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College Radio Watch: Holiday Radio Drama Season is Here and More News

In the past week, I’ve been amazed by the amount of Christmas music that is emanating from sound systems in the local businesses that I’ve been frequenting. Coffee shops, medical offices, shopping malls, and clothing stores have been some of the places where I’ve heard familiar holiday tunes. College radio is a mixed bag, with some stations embracing the winter holiday spirit and others shying away from standard Christmas audio fare.

Probably my favorite radio tradition during the holidays is classic radio drama. Some stations air radio dramas this time of year and there are also some groups that regularly do live radio plays. If you are in Seattle, you can attend a live radio broadcast of “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, December 9th. Seattle Radio Theatre and KIRO will present the 1930s radio drama, complete with sound effects and live music at Town Hall Seattle. On the East Coast, Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland will also be presenting a live radio play version of “A Christmas Carol” starting on Thursday, December 8th.

And, in Wisconsin, WGTD Radio Theater at Gateway Technical College will be presenting “Another Christmas Variety Show” as a live radio show in person and over public radio station WGTD 91.1 FM on December 10 at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin. Walworth County Gazette reports that, “The fourth annual program will feature holiday skits with radio actors portraying Hollywood legends such as Dean Martin, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Lewis and Bette Davis…”

More College Radio News

College Radio Landscape

Threats to the Independence of Student Media (Statement by the American Association of University Professors)

Student Media Under Fire (Academe Blog)

College and Student Radio: Why Should we Listen? (World College Radio Day)

College Radio History

K-Chuck Radio: The 80’s College Hits Even I Completely Forgot I Ever Played (Albany Times-Union)

Programming and Specials

Sophomore Does Joint Podcast with Scobee Planetarium (The Ranger)

Student Aims to Turn Music into Radio Career (The East Carolinian)

Cazenovia College Athletics: Roaring on a Radio Station near You (The Quad)

Simmons College Radio Reports Global Reactions to Presidential Election (The Simmons Voice)

DJ Profiles, Station Moves, Upgrades to FM

Profiles of Parkland Focuses on WPCD Participant (the Prospectus)

Now Playing on 98.9 FM: CU Boulder’s Student-Run Radio 1190 (Boulder Daily Camera)

WIUX Prepares to Move Again (Indiana Daily Student)


WPTS Radio Presents: The Off-Air Monthly Showcase (WPTS Radio)

Limerick Student Radio Station Wired FM Gets Ready for Ambitious Media Conference (Limerick City and County Council)

Caz Joins Effort to Ignite the Soul of College Radio (the Quad – Cazenovia College)

KFHS Radio Celebrates College Radio Day (Tiger Media Network)

Awards and Accolades

The Cat Radio Wins Student Radio Award (University of Chester)

University of Westminster Students’ Union’s Smoke Radio Recognized with Student Radio Association Awards (University of Westminster)

State Students Bring Home First Place National Radio Award (Indiana State University)

Lake Land College Students take home Broadcasting Awards (WAND 17)

Lake Land Students Earn Broadcaster Awards (Journal Gazette and Times-Courier)

Amateur Radio

ARRL Expands Initiative to Fire up Collegiate Amateur Radio Clubs (ARRL)

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