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Equipment in WFUV live room. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: WFUV tour, 1980s College Radio Nostalgia and More News

This week I shared my report from my visit to public radio station WFUV in the Bronx. Based at Fordham University, the station airs a music-oriented format, with primarily local, professional show hosts. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, WFUV began as a student-focused college radio station, becoming a public station by the late 1980s. […]

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Vinyl LPs at college radio station KXLU. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: WUMD Leaves FM, WUSB’s 40th Anniversary, and More News

On Monday I caught a bit of the final moments of WUMD over FM. The community-focused college radio station at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth is moving to an online-only format after its FM license was sold to Rhode Island Public Radio. To mark the occasion, WUMD aired special programming and shared video from the studio […]

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sticker-covered cabinet at college radio station KWVA. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Weber State to Sell KWCR License to EMF, WUMD’s final days of FM and More News

I was interested to learn that public radio station WGBH has launched a radio show focused on higher education. According to WGBH, the June 18 pilot episode of “On Campus Radio” discusses “the nature of free speech on campus.” One story digs into examples from Wellesley, “where conservative professors are trying to burst the liberal […]

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headphones at college radio station WMFO. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Radio Camp, the Most Veteran College Radio DJ? and More News

Over the past few weeks, my social media feed has been packed with graduation photos, ranging from preschool to college. Although we are still a week away from summer solstice, the end of the school year launches the seasonal break for many people, including college radio stations. Some stations are preparing to go silent for […]

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CDs at college radio station WKDU. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: FCC Grants Consent for WUMD License Assignment, WKDU Tour, College Radio History Tips and More News

Earlier this week, on May 1, the FCC granted consent for the license assignment for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth college radio station WUMD to Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR). As readers will recall, in January, UMass Dartmouth announced plans to sell the college radio station license. We dug into the $1.5 million deal, speaking […]

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7" vinyl records at WHCL. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Wrapping up Virginia Radio Tours, Vinylthon, Festivals and More News

I’ve finished writing up all of my Virginia radio station tours and when I reflect back on the visits, it’s amazing to see the variety of college radio stations. I was able to see a brand new low power FM station, a 70-year-old student-run commercial radio station, online-only stations and FM non-commercial stations. Some have […]

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1990s carts in college radio station WTJU's studio. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Station Tours, CBI Invites Production Award Submissions and More News

I can’t believe how many radio stations I visited in the last month. Thanks to the confluence of Spring Break, radio conferences, and other random business trips, I managed to see stations in Virginia, New York, and California in the past 30 days. And, yes, I’m tired. Unfortunately, it also means that my back log […]

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