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When the CIA blew off Pacifica radio (August, 1988)

The Central Intelligence Agency has digitally released 930,000 documents previously available only at the National Archives in Maryland. Of course I went straight to the search engine and started rummaging around for community radio stuff. So far, the CIA’s Pacifica radio files aren’t especially earth shattering, but there are some cute items, like this one: (more…)

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Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1968

WBAI’s Bob Fass, reporting from Chicago on August 27, 1968

The last days of August, 1968 were probably the most tumultuous of the 1960s. Tens of thousands of protesters had arrived in Chicago, Illinois to protest the Vietnam War at the Democratic National Convention. By August 27, the city’s police department had, over the previous two nights, relentlessly attacked demonstrators, reporters, and newspaper photographers. The nation’s most […]

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Wild About You cover

Wild About You! 3CR’s Australian underground rock collection, circa 1963-68

In case you are looking for some excellent half-century old Australian underground rock, all digitized and ready to download, here it is: You can thank Aussie community radio station 3CR for this 2004 anthology, titled Wild About You: Tales from the Australian Rock Underground. That was the name of a book, blurbed as such: “Bloodied […]

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Vinyl records at college radio station Radio 1190. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Colorado Station Tours, KSYM’s 50th, Unique Welcome from KCR and More News

I’m doing my best to record audio during my college radio station visits, as I think it adds another dimension to my station tour reports. On this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast (episode 63), I go behind the scenes at Colorado College station The SOCC and University of Colorado, Boulder station Radio 1190. I ended up […]

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Collage on wall in college radio station KCSU production studio. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: CJSW Crafts Book Honoring Station’s History, Temporary Shut-Downs and More News

I had a wonderful time flipping through the dial on National Radio Day (did you hear our special podcast?) this past Saturday and particularly enjoyed scanning through college radio stations on my Internet radio. I heard some amazing things, including a great mix of older Japanese punk and hardcore music on KMSU, some old favorites […]

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