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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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IBS college radio awards on display at Virginia Commonwealth University. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Arkansas Stations Form College Radio Organization, IBS Awards Announced, and More News

I had a wonderful time in Virginia last week and was able to see eight college radio stations. The reason for my trip, however, was a speaking engagement at the WTJU-hosted “College Radio: Then, Now, and Next” symposium at University of Virginia last Friday. I gave an overview of the history of college radio and […]

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

College Radio Watch: WBRU May Sell License and more News

We learned this week that Brown University’s long-time commercial radio station WBRU may be up for sale. According to the Providence Journal: In a letter sent to WBRU alumni [March 2]…, general manager and Brown University student Kishanee Haththotuwegama said the station’s nine-member board of directors had passed a resolution to begin seeking a buyer. […]

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CDs at college radio station KUOZ-LP. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: College Radio Symposium at University of Virginia and More News

On March 17, I’ll be speaking at the WTJU/WXTJ-hosted symposium “College Radio: Then, Now, and Next” at the University of Virginia. Specifically, I’ll touch on the history of college radio as well as the state of college radio today. I’m excited to connect with friends, colleagues, and representatives from other college radio stations and am […]

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program schedule for college radio station KSPC from fall 1997. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: WSOU Burrito, Praise for College Radio from Social Distortion Founder and More News

On the podcast this week, we talked about the uncertainty at CMJ and pontificated on why charts can be useful to radio stations and the music industry, including record labels, promoters and bands. I was thinking about those connections as I read musician Mike Ness’ statements about the importance of college radio in a Boulder […]

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No Dead Air sign at college radio station KJUC at UC Santa Barbara (photo: J. Waits)

College Radio Watch: What’s up with CMJ Charts and More News

For at least the past year there have been more regular grumblings about the status of CMJ and this week Pitchfork is reporting that, “For the second week in a row, CMJ has not published its weekly college radio charts, calling into question the fate of an institution that has tracked the music played by college stations around […]

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Door to college radio station KXUA office. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Pitchfork asks “Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore?” and More News

Earlier this week, Pitchfork published a long-form piece with the provocative title, Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore? The sub-head continues the theme, adding, “How left-of-the-dial stalwarts are fighting to stay alive.” Click-bait for college radio fans and practitioners, the article is actually more nuanced than its alarmist descriptors suggest. (more…)

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Map of proposed Seattle-area LPFM stations, including college radio station UWave. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: UWave’s LPFM Future in Jeopardy, Touring KUOZ-LP and More College Radio News

I was disappointed to hear that University of Washington, Bothell’s college radio station UWave (see my 2014 tour here) is facing opposition to its planned move to a low power FM (LPFM) channel. Although the station has a construction permit from the FCC for the new LPFM station, University of Washington officials told students that […]

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