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Radio Obsessive Profile #11: Paper Radio Publisher DJ Frederick

It’s been over a year since I’ve profiled a Radio Obsessive for Radio Survivor and I’m glad to say that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to learn more about DJ Frederick and his Paper Radio ‘zine. According to the Paper Radio blog, “Paper Radio is about shortwave listening, free radio, community radio, DIY media and […]

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Radio Obsessive Profile #10: College Radio 'Zinester Lew Houston

Radio Obsessive Profile #10: College Radio ‘Zinester Lew Houston

I’m a college radio history buff, so whenever I run across someone who has taken the time to document the early history of a college radio station I am beyond impressed. Lew Houston, formerly of WRKU radio at Kutztown University (now known as KUR radio), researched, compiled and wrote, “Finding WRKU: A History of College […]

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Radio Obsessive Profile #8: Beloit College Radio Historian Dave De Anguera

Radio Obsessive Profile #8: Beloit College Radio Historian Dave De Anguera

The early history of college radio has not been documented sufficiently and much of it is sequestered away in the archives of colleges and universities. Last year I was thrilled to see Hugh Slotten’s book, Radio‚Äôs Hidden Voice: The Origins of Public Broadcasting in the United States, as it is one of the first publications […]

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Radio Obsessive Profile #6 and #7: Jonathan Winter and John Jenkins of American Museum of Radio and Electricity

Radio Obsessive Profile #6 and #7: Jonathan Winter and John Jenkins of American Museum of Radio and Electricity

Folks in Bellingham, Washington are lucky to have an amazing resource for radio history right in their backyard. What is now known as The American Museum of Radio and Electricity (AMRE) began in 1985 as the Bellingham Antique Radio Museum as an outgrowth of Jonathan Winter’s personal collection of vintage radios and radio-related objects. As […]

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Radio Obsessive Profile #5: Herculodge's Jeff McMahon- The Man Who Loved Radios Too Much

Radio Obsessive Profile #5: Herculodge's Jeff McMahon- The Man Who Loved Radios Too Much

It’s time for another installment in our ongoing series Radio Obsessives, in which we share tales about people who are passionate about radio. So far we’ve profiled Garrett Wollman’s Radio Tower Quest, Jose Fritz and his amazing Arcane Radio Trivia website, Radio Sticker of the Day curator Greg Blouch, and radio historian/Seattle Radio Theater founder […]

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Radio Obsessive Profile #4: Seattle Radio Theatre Founder Feliks Banel

Radio passion takes a variety of forms. Some people love the artifacts and become avid collectors of vintage equipment, promotional materials, and publications. Some are scholars, meticulously curating radio’s history. And others seek out present-day radio gems in order to remind people that radio is still relevant. Seattle Radio Theatre founder Feliks Banel’s enthusiasm for […]

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KISR Sticker Courtesty Greg Blouch

Radio Obsessive Profile #3: "Radio Sticker of the Day" Curator Greg Blouch

Recently I was tracking some college radio news when I ran across Greg Blouch’s website, “Radio Sticker of the Day.” Immediately I was taken back to my junior high school years when radio station stickers were a hot commodity. My classmate Ricky Kanazawa would spend most of our English class time focused on a stack […]

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WLS Radio Tower Photo by Garrett Wollman

Garrett Wollman's Radio Tower Quest

Fandom is an amazing thing and thanks to the Internet it’s easier and easier to find like-minded obsessives who share one’s passion for the most obscure objects, idols, and idiosyncrasies. Radio is no exception. Loads of websites document radio history, with nostalgic archivists collecting ephemera, airchecks, and reminiscences from San Francisco to Boston. Various forums […]

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