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AM carrier current transmission equipment at college radio station WHRC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Hidden History of Carrier Current Radio and More News

I hope you caught this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast (episode #51), in which I talk about the history of carrier current college radio. Dating back to 1936, college radio carrier current stations starting popping up on campuses in earnest throughout the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond. At one point there were rumored to be […]

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rotation CDs at college radio station KWVA studio. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Happy 80th Anniversary to Carrier Current College Radio and More News

Thanks to Matthew Lasar for pointing out that this year marks the 80th anniversary of carrier current broadcasting on college campuses. According to Louis Bloch’s 1980 tome, Gas Pipe Networks, the first carrier current college radio station launched at Brown University in 1936. The technology caught on and by the late 1970s there were purportedly […]

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College radio station KFJC's live broadcast from Eindhoven Psych Lab

College Radio Watch: KFJC Live Broadcasts from Europe and More News

It’s summertime in college radio, which means that many stations are working with skeleton crews or are off-the-air (or off-the-net) for a few months. This became all the more clear to me this week, as my attempts to visit a few Southern California college radio stations were thwarted due to post-graduation closures. For many stations, […]

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Punk, Loud & Experimental section of college radio station KAOS' record library. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Counting up to my 100th Radio Station Tour

OK. It’s the home stretch. Next week I will reveal which radio station was the inspiration for my 100th radio station field trip report. Any guesses? I provided some clues in this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast and we also invited listeners to take guesses using the hashtag #100RadioTours on social media. (more…)

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