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2017 Summer Workshop

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.

Registration fee: $199

Registration opens soon.

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By | February 7th, 2017|CBI News, Conferences|0 Comments

Accepting Nominations for Board Positions

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is now accepting nominations 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 (earke@messiah.edu), Election Commissioner; by February 17, 2017 (self-nominations are accepted).

The Qualifications for the board are: Directors must be duly appointed proxies of a Media Member; a maximum of one (1) Director may be proxied from any one (1) Media Member. An individual serving as a Student Director must maintain full-time undergraduate or graduate student status at the member institution for the duration of his or her term of office. A Faculty/Staff Director shall include any individual holding a faculty, administrative, or supervisory position associated with a Media Member.

The election of new Board positions will be held this spring and the results will be announced via the listservs. For more information related to the qualifications and duties, please visit the bylaws page. I hope you’ll seriously consider nominating a colleague or yourself for this great opportunity to serve our organization.
Please direct all nominations and correspondence to:
Edward T. Arke
CBI Election Commissioner
Messiah College
One College Ave. Suite 3038
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
earke@messiah.edu

By | January 11th, 2017|About CBI, CBI News|Comments Off on Accepting Nominations for Board Positions

Student Media in the News

Another College Station Sold

Cincinnati.com reported that supporters of the station showed up to a special regents meeting Tuesday to try to save the station. Many left in tears. Cincymusic.com’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|0 Comments

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.

Read more from Syracuse.com.

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|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

Radio station KSVR works to serve Spanish-speaking audience

Seated in a studio at KSVR 91.7 FM last week, Francisco Farias pulled off his headphones as he took a break from recording his weekly Spanish-language music and news radio show.

Farias, who started volunteering at the station a few months ago, believes the station’s Spanish-language programs have a big impact on Skagit County’s Latino community.

“For me, this is a great opportunity to help people who don’t speak English listen to the radio and hear news,” Farias said through an interpreter. “For me, a person who doesn’t understand too much English, there are a lot of people who listen to the station.”

Read more from GoSkagit.com.

The Bronc is first to broadcast live from Philadelphia Auto Show

107.7 The Bronc became the first college radio station to broadcast live at the Philadelphia Auto Show on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Bronc brought a team of students to the show to broadcast live from noon to 4 p.m. and promote the fifth largest auto show in the nation on social media.

More than 700 vehicles were on display on the 700,000 square foot display floor in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The auto show staff contributed more than 30,000 on-site hours of labor setting up and removing displays.

Read more from Rider University.

The Sound of Emory: An Insight into WMRE

WMRE is Emory’s only radio station. Beginning as a mere idea in the early 1980s, in 1989 the station broadcasted its first show across campus through 590AM. Clear sounds didn’t last long on the AM channel, forcing the station to shift to a cable signal and then the internet, where it can be heard today. The shift in broadcasting also helped the clubs’s shift in production, and in 2008 they moved from the basement of a now-demolished Longstreet Hall to its current studio on the fifth floor of the Dobbs University Center (DUC).

Read more from The Emory Wheel.

WRUR delivers diversity in student taste and talent

Descending into the basement of Todd Union doesn’t feel how you might imagine walking into a radio station feels.

WRUR, residing in what were once the kitchen facilities for an ancient campus dining hall, puts students the push of a button away from an invisible audience of hundreds or thousands.

Hosting shows on both WRUR’s internet and FM platforms (The Sting and 88.5, respectively), student DJ’s dig into a wide variety of musical genres on their weekly broadcasts. The ease of access that WRUR offers leads to a high volume of DJs—about forty on The Sting and ten on FM—with all different tastes and musical perspectives

Read more from The Campus Times.

Campus radio station prepares for another big semester

A new semester means fresh ideas, new people and an updated schedule for student organizations. DJs at WGLZ, West Liberty’s radio station, are not wasting their time and have lined up some events for the campus community.

The station is bringing back some successful events and promotions from previous years.

“WGLZ listeners from last year may remember the WGLZ Bracket Contest for March Madness basketball.  The contest was popular among listeners with over 200 student entries competing for some really great prizes from Coca-Cola. This promotion will be back this semester,” said Jeff Pfister, director of WGLZ.

Read more from The Trumpet.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits new LPFM KPSQ-LP in Fayetteville and KUOZ-LP at University of the Ozarks and the College Radio Watch column

By | February 7th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

Tune in to 90.7 WCLH for the station’s 45 birthday

“One the biggest highlights for WCLH has been the ability to keep our equipment and software current to reflect what’s being used at commercial radio stations,” Kristen Rock, station manager said. “From vinyl to cart machines to compact discs and MP3’s, WCLH has been able to provide students with quality hands-on training while giving listeners great programming.”

In honor of the anniversary of the radio station, WCLH will be airing a five-hour pre-recorded show beginning at noon on Feb. 4.

Read more from The Beacon.

Student radio station rocks with vinyl at record show

From punk rock to doo-wop, vinyl has brought the groove to a record show that helps Plymouth-Canton student radio station WSDP-FM (88.1) raise money and stay on the air.

Record dealer Rod Branham alone plans to bring about 4,500 vinyl albums to the ninth annual record show, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, inside the Salem High School cafeteria in Canton.

Read more from hometownlife.com.

Plus, the Radio Survivor College Radio Watch column.

By | January 31st, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Listen to my Mother

Dave Asplund, CBI Vice President

“I make my lists and list my dates” are words I heard mom every time she would have someone ask her how she could juggle working, advocating for special needs children/adults, painting, raising a teen, managing a husband, and being a Minister’s wife. She lived by her lists and had a color coding system in her date book what a given date or event was about. Guess what color her notebooks were for the lists she kept. Yep, the list notebooks matched her color coding system.

I am my mother’s son, and I have a Franklin Covey planner that I use daily.  But this is not a advertisement for Franklin Covey, it is a blog idea I thought of while I filled in the myriad of dates in my planner for the new semester. The entries start with two board meetings, a budget and planning meeting, board of regents meeting, three doctor appointm …  Well you get the picture for my next two weeks.  This blog is about organization and dates.

Organization is the hard part because no two people have the same way to organize.  My mother had her lists, date book, and files she kept.  I have my day planner, the stacks of papers/material I am working on now, and files I have put away for later.  My wife has her day planner, the files of her information, and the Library of Congress.  What works for me leaves my wife shaking her head, and that is why everyone needs to find their own organizational method.  Whether you use the very formal and structured like Franklin Covey’s “Productivity Practice,” The Pomodoro Technique, Order of Importance, David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” method, Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret/ Don’t Break the Chain, the Action Method, or combining some/all of multiple methods to find the best way that works for you it is important to find that method or combo. I was trying to think of a good place to start and the public/college library was my answer until my son said “just Google it, dad” for methods of organization. Just a hint, I used ‘methods of organization’ in the search window.

The dates are easy.  As a student you have dates for assignments, group meetings, class meetings, extracurricular events, school events, work shifts, etc. As a college advisor, instructor, or staff member you have dates for department meetings, work shifts, planning sessions, family stuff, radio/TV stuff, university events, etc.  Any group you belong to has dates, tasks, and things you need to remember. Your college radio or TV station has a list of dates all their own along with things you need to do. The CBI website (askcbi.org) is an excellent place to find the published dates for this year, including Feb. 17, 2017, the date nominations must be received by for the offices of Secretary, Development Director and Student Member on the Board of Directors.

By | January 26th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Listen to my Mother

Student Media in the News

Community Broadcaster: The Selling of a College Radio Station

Community radio advocates were upset when the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth announced plans to sell its WUMD(FM) signal space to Rhode Island Public Radio. This was not new as several college stations over the last few years have been sold. Those passionate about community radio often ask how they can fight back against these trends.

Read more from Radio World.

Student-Owned WUVA, Inc. Sells FM Radio License to Endow WUVANews.com Video and Print News Enterprise

After operating a Charlottesville radio station for 70 years, including 37 years as a commercial FM station, today the University of Virginia student-owned media organization, WUVA, Inc., announced that it has agreed to sell its radio station  WUVA-FM 92.7 to Saga Communications, Inc. (NYSE – MKT: SGA).

Read more from Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Plus, Spinning Indie visits KCHUNG in Los Angeles, and the 77th Podcast episode.

By | January 24th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Student Media in the News

Proposed WUMD sale hits sour note with volunteers and listeners

Unhappy DJs, station volunteers and listeners are speaking out on social media after word of the proposed $1.5 million sale of WUMD 89.3 FM to Rhode Island Public Radio.

A move to save the station, which marks its 45th anniversary Friday, has also sparked the creation of a SAVEWUMD Facebook page.

 “This (WUMD) is what keeps me going,” said Toni Pennacchia, a radio volunteer since 1996 and a former UMass Dartmouth student, who produces a weekly program called “Spoiler Alert.”

Read more from South Coast Today.

Battle Emerges Over RI Public Radio Acquiring UMass Dartmouth Radio Station

WUMD staff and supporters, however, have organized to try to stop the acquisition, citing the diminishment of local radio in the south coast of Massachusetts.

“They’re hurting southeast Massachusetts, where WUMD’s programs have been heard,” said Toni Marie Pennacchia, who disc jockeys for WUMD. “We’ve been around 45 years this Friday, I’ve been a volunteer since 1996.”

Read more from GoLocalProv.com.

Plus, more on the sale from Radio Survivor and Providence Journal.

Helena, MT Noncommercial FM Construction Permit Donated To Montana State University

Last Chance Public Radio Association is donating the construction permit for a new noncommercial FM in Helena, Mont. to Montana State University – Billings (Yellowstone Public Radio) in a deal conditioned on YPR concurrently swapping KYPH/East Helena, Mont. to the Board of Regents of Montana University System in exchange for K251AC/Helena.

Read more from AllAccess.com.

Student Broadcasters Mingle in the City of Brotherly Love

Podcasting, social media, ’zines, LPFM, the FCC and journalism were among the topics tackled at College Broadcasters Inc.’s fifth annual National Student Electronic Media Convention. Held in Philadelphia in October, the event drew a crowd of some 420 paid attendees in addition to guest speakers and sponsors.

Read more from Radio World.

 

Plus, hear how Clemson’s game-winning touchdown sounded on the radio and the latest College Radio Watch column.

By | January 17th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Board Blog: The Umbrella Adviser

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Last spring, I took a graduate course in project management. The textbook talked about the role of the project sponsor, essentially the “cheerleader” for the project, and showed a clip art umbrella labeled project sponsor protecting the project team from rain. The more I looked at the picture, the more I thought it was a perfect symbol to represent my role as a student media adviser.

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Treasurer

In many ways, an adviser does serve as an umbrella to “protect” students from harsh conditions. I advocate on behalf of my students to upper administration. I ensure we have insurance on our transmitter. I certify all our concert performers have university-approved contracts and our bills are paid on time. I file FCC ownership reports and place quarterly issues and programs lists in the public file. I have difficult conversations about how to fire staff who aren’t meeting expectations and, if asked, sit in the room during the actual termination to show my support. I help prioritize task lists and serve as institutional memory. Most of all, I’m there for whatever they need.

As I kept looking at that picture, though, I realized that a good adviser also knows when to close that umbrella. Keeping my students in the shade doesn’t allow them to grow. They book their own concert performers. They lead their own staff meetings. They select their own music and write their own news stories. They decide what design to put on a T-shirt and the DJ shift attendance policy. I am more than happy to talk over any decision and offer my advice, but ultimately they have the final say.

Sometimes my students make mistakes. They hire the wrong people who end up quitting mid-semester, they don’t promote an event far enough in advance and it has poor attendance, or they forget to turn on their guest’s microphone. And that’s okay. Sometimes I can see the mistake coming a mile away and just let it happen, because it’s okay to get rained on sometimes.

 

 

By | January 11th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: The Umbrella Adviser