Thursday, November 5, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 92 - KRLX at Carleton College

Stickers at KRLX. Photo: J. Waits
It's always fun to visit college radio stations that I profiled virtually for my now-defunct Spinning Indie 50 State Tour project. KRLX is one such station, which originally caught my attention way back in 2009 when I was digging into the early history of college radio. Located at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, the station is the descendant of an amazing radio legacy on campus, with the first station, KFMX-AM, launching in 1924. Sadly, KFMX ended its broadcasts in 1933 when faced with an increasingly crowded and competitive radio landscape.

Students at Carleton prevailed, however, launching a campus-only carrier current station in 1948, which morphed into FCC-licensed FM station KRLX in 1974. Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 91 - Radio K at University of Minnesota

Signage on wall at Radio K. Photo: J. Waits
On Friday, October 23, I had a grand, three-hour tour of University of Minnesota's student-run radio station KUOM (aka Radio K) in Minneapolis. With a lengthy history (its AM signal dates back to the 1920s), Radio K embraces its past, yet also benefits from its state of the art digs. Inhabiting nearly an entire floor of a building, the station's space is full of personality, with some interesting artifacts from the past.

Read my full tour post at Radio Survivor.

Radio Station Field Trip 90 - WVAU at American University

Sign at WVAU. Photo: J. Waits
This spring, as Easter weekend approached, I made my way to American University's student-run college radio station WVAU in Washington, D.C. An online-only station, WVAU also publishes its own 'zine and regularly brings bands in to play live over the station's stream.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 89 - KAOS at Evergreen State College

License plate at KAOS-FM. Photo: J. Waits
During a family vacation/road trip this August, I traveled to Olympia, Washington and got the chance to visit college radio station KAOS-FM at Evergreen State College. Located on a beautiful wooded campus, the station gets high profile treatment, as its broadcasts can be heard by passersby while waking by its building. With a mix of student and community DJs, KAOS airs a wide array of programs from its spacious studios.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 88 - KWVA at University of Oregon

Sign at KWVA. Photo: J. Waits
A few weeks ago on my summer family vacation road trip to the Pacific Northwest, I managed to visit a few radio stations. My first stop was to University of Oregon's college radio station KWVA-FM in Eugene, Oregon. An active station with around 150 volunteers, it's known for its array of music, talk, and sports programs and on the day of my visit it was doing an all-day live remote broadcast from a local festival. Slated to move in the next year, there's no word on what will happen to the station's sticker-covered cabinets.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Radio Station Field Trip 87 - WGMU Radio at George Mason University

A view of WGMU's studio. Photo: J. Waits
On an April morning earlier this year while on a trip to Washington, D.C., I ventured out to Fairfax, Virginia in order to see WGMU at George Mason University. The online-only station has a prime location in a busy hallway of one of the many student centers on campus. Passersby can stop and watch the DJ on duty and can hear the station emanating from speakers outside the station.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 86 - WHBC at Howard University

Mural outside WHBC. Photo: J. Waits
While in Washington, D.C. this April, I was able to visit a few nearby college radio stations. First up was Howard University's student-run radio station WHBC. The sister station to Howard's commercial radio station WHUR-FM, WHBC offers students mentorships with WHUR peers, while giving them the opportunity to run their own station online, via WHUR's HD3 signal, and over campus cable.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.