Sunday, March 29, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 81 - WONC at North Central College

WONC-FM at North Central College. Photo: J. Waits
Last week, on Monday, March 23, 2015, I took a very snowy road trip through the suburbs of Chicago in order to visit North Central College's student radio station WONC-FM. Recently named College Radio Station of the Year by IBS, WONC has a rock music format that broadcasts over its powerful signal. And they have that Leo sign...

See my full report on Radio Survivor.


Radio Station Field Trip 80 - Georgetown College Station WRVG-LP

College Radio Station WRVG-LP at Georgetown College. Photo: J. Waits
On February 19, 2015, I took a road trip to see a few stations in Kentucky, including Georgetown College's student-run radio station WRVG-LP, about a 30 minute drive from Lexington. Located inside the school's student center, the station had a lovely view of the snow outside on the brisk winter day of my visit.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 79- RBMA Radio in San Francisco

RBMA Radio in San Francisco. Photo: J. Waits
Yesterday I stumbled across a pop-up radio radio station in San Francisco. RBMA Radio was broadcasting live from a store on Valencia Street for 15 days and I just happened to stroll by on its final day. A project of Red Bull Music Academy, RBMA Radio just relaunched and its San Francisco stint kicked off its new incarnation as a streaming service in the United States (it was previously on-demand).

Throughout the 2-week residency in San Francisco, RBMA Radio hosted a wide array of local DJs, musicians, record labels, and record shops from its storefront digs at Dijitalfix.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 78 - KCSB at UC Santa Barbara

Door to Music Director's Office at KCSB. Photo: J. Waits
2015 is starting out with some amazing radio station tours. On Friday, March 6, 2015, I visited KCSB-FM at University of California, Santa Barbara. Although I'd visited the station in the past, I hadn't written a proper field trip report until now.

It was just as well, since my friend Ted Coe gave me the grand tour this time around, showing me every nook and cranny of the 50+ year old station's sprawling digs. Located under the iconic Storke Tower, KCSB has wide-ranging programs, a rigorous training program (with its own mock station KJUC), and active news and sports departments.

And they also have another one of those Leo signs. See my full report on Radio Survivor.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 77 - WRFL at University of Kentucky

It's that Leo Blais sign again! Photo: J. Waits
It's a Spinning Indie first! I've taken a field trip to one of my Spinning Indie 50 State Tour stations. I profiled WRFL back in 2009 and have always wanted to visit.

So naturally, University of Kentucky's college radio station WRFL-FM (Radio Free Lexington) was my first radio station stop during a trip to Kentucky in late February, 2015. WRFL is gearing up for a move, so I was happy to see it before all of the decades-worth of stickers and graffiti disappeared.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 76 - The Tower at San Francisco Art Institute


Recently I learned of yet another college radio station in San Francisco and was excited to visit last fall. San Francisco Art Institute's streaming radio station, The Tower, has a fascinating history, having been initially created as part of a class in the New Genres department.

See my full report on my November, 2014 visit to the station on Radio Survivor.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 75 - KXSU at Seattle University

KXSU GM Shannon Phelps. Photo: J. Waits
During my trip to Seattle for the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) conference, I visited five radio stations in the area. My final field trip (on October 23, 2014) was to see college radio station KXSU at Seattle University. Currently a streaming radio station, KXSU holds a construction permit for a new low power FM (LPFM) station and hopes to be on the air over 102.1 FM in Seattle, Washington by fall 2015.

Read my complete story about KXSU on Radio Survivor.