Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 56 - WSRN at Swarthmore College


Old Equipment at WSRN. Photo: J. Waits
Back in April, I had a hectic day full of radio station visits in the Philadelphia area. I've already written about my first stop at Villanova University station WXVU. Following that visit, I traveled to Swarthmore College radio station WSRN 91.5 FM.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 24.5 - Radio Valencia in San Francisco

Radio Valencia Banner. Photo: J Waits
This summer, I decided that it was time to do a string of radio station visits in San Francisco. I recently wrote up my visits to KPOO, Mutiny Radio, and BFF.fm and in light of those field trips, I knew it was time to finally see Radio Valencia's new digs. Although I'd visited the station when it launched in 2010, it moved into a more central location in the Mission District two years ago.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 55 - BFF.fm in San Francisco

Sign in BFF.fm studio. Photo: J. Waits
One year ago this week, I received a message on Twitter about the impending launch of a new community radio station in San Francisco called Best Frequencies Forever. Ever since that time, I'd been hoping to visit, but wasn't able to make it until this summer. So, after following the ins and outs of the beginnings of a new station over social media, I was super intrigued to finally see the space.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 54 - Mutiny Radio in San Francisco


Entrance to Mutiny Radio in San Francisco. Photo: J. Waits
On June 18, 2014 I ventured to San Francisco's Mission District to visit Mutiny Radio, four years after my first visit to the space (back when it was Pirate Cat Radio). A lot has changed in that time, so it was great to have the opportunity to see what the community radio station has been up to. Mutiny's News Director (known as The Stranger) and Music Director (DJ Tanner) toured me around and caught me up on the current state of things at the station.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 53 - KPOO in San Francisco

KPOO entrance.  All photos by Jennifer Waits.
I've long wanted to visit community radio station KPOO 89.5 FM, aka Poor People's Radio, in San Francisco and finally received a gracious invitation to visit by DJ McSchmormac, host of the Gramophoney Baloney show. On Monday, I made my way to KPOO in order to witness McSchmormac's show and immerse myself in the world of KPOO (that's K-P-O-O for those reading this aloud).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 52 - WXVU at Villanova University

WXVU Banner (photo: J. Waits)
Earlier this month I had a whirlwind trip to the East Coast, in which I visited nine radio stations in addition to NPR headquarters. My most hectic day of station tours happened on Tuesday, April 8th. I started the morning with a visit to WXVU at Villanova University on the mainline of Philadelphia.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Radio Station Field Trip 51 - KCEA at Menlo-Atherton High School

Radio at KCEA (photo: J. Waits)
For many years I've been intrigued by the mysterious big band station KCEA 89.1 FM. Located at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California, the station airs a non-stop stream of nostalgic big band music from days gone by.

Friends who grew up in the area have told me that the station charmed them decades ago with its nighttime broadcasts of ocean sounds ("sounds of the sea, thus the call letters KCEA"). A fellow DJ at KFJC recounted that when he was in high school he would study to the soothing wave sounds. Craig Roberts, who toured me around KCEA, told me that rumor has it that a local insane asylum would pipe the nighttime ocean sounds through its buildings for the patients.