SPLC, CBI to Supreme Court: End FCC’s Power to Fine College Radio for Cursing

The Supreme Court should strike down a governmental policy allowing college radio stations to be fined for “fleeting expletives,” the Student Press Law Center and College Broadcasters, Inc., argue in a new friend-of-the-court brief. — SPLC and CBI joined forces for the brief in defense of college radio’s role as an often-live “laboratory for experimentation,” […]

New York Times Piece Captures ‘Positive College Radio Vibe’

A New York Times feature on student radio has the media-verse abuzz, providing a glimpse of the evolving “ethos, content, and vibe of collegiate stations.” Amid the gloom-and-doom backdrop of increasing station sales and alleged confusion over college radio’s future, the picture presented is surprisingly (and refreshingly) positive. — Student staffers and station managers are described as […]

350 Student Stations Unite in Honor of College Radio Day

Roughly 350 student-run radio stations across the U.S. and Canada are taking to the airwaves in solidarity today, in hopes of “raising the profile of what college radio stations are doing across North America.” — The first College Radio Day is part celebration, part publicity/pledge drive, part protest.  As its co-organizers ask, “Isn’t it about […]

Journalism & Media Conferences: Top 11 to Attend in 2011-2012

Note: Check out my updated 2012 list — — A recent college graduate emailed me last week requesting a list of journalism and media conferences worth attending.  It is a fantastic question. — Below is a list of what I consider to be the most indispensable national-level get-togethers for those who are practicing, teaching, and […]

College Radio to Observe Moment of Silence to Raise Awareness of Station Sales

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is calling for a moment of silence on college radio stations at exactly 11 a.m. EST this Thursday.  According to CBI, the aim of the synchronized dead air scheme is to “bring awareness of the deep impact that the sale of student radio stations is having on campuses and their surrounding communities.” — […]

College Radio’s FM Footprint Fading: Is Online the Answer?

Does college radio still deserve a “terrestrial footprint“? — Student stations on or near campuses nationwide continue to provide undergrads with invaluable on-air experience and act as the last bastions of non-mainstream music promotion.  But their relevancy to student listeners and survival prospects on the FM dial are under renewed scrutiny. — According to a […]

CMM 10: Jennifer Waits, College Radio Blogger & Advocate

CMM 10 is a spotlighting of the 10 individuals who have mattered most to college media over the past academic year.  This inaugural edition honors a mix of standout student journalists, innovative student media entrepreneurs, and impassioned outside advocates of campus press 2.0.  With a hat tip to the annual Time 100, the posts announcing each honoree include […]

In the Spotlight: Derek Flanzraich, HUTV Founder, Harvard

On a cold day in Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University psychology professor Steven Pinker lifts a television above his head and then smashes it into the ground.  With the TV’s innards exposed, he proceeds to stomp on it and whack it repeatedly with a metal pole. — The uber-aggression aimed at this old media outlet served […]

Boston College Radio Station Proud to Have “No Commercial Potential”

“Ryan McDaid is very particular about the music he chooses for his radio show. One of the first requirements is that few can have ever heard it before.” — So begins a wonderful profile of student-run radio at Boston College, published by The Heights.  It documents the tale of two campus stations, including the FM-regulated […]

Racial Slur Leads to Student Media Funding Freeze at UCSD

A “racial state of emergency” has been declared and funding for all school-supported student media has been frozen at the University of California, San Diego in the immediate aftermath of a racist campus event coupled with a televised racist slur. — Late last week, the editor of the Koala, a controversial UCSD student humor newspaper […]

Harvard TV Titan Talks About Conan, Tonight Show Mess

As the Leno-Conan-Tonight-Show saga intensifies, I decided to get the perspective of a campus broadcast titan. Derek Flanzraich is founder and former president of HUTV (Harvard Undergraduate Television), meaning he has geographical ties to both men (Leno is from Andover, O’Brien from Brookline) and the Conan academic connection (O’Brien’s a Harvard alum). — — Below Flanzraich […]

CBI Names Top Student Radio & TV Shows, Specials, Sites

College Broadcasters, Inc., has announced its finalists for the 2009 National Student Production Awards.  It is basically the Oscars, ESPYs, Pulitzers, and Webbies for the student broadcast journalist set- honoring everything from best TV comedy, PSA, and live sportscast to best radio DJ, documentary, and station promotion. — Atop the category listing: Best Student Media […]

Australia’s “Radio Revolution” Streaming Live Online Since May

Billed as “distinctively non-commercial,” the student-run JACradio at the University of Queensland has been pumping out the music and talk online 24/7 since its debut in May.   It is the latest entrant into Australia’s radio Webosphere- and according to one report the UQ School of Journalism and Communication (JAC) has been “overwhelmed by the number of […]

College Radio Making Most of Digital Transition

The turntables are still turning, new podcasts are humming, indie bands are still being discovered, and social networking is drawing in new listeners at college radio stations worldwide.  According to a new Chicago Daily Herald piece (a localized version of a December 2008 New York Times article), the student radio revolution of the 21st-century is […]

College Radio Could Go Quiet if Royalty Bill Passes

College radio stations will be hurting- and some might even be forced to go quiet- with the passage of new legislation requiring non-commercial stations to pay music royalty fees and deliver regular music reports. — As The Daily Texan dutifully reports, under the proposed bill, all stations (including student-run radio) would have to pay annual royalties of $500 […]