2017 Summer Workshop

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop!
  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls. 
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.

Lodging and parking will be available at University of Minnesota residence halls for a fee.



By | February 7th, 2017|CBI News, Conferences|Comments Off on 2017 Summer Workshop

Board Blog: No Sacred Cows

There’s an old joke that management consultants like to tell:

Greg Weston, CBI Immediate Past President

Q. What are the seven words that will destroy any successful organization?

A: But we’ve always done it that way.

Even student media — with its transient staffs and “underground” ethos – fall prey to the tendency to resist change. It can be very difficult for young people — even the creative, forward thinking ones who tend to populate student media outlets — to drastically alter systems that they’ve been taught. That’s why it’s essential for student media leadership, whether students, faculty or staff, to create an environment where systemic change is not just permitted, but encouraged.

At WPTS Radio, we do an exercise at least once a year called “Sacred Cows.” It’s basically an opportunity for our board of directors to question and challenge the most basic parts of our operation. Beyond that, all directors are reminded throughout the year that they should be examining every process in their departments to make sure they are still represent best practices.

Honestly, after doing this for more than a decade, we don’t make major changes that often. But the process remains vital. It often leads to fixes of smaller problems that make us more efficient and effective. And it creates a culture in which creativity and assessment are respected and expected, which benefits both our media outlets and the students who work in them.

By | March 29th, 2017|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

WRFL celebrates 29 years of college radio

The UK’s student run radio, WRFL celebrated its 29th anniversary on Tuesday, March 7, with a birthday bash coming in April.

Almost three decades later, a continuously improving WRFL still strives to bring the Lexington community together by promoting independent musicians, constantly building on Lexington’s art and music scene.

Read more from the Kentucky Kernel.

Emory & Henry alum Eric McClure racing to fund college radio station

McClure, a 2000 E&H graduate, announced in January that his team, Martin-McClure racing, will field a second entry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Pitt Lite 125 on April 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway. All proceeds from the race will go directly into the Eric McClure Endowment, according to WEHC 90.7 General Manager Teresa Keller.

The No. 39 Toyota Camry will feature logos for Emory & Henry on the hood and for the college’s radio station on the quarter panels.

Read more from The Roanoke Times.

Chattanooga radio reporter fired, blames lawmakers

A college radio reporter is fired from her job after she reported a story that drew criticism from Tennessee lawmakers.

Those lawmakers say she didn’t identify herself as a journalist.

Jacqui Helbert worked for WUTC, which broadcasts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.

Read more from News Channel 9.

PSAs Promote College Radio

The College Radio Foundation has launched a new radio public service announcement campaign reminding listeners of the value of college radio. The PSA series is called “College Radio. Now. More Than Ever” and is part of a year-long campaign.

Read more from Radio World.

Minnesota Public Radio comes home to Saint John’s University April 25 -26 to mark its 50th anniversary

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) returns to its birthplace with a two-day visit to the Saint John’s campus in late April. On Tuesday, April 25, MPR Day at Saint John’s will feature live broadcasts of all three MPR regional services: MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current, as well as live performances and special guests throughout the day. All events will take place at Brother Willie’s Pub in Sexton Commons. In addition, Garrison Keillor will perform a sold-out show at the College of Saint Benedict that same evening.

Read more from Saint John’s University.

Weber State to sell FM student radio license for KWCR

The Weber State University student radio station is going totally digital.

In fact, KWCR Wildcat Radio hasn’t been broadcasting on the radio about a year and a half now, adviser Robin Haislett said, save a once-annual broadcast just to keep the license.

Read more from The Standard Examiner.


Plus, Radio survivor visits WVCW and WRIR-LP!


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Student Media in the News

The Debate Over RIPR’s Expansion

Earlier this year, Rhode Island Public Radio went public with a proposed plan to acquire UMass Dartmouth’s 45-year-old college radio station, 89.3 WUMD. Rhode Island Public Radio, still a relatively young station currently renting small public access frequencies to air both locally produced news features as well as NPR programming such as All Things Considered and Fresh Air, wants a permanent home and for them WUMD fits the bill. It’s a powerful signal from which they could grow locally produced journalism on a solid, owned foundation that would be moved just over state lines to Tiverton; covering Rhode Island, all of the South Coast to Cape Cod and even some parts of eastern Connecticut. All the deal needs is FCC approval, but standing in the way is the community and student staff at WUMD.

Read more from Providence Monthly.

KCSM to remain despite ongoing budget struggle: College official claims recent turnover not indicative of larger coming shifts

Despite experiencing the sort of ongoing financial budget strife commonly faced by college radio stations, faithful listeners to KCSM can expect most of their favorite programming to remain, a district official said.

The College of San Mateo’s jazz radio station, 91.1 FM, lost three on-air personalities in recent months, but such changes are not indicative of larger shifts on the horizon, said Mitchell Bailey, spokesman for the San Mateo County Community College District.

Read more from The Daily Journal.

Miss. College Sells FM License in Jackson

Mississippi College is selling its FM signal at 93.5 MHz in Jackson.

“Star 93.5” WHJT(FM) is an outreach ministry of the college; it has aired heritage Christian music for the central part of the state since 1989; members of the station are shown in a 2014 image from its website.

Read more from Radio World.

Lake Land College invites students to the Radio/TV Open House

During the Radio/TV Open House from 12-2 p.m., participants are invited to broadcast LIVE on WLKL 89.9 The Max Alternative, the college’s student run FM radio station; anchor a newscast in the TV studio; use equipment in the TV production control room and studio; record and listen to their own audio spot using professional audio equipment; operate state-of-the-art camera and video equipment and experiment with industry-standard digital editing software.

Read more from the Effingham Daily News.

Hendrix Radio Station KHDX Part of New Arkansas College Radio Association

“One of our hopes is that the ArkCRA will help provide stability and support to student-run radio operations, which can struggle sometimes because of staff turnover,” said Hendrix biology professor and KHDX advisor Dr. Maureen McClung. “Charter stations include well-established organizations and those that are just starting out, so the ArkCRA presents many opportunities for collaboration.”

Read more from Hendrix College.

Plus, How to Improve your LPFM Community & College Radio Reception on Radio Survivor.

By | March 21st, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

College Radio Day set for Oct. 6

We were delighted to set a new record for college radio registrations in a single day when we opened up registration for College Radio Day 2017 on Friday. Over 40 stations registered in one day.

We are also still very excited about our upcoming Vinylthon next month. Stations can register for it here.

Read more from College Radio Day.

Pickering College radio station to broadcast Aurora events, town news

Pickering College is looking to partner with Aurora to highlight what’s going on the community.

Students recently made a presentation to council about the school’s radio station, 102.7 CHOP FM.

Read more from

10 things you didn’t know about Chapman Radio and its 50th anniversary

Chapman Radio’s original call sign was KNAC – “The Station With the KNAC” and was broadcasted out of Morlan Hall. A few decades later, the organization changed its call sign to KNAB – “The Station With the KNAB.”

Read more from The Panther.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WYBF at Cabrini University and the College Radio Watch Column.

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Student Media in the News

WBRU radio station may be going up for sale soon

WBRU-FM may be for sale in the near future.In a letter sent to WBRU alumni Thursday morning, general manager and Brown University student Kishanee Haththotuwegama said the station’s nine-member board of directors had passed a resolution to begin seeking a buyer. The Station Membership, which consists of about 50 Brown University students who work at the station, will vote March 11 on approving a possible sale.
Read more from Providence Journal.

96.3 KNDS Put on Probation, at Risk of Losing NDSU Funding

For some of us, music is what gets us through our longest days.Yet, listening to 96.3 FM KNDS, NDSU’s student-run radio station, is not the route students choose to go to for their wind down of tunes.“I honestly think a lot of people haven’t heard as much of us as we would like to,” said KNDS’ Assistant Station Manager Brian Jackson.
Read more from

SF school leaders attempt to steer news coverage of district-owned KALW

A top education official suggested that KALW public radio cover positive news about the San Francisco Unified School District on Tuesday, appearing to encroach on the editorial independence of the school district-owned radio station.
Read more from the San Francisco Examiner.

WCBN: Your Source for Musical Connections

On college campuses across the country, radio has largely been replaced by online music curation services like Pandora. While these services are convenient and are likely to connect us to music that we will like, they rarely introduce new themes or genres.  College radio stations such as WCBN at the University of Michigan, however, specialize in this. These stations offer students, and the community that they broadcast to, endless programing of new and underrepresented music while also offering students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of music as DJs.
Read more from The Michigan Review.

How San Bernardino Community College District is about to make $157 million off KVCR

The San Bernardino Community College District, which runs KVCR-TV, is expected to receive $157,113,171 in return for its broadcast frequency, the district announced Monday. Its programming will still be available, and viewers are not likely to notice a change.The district, which includes San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College, voluntarily participated in a Federal Communications Commission auction to free up bandwidth. Once vacated by KVCR, that bandwidth will be used by mobile and wireless providers.
Read more from the San Bernardino Sun.

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Board Blog: Practice Making Mistakes

In 2nd grade, on a school project for South Carolina history, I misspelled the name of the state of “Georgia.” All of our posters were hung in the hallway, and there was mine, with my teacher’s big red circle around my mistake, for all passers-by to see. Granted, this was a small elementary school in Surfside Beach, so the traffic for my particular error was pretty light. But that doesn’t mean I ever forgot it.

Jessica Clary, CBI IT Content Director

This week, there was a major error in a live television broadcast a lot of people were watching. A movie star was handed an envelope, walked on stage, opened it, and read it, announcing that “La La Land” had won an award, when it actually hadn’t, because the movie star had been handed the wrong envelope. The producers of “La La Land” started acceptance speeches on stage for an award they didn’t win. There was a pause, and an uncomfortable, awkward shuffle,  but finally, the mistake was realized, and rectified, and the team behind “Moonlight” came on stage to accept their award.

What seemed like, and is being treated like, the World’s Biggest Mistake Ever, is actually a teeny little human error. A human person holding a stack of envelopes handed another human person the wrong one. It’s a live TV broadcast. Things go wrong. And the best way to be ready for when things go wrong, is by having things go wrong before.

Imagine you’ve done everything perfect your entire life: Straight As, perfect attendance, always know the answer when you’re called on, etc. And then, something goes wrong. You’re probably going to panic. But imagine if instead, you had some Bs, you got a few tardies, and a few times when you got called on you had to say “Wow, I don’t know.” And you did it, and it didn’t kill you. No panic necessary. “I’ve done this before,” you thought. I’ll make it, come out the other side, and I’ll be better prepared for when the poop hits the fan the next time.

I often refer to student media as a “Fail Lab.” I encourage students to try things when they don’t know the outcome. I always want them to succeed, of course, but when they make a mistake, I want them to have a soft landing. After we try something new, we can see if it worked, and if it didn’t, how to change it, how to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again. As long as you learn from a mistake, it’s just as valid as a success.

So take advantage of this time, and all your possibilities for a soft landing. If you flub a line, or hit the wrong button at the wrong time now, on your college station, you’re better prepared for the time you do it at your first job, or your tenth job, or when you’re handing an envelope to Warren Beatty.

And, I’ve never misspelled “Georgia” again.

By | March 1st, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Practice Making Mistakes

Student Media in the News

CBI election nomination period extended

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is now accepting nominations through Monday, March 6 for the offices of Secretary, Development Director and Student Member. The Secretary and Development Director are each 3-year terms beginning December 1, 2017. The Student Member is a one year term beginning May 1, 2017. To be considered, nominations must be received by Ed Arke (, Election Commissioner (self-nominations are accepted).

Read more from the CBI website.

SU Radio to return to air

This weekend, I conducted an interview with First-Year Meredith Rasmussen. She learned that the station had been abandoned last year due to declining membership. The radio station started in 2008 when a group of students received the King Creativity Grant to create an internet radio station. Since then, its popularity among membership and listeners has fluctuated until January 2016 when it was basically abandoned. Since then, no one has worked on the station and it just disappeared. So she took it upon herself to change its fate.

“Restarting the radio station was something that I had been wanting to do basically since arriving on campus,” Rasmussen said. “College radio was something that I have been interested in, and I was really disappointed that we didn’t have a station.”

Read more from The Megaphone.

EC Radio is back after extended hiatus

The wait is over. Emmanuel College Radio plans to officially launch their reboot this semester. The revival of EC Radio began with current president Nana Addae ’19 and vice president Jill Hyburg ’19. Before them, EC Radio club was dormant for two years.

Read more from The Hub.

Drury radio station carving out its place on FM dial

Drury University has long been home to an internet-based radio station that was broadcast, through a complicated antenna system, in various campus buildings.

The reach and the impact were severely limited, however. Jonathan Groves, chair of the communications department, believed the student-run college radio station could be so much more if it were available on the FM dial.

Read more from the Springfield News-Leader.

Project Yellow Light seeks PSAs for scholarship competition

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring change. Applicants have the mission to create a radio spot to encourage their peers to avoid distracted driving, specifically, texting while driving. Application deadline is April 1.  There are two scholarships (one for college and one for high school) worth $2,000 each. In addition to winning a scholarship, the winning entries will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and aired across the country courtesy of iHeartRadio. More info about PYL is here:, and application guidelines for the contest are here:

Plus, the latest College Radio Watch column and Podcast #82: Busting Myths and Counting Charts.

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Student Media in the News

Another College Station Sold reported that supporters of the station showed up to a special regents meeting Tuesday to try to save the station. Many left in tears.’s Ian Bolender said, “You’re not just selling a radio station, you’re selling off the well-being of our music community. Without WNKU, a lot of artists would’ve never broke in this market.”

Read more at Radio Ink.

Fate of College Radio Charts Uncertain at CMJ After Almost 40 Years

One of the remaining bastions of the college-rock era has fallen silent, at least for now. For the second week in a row, CMJ has not published its weekly college radio charts, calling into question the fate of an institution that has tracked the music played by college stations around the country since 1978. No date has been set for when the venerable—and, once, invaluable—charts will resume.

Read more from Pitchfork.

SA approves WQKE radio funding

The President of WQKE Natalie Gramegna presented her appeal before the Senate for the allocation of $9846.27 for the purposes of purchasing updated equipment. The Senate voted in favor of Gramegna’s proposal allowing for the acquisition of various technical equipment necessary for the functioning the WQKE’s radio broadcast. The funds requested will be provided on behalf of the SA’s stabilization fund.

Read more from Cardinal Points.

Prairie Public radio to end broadcasts from UND

UND is preparing to sell its long-held radio station licenses to Prairie Public Radio as it readies plans to tear down the building which houses the local studio.

Bill Thomas, director of Prairie Public Radio, said the public radio service is currently in talks with the university about transferring the licensing for its two stations, KFJM and KUND-FM, to the main network. Thomas said local production would relocate from Grand Forks to the main Prairie Public offices in Fargo, though he said viewers “won’t be able to tell any difference on the air.”

Read more from Grand Forks Herald.


Plus, College Radio Watch weighs in on CMJ, the 81st Radio Survivor Podcast and Bandcamp Weekly checks out KPSU.

By | February 21st, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News

Syracuse radio station returning to airwaves for first time in 6 years

WERW, a student-run station at Syracuse University, announced Friday that it would soon begin broadcasting on the AM dial again. The college radio broadcaster had been operating online only since 2011, when a transmitter was removed from Booth Hall on campus.

The new signal will debut Monday, Feb. 20 on 1670 AM from antennas on top of the Carrier Dome and SU’s Goldstein Student Center on the South Campus, according to WERW general manager Rebecca Duke. However, the station will only broadcast at 100 mW (milliwatts) — a much lower power than WERW’s past signal of 20 watts in the ’90s and 2000s.

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Pitchfork wonders, ‘Does college radio even matter anymore?’

Yet, these experiences run the risk of becoming scarce, as more and more college stations go silent or cede their broadcast towers to corporate interests and conglomerates. Adding to the alarm is the recent downfall of CMJ, the institution that for decades tied the nation’s college radio stations together through charts and its annual festival. All this bad news has led some to eulogize the format, but college radio is still alive and, for many, still necessary.

Read more from Pitchfork.

On Air Next tackles the Pitchfork article

On Wednesday, Pitchfork posted an article titled “Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore.” If you haven’t read it yet, Kevin Lozano walks through the ins and outs of college radio history and finally decides: Yes, there is still a place for college radio. Of course, we at Radio 1190 knew this all along. Radio 1190 gives us an independent voice to express what we love, how we think and what we’re excited about. There’s so much content being created today — more than ever before. Staying on top of everything is an immeasurable challenge; one that no one is able to do alone.

Read more from Colorado Daily.

‘Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives’ Chronicles Legendary Hip Hop Radio Show

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives is one of those little stories that had a huge impact. The 2015 movie is currently available for streaming on Netflix and chronicles The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show, a New York-based college radio program whose influence travelled farther than its weak FM signal should have allowed. It had a religiously dedicated fanbase, and from 1990 to 1998 played host to just about every East Coast rapper of note before they hit it big. Perhaps more importantly, they cultivated an aesthetic appreciation of hip hop that would inspire underground hip hop for years to come. Hip hop authority The Source magazine went so for as to name it the “Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time.”

Read more from Decider.

Plus, Radio Survivor explores college stations for World Radio Day, checks archives from WQAX in 1981 and the College Radio Watch column.

By | February 14th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News