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.

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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.

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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.

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Radio Station Field Trip 85 - Bellarmine Radio in Louisville

Wall of Bellarmine Radio studio in Louisville. Photo: J. Waits
Back in February I visited Bellarmine University's streaming radio station Bellarmine Radio in Louisville, Kentucky. The cozy station was launched in a closet in 2005 and last semester around 20 students were involved with the station.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 84 - Bellarmine Prep's High School Station KBCP

KBCP Studio. Photo: J. Waits
In honor of High School Radio Day (on April 22, 2015), I took a visit to KBCP at Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California. Broadcasting over low power AM to the campus and streaming to the world, KBCP airs mostly sports and music programming. Its enthusiastic staff of teenagers is a testament to the fact that young people still embrace radio.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 83 - ARTxFM in Louisville

Flyers at ARTxFM. Photo: J. Waits
I'd been looking forward to visiting Louisville, Kentucky for a long time and one of the big reasons was because I wanted to check out the streaming community radio station ARTxFM. I first met its founder, Sharon Scott, several years ago when she was working to fight the shut-down and sale of her alma mater college radio station at Vanderbilt University (WRVU-FM) and we've become close friends.

Enthusiastic about starting up a community radio station, Scott worked to found ARTxFM and then led the station through the application process for a new low power FM (LPFM) license. With a construction permit in hand, ARTxFM will be on the terrestrial airwaves within a year.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Radio Station Field Trip 82 - 9th Floor Radio at Laney College

9th Floor Radio flyer on the studio wall. Photo: J. Waits
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, I took a short road trip across the San Francisco Bay in order to see 9th Floor Radio at Laney College in Oakland. In existence since 2006 as a podcast and streaming radio station, 9th Floor Radio is preparing to add a low power FM (LPFM) broadcast this summer, after obtaining a construction permit in the recent application window.

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