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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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Radio Station Visit #120 – KABF in Little Rock, Arkansas

When I arrived at community radio station KABF in Little Rock, Arkansas on the afternoon of October 7, 2016, I was embarking on my fifth radio station visit in a 24-hour period. A bit delirious from my cross-country and cross-state travels, I became immediately re-energized after spotting a trio of friends waiting for me outside […]

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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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Podcast #81 – To Thrive in 2017 Put the Community in Community Radio

Sally Kane, the CEO of The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, joins the podcast to discuss the threats and opportunities for community radio in the current political environment. In the months, since the election of Trump, the NFCB has received a lot of questions from community radio stations about how to respond and what comes […]

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Exploring Radio Garden on World Radio Day

Happy World Radio Day! In honor of this annual celebration, I’m exploring Radio.Garden and listening to stations from all over the world. Launched just two months ago on December 13, 2016, Radio Garden is a website where one can navigate to streams from different stations by mousing over a globe. It reminds me a bit […]

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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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Podcast #80 – Radio & Resistance in the Time of Trump

Radio stations hacked to play “F— Donald Trump” over and over. Concerns that Trump declaring himself a candidate for 2020 already might limit non-comms’ ability to criticize him. And with an Entercom / CBS Radio merger on the horizon, what does this all mean for community radio and podcasting? John Anderson, Assistant Professor of Television […]

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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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