-Gazette)
WPCR Spotlight: Eric Halin (The Clock Online)
WJHU Broadcasts Student Creativity (The Johns Hopkins News-Letter)
Why Join Trident Media- Radio? (Trident Media)
Miscellaneous: Donuts and Classes
Students Explore Podcasting in Classes, Radio Broadcasting (the Knox Student)
Awards and Accolades
WRHU Loses National First Place Ranking (The Hofstra Chronicle)
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