Monday, October 3, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #114 - WCAS at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Poster for college radio station WCAS Radio. Photo: J. Waits
While visiting Denver in July, I had the opportunity to see two college radio stations at Metropolitan State University: student-run Met Radio (tour #106) and WCAS Radio, which is run by the Communication Arts & Sciences Department as a lab for broadcasting students.

Run on automation during summer break, WCAS Radio has student-run shows during the school year, including music, talk and even radio drama. In addition to the current station, the department plans to launch a new sports-oriented unlicensed AM radio station during this academic year.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #113 - KEPC at Pikes Peak Community College

Sticker on the door at KEPC. Photo: J. Waits
While in Colorado Springs this July, I stopped by Pikes Peak Community College's radio station KEPC 89.7 FM. Focused on training students for careers in radio, the station airs an alternative music format. As students proceed through their coursework in the school's Radio & Television Program, they have opportunities to get on the air, with some hosting regular shows. Around since the 1970s, KEPC also had some historical artifacts at the station, including vintage carts, reel-to-reels and even some transcription discs.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #112 - KBPK at Fullerton College

Bumper sticker at college radio station KBPK. Photo: J. Waits
At the start of my summer (on June 1), I took a trip to see college radio station KBPK at Fullerton College. An on-air lab for Communications students at the Orange County-based community college; KBPK runs a format of mostly adult contemporary music. Students who come through the station aspire to jobs in radio eventually, with some going on to 4-year colleges and others heading straight to work after their time at KBPK.

See my complete write-up on Radio Survivor.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Radio Station Field Trip #111 - KUCI at UC Irvine

Records at college radio station KUCI. Photo: J. Waits
Although I had visited University of California, Irvine's college radio station KUCI-FM several times in the past for UC Radio Network conferences, it wasn't until June, 2016 that I took a dedicated tour of the station. This trip was particularly fun because I got to chat with General Manager Kevin Stockdale about his hopes for the station's 50th anniversary in 2019. It was a timely reminder that many of us should plan ahead for significant radio anniversaries.

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Radio Station Field Trip #110 - KVCU Radio 1190 at University of Colorado, Boulder

Radio 1190 lobby. Photo: J. Waits
My summer was pretty busy as far as station tours go and it was really fun taking some road trips through Colorado. On July 12, 2016, I visited college radio station Radio 1190 (aka KVCU-AM) at University of Colorado, Boulder. Its basement home was jam-packed with records, flyer and sticker-covered walls. One of the few AM college radio stations that I've visited, KVCU was excitedly launching a new FM translator at the time of my visit.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor and hear more about the visit on Radio Survivor Podcast #63.

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.

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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.