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.

Read my full trip report on Radio Survivor.

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.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

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.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

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.