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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 to the People sign at LPFM hopeful San Francisco Community Radio. Photo: J. Waits

FCC Decision in San Francisco LPFM Group Means Probable SF Community Radio and SF Public Press Time-Share

On Friday, the FCC released a Memorandum Opinion and Order, which may bring a resolution to the lengthy and contentious competition for a new low power FM (LPFM) channel in San Francisco at 102.5 FM. This paves the way for a potential time-share between the two remaining applicants: San Francisco Community Radio and San Francisco […]

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Podcast #33 – 20 Years Ago Local Radio Was Crushed

Twenty years ago a piece of legislation was passed that would change radio forever–and not for the better. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 lifted ownership restrictions on stations, unleashing an onslaught of acquisitions, consolidation and the ultimate devastation of local radio in communities across the country. Dr. Christopher Terry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee joins […]

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Leo Blais KUSF sign at college radio station KUSF.org. Photo: J. Waits

Visiting KUSF.org at University of San Francisco

I’ve visited college radio station KUSF at University of San Francisco (USF) many times over the years and have watched it morph from being a terrestrial college/community station at 90.3 FM to its present incarnation as a student-oriented online-only station. It was seven years ago when I first visited KUSF. At the time, it occupied […]

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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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KUSF sign in 2015 - Photo: J. Waits

FCC Denies Applications for Review Related to Sale of College Radio Station KUSF’s License

It’s been a long, contentious battle over the one-time FM college radio station KUSF-FM at University of San Francisco (USF), whose license was sold to Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN) after the sudden shut-down of the college radio station in January, 2011. After numerous legal filings and an FCC investigation, the license sale was approved […]

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College Radio Watch: College Radio’s Influence on Music Biz, WLUW Axes Some Community Shows, and More News

As I wrote in LPFM Watch yesterday, it’s thrilling to see the increasing number of college radio stations with new low power FM (LPFM) construction permits. With the addition of Reed College and Drury University this week, that brings the total number of granted LPFM construction permits for colleges and universities (from the 2013 application […]

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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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