Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 69 - WLTL at Lyons Township High School

Sign at WLTL. Photo: J. Waits
I love high school radio and always look forward to visiting more stations. I’d had an open invitation for awhile from Lyons Township High School station WLTL-FM near Chicago and was glad to finally get the chance to check out the station earlier this year. It's a fascinating place, with an active staff, lengthy history, spacious digs, and some incredible pop culture artifacts.

See my complete story on Radio Survivor.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 68 - WLOY at Loyola University Maryland


Outside of WLOY at Loyola University Maryland. Photo: J Waits
My final radio station visit during my trip to the D.C. area in April, 2014 was to see college radio station WLOY at Loyola University Maryland. I’ve known WLOY’s Operations Manager John Devecka for a few years now, so I took a quick side-trip to Baltimore in order to see the station before heading to the airport. The station was full of pop culture wonders and it also does some amazing work with local kids and teens.

You can see my full report on Radio Survivor.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 67 - NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NPR Headquarters. Photo: J. Waits
While visiting the Washington, D.C. area in April, I took the opportunity to visit NPR's new headquarters. Although NPR isn't technically a radio station, I made an exception for this series, since it is in the business of producing public radio programming.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 66 - WMUC at University of Maryland, College Park

WMUC graffiti at station. Photo: J. Waits
Back in April, I was fortunate to speak at the Saving College Radio Symposium at University of Maryland. Held in conjunction with the exhibit Saving College Radio: WMUC Past, Present and Future, the event definitely piqued my interest about University of Maryland's storied college radio station WMUC-FM. So, at the end of an fantastic day of conversation about college radio history, I ventured to the South Campus Dining Hall building to visit WMUC. The student newspaper is also located in the same building as WMUC and residence halls are nearby.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 65 - WRGW at George Washington University

Wall at WRGW. Photo: J. Waits
In April 2014, I had the pleasure of presenting at the Saving College Radio symposium at University of Maryland. While in the area, I took the opportunity to visit a few nearby stations, including college radio station WRGW at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 16.5 - WHRC at Haverford College

Old shot glass at WHRC. Photo: J. Waits
My final radio station visit while in the Philadelphia-area this April, was to see the station where it all began for me, WHRC at Haverford College. I was actually able to visit the station twice this spring, once while school was still in session on April 9 and then again during my college reunion in May, 2014.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 64 - WQHS at University of Pennsylvania

WQHS at University of Pennsylvania. Photo: J. Waits
On a day when it seemed impossible to visit one more station, I did just that and ventured into Philadelphia to tour University of Pennsylvania's student radio station WQHS on the night of Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The morning and afternoon were a whirlwind of visits to see stations at Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Haverford High School, and St. Joseph's University. After a short break, I headed to Philadelphia.