Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #109 - KCSU at Colorado State University

KCSU General Manager Sam Bulkley holding the station's Leo Blais sign. Photo: J. Waits
On July 12, 2016, I took a road trip from Denver north to Fort Collins in order to visit college radio station KCSU at Colorado State University. The powerful FM station dates back to the 1960s and is student-run. Its DJ cam is always on and the station has also dedicated resources to filming artists who perform at the station and on campus.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #108 - The SOCC at Colorado College

College radio station The SOCC at Colorado College. Photo: J. Waits
My quest to visit college radio stations all over the country was great rationale for a road trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado. My first stop there was to Colorado College's student-run college radio station The SOCC. Pronounced "the sock," the streaming radio station was quiet for the summer, but General Manager Eboni Statham was happy to meet with me on a hot July morning in order to talk about the station and give me the grand tour.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #107 - KOMF-LP in Denver

Denver Open Media sign. Photo: J. Waits
A few weeks ago, on July 7, 2016, I visited a brand new low power FM (LPFM) radio station in Denver, Colorado. KOMF-LP is a project of Open Media Foundation and is the result of the collaborative efforts of Denver Open Media and Denver Hackerspace. The two groups were initially competitors, but ended up working together to build the station, realizing that both organizations had important skills that were needed to create and run a radio station.

See my full tour on Radio Survivor.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #106 - Met Radio at MSU Denver

KMET Radio sticker at college radio station Met Radio. Photo: J. Waits
I'm doing my best to visit radio stations all over the country and was happy to have my first Colorado field trip earlier this month. Met Radio, at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is an online-only student-run college radio station. Part of a bigger student media group on campus, the station has passionate volunteers who host a variety of programs, including a marathon show last year that raised money for charity.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.




Monday, July 18, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #105 - CHIRP Radio in Chicago

CHIRP Radio T-shirt. Photo: J. Waits
In April, I visited another soon-to-be low power FM (LPFM) community radio station: CHIRP Radio in Chicago. Already a long-time streaming radio station, CHIRP's staff and volunteers were instrumental in the grassroots movement for the Local Community Radio Act, so it's particularly gratifying that they are benefiting from their efforts.

With an active volunteer staff, CHIRP is already a respected voice in the Chicago music community in particular. See my full report on Radio Survivor.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #104 - WERA-LP Radio Arlington

WERA-LP legal ID posted on equipment at Radio Arlington. Photo: J. Waits
I wrapped up my east coast tour of radio stations on February 28, 2016, with a visit to Radio Arlington. The brand new low power FM (LPFM) community radio station launched in Arlington, Virginia in December, 2015 with call letters WERA-LP. Although the station is new, it's part of Arlington Independent Media, a long-time membership-based media organization that runs a television station and offers media training.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #103 - Takoma Radio

Takoma Radio sign and equipment at founder Marika Partridge's house. Photo: J. Waits

It's always fun to see a radio station before it launches and I got to do just that in February, peeking behind the scenes as Takoma Radio prepared for its foray into low power FM (LPFM) broadcasting. I met with founder Marika Partridge at her home and then we walked over to the location of the station's future studio in Takoma Park, Maryland. The LPFM community radio station will launch in a few short weeks, on July 16, 2016. See my full tour report on Radio Survivor.