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7" vinyl records at WHCL. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Wrapping up Virginia Radio Tours, Vinylthon, Festivals and More News

I’ve finished writing up all of my Virginia radio station tours and when I reflect back on the visits, it’s amazing to see the variety of college radio stations. I was able to see a brand new low power FM station, a 70-year-old student-run commercial radio station, online-only stations and FM non-commercial stations. Some have massive vinyl libraries, whereas others have very little physical music, playing mostly digital files. Some are 100% students, whereas others had a mix of student and non-student participants. In each case, I met and talked to people who are passionate about college radio. As always, I wrapped up my station tours feeling inspired.

This week I wrote up my visits to University of Virginia-related station WUVA (tour #131), student-run WXTJ-LP (tour #132) at University of Virginia, and WDCE (tour #133) at University of Richmond. Additionally, on this week’s Radio Survivor podcast, I discuss my visit to community radio station WRIR-LP in Richmond, Virginia. Although it’s not a college radio station tour, we talked quite a bit about college radio during my interview. Many WRIR-LP participants got their start in college radio and by a serendipitous coincidence, I share a common college radio past with one of the folks who I met at WRIR-LP. It turns out that, like me, his first experience doing college radio was at WHRC at Haverford College. In our podcast interview, he tells a few tales about his time at WHRC.

Vinylthon on April 22

It looks like 12 college radio stations have agreed to play all vinyl for 24 hours tomorrow. Other stations (as many as 70) will be playing vinyl throughout the day. See College Radio Day’s website for all the skinny.

More College Radio News

(Re)Introducing WMHB, Colby’s Popular Radio Station (The Colby Echo)

New Tune in Town: KDRU Brings “College Sound” to Springfield (KY3)

Art from the Attic: K-UTE Radio Gears up for Record Store Day with Vinylthon (Daily Utah Chronicle)

WSYC to do All Night Broadcast Event (The Slate)

New Radio Course Offers Opportunities for Oakland University and High School Students (The Oakland Post)

Industry Names Kick off Radio Conference with a Bang (De Montfort University)

Radio Professionals Predict DMU Student will be Famous (De Montfort University)

Radio Student is up for Top Award (The Argus)

Northwestern State Selects Student Media Leaders (Northwestern State)

WKCO Fest Brought Picnickers to South Campus (The Kenyon Collegian)

Spinitron Update on its Playlist Service and Charts (Spinitron)

Morningside Professor Remembered as Champion for Campus Radio (Siouxland Proud)

Dynamic Duo Host a Radio Show You Ought to Listen to (The Point at Fitchburg State)

WIUX’s Culture Shock Delivers Live Music, Variety of Activities (Indiana Daily Student)

WREKtacular Exposes College Students to Local Music (Technique)

Campus Community Radio Touts Relationship with Journalism Program (University of Windsor)


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