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Unknown DJ in WHRC studio at Haverford College circa 1960s. Photo: Haverford College Archives

Lorenzo Milam’s College Radio Days

Lorenzo Milam, who passed away on July 19, led a fascinating life, evangelizing and launching numerous community radio stations and also championing the rights of people with disabilities. Like many in the community radio world, he got his start in college radio, although that part of his radio history is rarely told. Milam’s first foray […]

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college radio station KXSU studio

College Radio Watch: College Radio Scholarship Featured in Special Issue of Interactions

Scholars focused on college radio are a pretty tiny subset of the already small universe of radio scholars, so I am thrilled to see the publication of a student radio-themed issue of Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture this week. Brian Fauteux shared the news yesterday on Radio Survivor and he and I also have […]

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Reel to reel at high school radio station WLTL

The Latest FCC Call Sign Changes Herald the Return of WRVU (LP) and the End of WIP

As I perused the list of the most recent call sign changes issued by the FCC, I found some interesting tidbits. The call sign for the former Vanderbilt University FM radio station, WRVU, is making a terrestrial radio comeback of sorts ( is still used by an online station at Vanderbilt, but the now sold […]

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College Radio Watch: Is College Radio Dying? Students at WRAS-FM Get Reprieve

Earlier this week, posted an article with the title “College radio is dying — and we need to save it.” In the piece, Garrett Martin outlines the situation at WRAS-FM (in which student DJs will soon lose access to the FM station during daytime in order to allow Georgia Public Broadcasting to air public […]

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Haverford News clipping

Haverford College Celebrates 90th Anniversary of Student Radio on Campus

This weekend I’ll be immersing myself in college radio history during some special events honoring the 90th anniversary of student radio at Haverford College (see the full alumni weekend schedule here). I’m hopeful that many alumni will attend, as I’m looking forward to learning even more about the storied past of the many stations at […]

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radio stickers, including KTRU, at KPSU

College Radio Survivor: Revealing History of St. Joseph’s Pioneering College Radio Station

College radio history is largely undocumented, with much lore locked away in the memories of its participants. Glimpses of the past can be found by digging into the archives of student publications, particularly yearbooks and newspapers, where radio activities were often chronicled. Luckily for college radio history buffs like myself, it’s getting easier and easier […]

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Radio's Murder of Music

I’m on a quest to document the early history of my college radio station WHRC, which began in the 1920s as a Haverford College Radio Club station known as WABQ. As I was doing a quick search for material today, I found a goldmine of vintage radio information on David Gleason’s website. For one thing, […]

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