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View from outside WIIT studio. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #142 – College Radio Station WIIT at Illinois Institute of Technology

With so many college radio stations in the Chicago area, it can be tough to decide which to visit first. WIIT 88.9 FM at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) jumped to the top of my list when I learned that it was potentially one of the oldest college radio stations in the country. Coupled with […]

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Studio in college radio station WKCR. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #141 – College Radio Station WKCR at Columbia University

On a rainy New York City day this spring, I headed to Morningside Heights in upper Manhattan for a visit to Columbia University’s college radio station WKCR 89.9 FM. The 76-year-old station has a deep respect for its history and I was delighted to see numerous reel-to-reel players, an entire room full of vintage audio […]

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College radio station KZSC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: 50th for KZSC, Farewell WSGR, Free Speech, and more News

A mysterious situation is brewing at St. Clair County Community College’s college radio station WSGR-FM, where word has it that the station has been shut down after 43 years on the air. According to the Port Huron Times Herald, The radio station was originally intended for students in the broadcasting degree program, which was discontinued […]

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View of college radio station WDCE's on-air studio from the college radio station's CD library. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: TV as the New College Radio and More News

Are TV shows the new college radio? An article on Interlochen, The Rewiring of Our Relationship to Music, dissects music discovery and invokes college radio in a few places. The author first references student radio DJs as understanding the importance of both old and new music, writing, “College-radio DJs, a guild whose influence is disappearing, knew […]

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Breaking News: Radio Lives

We’ve seen some press coverage in the last week or so highlighting radios survival and revival. Though this is not news to the Radio Survivor faithful—it’s also not fake news—and we think it’s still a good thing to track and take note of. Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger highlights eight (!) new low-power FM community stations […]

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Sign at college radio station KUSF.org. This is the KUSF.org office. Photo: J Waits

College Radio Watch: College Radio is Not in Decline, KUSF ‘Zine, and More News

Typically when I’m interviewed by the media about the state of college radio, there’s an underlying assumption by the writer or publication that college radio is in a state of decline. Frequently, I feel like I’m taking a defensive stance, pointing out that radio listenership is still high, that hundreds of college radio stations still […]

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Engineering Dept. sign at college radio station WKDU. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: College Radio on TV, Radio Theater, and a Parade

After an enjoyable trip to Washington, D.C. for the Radio Preservation Task Force Conference, I’m back with my college radio news round-up. In addition to station profiles, college radio awards, and news of expansions (in studios and radio programs); it’s also radio drama season, with several schools doing new radio theater productions. Read on for […]

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KUCR: The Movie

I am so looking forward to the completion of this documentary about KUCR-FM: the radio station of the University of California at Riverside. I have all kinds of fond memories of my stint as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCR back in 2000. The best thing about that gig was getting to know and becoming […]

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On-air studio at college radio station KSPC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Students in Public Radio, 1997 as Peak Indie, and More News

This week’s Radio Survivor Podcast is particularly inspiring for college radio, as we look more closely at how KUNV was able to remain under university control, largely due to its increased commitment to students. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas public radio station sought advice from Fordham University’s WFUV about engaging students as vital members […]

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Podcast #113 – Mutual Aid Saves College Radio Station

At the end of 2015, it looked like the University of Nevada-Las Vegas might hand over the keys to its radio station, KUNV-FM, to Nevada Public Radio. More than a year later the situation reversed course, with the university deciding to keep the station and increase student involvement. Our college radio watcher Jennifer Waits learned […]

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