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College Radio Watch: WBRU Plans to Sell FM License to Christian Radio Group and More News

My thoughts are with everyone in the path of destruction due to Hurricane Harvey. Images from the storm damage are terrifying and continue to haunt me. Not only do I worry about my friends in Houston and beyond, but I’m also thinking about college radio stations in the storm zone, including KTRU at Rice University and Coog Radio at University of Houston. Wishing all of you the best for safely weathering this horrible disaster.

Princeton Review “Best College Radio Stations” List

On last week’s Radio Survivor Podcast, I once again dissect the annual Princeton Review list of “Best College Radio Stations.” Based on online surveys, the top 20 list represents student opinion about the “popularity” of radio stations on campus. Although it doesn’t tell us much about the quality of any given school’s radio station, the ranking does tend to favor campuses with multiple radio stations.

WBRU License to Be Sold to K-LOVE Owner EMF

Yesterday I shared the news that Brown University’s independently owned commercial college radio station WBRU is expected to be sold to Christian radio group Educational Media Foundation. It’s speculated that WBRU’s programming may leave FM by September 1st, but will continue online. I’ll be keeping my eye on the story and am particularly curious to see the sale paperwork after it is filed with the FCC.

More College Radio News

College Radio History

Making Waves: Race, Radio and the Legacy of Wendell King ’24 (Union College)

New Historical Marker Celebrates Student Broadcasting (Penn State University)

University of Oklahoma’s Student Radio Past (KGOU)

Stretch and Bobbito: Kings of New York City Radio (The Undefeated)

License Sales

WBRU to be Sold to Educational Media Foundation (Variety)

WBRU’s 95.5 FM Signal Moving to K-LOVE (WPRI)

WBRU Could Soon be Home for Contemporary Christian Rock (Rhode Island Public Radio)

News about Station Personnel and DJs

University of Virginia Employee Suffers Stroking after Protesting in Charlottesville (NY Daily News)

New Radio Operations Manager Lays out Goals (The Ithacan)

Playlist for the People at WXOU (The Oakland Post)

Programming and Events

Tuning in to Social Justice on KZSC (University of California, Santa Cruz)

What to Listen to on Campus Radio Station KJHK (The University Daily Kansan)

KCSC is only College Radio Press at Outside Lands Festival (The Orion)

Snake on the Lake Festival Preview (WSUM)

WLCA Radio Camp Hosts Marquette and Civic Memorial Students (Advantage News)

A Decade on Air: Radio Active Brings Real Stories of Real People (Citizen Matters, Bengaluru)

Auburn’s Station Does Live Broadcast During Move-in Day (Auburn University)

Awards and Accolades

Mavs Win Big at Nebraska Broadcasters Association Awards (Gateway)

Chapman University and Chapman Radio Make Princeton Review Lists (Chapman)

Princeton Review Ranks Ithaca College Radio in Top 10 (Ithaca College)

New Stations and Revivals

Resurrecting KSWH “The Pulse” at Henderson State (The Oracle)

Texas A&M Galveston Launches Rudder Radio (Texas A&M Galveston)

Doaba College Launches First Campus Community Radio Raabta 90.8 FM (Punjab News Express)

City’s First Campus Community Radio Launched (The Tribune)

Radio Careers

Beasley Launching RadioTalent Institute at Emerson College (AllAccess)

Miscellaneous Station News

AU’s Student-Run Radio Station Now Streamed Live on Mobile Devices (Ashland Source)

Hollywood East Opening at Montclair State, Including New Radio Studios (North Jersey.com)

Council will vote on new Livingstone College Radio Tower (Salisbury Post)


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