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Studio at LPFM community radio station KLLG-LP. Photo: J. Waits/Radio Survivor

Radio Station Visit #140 – Community Radio Station KLLG-LP in Willits, California

Mendocino County has a bounty of new community radio stations thanks to the recent low power FM (LPFM) application window and I was excited to get to visit one of those stations: KLLG-LP in Willits, California earlier this year. After spending the night near the coast, I headed inland, driving on a windy country road […]

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Podcast #116 – Community Podcasting in Community Radio

We’ve talked about community podcasting on the show, now we want to connect the dots to community radio. The apparent ubiquity of public radio podcasts makes it seem like a podcast of a radio show is just automatic. But, in fact, turning terrestrial shows into consistent podcasts requires work and thoughtful planning behind the scenes. […]

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Local Radio’s Value Demonstrated During Emergencies

The local service of radio grows enormously in value when disaster strikes a community. This is what we’ve seen with the wildfires that have swept through the Northern California counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Solano beginning last week. Fast moving and unpredictable, these deadly fires also took out communications infrastructure like cell towers, […]

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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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Radio Survivor in the San Francisco Chronicle

Respected music and media journalist Ben Fong-Torres talked with my fellow Radio Survivors Jennifer Waits and Matthew Lasar for a piece about community radio in the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s online now and will appear in print in the Sunday, October 1 edition. While community radio stations get occasional news coverage when something notable happens–like […]

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Podcast #110 – Grassroots Radio Conference Preview

The Grassroots Radio Conference is an annual meeting of community, college and other non-commercial radio stations for the purpose of skill-sharing, training and strengthening ties. We talk with Caitlin Reading, a LPFM station startup specialist who is helping to organize this year’s GRC, happening Oct. 6 – 9 at WCAA-LP in Albany, NY, to learn […]

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Podcast 105 - Princeton Review - Incoming Wounded

Podcast #105 – From the Princeton Review to Incoming Wounded

The Princeton Review’s annual list of top college radio stations is out, and college radio expert Jennifer Waits joins to deconstruct the list, its methodology, and the notion of “best” college radio stations in the first place. Then Paul talks with Ed Hadley, who has been producing the overnight radio show “Incoming Wounded” on community […]

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Happy National Radio Day!

Once again it’s the day to celebrate the most enduring electronic medium: radio. In particular it’s time to recognize the stations, programmers, DJs and volunteers who make vibrant, relevant local radio, that informs, entertains and enriches communities. Make a point to tune in your favorite local stations today, and maybe give ‘me a quick call […]

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College Radio Watch: WTJU to Air “Community Healing” Broadcast in Charlottesville

My thoughts keep turning to Charlottesville, where a series of white supremacist events last Friday and Saturday led to violence, injuries and three deaths. It was brought closer to home when I learned that a WTJU volunteer, Tyler Magill, suffered a stroke that may have been precipitated by being hit in the neck by a […]

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KEXP Celebrates National Radio Week by Honoring Other Radio Stations

National Radio Day is approaching this Sunday, August 20 and in advance of that, public radio station KEXP in Seattle is doing a week’s worth of special programming “dedicated to celebrating and remembering radio stations that went off the air or changed formats,” according to a press release. It’s rare that radio stations pay homage […]

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