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KEPC sign at the college radio station. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #113 – KEPC at Pikes Peak Community College

On July 13, after visiting college radio station The SOCC at Colorado College, I headed to nearby Pikes Peak Community College (also in Colorado Springs) to see KEPC 89.7 FM. Similar to my most recent tour of KBPK, the station is a student-operated learning lab for the school’s Radio and Television program. Station Manager Sharon […]

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Entrance to college radio station KBPK. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #112 – Fullerton College Radio Station KBPK

During my quick jaunt to Orange County this summer, I also stopped by college radio station KBPK-FM at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. Although the station’s 90.1 FM class D license is held by the Buena Park School District, it is operated by Fullerton College, serving as a training facility for students in the Communications […]

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Metal LPs at college radio station KUCI. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Marconi Award for WSOU, Bronco Radio’s Music Fest, Touring KUCI and More News

At last night’s NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, Seton Hall University’s college radio station WSOU was named the 2016 Non-Commercial Station of the Year. The metal-oriented college radio station was up against public radio station KPCW-FM (Park City, UT), high school radio station WSDP-FM at Salem High School (Canton, MI) and fellow college […]

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Radio Station Visit #111 – KUCI at University of California, Irvine

Although I had visited college radio station KUCI 88.9FM at University of California, Irvine (UCI) several times already for University of California Radio Network (UCRN) conferences, it wasn’t until this summer that I did an in-depth tour with KUCI General Manager Kevin Stockdale. Since my daughter’s summer break had just begun, we decided to do […]

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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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Turntables in on-air studio of college radio station Radio 1190. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Remembering September 11, WKNC’s Law-Themed Podcast and More News

It’s hard to believe that his weekend marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Although I was far away in California, I’ll never forget waking up to the news and then spending the day glued to television reports of the horrific scenes in New York City, Pennsylvania and […]

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Do Not Tap on Glass sign at college radio station KCSU. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Princeton Review Best College Radio List, CMJ Questions, KZSU in the 1950s and More News

Wow. What a week. It’s only September 2 and the new school year is already packed with college radio news. Yesterday I wrote about the big questions surrounding the future of CMJ and its annual Music Marathon, which should be of particular interest to college radio stations who report charts to the publication and who […]

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CMJ awards on wall at Radio K. Photo: J. Waits

What is the Future of CMJ?

This week Stereogum’s Managing Editor Michael Nelson penned an in-depth piece called CMJ Sure Seems to be Over. So How Come Nobody is Talking About It? In the article, he outlines the history of college radio stalwart CMJ (it dates back to 1978, when it began as a college radio chart report called College Media […]

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How “Popular” is Your College Radio Station? Princeton Review’s 2017 Survey Results are In

Princeton Review’s annual college survey results are in, including the “Best College Radio Station” list, which year after year I critique, since the survey does not ask about the quality of a campus radio station. Based on online student surveys, the “Best College Radio Station” list is actually a list of schools that survey respondents […]

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