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Collage on wall of Mike Lupica's office at college radio station WPRB. Photo: J. Waits

Radio Station Field Trip #100 – WPRB at Princeton University

Are you ready? Drum roll… It’s time for my 100th radio station field trip post. Eight years after my first radio station field trip, I’ve traveled to various pockets of the United States (covering 14 states, plus District of Columbia) and Ireland in order to feast my eyes on a wide range of radio stations, […]

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LPs at college radio station Bellarmine Radio

College Radio Watch: WRPI’s DJ Hairman, D.C. Studio for Michigan LPFM, and Teen DJ at Dartmouth Station

Radio Survivor’s podcast resumed this week after a break for the winter holidays. In this brand new episode, I give an overview of the state of college radio in 2015. It’s worth a listen, particularly if you missed my 2015 college radio year-in-review article. My segment starts at about the 60 minute mark. Also this […]

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Community radio station KBOO's mural outside its building in Portland, Oregon. Photo: J. Waits

Touring Community Radio Station KBOO in Portland

Although I’d been to Portland, Oregon-based community radio station KBOO back in 2013 (when I did a crazy, jam-packed day of touring four radio stations), it was an unplanned, drop-in visit and didn’t warrant an official post. For that reason, I was glad to be able to schedule an proper visit when I was in […]

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Leo Blais sign at WMBR

Solving the Mystery of the Ubiquitous Radio Station Call Letter Signs: The Leo Blais Interview

For quite a few years I’ve been intrigued by and obsessed with the handmade 3-dimensional radio station call letter signs that I’ve seen at numerous college and community radio stations all over the United States. One of the signs is posted at KFJC, where I volunteer and DJ, so I see it every week. I […]

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poster-covered wall in college radio station 9th Floor Radio's studio

College Radio Watch: WXAC Celebrates 50th, WSOU’s Record Store Day Remote, and the 9 Lives of WKPS

This week I wrote up another college radio station visit as part of my ongoing Spinning Indie Radio Station Field trip series. Laney College’s streaming radio station, 9th Floor Radio, has been around for nearly a decade in Oakland and is preparing to add a low power FM (LPFM) broadcast to the mix this summer. […]

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cassette tapes at college radio station The Tower

College Radio Watch: Role of Radio in Local Concert Scenes, New Station at Cal State LA and More News

In the Buffalo News this week, Jeff Miers writes about radio’s role in the local concert scene in Buffalo. He points out that radio stations and promoters have differing views about the influence of radio on the types of artists that come to town, but he also acknowledges that college radio plays a unique role. […]

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

A Snowy Road Trip to Visit North Central College Radio Station WONC-FM

When I scheduled my visit to North Central College’s radio station WONC-FM, I had no idea that a spring snow storm would hit. Undeterred, my husband I and embarked on a road trip through the Chicago suburbs on Monday, March 23rd to see the recently-named IBS College Radio Station of the Year. (more…)

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Leo Blais sign at college radio station KCSB

Visiting College Radio Station KCSB at UC Santa Barbara

On Friday, March 6th I popped by University of California, Santa Barbara’s college radio station KCSB 91.9 FM. I was in town for the weekend and it was the perfect chance to finally write about the station. Even though I’d visited before for a UCRN conference in 2011, I’d never gotten around to writing a […]

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