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WMUA polka lovers keep fighting; UMass admin sticks to script

The great WMUA-FM Polka War continued through last week. Supporters of polka programming at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus station kept protesting reductions in the genre. But the U.Mass administration is sticking to its guns. They’ll be more student involvement at the station, its principals insist, and that means less polka music on WMUA. “Polka programming will continue to […]

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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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sticker-covered table at college radio station WGMU

College Radio Watch: College Radio’s Part in Local Music Scenes, Controversies over Non-Students in College Radio, and More

I was just reading about the loss of some music clubs in Boston and within the same article there’s discussion about how the independent music scene is supported and fostered by not only an active live music culture, but also by the presence of college radio. In a piece for WBUR’s Radio Boston, Musician Peter […]

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college radio station KFJC's live video from Eindhoven Psych Lab during Doug Tuttle

College Radio Watch: KFJC Broadcasts from Holland + More News

Starting at 6:30 this morning, my eyes have been fixed on college radio station KFJC‘s live remote broadcast from a psychedelic festival in Holland. As a long-time KFJC volunteer, I’m amazed and impressed that my colleagues have once again pulled off a complex international live broadcast with live multi-camera HD video. Nine station volunteers traveled […]

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College Radio Watch: How Did College Radio Influence Your Career Path and More College Radio News

Working in college radio can influence one’s life in profound ways, even helping to shape one’s future career. Earlier this week I posted my Q&A with author Eric Weisbard. Although his new book, Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music, focuses on mainstream radio formats, Weisbard also has a college radio past (at […]

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