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Equipment in WFUV live room. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: WFUV tour, 1980s College Radio Nostalgia and More News

This week I shared my report from my visit to public radio station WFUV in the Bronx. Based at Fordham University, the station airs a music-oriented format, with primarily local, professional show hosts. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, WFUV began as a student-focused college radio station, becoming a public station by the late 1980s. […]

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WFUV sign. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #139 – WFUV at Fordham University

No two radio station tours are alike. More often than not I’m solo, trekking into hidden corners of campuses from early in the morning to late at night. Occasionally family, friends or radio colleagues will join me, sometimes tag teaming with me as I interview station personnel. My visit to Fordham University’s music-focused NPR-affiliated public […]

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Vinyl LPs at college radio station KXLU. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: WUMD Leaves FM, WUSB’s 40th Anniversary, and More News

On Monday I caught a bit of the final moments of WUMD over FM. The community-focused college radio station at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth is moving to an online-only format after its FM license was sold to Rhode Island Public Radio. To mark the occasion, WUMD aired special programming and shared video from the studio […]

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sticker-covered cabinet at college radio station KWVA. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Weber State to Sell KWCR License to EMF, WUMD’s final days of FM and More News

I was interested to learn that public radio station WGBH has launched a radio show focused on higher education. According to WGBH, the June 18 pilot episode of “On Campus Radio” discusses “the nature of free speech on campus.” One story digs into examples from Wellesley, “where conservative professors are trying to burst the liberal […]

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headphones at college radio station WMFO. Photo: J. Waits

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 […]

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WPPM-LP T-shirt. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #138 – Philadelphia’s Community Radio Station WPPM-LP

In a serendipitous coincidence, new low power FM (LPFM) community radio station WPPM-LP had its launch party while I was in Philadelphia for the College Broadcasters Inc. convention last October. Not one to miss a historic radio event, I sneaked away from the conference in order to attend the festivities on October 20, 2016. Excitement […]

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Radio Station Tour #137 – College Radio Station KXLU at Loyola Marymount University

The most recent UCRN (University of California Radio Network) conference provided the perfect opportunity for me to finally see Loyola Marymount University’s college radio station KXLU 88.9 FM in Los Angeles. Located on the Catholic university’s resort-like campus full of palm trees, expansive lawns, and glistening white buildings, KXLU feels like a secret club, blasting […]

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