Monday, April 30, 2018

Radio Station Visit #143: WHPK at University of Chicago

With a funky bell tower home, fascinating history, and oodles of vinyl; WHPK at University of Chicago had long been on my college radio station tour wish-list. I was not disappointed on my December 1, 2017 visit and enjoyed meeting with both students and community members who call WHPK home.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Radio Station Visit #142 - WIIT at Illinois Institute of Technology

Leo Blais sign in WIIT studio. Photo: J. Waits
During my visit to college radio station WIIT in December, 2017, I was dazzled by the modern architecture and beyond intrigued by the radio station's rich history. Located at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois; WIIT-FM has connections to radio history (Lee de Forest taught on campus) and hip hop history and its studio even appeared on the TV show Empire.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Radio Station Visit #141 - WKCR at Columbia University

Outside WKCR. Photo: J. Waits
In March, 2017, I took the grand tour of Columbia University's college radio station WKCR. Dating back to 1941, the station is known for its focus on jazz, new music, American sounds (think gospel, blues, underground hip hop, etc.), long-time Latin music shows, as well as adventurous international music programming. Also appreciative of its history, WKCR has an impressive collection of  reel-to-reel recordings in its archives.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Radio Station Visit #140 - KLLG-LP in Willits, California

Stickers at KLLG-LP. Photo: J. Waits
In April, 2017, I took a trip to see one of the newest low power FM (LPFM) community radio stations: KLLG-LP in Willits, California. Located at the Little Lake Grange, the station has already proven to be a vital community resources, particularly after a devastating wildfire threatened the region last month.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Radio Station Visit #139 - WFUV at Fordham University

Keating Hall - home to WFUV at Fordham University. Photo: J. Waits
When my sister-in-law became the Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, I knew that it was just a matter of time before I took a trip to the Bronx to not only see her, but to also tour the school's public radio station WFUV. The time finally arrived over spring break and it was great getting a VIP tour of the long-time station (it dates back to 1947).

Little did I know that WFUV is an atypical public radio station in that it employees a large number of students to help out with many tasks, including video production, engineering, news, and sports. See my full report on Radio Survivor.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Radio Station Visit #138 - WPPM-LP in Philadelphia

Stickers at PhillyCAM. Photo: J. Waits
It was my good fortune to be in Philadelphia on the day that PhillyCAM officially launched its new low power FM community radio station WPPM-LP back in October, 2016. The long-time public access non-profit recently branched out into radio and is enjoying the benefits of operating both television and terrestrial radio outlets.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Radio Station Visit #137 - KXLU at Loyola Marymount University

7" record bins at college radio station KXLU
Last month I spent a fun day at Loyola Marymount University for the UCRN conference hosted by KXLU. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Los Angeles-based FM radio station has a schedule full of creative programming, including weekend Latin music shows.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.