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Rotation CDs in college radio station KXUA's on-air studio. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: College Radio Response to the Election, College Radio Day Recap and More News

My journeys to Arkansas continue on the Radio Survivor Podcast this week. Take a listen to episode 70 hear about my visit to college radio station KHDX-FM at Hendrix College. I also give a recap of some of the College Radio Day festivities that took place last week. In a nice Arkansas station tour/College Radio Day convergence, University of Arkansas college radio station KXUA (focus of podcast #69 and station tour #115) posted a great video featuring a collection of its DJs talking about the importance of college radio. It made me smile.

College Radio Responses to the Presidential Election

It was interesting to see how college radio responded to this week’s presidential election. Some stations did live news coverage, whereas others stuck to music. On Twitter, I found evidence of some of the varying reactions. On election night, @mdlbird wrote, “Oh jesus, college radio playing ‘it’s the end of the world as we know it’ get fucked.” The day after, @AggieRadio tweeted, “Regardless of the election results, Aggie Radio plans to continue spinning beautiful music indefinitely #collegeradio #usu #utahstate.” On the same day, @LindseyNTingler tweeted, “Being a college radio DJ is weird today.”

Tom Levins (@Tom_Levins) tweeted, “As a Tribute to the election results, my college’s radio station is now playing this song after every news bulletin… haha @GreenDay” and attached this photo:

College radio playlist showing track title for American Idiot by @Tom_Levins


While most college radio-themed tweets that I saw referencing the election seemed to focus on the negatives, @tyingmycravat tweeted about broadcasting a “Trump victory playlist on the college radio station.” That was in contrast to folks like @localbat, who wrote, “Even the college radio station is only playing sad songs. Nov 9, 2016 the day we all wept for the future of the country” and @JustinSWilt who wrote, “Listening to several college radio stations today. Many are featuring Canadian tunes to help listeners consider such a move. #MusicHumor.” In a similar vein, @RobbyKarol wrote, “Seattle college radio played ‘Terrible Lie’ by NiN, followed by ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?'” @benfowlkesMMA tweeted, “The college radio DJ cranking a live version of ‘War Pigs’ this morning, he gets me.”

More College Radio News

Struggles over Programming, Budget

WHPK DJs Organize, Fight Back After Changes Result in Programming Cuts (Chicago Tonight/WTTW)

WKCO Struggles to Obtain Sufficient Funding (The Kenyon Collegian)

Locals Petition to Bring “Democracy Now!” Back to WHUS Airwaves (The Daily Campus)

Free Speech Groups, Authors, Journalists Address Student Radio’s Effort to Censor Author (PEN America)

College Radio Day

Four New York Schools Collaborate for College Radio Day (CNY)

WMSC Channels Energy into 30+ Hour Broadcast (The Montclarion)

KLSU Celebrates College Radio Day (LSU Now)

Remember Those Good Old College Radio Days? Interview with Rob Quicke from College Radio Day (Jacobs Media Strategies)

Grand Valley State University Student Visits White House for College Radio Day (Grand Valley Lanthorn)

KWTS Celebrates College Radio Day (The High Plains)

Four Colleges Team up for College Radio Day (WUTR TV)

Best of our College Radio Day Special (WGMU Radio)

WOBN Alumni Return for College Radio Day (Otterbein 360)

Members of KTXT-FM Celebrate College Radio Day (Daily Toreador)

Radio Programming: Radio Drama, Sports

Radio Drama by Comm Students to Air on WPCD (The Prospectus)

Radio Drama on WGTC Began as Parody of Daytime Soap (Choctaw Plaindealer)

Wolf Pack Radio and Student Services Partner on Podcast to Share Personal Life Accounts (Nevada Today)

Student Sports Broadcasters Gain Hands-on Experience (Seton Hall University)

Profiles, News about College Radio Stations and Staffers

WCNI: The Radio Station that Nobody Knows About (The College Voice)

Editorial: Ending Radio Silence at Pierce College Radio Station KPCRadio (The Roundup News)

Radio 1190 Hits the FM Airwaves (CU Boulder Today)

College Radio Engineer Elected Homecoming King (The T & D)

WUTK General Manager Benny Smith Relishes Role as Teacher (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Plattsburgh State University Student Leads Campus Radio Station (Cardinal Points Online)

WPCR Spotlight: Will Secunde (The Clock Online)

WJJW: Club of the Month at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (the Beacon)

WKNC Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Switches to HD (The Technician)

WZND Students Honored (Daily Journal)


IBS Proves Radio is Still Relevant (The Simmons Voice)

From the Roots Up: KHDX at the Grassroots Radio Conference (KHDX)

CMJ Owner Adam Klein’s Professional Past Raises Questions over Music Marathon’s Future (Pitchfork)

WZIS Teams with Toys for Tots (Tribune Star)

Student-Run Radio Station Holds Big Toy Drive (

Learn Your Legal Rights with Delhi University Community Radio (the New Indian Express)

WZND Students Honored (Daily Journal)

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