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EAS Test Reporting System deadlines

FCC Licensed Stations MUST Participate by August 26, 2016

The FCC has established the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) as a means to improve the EAS system for national emergencies.  There are important deadlines you need to be aware of concerning this change.

  • Form One must be filed on or before August 26, 2016.
  • Form One filings may be edited until September 26, 2016.
  • Form Two must be filed on or before 11:59 pm EDT on September 28, 2016.
  • Form Three must be filed on or before November 14, 2016.

Forms Two and Three will be available at 2:20 pm EDT on September 28, 2016.

Note that form two must be filed between 2:20 pm (EDT) and 11:59 pm (EDT) on September 28, 2016 (which is a Wednesday).   More information about ETRS is available at https://www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system which includes a link to recorded webinar on the topic.

If you need help with this topic, email ETRS@fcc.gov.

 

By | August 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, FCC|0 Comments

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Interested in being part of the planning discussion for NSEMC? Join the Planning Facebook Group.

For more info about joining CBI, visit the join CBI web page.

To contact us about participating in the 2016 NSEMC, visit the contact page.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and our Facebook for more updates as they are released, and check out last year’s 2015 conference site from Minneapolis Oct. 22-24.

By | March 25th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences|0 Comments

Veteran News Reporter Glenn Schuck to Deliver Keynote at 2016 NSEMC

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) announces long-time New York City radio reporter and anchor Glenn Schuck as keynote speaker for the 5th annual National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Philadelphia.

Glen2A broadcaster for more than 30 years and presently with America’s most listened-to radio station, 1010 WINS, Schuck will share his insights on the media’s coverage of the 2016 Presidential campaign and the evolving role of journalists in the 21st century media landscape. He will also reflect on key decisions and networking that allowed his career to evolve and review ways today’s students can pave the way for their careers.

A native of New Jersey, Schuck began his professional radio career as a DJ for stations WJRZ/Jersey Shore, WPST/Trenton, legendary rocker WAAF/Boston and as morning host at KROCK/Los Angeles.  In 1995, Schuck began anchoring business reports for CNBC. In 1997 he left CNBC for Metro Networks, at that time a new radio news wire service.  In 2000, Glenn joined New York’s number one news station 1010 WINS as a reporter, while also being named News Director for Metro Networks. He left his role at Metro Networks in 2013 to join CBS Radio fulltime, adding anchor duties to his reporting responsibilities at 1010 WINS.

Schuck was the first radio reporter to inspect Ground Zero with Mayor Rudy Giuliani the morning of September 12, 2001. Schuck’s months-long reporting on the aftermath of the 9/11 earned him critical acclaim.  He contributed to both an HBO documentary and two books about the terror attacks on the World Trade Center.  For the past 16 years, Schuck has covered nearly every major news event in the New York metropolitan area, from Papal visits and Super Storm Sandy, blackouts and shootings, to “Bridgegate” and Super Bowl and World Series appearances by New York teams.  He has appeared on many TV programs to discuss issues in the news, including CNN, MSNBC, and NY1, and has been sent on assignment to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and other cities.  Schuck has won many awards for his work from the Associated Press, the New York Press Club, and the NY AIR Awards.  He served as President of the New York Press Club from 2009-2012.

Schuck got his start in student-run media, joining the staff of Seton Hall University’s WSOU in 1981.  During his time at the WSOU he was news director and then station manager, experience he credits for the launch of his successful media career.

The 2016 NSEMC will be held at the Sonesta Downtown Philadelphia Hotel, Oct. 20-22, with three days of programming and interactive sessions led by broadcast professionals, student media advisers and students from college media outlets all over the country. The convention also features intensive pre-convention workshops, including a MusicMaster Genius Day, and the presentation of the National Student Production Awards winners on Oct. 22.

By | August 24th, 2016|CBI News, Conventions|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Is College Radio Relevant?
Despite the rise of popular broadcasts ranging from sportscasts to music countdowns, radio has generally been on the decline. We have turned the dial to its off position and turned on our smartphones, abundant with news, traffic reports, YouTube, and pretty much everything the radio can give us without commercial breaks. Yet, mainstream radio largely remains a stable part of society, especially for when we cannot reach our phones, such as during rush-hour traffic on the Long Island Expressway or spontaneous weekends to the Poconos. But how does college radio fit into the equation?
Read more from Oxford University Press.

Illinois Campus Radio Station Seeks Faculty and Staff DJs

As part of its ongoing efforts to facilitate lasting radio shows hosted by affiliates of Illinois Institute of Technology, WIIT 88.9FM Chicago is offering open slots to any Illinois Tech faculty or staff member who wishes to share their taste in music, their thoughts on current events, or any other concept on the airwaves of Chicago and worldwide on its online stream.

Read more from IIT.edu.

Eternal Summers, New Salem Witch Hunters headline WRUW-FM 91.1’s annual Studio-A-Rama music festival

Studio-A-Rama, the annual free all-day festival hosted by Case Western Reserve University’s campus radio station WRUW-FM 91.1, returns on Sept. 10 with Virginia indie-pop group Eternal Summers headlining. Cleveland alt-rock legends New Salem Witch Hunters are the special guest.

Held in the Mather Courtyard of Case Western, Studio-A-Rama has been a summer music highlight since 1981. Kicking off at 1:15 p.m., the fest invites concert-goers to sprawl out on the green lawn under the sun. If you can’t make it, the festival will again be live streaming the entire show over the station’s airwaves and on YouTube.

Read more from Cleveland.com.

‘Good’ times continue for KTCU radio hosts

The high sheriffs of DFW.com called me back in 2010 and insisted I go down to KTCU/88.7 FM for something called The Good Show, a music program on a college radio station run by people who aren’t attending that college. It has been on the air continuously (give or take a few weeks) since before the turn of the last century.

Read more from the Star-Telegram.

CBI announces National Student Production Awards finalists

Finalists in the 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards are being announced here on the CBI blog, and also our Twitter and Facebook pages, Aug. 15-19 and 22-26! Winners will be announced at the annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia this fall.

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor checks out National Radio Day.

 

By | August 23rd, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Contests, Conventions, Member News|0 Comments

National Student Production Awards finalists

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We’re announcing the 2016 finalists in CBI’s National Student Production Awards over on the Philadelphia website! We’ll be posting new categories every weekday until Friday, Aug. 26, so check back.

While you’re there, see all the latest on the National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22. We’re posting info on the hotel, special pre-convention workshops and more.

By | August 16th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: Is it still 2002 on your website?

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Jessica Clary, CBI IT Content Director

Jessica Clary, CBI IT Content Director

Remember early 1990s websites? Hosted on Geocities or Tripod. Heavy on the animated flames and a funny cartoon of a road worker that says “Under Construction.” A hit counter, with an animated globe showing where visitors are coming from. Maybe even that dancing baby from TV. Ah, the simple times.

Plenty of these design elements made their way to the first social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, but it’s 2016, and your website needs to be a streamlined, easy-to-navigate ultimate source for your readers, listeners, viewers — for anyone interested. It’s time to drop the outdated and cheesy, and time to give visitors quick and easy access to what they came for.

Here are some things have, and some things to definitely get rid of:

Things to have

  • An easy-to-find “About” page, with things like hours, location, contact information, etc.
  • Fresh content. This can be blogs, news, links, playlist posts, anything, just make sure when someone visits your site, they aren’t seeing the last update was done two years ago.
  • A responsive design for mobile and tablet. Take a look at your analytics page and see how many of your visitors are seeing your page on their phone or tablet. Now, how does your page look and work for them? Remember, things that were fun on your desktop 10 years ago (big Flash animations, music, funny cursors, etc.) don’t work on phones.
  • Social media links. If you have them, don’t be shy about them. But, if you advertise them, make sure they’re current. Don’t send a user to a Twitter that hasn’t been updated in three months.
  • Content hierarchy. Make it easy to see from the front page what’s new, what’s important, what the visitor shouldn’t miss.
  • Calendars, schedules, even a countdown widget is appropriate if you’re gearing up for a big event.
  • Blogs, staff bios and personal touches.

Things you can lose

  • Out-of-style widgets and design elements: tag clouds, Flash animations, anything that requires special plug-ins, anything auto-play, big carousel sliders, splash landing pages. Bevel and emboss text effects, Comic Sans, word art. If you had it on your MySpace, it’s time to let it go.

Glitter Words

  • Heavy images. Especially when you’re being mindful of your users’ time and data plans, don’t make them load a lot of extra stuff just to find your address or hours.
  • Stock photos. Your site should highlight the uniqueness of your media group as only you can. Why use a stock photo when you can snap a high-quality unique image of your actual office, staff or studio?
  • Infinite scrolling. Don’t make it harder for people to find the information they’re looking for.
  • Pop-ups. Even if they’re your own. If people want to sign up for your newsletter, don’t annoy them with a pop-up begging them to do so.

Your website should be unique to your media group and audience, but easy and welcoming to a first-time visitor. Make your content so good people don’t wonder where the dancing baby went. Striking that balance, and getting rid of outdated and annoying features, will freshen up your site for everyone.

Ready to see the best of student media websites in the CBI National Student Production Awards finalists, and finalists in all the other 23 categories, starting next week right here on the CBI website!

By | August 10th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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A station is born: Inside the high-risk, low-watt, quirky world of community radio

At 10 minutes to airtime, the studio clock was three minutes slow. Marika Partridge climbed up on a folding chair to fix it, exchanging a “Close one!” glance with her fellow founders of the Washington area’s newest radio station.

After a cutthroat Federal Communications Commission application fight and five years of begging for help and money, it wouldn’t do to blow the on-air debut because of a $15 wall clock from Target.

Read more from The Washington Post.

How will you celebrate national radio day?

It may be unofficial, but National Radio Day is a holiday that is near and dear to our hearts here at Radio World. Celebrated annually on Aug. 20, the day recognizes the invention of radio and the importance of the medium in our culture, according to the National Radio Day website and various online holiday calendars. The 2016 theme is “Celebrate the Spark of Great Radio.”

Read more from Radio World.

Next week: CBI announces National Student Production Awards finalists

Finalists in the 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards will be announced here on the CBI blog, and also our Twitter and Facebook pages, Aug. 15-19 and 22-26! Winners will be announced at the annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia this fall.

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column

Student Media in the News

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U.Va. radio station WTJU hosts summer camp for local students

The curriculum has evolved to become more hands-on and project-oriented throughout the years, based on students’ feedback, Moore said in an email statement.

“At their core, the summer radio camps are about students having fun, but also getting a taste for interviewing and audio production, exploring new music and presenting it through on-air media,” Moore said.

Read more from The Cavalier Daily.

Hofstra student journalists broadcast from DNC on campus station

Hofstra University student reporters from WRHU/88.7 FM are clearing the hurdles like the pros, gaining valuable on-air experience, building their portfolios and bringing the Democratic National Convention alive this week for some 300,000 listeners of their award-winning campus radio station.

Read more from Newsday.

Meet ‘Professor Bebop,’ UVA’s Longtime Late-Night Radio DJ
“Music is my number one passion,” he said. “I think it is the greatest art there is. It expresses so much – joy and fear, horror and comedy. It can make you introspective, or make you understand something you have not thought about.”
Read more from the University of Virginia.

CBI National Student Production Awards Finalists

Finalists in the 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards will be announced here on the CBI blog, and also our Twitter and Facebook pages, Aug. 15-19 and 22-26! Winners will be announced at the annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia this fall.

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

 

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column, LPFM watch column, Podcast episode #56 and visits to KCSU at Colorado State and Radio 1190 at University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Board Blog: Police (Communication) Line: Please Cross!

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I’m always eager to brag about my news students’ spirit when covering hard-hitting story assignments in our village of 2,500. In the last few years, our team has pushed themselves to increase their journalistic credibility and become more than “those kid reporters at the college.” We pride ourselves in practicing ethics, especially when covering the big stories in our small community that have made state and national news.

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Many of our reporters openly admit they are scared or lack the confidence to rub elbows with first responders on a given news scene. However, they always return to share exciting new perspectives with their peers. Because there were others too often playing “nose goes” when asked “who’s stepping up to get that interview?” or “who’s going to drop what they’re doing to go to the scene?,” our organization established a goal last year to increase communication with our local law enforcement to help make reporting easier.

It might be the small community advantage that made this initiative successful, but I happily encourage you to use any of our ideas to help improve your local news team and first responder relationships.

Invite Officers to your Turf

We invited our county sheriff to our fall semester management retreat to candidly discuss the dos and don’ts of calling dispatch, arriving on a scene, and establishing positive reporter rapport with law enforcement officers. The discussion ventured into areas of media law, ethics, and officer media training.

New Concord Fire Chief Brent Gates introduces Orbit Media’s new 911 scanner March 14, 2016.

New Concord Fire Chief Brent Gates introduces Orbit Media’s new 911 scanner March 14, 2016.

Even those student leaders who were not on our news team walked away with excellent tips about media professionalism to kick-off the year.

In conjunction with our Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapter, we hosted a Q&A session during “Sunshine Week” with our village police and fire chiefs. Students learned firsthand that our local first responders want to get to know them, too, so officers can easily identify and trust our crew at a busy scene. We received many valuable tips about officer rankings, interviews, and how to best follow up after an incident. Both of these sessions connected textbook knowledge to practical skills and are definite repeats for coming years.

Team Up for a News Project

Our media outlet was invited to collaborate with local officials to document a prom weekend mock car crash awareness video for our town’s high school this past May. Our student television program director oversaw the entire production…from capturing pre-recorded video at the State Highway Patrol and Emergency Room, to the final edited piece to show the student body the day after the crash. Additionally, our cub reporters had an all-access on-the-scene pass to help collect endless B-Roll, interviews, and photos by documenting things like the med flight helicopter circling the accident to the funeral home leaving the scene. The best part was that students could try something new, allow on-site advisers instantly critique their work, and try again. This valuable opportunity invited our students to openly “be allowed to fail” all while gaining confidence to practice media professionalism.

Instant Communication

A valuable gift arrived toward the end of the year from our fire chief…our very own 911 scanner! Our newsroom can now hear every call dispatch in the area. While some students are still too young to understand the significance of our instant path of first responder communication, our upperclassmen were so appreciative of our new way of learning about breaking news. I’m excited to fire it back up in August!

Share your newsroom’s local first responder-student media communication ideas; let’s propose a roundtable at NSEMC in Philadelphia! Please contact me this week | treasurer@askcbi.org.

By | July 27th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Ohio University campus radio dismissed students too quickly, report says

While the behavior and atmosphere in the sports department “may have been ‘immature and unprofessional,'” the report found, investigators didn’t find sufficient evidence that university policy was violated. Moreover, it said that by conducting an in-house inquiry without notifying the civil rights office, the radio station’s management “impacted ECRC’s ability to conduct an investigation.”

Read more from The Columbus Dispatch.

McCarriston Plots Her Course:Broadcast Dreams Begin with the Navigators

At Channel 4, she’s working alongside on-air sports personalities Steve Burton, Dan Roche, and Levan Reid and senior sports producer Jackie Connally.

In addition to logging at-bats for Red Sox games in the studio, McCarriston has also gone out in to the field for events such as a Boston Celtics clinic for students. “I got a video of [No. 1 draft pick] Jaylen Brown dunking on a kid, which was really funny,” reported McCarriston, who will be assisting the station at Patriots’ preseason training camp. “Football is my favorite sport, so I’m looking forward to being in Foxboro for their training camp.”

Read more from the Lynn Journal.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and visits to Metropolitan State University’s Met Radio, Denver LPFM KOMF-LP and Colorado College Radio Station The SOCC.

By | July 26th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Ithaca College students head to Rio to assist with NBC Olympics coverage

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the NBC Sports team covering the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” said Jacob Asman, a senior television-radio major who serves as the play-by-play commentator for Ithaca College football games on the college’s radio station, WICB. “As an aspiring sports broadcaster, I couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to represent Ithaca College, while contributing to one of the world’s biggest sports broadcasts.”

Read more from Ithaca College.

How the Philadelphia School District saved and re-launched its student-run TV studio

But officials in the School District and the surrounding community saw its growth potential and significance and fought for its revival. Now, with financial support, stronger partnerships and a new leader, PSTV hopes to empower the voices of the students in the schools and expose them to new career opportunities. The studio, whose programming can be found on Comcast Channel 52, Verizon FiOS Channel 50, YouTube and online, is free and open to all students in Philadelphia, regardless of whether the school is private, public, charter or parochial.

Read more from Technical.ly.

Radio Free Los Angeles: KXLU liberates listeners from the status quo

If you’re holding a copy of The Argonaut right now, you’re likely within the 3,000-watt signal range of KXLU 88.9-FM. If you happen to be reading this online, you could be listening via kxlu.com.

The point is you could be listening along as you read this, and maybe you should be.

Read more from The Argonaut.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and World Listening Day.

By | July 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments