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college radio station WBCR at Brooklyn College. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: Farewell to the College Radio Woodies?

MTV hosted its annual Woodies event this week at SXSW in Austin, Texas; but a notable absence this time around was the awards ceremony, including the annual College Radio Woodie Award. The social media-fueled online popularity contest was a favorite for many college radio stations, who rallied fans to attend click-a-thons in support of their […]

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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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WXOX sticker at college radio station WRFL

College Radio Survivor: Remembering Film “A Matter of Degrees” and More News

This week I finally got caught up on my radio station tour reports from 2013 and posted a piece about my visit to San Francisco Art Institute’s streaming radio station The Tower. Although it’s in a tiny space, the station presents an inspiring array of programming that’s often linked to the adventurous artistic endeavors of […]

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college radio station KZSC

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 KTRU.org […]

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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: Irish Student Radio Conference and Other College Radio News

A few years back I was lucky to get a glimpse into the world of student radio in Ireland. After visiting few stations there and learning a bit about the country’s college radio culture, I am happy to hear that student broadcasters will be convening in Ireland this week. The National Student Radio Conference will […]

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radio stickers, including KTRU, at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: mtvU College Radio Woodie Finalists and More LPFMs

In this week’s College Radio Survivor we take a look at the finalists for the mtvU Woodie Award and give an update on the LPFM applications awarded to colleges and universities this week. Earlier this week, MTV’s college-oriented brand mtvU released its list of the 10 college radio stations which are finalists for the College […]

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WZRD lobby

College Radio Survivor: WZRD Fined for Public File Violation

This week the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (PDF) for Forfeiture to Northeastern Illinois University for $1000 for a public file violation. According to the notice, college radio station WZRD’s public file was missing 12 issues/programs lists from 2007-2010. In the course of renewing its license, WZRD admitted to the missing lists, stating […]

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radio stickers, including KTRU, at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: Student Radio in Slovenia, Awards, and More LPFMs

This week’s College Radio Survivor will cover some recent college radio news and new college radio LPFM application grants, but first I wanted to share a link to an incredible documentary about a long-time college radio station in Slovenia. Non-commercial, independent radio station Radio Student was founded in 1969 by the Association of Students of […]

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KSUA Wins mtvU 2013 College Radio Woodie Award

At a ceremony which aired on Sunday, March 17th, KSUA 91.5 FM from University of Alaska, Fairbanks was awarded the 2013 mtvU College Radio Woodie award. After an initial nomination round, the most popular college radio stations (by online vote) were culled to 25 finalists.  Additional online voting reduced the field to the final list […]

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