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Fall 2012 College Radio Conference Line-up

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Some of the Radio Stations That Attended the 2011 CBI conference (Photo: J. Waits)

As college radio volunteers and DJs are getting settled into the new school year, it’s about time to start making hard choices about which college radio conferences to attend. October is a busy month, with both CMJ and College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) hosting their annual conferences. Additionally, the 72-year-old Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) will be holding 4 different regional conferences between September and December.

Here are some of your options:


Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012: Columbia College Chicago High School and College Radio Conference, Columbia College, Chicago. This conference is being co-sponsored by the Radio Department at Columbia College Chicago and by IBS.  The all-day event (from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) will be held at Columbia College Chicago (33 East Congress, Chicago, Illinois). Conference schedule and registration details are on the IBS website. This event is open to anyone involved with student radio, with discounts available for IBS member stations. Registration is free for high school students and Columbia College students and alumni.

New York City

October 16-20, 2012: CMJ Music Marathon, New York City. This annual event is a massive music festival/conference. Specific programming is aimed at college radio practitioners, including a College Day full of panels about college radio, a College Radio Mixer, and round table discussions.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012: IBS/CUNY Kingsborough Community College Media Conference, New York City. For this regional conference, IBS partners with college radio station WKRB in Brooklyn.


October 25-27, 2012: CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention, Atlanta, GA. More than 80 sessions will focus on all forms of student electronic media, from terrestrial radio to television to netcasting. I’ll also be a featured speaker at the event, participating in a panel with some folks from College Radio Day. Discounted pricing ends September 30.

Boston, MA

Saturday, November 17, 2012: IBS/Simmons College Radio/Webcasting Conference, Boston, MA. Simmons College Radio will again host this regional IBS conference.

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, December 1, 2012: IBS West Coast Conference, Los Angeles, CA. This event will be held at Champs Charter High School for the Arts. Champs is home to its own Broadcast Communications Academy and radio station.

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