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College Radio Watch: Radio Camp, the Most Veteran College Radio DJ? and More News

Over the past few weeks, my social media feed has been packed with graduation photos, ranging from preschool to college. Although we are still a week away from summer solstice, the end of the school year launches the seasonal break for many people, including college radio stations. Some stations are preparing to go silent for the summer, whereas others operate like any other time of the year. Notably, it’s also a time of transition, with some college radio station leaders graduating and moving on to post-collegiate activities.

Some college radio stations, including Saint Xavier University’s WXAV, will be hosting summer radio camps for kids and teenagers over the next few months. If you know of others, let me know in the comments.

Who is the Most Veteran College Radio DJ?

I got word that long-time KUCI DJ Michael Rydzynski recently celebrated his 40 year anniversary as a host at the University of California, Irvine college radio station. My tipster wondered if Rydzynski, who launched his show on January 14, 1977, could possibly be the most veteran college radio DJ in the country. I wasn’t sure, so I started to sleuth this out.

Here are some other stations with long-time DJs:

Professor Bebop at WTJU – on the air since 1973, which will be 44 years this July

John Weingart at WPRB – started in February, 1974 for two school years of grad school and came back in 1976, so at least 41 consecutive years

KDVS has had at least one DJ since the mid-1970s

KXLU also has some DJs who have been around since the 1970s and its Latin Music block “Alma del Barrio” has been around since 1973

Ken Berryhill, who started doing campus radio from his dorm room in 1951, which helped to launch future station WRVU, returned to WRVU in 1997 to do radio shows, remaining on the air until the FM license was sold

KFJC has several DJs who began at the station in the 1970s and its founder (the station began in 1959) has come back to do interviews about the station’s history

I’m curious to hear details about other long-time DJs, but also want to acknowledge that 40 years is a huge accomplishment, particularly since there are many radio stations that haven’t even been around for 40 years. What year did your station’s most veteran DJ start hosting his or her show?

More U.S. College Radio News

Station Leaving the Air

Northland College to End Broadcasts of its LPFM College Radio Station WRNC-LP (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Radio Careers, Training

Kate Snow Sees a Direct Line Between Cornell’s Radio Station WVBR and Her Career at NBC (NBC News)

Radio Show Student Scholars Program Now Open (Radio Magazine)

BEA’s Heather Birks on Making Radio Stronger (Radio Ink)

Culture of College Radio

Eclectic College Radio Barely Palatable, Embraced for Randomness Says Former DJ (Fort Leavenworth Lamp)

Station, DJ, and Station Staff Profiles

Better Know a College Radio Station: West Virginia University’s WWVU (Bandcamp Daily)

Skidmore DJs All Tuned in; Heard Beyond the Campus Bubble (Saratoga Today)

College Radio at WMCN in the Podcast Era (Minnesota’s Private Colleges)

Music Director of the Month- April: WLOY’s Margaret Jokoh (NACC)

“Sound of Pictures” Host Steps Down after 32 Years at College Radio Station KSPC (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

WIUX Begins Final Semester at Station House (Indiana Daily Student)

Station Awards, Accolades, Anniversaries

Emerson College to Induct Four to Hall of Fame (Radio Ink)

As Public Radio Station KASU Hits 60, New Media is the Message (Arkansas Business News)

Station Events, Programming

Radio for Rwanda a Big Success at College Radio Station WLFM (The Lawrentian)

WKNC Launches First Semester Mix Tape (WKNC)

Impact-Sponsored Music Festival Bled Fest Brings Local Acts for 13th Year (The State News)

High School Students to Do Radio Camp at College Radio Station WXAV in Chicago (The Patch)

International College Radio News

Music Director of the Month- May: CJUM’s Michael Elves (NACC)

Educational Upgrades Fuels Recording and Radio Investment in Belgium (PSN Europe)

Polish Student-Radio Shows wins EU Prize (Radio Poland)

Report from Italian College Radio Conference FRU 17 (World College Radio Day)

Crowdfunding Campaign to Reactivate Radio Active in New Zealand (Scoop News)

Delhi University’s Miranda House Gets its Own Community Radio (The Asian Age)

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