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College radio station KZSC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: 50th for KZSC, Farewell WSGR, Free Speech, and more News

A mysterious situation is brewing at St. Clair County Community College’s college radio station WSGR-FM, where word has it that the station has been shut down after 43 years on the air. According to the Port Huron Times Herald, The radio station was originally intended for students in the broadcasting degree program, which was discontinued […]

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View of college radio station WDCE's on-air studio from the college radio station's CD library. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: TV as the New College Radio and More News

Are TV shows the new college radio? An article on Interlochen, The Rewiring of Our Relationship to Music, dissects music discovery and invokes college radio in a few places. The author first references student radio DJs as understanding the importance of both old and new music, writing, “College-radio DJs, a guild whose influence is disappearing, knew […]

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Sign at college radio station KUSF.org. This is the KUSF.org office. Photo: J Waits

College Radio Watch: College Radio is Not in Decline, KUSF ‘Zine, and More News

Typically when I’m interviewed by the media about the state of college radio, there’s an underlying assumption by the writer or publication that college radio is in a state of decline. Frequently, I feel like I’m taking a defensive stance, pointing out that radio listenership is still high, that hundreds of college radio stations still […]

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Engineering Dept. sign at college radio station WKDU. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: College Radio on TV, Radio Theater, and a Parade

After an enjoyable trip to Washington, D.C. for the Radio Preservation Task Force Conference, I’m back with my college radio news round-up. In addition to station profiles, college radio awards, and news of expansions (in studios and radio programs); it’s also radio drama season, with several schools doing new radio theater productions. Read on for […]

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On-air studio at college radio station KSPC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Students in Public Radio, 1997 as Peak Indie, and More News

This week’s Radio Survivor Podcast is particularly inspiring for college radio, as we look more closely at how KUNV was able to remain under university control, largely due to its increased commitment to students. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas public radio station sought advice from Fordham University’s WFUV about engaging students as vital members […]

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Turntable at college radio station KHDX. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Fires, Me Too, Regional College Radio Groups and More News

It’s been rough in Northern California lately, with many of my friends, family, and colleagues grappling with the outbreak of wildfires across many different regions. Luckily a number of these fires are nearly contained, although I’m still worried about friends near a newer fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ever since the first fires started […]

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college radio station WTBU office

College Radio Watch: Zombie Apocalypse, War of the Worlds and More News

Although college radio is my true love, community radio comes a close second. Local, independent radio stations in the United States are enjoying an unprecedented moment right now, as so many brand new stations are hitting the airwaves thanks to the Local Community Radio Act and the subsequent low power FM application window in 2013. […]

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CD players, equipment in college radio station WXTJ's studio. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: KFJC in Liverpool, WXTJ’s Trash House, and More News

I’m in a musical haze because my home station KFJC is doing another live broadcast today, which began at around 7:30am PDT, this time from the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. For more back story, tune in to this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast. In addition to my chatter about KFJC’s international broadcasts (including last week’s from […]

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poster for college radio station KFJC's broadcast from Iceland with MYRKFAELNI

College Radio Watch: KFJC in Iceland, WAER documentary and more news

As I cull through the week’s college radio news, I’ve been enjoying the sounds of  AAIIEENN, DOPUR, and Godchilla performing live in Reykjavik. Foothill College radio station KFJC, where I volunteer and DJ, is about to wrap up day one of its 2 days worth of remote broadcasts from Iceland, complete with video stream. This […]

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