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pUNK, LOUd and ExPerimental sign at college radio station KAOS. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: What’s Your Gateway to Metal? Plus, CMJ Announces College Radio Awards Nominees and More News

The reason that I ventured into my college radio station when I was a freshman in college was because I was really into music. I quickly got my own show and eventually became Music Director along with a friend and co-DJ. It was always our mission to try to get other DJs to branch out […]

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College Radio Watch: Scrutinizing “Best College Radio Station” Lists, Stolen Gear at KRFH & More News

I’ve been reluctant to publish my own list of the “best” college radio stations, as it would be an entirely subjective endeavor. Of course I do have some of my personal favorites, but overall, I’m a proponent of all kinds of college radio. I would prefer to expose more people to the breadth of college […]

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lobby at college radio station WMUC

College Radio Watch: College Radio Road Trip Documentary, Commercials on College Radio?, Metal and Activism & More News

I enjoyed listening to Nikki Marra’s radio documentary, “The College Radio Road Trip” this week. Although she released it last fall as part of College Radio Day‘s on-air festivities, it’s getting some renewed attention after receiving a finalist certificate at the New York Festivals’ International Radio Program Awards in the editorial/viewpoint subcategory of the larger […]

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College Radio Watch – WMCN Hopes to Attract Non-Student Listeners, Student Wants Students on WVSU + More News

Earlier this week I posted my 81st radio station field trip article. It was a pretty epic road trip to see WONC-FM at North Central College, as it had snowed 5 inches the night before and it continued to snow during our drive. I felt badly for our hosts, who took it in stride that […]

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CDs on wall at college radio station WONC

College Radio Watch: New LPFMs, Vastly Different Stations at Columbia, Radio’s Role in Music Business + More News

In this week’s Radio Survivor Bulletin (are you subscribed yet?), I wrote an extended piece about college radio in the 1970s. At the time, campus-only carrier current stations were HUGE and some large universities even had multiple stations serving different dorms. The music industry was taking notice of college radio and a 1971 Billboard article […]

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college radio station KCSB's Music Director's office

College Radio Watch: Visiting KCSB, IBS Awards, UK/US Student Radio Project, and More News

Last Friday I stopped by KCSB-FM, the college radio station at University of California, Santa Barbara. Even though I’ve probably visited 100 stations by now, I continue to be delighted and inspired every time I step into another station. You can take a look at my station tour and learn more about the wide range […]

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WTBU CMJ College Radio Award from 2013

College Radio Watch: Celebrating College Radio Award Winners at CBI and CMJ

Last week college radio DJs were convening on both coasts for annual student radio gatherings. College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) held its annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle (October 23-25) and CMJ’s Music Marathon took place in New York City (October 21-25). Each event had corresponding awards ceremonies which honored excellence in student broadcasting. […]

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KFJC in Liverpool

College Radio Watch – KFJC in Liverpool, WXDR History, Spotify’s Musical Colleges, and More College Radio News

As I write this post, I’m glued to the live stream of Foothill College radio station KFJC-FM, awaiting the beginning of its broadcast from the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. As I wrote earlier this morning and also explained to College Media Matters, KFJC (the station where I’ve been a long-time DJ and volunteer) is […]

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radio stickers, including KTRU, at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: Radio Revived at WRAM, More Award Opportunities & Other News

This week, there were some interesting developments on the college radio front. The FCC finally closed the books on the contested future of the former Vanderbilt University FM radio station WRVU. Despite protests by supporters of the FM station, the license was assigned to Nashville Public Radio this week. For nearly three years, the station […]

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radio stickers, including KTRU, at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: IBS and mtvU Woodie Award Winners, WSOU Documentary and Other College Radio News

Over the weekend the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) concluded its annual conference in New York City, honoring exceptional student broadcasters and college radio stations with its IBS Golden Microphone Awards. Winners were announced across 40 different categories, with a wide range of stations taking home trophies. WERG (Gannon University in Erie, PA), WONC (North Central […]

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