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College Radio Watch: North Carolina Stations Rally to Help Venue, WGSU Covers Campus Tragedy & CIUT Embraces Podcasting

I hope you caught the plethora of college radio coverage on Radio Survivor this week. I shared my final radio station field trip report from 2015, which recounts my visit to University of San Francisco’s college radio station It’s been 5 years since KUSF lost its FM signal and it was reassuring to see […]

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Old cassette deck in college radio station KRLX's record library. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Radio Station Sticker Art at KTRU, CMJ on Tour, Radio Drama, and More News

I’m still thinking back fondly on my trip to Minneapolis and provided a run-down of the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) conference in this week’s Radio Survivor Podcast. As a bonus, I also shared some highlights from my visit to college radio station KUOM (aka Radio K), including audio tidbits from my tour through the record […]

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CD library at college radio station KAOS. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Baltimore College Radio LPFMs Lose Out, CMJ’s College Day in Portland, Friends of KUSF Respond to Latest FCC Decision + more news

This week a few college radio groups got some unwelcome news. As I reported yesterday, two college radio stations (online stations WLOY at Loyola University and WJHU at Johns Hopkins University) competing for a new low power FM (LPFM) license in Baltimore learned that they most likely won’t be winning a license. We also got […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects IBS’ Challenges to Copyright Royalty Board Webcasting Rates

Last week, the D.C. Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed (see the full decision here) the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB)’s decision regarding the establishment of webcasting royalty rates, rejecting an appeal by college radio organization, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). These webcasting royalties are paid to musical performers who appear on the […]

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CDs on wall at college radio station WONC

College Radio Watch: New LPFMs, Vastly Different Stations at Columbia, Radio’s Role in Music Business + More News

In this week’s Radio Survivor Bulletin (are you subscribed yet?), I wrote an extended piece about college radio in the 1970s. At the time, campus-only carrier current stations were HUGE and some large universities even had multiple stations serving different dorms. The music industry was taking notice of college radio and a 1971 Billboard article […]

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college radio station KCSB's Music Director's office

College Radio Watch: Visiting KCSB, IBS Awards, UK/US Student Radio Project, and More News

Last Friday I stopped by KCSB-FM, the college radio station at University of California, Santa Barbara. Even though I’ve probably visited 100 stations by now, I continue to be delighted and inspired every time I step into another station. You can take a look at my station tour and learn more about the wide range […]

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records and CDs at KUSF in Exile

College Radio Watch: LPFM for WRVU supporters, Mountaineer Radio to go FM, and WRAS Battle Continues

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the shutdown of college radio station KUSF 90.3 FM at University of San Francisco. As I prepared for my visit to see KUSF-in-Exile (aka San Francisco Community Radio) on Sunday, I spent some time looking through our coverage of the whole KUSF saga. It’s been […]

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radio stickers, including KTRU, at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: IBS and mtvU Woodie Award Winners, WSOU Documentary and Other College Radio News

Over the weekend the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) concluded its annual conference in New York City, honoring exceptional student broadcasters and college radio stations with its IBS Golden Microphone Awards. Winners were announced across 40 different categories, with a wide range of stations taking home trophies. WERG (Gannon University in Erie, PA), WONC (North Central […]

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radio stickers, including KTRU, at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: LPFM News, Anniversaries, and New Stations

With spring semester underway, many college radio stations are actively recruiting new members and plotting out programming schedules. Some are preparing for conferences, including the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) conference in New York City in March, the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) convention in Las Vegas in April, and regional events like the University of California […]

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