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Pacifica Hires a New Executive Director, John Proffitt

The Pacifica Foundation has found a new executive director, more than a year after the organization’s national board fired former ED Summer Reese, who then occupied the foundation’s national offices for nearly two months until a judge issued a restraining order forcing her to leave. The new ED is John Proffitt, who served twenty-five years […]

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College Radio Watch: LPFM for KTRU, mtvU College Radio Woodie, KUWS Doc and More News

Happy World Radio Day! This year’s theme is youth and innovation (see Paul’s post from earlier today), a timely sentiment considering what a great week it’s been for college radio! As we reported yesterday, Rice University was just granted a construction permit for a new low power FM (LPFM) radio station. This will allow […]

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LPFM Watch: Seattle LPFMs Celebrate World Radio Day, Rice University Granted LPFM and More News

Tomorrow is World Radio Day and in honor of that, the Seattle Public Library is hosting a celebratory event and live broadcast in honor of the groups that have new low power FM (LPFM) construction permits in the Seattle area (see a recent feature in CityArts to learn about many of them). Produced by Brown […]

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Former KTRU Frequency, Classical 91.7, Cuts Local Hosts

On Thursday, Culture Map Houston broke the news that Houston classical public radio station KUHA had laid off 8 full-time staffers and was replacing local programming with syndicated classical music content from Classical 24. Culture Map speculates that the University of Houston-licensed station is struggling after its purchase of the 91.7 FM license from Rice […]

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Classical Radio Station Deals Hint at Consolidation in Public Radio

A lengthy article on The Deal Pipeline outlines some of the recent public radio transactions involving classical music radio stations in particular. For those of us who have monitored the deals mentioned in the piece, it’s a fascinating overview of what seems like increasing consolidation in public radio. Of interest to me, since I have […]

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College Radio’s Fight for FM

Students who returned to their campuses this fall at University of San Francisco (USF), Vanderbilt University, Brown University, and Bryant University found, much to their surprise, that their FM radio stations have been taken off the air. In the past year, there’s been an uptick in the number of colleges and universities that have opted […]

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Saving College Radio Stations Panel at NFCB Offered Tips for Stations in Peril

Saving College Radio Stations Panel at NFCB Offered Tips for Stations in Peril

Of the many fine panels at the recent National Federation of Community Broadcasters’ conference (you can find our complete coverage here), the one that was closest to my heart was the “Saving College Stations” session (mp3) on Saturday, June 4. As was the case at a similar panel at SXSW this year, the participants included […]

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Family Radio's Rapture Fallout Prompts Letters to FCC and Congress

Family Radio’s Rapture Fallout Prompts Letters to FCC and Congress

The hype surrounding Family Radio’s prediction of Judgment Day and the Rapture on May 21 (and subsequent pronouncement that the Rapture will be delayed until October 21, 2011) not only attracted the attention of mainstream media, religious scholars, and atheists; but it also has led to much conversation amongst proponents of non-commercial educational radio. Before […]

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