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College Radio Watch: More Stations Move to Automated Programming During Coronavirus Outbreak

On this week’s Radio Survivor show/podcast we take a close look at how community and college radio stations are adjusting to the ever-changing conditions of broadcasting during the coronavirus pandemic. The episode was recorded on March 13, 2020 as some campuses were just at the start of closures. San Francisco Bay Area Shelter in Place […]

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hand sanitizer station at college radio station WONC. Photo: J. Waits

College Radio Watch: College Radio’s Response to COVID-19 and More News

With more and more college campuses closing or moving classes online to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some college radio stations are taking a different approach to programming. Many continue to operate as usual, but are taking extra precautions to ensure the cleanliness of studios and prevent transmission of colds/flu/viruses. Some are […]

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Studio at LPFM community radio station KLLG-LP. Photo: J. Waits/Radio Survivor

Radio Station Visit #140 – Community Radio Station KLLG-LP in Willits, California

Mendocino County has a bounty of new community radio stations thanks to the recent low power FM (LPFM) application window and I was excited to get to visit one of those stations: KLLG-LP in Willits, California earlier this year. After spending the night near the coast, I headed inland, driving on a windy country road […]

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Local Radio’s Value Demonstrated During Emergencies

The local service of radio grows enormously in value when disaster strikes a community. This is what we’ve seen with the wildfires that have swept through the Northern California counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Solano beginning last week. Fast moving and unpredictable, these deadly fires also took out communications infrastructure like cell towers, […]

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LPFM Watch: Emergency Permit for LPFM in Texas Flood Area, WJJA-LP Donates License, and More News

There continues to be a slow trickle of newly granted low power FM (LPFM) construction permits this month, with 5 more granted this week. Additionally, a few applications were dismissed, including Greater Broadcasting Network, Inc. (Duncanville, Texas) and Iglesia Pentecostes del Principe de Paz (Grand Prairie, Texas). Also, a LPFM that is still fundraising in […]

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Thinking through Radio History: An Interview with John Durham Peters – Pt. 2

This week, we are pleased to bring you the second part of an interview with media historian John Durham Peters. Last week, part one of the interview touched on intriguing issues in radio studies such as questions about the future of radio and radio’s non-human element. This second post asks about communal listening practices (and […]

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Could a Community Radio Station Save Your Life? Hurricane Irene’s Radio Heroes

It’s really no surprise to Radio Survivor readers that terrestrial radio is vital during an emergency. We’ve seen some amazing stories about how stations have stepped up to provide needed information and help after disasters around the world, such as in the wake of recent tornados in Joplin and Tuscaloosa and after the 2010 earthquake […]

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