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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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Collage on wall in college radio station KCSU production studio. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: CJSW Crafts Book Honoring Station’s History, Temporary Shut-Downs and More News

I had a wonderful time flipping through the dial on National Radio Day (did you hear our special podcast?) this past Saturday and particularly enjoyed scanning through college radio stations on my Internet radio. I heard some amazing things, including a great mix of older Japanese punk and hardcore music on KMSU, some old favorites […]

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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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Campus Radio 1941

Podcast #51 – Carrier Current is Cool

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the FCC’s open internet rules, also known as net neutrality. Co-Host of the podcast Eric Klein admits that he still finds it hard to believe that the big telecom companies can lose so Paul Riismandel explains it’s not such a surprise that Big Telecom didn’t get it’s […]

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Banner at Hunter College radio station WHCS. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Field Trip #99 – WHCS Radio of Hunter College

While visiting New York City in February, I was glad to be able to visit Hunter College’s college radio station WHCS on the morning of Saturday, February 20. The station’s President and General Manager Sarah Settineri escorted me to the station (security on college campuses in New York City is pretty intense) and filled me […]

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1970s playlist report from college radio station WRPN

College Radio Watch: College Radio in the 1970s – Industry Notes Influence of Carrier Current Radio

It can be challenging to track down the history of specific college radio stations and I often find interesting tidbits while doing online research. In the course of my research, I ran across a couple of sources from the early 1970s that point to the state of college radio at the time. As I’m ensconced […]

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1924 article about Haverford College radio station WABQ's chess match

College Radio Watch: College Radio is Older than You Think

Awhile back I saw a post on social media announcing the 75th anniversary of college radio. Although I’m excited any time someone writes about college radio history, I was also troubled, because I know that college radio is much older. Being quite fascinated with the early days of college radio, I’m aware of licensed college […]

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signage outside commercial college radio station WHUR

The Mysterious Black College Radio Convention

Over the years I’ve seen references to the Black College Radio Conference and its annual award ceremony. Although scant information is available online, William Barlow writes about the convention’s origins in Voice Over: The Making of Black Radio. He says that the Atlanta-based event was launched by Lo Jelks and that the student-focused convention was […]

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