Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Social Network for Michigan State Radio Alum

Michigan State University has started an interesting social networking project for alumni. A portion of it is devoted to its campus radio stations (at one point there were 6 in total!). According to the campus radio website, they have created a special student radio group on their campus's new alumni social network (aka ning) Spartanology.

Discussion topics in the new student radio group include histories of the various campus stations. I was amazed to read that Michigan State had a number of stations over the years, including WMSN (the all-campus station) and a number of dorm-based stations. Another discussion forum includes links to airchecks from a number of the campus stations.

Much of this history of the campus stations (along with pictures of program guides, playlists, etc.) can be found on MSUCampusRadio, but the social network on Spartanolgy gives alums more of a chance to for discussion and interaction.

Another cool thing is that every year at Homecoming, there is a campus radio reunion, with the next one being October 4, 2008. I'm not sure that I know of other college radio stations that have annual reunions.

Today's student-run campus radio station at Michigan State, WDBM (aka Impact 89 FM), has been around since 1989. You can catch a video profile of the station that was produced by Michigan State on their website. Read a short history of the development of radio at Michigan State on MSUCampusRadio.

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