Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Radio Station Visit #149 - KDVS at UC Davis

Leo Blais sign perched on window ledge at college radio station KDVS. Photo: J. Waits
A staple of the FM airwaves for 50 years, college radio station KDVS 90.3 FM at University of California, Davis is a feast for the eyes and for the ears. Rumored to have one of the largest music collections in the west, the station is packed with vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, and more. I was comforted by the sight of so many music posters and flyers from the past, many featuring favorite artists of mine from decades ago.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor.





Monday, September 24, 2018

Radio Station Visit #148 - WVKR at Vassar College

Shelf at college radio station WVKR. Photo: J. Waits
Vassar College radio station WVKR-FM beams its signal across multiple states from its Poughkeepsie, New York headquarters. Run by students, the station also airs many long-time programs hosted by non-student volunteers, from several polka music shows to Voices Beyond the Wall: New York Prison Talk Radio.

With a large collection of LPs and CDs, WVKR is focused on providing an outlet for underexposed music. I was also charmed by its collection of whimsical mementos and WVKR's dolphin-shaped shower radio.

See my full tour report on Radio Survivor.




Monday, September 17, 2018

Radio Station Visit #147: KAKX-FM at Mendocino High School

View from KAKX-FM studio. Photo: J. Waits
I LOVE visiting high school radio stations and for my latest, I toured KAKX-FM at Mendocino High School in Mendocino, California. Part of a broader production arts department, station participants also have their hands in video and music production, as well as running sound and lights for school events. Located in a small town, the station and its students have benefited from a range of collaborations with the local radio community.

See my full report on Radio Survivor.

Also, take a look at my new radio station tours page on Radio Survivor to view tours by category (college radio, high school radio, community radio, etc.)


Monday, August 27, 2018

Radio Station Visit #146: WGXC's Hudson Studio

WGXC banner in front of station's Hudson location. Photo: J. Waits
Wave Farm operates community radio station WGXC-FM out of studios in both Acra and Hudson, New York. While my previous field trip report on my visit to the Acra location delves into the transmissions arts aspects of the station; my trip to the Hudson studio reveals more about WGXC's overall programming. Located in a church basement, WGXC Hudson has an active roster of show hosts from the area and a community-oriented approach to news programming. Its app even facilitates live broadcasts generated by a wide group of contributors; ranging from arts venues to civic-minded individuals.

See my full report on Radio Survivor and hear more about my tour on Radio Survivor Show #151.




Radio Station Visit #145: Wave Farm and WGXC Hudson

Sound effects toys in the studio at Wave Farm's WGXC Acra. Photo: J. Waits
I was pretty blown away by my visit last month to the arts-focused Wave Farm in Acra, New York. Home to community radio station WGXC-FM, it's also a hot bed for transmission arts and radio-oriented artists-in-residence. Hidden radios dot a trail through the woods, with transmission art pieces throughout the property, including a pond radio station and Quintron's Weather Warlock. With another main studio in Hudson, New York (the topic of my next tour post), WGXC not only airs experimental programming, but also news, music shows, and youth programming.

Read my full report on Radio Survivor. Also, hear more about my visit on Radio Survivor Show/Podcast #151.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Radio Station Visit #144 - KVCB-LP at Vacaville Christian Schools

VCS Radio Conservatory truck. Photo: J. Waits
Vacaville Christian Schools' VCS Radio (aka KVCB-LP) is not your average high school radio station. Under the umbrella of VCS Radio Conservatory, the station is an extension of the adventurous music program, offering 3rd graders through high schoolers the opportunity to participate in the presentation of radio programming over the station's multiple channels.

A low power FM/HD station, KVCB has channels airing old time radio, student-created music works and sound art, live radio shows, and more. There's even a secret Morse code message embedded in the signal and a Tesla Coil at the station's HQ in Vacaville, California.

Read my full report about my February, 2018 visit on Radio Survivor.


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.