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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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LPFM Watch

LPFM Stations Get a Boost

For the first time, the FCC just granted booster stations to two LPFMs in California. Like the name implies, a booster helps a station to fill in parts of its broadcast area where geographic impediments–like hills or mountains–prevent the signal from being received well where it otherwise should be heard. Unlike a translator repeater station, […]

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Radio Silence

‘Radio Silence’ – 10-Part Series Explores Iraq & Its Displacements

“Radio Silence” is a ten-part radio event from Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz that will launch on July 29 with a live performance on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. The series returns famed Iraqi broadcast journalist Bahjat Adulawahed to the airwaves, along with the talents of Iraqi refugees, Iraq War veterans, musicians and performers, to frame the […]

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Podcsast #96 - Smart Speakers and Community Radio

Podcast #96 – Are Smart Speakers Smart for Community Radio?

Amazon Echo. Google Home. And soon, Apple’s HomePod. Smart speakers are quickly taking up residence in homes. Taking voice commands to deliver news, weather, music and more, they play a very radio-like role in people’s daily routine. Radio journalist Brian Edwards-Tiekert joins to explain what these speakers can do, what they can’t, and what the […]

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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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Podcast 95 - Mixcloud + Little Records

Podcast #95 – Mixcloud Can Be Community Radio, Too

After covering the comeback of the live streaming radio platform Live365 two episodes ago, listeners asked us to check out MixCloud, which offers free streaming of music radio shows, DJ sets, mixtapes and podcasts for anyone, including radio stations and independent producers. So this week we talk with Xanthe Fuller, Head of Community for Mixcloud. […]

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WPPM-LP T-shirt. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Visit #138 – Philadelphia’s Community Radio Station WPPM-LP

In a serendipitous coincidence, new low power FM (LPFM) community radio station WPPM-LP had its launch party while I was in Philadelphia for the College Broadcasters Inc. convention last October. Not one to miss a historic radio event, I sneaked away from the conference in order to attend the festivities on October 20, 2016. Excitement […]

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