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#125 – Radio Free America Is an Online Hub for Noncomm Radio
Jan 17 • 58 min
Radio Free America is an online hub for community, college and public radio streams, serving up two weeks of archived programming, on demand. Founded by CEO Kenneth Pushkin in 2013, the platform now hosts more than 125 noncommercial stations free of…
#124 – Seattle Hosts Young Podcasters & a New LPFM
Jan 9 • 58 min
Eric and Paul met young enthusiastic podcasters and podcast fans when they attended Podcon in Seattle at the beginning of December. It’s almost an understatement to say they were impressed by diversity of the attendees, and their love of radio drama style…
#123 – 2017 in Review: The Good, the Bad & the Conspiracy Theories
Jan 3 • 58 min
2017 was a year of ups and downs, from the continued growth of LPFM to the loss of net neutrality. All four Radio Survivors gather to review the year that was, assessing what happened in college radio, community radio and podcasting, with stops along the…
#122 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina
Dec 27, 2017 • 58 min
Anita Pouchard Serra traveled across Argentina helping to set up new community radio stations with the DTL! collective. A photojournalist, she also documented the building of these stations, that are officially unlicensed, but operate in the spirit of a…
#121 – What Happens After Net Neutrality; Open Signal Public Access TV
Dec 19, 2017 • 58 min
Why didn’t the internet just stop working the day after the FCC voted to end network neutrality? Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota joins to answer that question, and explain what happens next. He also lays out where is the fight…
#120 – Have Your Own Tiny Radio Station
Dec 12, 2017 • 60 min
First conceived in the 1930s, there is a type of tiny little radio station that anyone can operate legally, without a license. Bill DeFelice of HobbyBroadcaster.net joins the show to tell us about so-called ‘Part 15’ radio stations, and how you can get on…
#119 – Chicago Independent Radio Project
Dec 5, 2017 • 58 min
The Chicago Independent Radio Project launched as an internet radio station nearly a decade ago, with a mission of bringing a truly independent music- and arts-focused community radio station to Chicago. Thanks to the Local Community Radio Act, which…
#118 – Making Sense of the FCC’s Effort to Kill Net Neutrality
Nov 28, 2017 • 62 min
The FCC is about to vote on rules that would reverse network neutrality protections that the Commission put in place just two years ago. The terms of this rollback were released right before Thanksgiving, and represent the FCC effectively abdicating its…
#117 – Soundwork: Preserving the Legacy of Radio, Podcasts (& Alice’s Restaurant)
Nov 21, 2017 • 58 min
“Podcasts are luring people into listening,” Jennifer Waits reports, quoting the esteemed radio scholar Susan Douglas, from her keynote address at the recent Radio Preservation Task Force conference in Washington DC. Jennifer also relays some important…
#116 – Community Podcasting in Community Radio
Nov 14, 2017 • 58 min
We’ve talked about community podcasting on the show, now we want to connect the dots to community radio. The apparent ubiquity of public radio podcasts makes it seem like a podcast of a radio show is just automatic. But, in fact, turning terrestrial shows…
#115 – The Federal Consolidation Commission
Nov 7, 2017 • 58 min
The Federal Communications Commission just proposed new ownership rules that would drastically loosen restrictions on broadcast station ownership limits. Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota joins us again to help understand this…
#114 – A Common Sense Approach to Unlicensed Broadcasting
Oct 31, 2017 • 58 min
Journalism professor John Anderson has been tracking the FCC’s enforcement of unlicensed radio for 20 years, and has seen the agency have little success, despite the periodic uptick in policing the airwaves, such as we’re seeing now. He suggests there are…
#113 – Mutual Aid Saves College Radio Station
Oct 24, 2017 • 58 min
At the end of 2015, it looked like the University of Nevada-Las Vegas might hand over the keys to its radio station, KUNV-FM, to Nevada Public Radio. More than a year later the situation reversed course, with the university deciding to keep the station…
#112 – Sinclair Could Become the Wal-Mart of TV
Oct 17, 2017 • 58 min
Ajit Pai was just renominated and confirmed as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and there are a number of pivotal policy items ahead on his agenda. Our resident FCC watcher, Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota,…
#111 – Celebrating College Radio Day 2017
Oct 3, 2017 • 58 min
Rob Quicke founded College Radio Day in order to celebrate this unique medium and service. This year’s College Radio Day happens Oct. 6. Now in its seventh year, the celebration has spread globally with hundreds of stations participating. Quicke, who is…
#110 – Grassroots Radio Conference Preview
Sep 26, 2017 • 58 min
The Grassroots Radio Conference is an annual meeting of community, college and other non-commercial radio stations for the purpose of skill-sharing, training and strengthening ties. We talk with Caitlin Reading, a LPFM station startup specialist who is…
#109 – News From Bainbridge Island to Reykjavík
Sep 19, 2017 • 67 min
As autumn kicks off in the northern hemisphere Jennifer, Eric and Paul circle back to share responses to last week’s episode, all about community podcasting, and look forward to what’s in store for community media this fall. Jennifer lets us know about…
#108 – Advice for Launching a Hit Podcast
Sep 12, 2017 • 58 min
Zahra Noorbakhsh and Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed started using the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hashtag as a joke on twitter. When they started a podcast using the same name it became an instant hit. They were getting positive press coverage before they had even recorded…
#107 – Exploring Community Podcasting
Sep 5, 2017 • 58 min
On this episode we revisit our features on Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, and our interviews with founders Barry and Channie Peters. BCB started out as a low-power community radio initiative, but pivoting into podcasting when the group discovered that…
#106 – Not Yet Big Enough to Fail
Aug 30, 2017 • 59 min
Paul reports back from the Podcast Movement 2017 conference with some fresh facts about this growing medium, along with observations and advice from speakers and keynotes. There are definitely nuggets of information that will be useful to community and…
#105 – From the Princeton Review to Incoming Wounded
Aug 22, 2017 • 61 min
The Princeton Review’s annual list of top college radio stations is out, and college radio expert Jennifer Waits joins to deconstruct the list, its methodology, and the notion of “best” college radio stations in the first place. Then Paul talks with Ed…
#104 – Soundcloud, Patent Troll & the Legacy of Talk
Aug 16, 2017 • 58 min
We catch up on news that’s important to podcasters and broadcasters. Soundcloud received emergency investment to keep running, but is it still a sustainable host for podcasts? The podcast patent troll is totally dead, finally. And, responding to reader…
#103 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina
Aug 9, 2017 • 70 min
Anita Pouchard Serra traveled across Argentina helping to set up new community radio stations with the DTL! collective. A photojournalist, she also documented the building of these stations, that are officially unlicensed, but operate in the spirit of a…
#102 – How Inclusive Is Community Media, Really?
Aug 1, 2017 • 57 min
Sally Kane, CEO of the National Federation Community Broadcasters, has a question for community media: How inclusive are we, really? That’s the jumping off point for our conversation with Sally and her colleague Ernesto Aguilar, as they report back from…
#101 – Racist Sandwich
Jul 25, 2017 • 58 min
Racist Sandwich is a Portland, Oregon based podcast that tackles the intersection of food, race, class and gender. Started by journalist Zahir Janmohamed and chef Soleil Ho, both with no prior podcasting experience, the show has received recommendations…
#100 – It’s All Radio Now
Jul 19, 2017 • 66 min
The four Radio Survivors—Jennifer Waits, Matthew Lasar, Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel—come together to reflect on 100 episodes of the podcast, and 8 years of Radio Survivor, sharing some favorite moments, and some thoughts about the future of community…
#99: The Beginning Of The End For AM Radio In Brazil
Jul 11, 2017 • 58 min
Brazil is embarking on a grand experiment with the radio dial. AM stations have the opportunity to relocate to FM, and plans are afoot to expand the size of the FM dial. However, don’t be surprised that you haven’t heard about it. We hadn’t either until…
#98 – Celebrating ‘Small’ Podcasts
Jul 4, 2017 • 58 min
With so much of the online discussion in podcasting seeming to focus on growing audiences and getting big, we thought it necessary to explore and celebrate “small” podcasting, shows that don’t break onto the charts, but have dedicated audiences. If we…
#97: PhillyCAM’s LPFM in the City of Brotherly Love
Jun 27, 2017 • 68 min
Intrepid radio tourist Jennifer Waits reports back from her journey to PhillyCAM radio in the City of Brotherly Love, adding a low-power FM station, WPPM-LP, to an established public access TV operation. Following up on episode #96 we catch up on the…
#96 – Are Smart Speakers Smart for Community Radio?
Jun 20, 2017 • 58 min
Amazon Echo. Google Home. And soon, Apple’s HomePod. Smart speakers are quickly taking up residence in homes. Taking voice commands to deliver news, weather, music and more, they play a very radio-like role in people’s daily routine. Radio journalist…
#95 – Mixcloud Can Be Community Radio, Too
Jun 13, 2017 • 57 min
After covering the comeback of the live streaming radio platform Live365 two episodes ago, listeners asked us to check out MixCloud, which offers free streaming of music radio shows, DJ sets, mixtapes and podcasts for anyone, including radio stations and…
#94 – The High School Station that Went HD
Jun 6, 2017 • 57 min
If you’ve heard of HD Radio it was probably in a spot on a major commercial station, not a high school station. KVCB-LP is the exception to that rule, a high school radio station that is likely the first and only low-power FM station to start broadcasting…
#93 – The Return of Live365 Boosts Indie Internet Radio
May 30, 2017 • 58 min
Independent internet radio was devastated in January 2016 when music royalty rates shot up and long-time webcasting company Live365 went out of business. Now Live365 is back under new ownership, and CEO Jon Stephenson joins the show to tell us how the…
#92 – Conspiracy Theory & Community Radio
May 23, 2017 • 57 min
Mae Brussell hosted radio shows focused on the JFK Assassination, fascism and other conspiracies on community radio stations KLRB an KAZU in the 1970s and 1980s. Brussell’s brand of broadcasting represents a strain of community radio show thatcontinues to…
#91 – Designing a Course in Podcasting
May 16, 2017 • 58 min
This one is for the podcasters, and for the radio producers. Eric is set to teach a class on podcasting, so he asks Paul for advice on what to include. Instead of focusing on microphones and recording gear, they tackle the hard questions that every…
#90 – FCC Chair Declares War on the Open Internet
May 9, 2017 • 57 min
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is serving up a big cup of you-know-what for net neutrality, declaring his intent to decimate the 2 year-old Open Internet Order and the Title II protections it bestows on the internet. Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of…
#89 – How To Preserve Radio History
May 2, 2017 • 82 min
Laura Schnitker is an archivist and curator at the University of Maryland who has been active in preserving the legacy of college station WMUC, along with co-chairing the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force (with Radio Survivor Jennifer…
#88 – From Color Bar Radio to WRIR
Apr 19, 2017 • 63 min
WRIR is a community radio station born from the first wave of low-power FM in the early 2000s. Yet the station has roots in the rich history of independent media in Richmond, VA. Intrepid radio tourist Jennifer Waits shares her tour of the station,…
#87 – Crossing Platforms, from Radio to TV and Beyond
Apr 4, 2017 • 58 min
Community radio stations are not just transmitters and studios. Similarly, public access TV stations aren’t just cable channels with studios. They are community media platforms, with a privileged place and sense of permanence that comes from their FCC…
#86 – Radio Resistance from an Alternate Universe
Mar 28, 2017 • 59 min
“Hijacking airwaves, a secret network of DJs broadcast messages of hope to keep the memory of a former America alive,” reads the press release for a marketing campaign that has captured our imagination here at Radio Survivor. “Resistance Radio” was…
#85 – Dreaming of a Better CPB
Mar 21, 2017 • 53 min
The president’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 2018. Radio Survivor’s own Matthew Lasar joins to help us put this attack on public broadcasting in historical perspective. He analyzes the inherent…
#84 – Improving Your Radio Reception
Mar 14, 2017 • 92 min
LPFM, college and community stations are great, but because of low power many of them are also hard to hear, especially inside your house or office. Based on an inquiry from one of our Patreon supporters, we dedicate this episode to helping you improve…
#83 – How AM Revitalization Pressures LPFM
Feb 28, 2017 • 52 min
Advice for LPFM stations and podcasters this week. A recent rule change at the FCC allows more AM stations to get repeaters on the FM dial, but may put unnecessary pressure on existing low-power FM stations. Paul and Eric discuss this situation and what…
#82 – Busting Myths & Counting Charts
Feb 21, 2017 • 61 min
Conventional wisdom says young people don’t listen to the radio. Jennifer Waits talks to two college broadcasters from KUOZ-LP at the University of the Ozarks who bust that myth. She also takes us on a tour of a new community LPFM, KPSQ-LP, located in a…
#81 – To Thrive in 2017 Put the Community in Community Radio
Feb 14, 2017 • 74 min
Sally Kane, the CEO of The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, joins the podcast to discuss the threats and opportunities for community radio in the current political environment. In the months, since the election of Trump, the NFCB has…
#80 – Radio & Resistance in the Time of Trump
Feb 7, 2017 • 73 min
Radio stations hacked to play “F— Donald Trump” over and over. Concerns that Trump declaring himself a candidate for 2020 already might limit non-comms’ ability to criticize him. And with an Entercom / CBS Radio merger on the horizon, what does this all…
#79 – Community Radio & Podcasting: Are They Worth It?
Jan 31, 2017 • 69 min
Eric and Paul have been thinking a lot about the value of community radio and podcasting, especially wondering if these media we love make a difference and are worth doing, even when audiences seem small by comparison. Ahead of Eric leading a roundtable…
#78 – Pai is Trump’s FCC Guy
Jan 24, 2017 • 29 min
On Monday the Trump administration announced the appointment of Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Last week when we talked to Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota he predicted that Pai would be the…
#77 – Trump’s FCC, Norway’s FM, UNLV’s KUNV & Live 365’s Comeback
Jan 17, 2017 • 90 min
FCC watcher, Christopher Terry joins us to talk about what may be in store for media policy under President Donald Trump and the Republican controlled Congress. Is there a specific looming threat to Community Radio, Public Radio, or Low Power FM? Paul…
#76 – UMass Station Sale, Unlicensed LPFM in NZ & Archive Nuggets
Jan 10, 2017 • 75 min
All hands are on deck for our first show of 2017. First up, Jennifer Waits reports on the planned sale of U Mass-Dartmouth’s WUMD to Rhode Island Public Radio. Then Paul Riismandel shares radio discoveries from his trip to New Zealand, including legal but…
#75 – The Most Significant Radio Stories of 2016
Dec 13, 2016 • 63 min
From the unprecedented build-out of LPFM community stations and the indie internet radio implosion to 100+ radio tours and a recent tragedy, Jennifer, Eric and Paul run down some of the most significant stories in radio for 2016 in our last podcast of the…
#74 – Station or Static? KCHUNG Is L.A.’s Underground Radio
Dec 6, 2016 • 87 min
Jennifer Waits brings us the voices of three programmers at a mysterious and chaotic community station with deep connections to the Los Angeles art scene. KCHUNG is an unlicensed part 15 AM radio station with about 40 station managers and extremely…
#73 – Catching Up with Bainbridge Island’s Community Podcasting Experiment
Nov 29, 2016 • 47 min
This week we follow up with the subject of one our first episodes, Bainbridge Community Broadcasting. Paul took a day trip on a ferry from Seattle to visit Bainbridge Island and drop in on BCB. Co-founder Barry Peters took a few minutes to give a tour of…
#72 – Pete Tridish Celebrates an LPFM Success Story
Nov 22, 2016 • 60 min
Pete Tridish works as a radio engineer, building low power and full power community radio stations. He initially did this work with Prometheus Radio Project and now with International Media Action. “Back when I was working with Prometheus Radio Project,…
#71 – Bolivia Is the Birthplace of Community Radio
Nov 15, 2016 • 60 min
Sylvia Thomas spent a year touring and researching community radio stations in South America, Asia and Africa. She learned community radio history that might be surprising to many in the United States, and witnessed first-hand different ways of organizing…
#70 – From Anaheim to Arkansas, and Beyond
Nov 8, 2016 • 79 min
Jennifer, Eric and Paul are back together for a show that spans several continents, from Anaheim to Arkansas, and Ireland to Israel, touching on podcasts, college radio, social media, and more. First Paul has a report from the Now Hear This podcast…
#69 – The Eclectic Voice of The Ozarks
Oct 31, 2016 • 35 min
A great college radio station can be both a megaphone as well as a portal for the creative campus and college-town community. “It’s more than just playing music,” Lucas Coberly, station manager at KXUA told Jennifer Waits on this episode. “It’s definitely…
#68 – Report Back from the Grass Roots Radio Conference 2016
Oct 18, 2016 • 71 min
“Grass Roots Radio Conference has been a giant jump start in my learning process,” said Julia Rose of KPSQ lp in Fayetteville Arkansas. Radio Survivor’s Jennifer Waits attended the GRC and she reports back for us with her own observations as well as with…
#67 – New Community Radio in Borneo
Oct 11, 2016 • 87 min
Jim Ellinger of Austin Airwaves joins us on the program to share a preview of his talk “Community Radio, A Global View,” which he is giving at this year’s Grass Roots Radio Conference. Jim is recently back from the highlands of Borneo, where he helped…
#66 – College Radio as Academic Learning Labs
Oct 4, 2016 • 48 min
The stereotypical college radio station plays a free-form music format and functions as an extra-curricular student club. But the diversity in community and college radio is what we at Radio Survivor are here to celebrate. On this week’s show, Jennifer…
#65 – Fall Radio Tours Preview
Sep 28, 2016 • 54 min
Our intrepid radio tourist Jennifer Waits will be attending two big radio conferences this fall, the 2016 Grassroots Radio Conference and CBI’s National Student Electronic Media Convention. She gives us a preview of what’s in store, what she’s presenting,…
#64 How to do News and Public Affairs
Sep 20, 2016 • 82 min
“The best way to cultivate a sensibility of what makes for a good [radio] interview is to pre-tape your interviews and set aside large amounts of time to edit them down to half the length they start at. Because it makes you think really critically about…
63 – A Tale of Two College Radio Station Tours
Sep 12, 2016 • 42 min
Two stations: KVCU Radio 1190 at University of Coloradio, Boulder and The SOCC, The Sounds of Colorado College. One has a professional general manager, the other a student general manager. One is terrestrial, the other is online. They both have very…
62 – The FCC’s Legacy of Failure & CMJ’s Uncertain Future
Sep 6, 2016 • 80 min
The FCC just released its long-awaited revision to media ownership rules. After years of back-and-forth with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals there are very few changes. Prof. Christopher Terry, of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism,…
#61 – Focus on Fundraising and Collaboration
Aug 30, 2016 • 74 min
Stitcher | Google Play Becky Meiers is our guest to help us better understand some best practices for fundraising in community radio. She’s the development director for KBOO in Portland, OR. Becky has tips for planning on-air pledge drives and more…
#60 – Happy National Radio Day!
Aug 20, 2016 • 85 min
We celebrate National Radio Day, August 20, with this special episode. Jennifer Waits shares her tour of the Chicago Independent Radio Project. Then Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein join her in reflecting on some of their favorite moments as radio listeners…
# 59 – Community Radio Africa
Aug 16, 2016 • 38 min
Radio Survivor’s Matthew Lasar is fascinated by the news of what is going on at community stations in places outside of the U.S. like India, South East Asia, Mexico, and Africa. He is especially interested in the dramatic and sometimes extreme nature of…
#58 – We Love Tedious Radio Facts
Aug 9, 2016 • 59 min
On this episode of Radio Survivor, Paul Riismandel talks with the editor and founder of Tedium.co, Ernie Smith about their mutual fascination with back-door, Franken FM stations, the TV broadcasters who use analog Channel 6 to be heard at 87.7 on the FM…
#57 – Celebrating the Mosaic of Community Radio
Aug 2, 2016 • 80 min
It’s time to get ready for National Radio Day on August 20. Paul Riismandel has the details at the top of the show, followed by an interview with Ernesto Aguilar, the incoming Membership Program Director of the National Federation of Community…
#56 – From College Radio to Podcasting, Experimenting with the Form
Jul 26, 2016 • 88 min
Jennifer Waits brings us a tour of Met Radio at Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO, where the students are trying to embrace the experimental spirit of college radio. Co-host Paul Riismandel delivers a report from friend of the show, Alvaro…
#55 – Not All Radio Amateurs + Podcasting is Still Small
Jul 19, 2016 • 53 min
Not all amateur radio enthusiasts are old guys. This is obviously a statement of fact, but it took a listener to the podcast to write in and remind us. Co-host, Eric Klein apologizes for error. Paul Riismandel attended a local marketing conference as part…
#54 – Dusting Up: From Carrier Current to NPR One
Jul 12, 2016 • 77 min
Eric and Paul do some “dusting up,” by reviewing some reader emails about carrier current radio. Paul brings the good news about KPLU in Tacoma, WA, which was purchased from its university owner by a community group in order to preserve its local…
#53 – There’s More Radio Than Ever
Jul 7, 2016 • 68 min
Even when a station goes off the air — like Hastings College’s KFKX — more go on the air every day. Jennifer Waits joins to share the sad news about KFKX, but also has positive news to report about a new LPFM community station in the heart of San…
#52 – Small Town LPFM
Jun 29, 2016 • 75 min
Low Power FM radio stations can be a great addition to the media landscape in the big city, but on this episode we focus on rural LPFM. Eric Klein takes listeners on a tour of KFSL, the low power FM station that is the sole broadcaster in Fossil,Oregon…
#51 – Carrier Current is Cool
Jun 21, 2016 • 65 min
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the FCC’s open internet rules, also known as net neutrality. Co-Host of the podcast Eric Klein admits that he still finds it hard to believe that the big telecom companies can lose so Paul Riismandel…
#50 – Prometheus v FCC and a Generation of Gridlock
Jun 14, 2016 • 62 min
The FCC has made nearly zero progress in its Congressionally mandated review and revision of media ownership rules for more than a decade. Instead the Commission has been dragging its feet for 13 years by failing to comply adequately to the ruling of the…
#49 – Digital Equity and Community Radio
Jun 7, 2016 • 60 min
Community radio is about access and social justice. In a digital world, this includes digital equity: access and training to use the tools of the internet and digital media. Sabrina Roach joins to explain why community radio stations should make digital…
#48 – 100 Radio Station Tours
May 25, 2016 • 77 min
It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits shares her 100th radio station tour, and reflects on what she’s learned about radio in the process of reaching this rare milestone. What station is number 100? You’ll have…
#47 – 99 Radio Station Tours & the Lost Episode
May 17, 2016 • 78 min
College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits shares her 99th radio station tour. This time, her guide at Hunter College’s WHCS was prepared with historical artifacts for Jennifer’s perusal. Then Eric and Paul dive into more adult territory, as they dig up…
#46 – Community Comedy Podcasting
May 10, 2016 • 92 min
Like community radio, podcasts can serve communities of many different types. Getting involved with the local improv comedy scene reminded Eric of his experience in community radio. He and Paul discuss the podcast Eric is producing that’s intended to…
#45 – The Controversy of Firsts
May 3, 2016 • 43 min
College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits joins for a discussion on the difficulty of claiming “firsts” in radio. Sparked by claims that WTBU in Boston was the first college station to stream online in 1999, Jennifer, Eric and Paul examine these kinds of…
#44 – From Prince To The New Deal, Radio Brings Us Together
Apr 27, 2016 • 79 min
Radio Survivor co-founder Matthew Lasar has just released a new book. Radio 2.0 explores the development of radio into its current form as both analog and digital, terrestrial and internet. Matthew joins to discuss his ideas, suggesting that the primary…
#43 – NPR: When Disrupted, Go Local
Apr 19, 2016 • 59 min
A recent Slate article about the podcast challenge to NPR added fuel to the debate about how the public broadcaster should respond to this disruption. Paul jumps into the fray to posit that superserving affiliates and local listeners is key to NPR’s…
#42 – Hug Your Local Radio Journalist Today
Apr 12, 2016 • 62 min
Cumulus Media’s long-standing San Francisco radio news station KGO recently laid off its news staff, at the same time the company’s rock station KFOG also fired most of its on-air staff. We discuss what this means for Bay Area listeners and what it…
#41 – Raising the Antenna
Apr 6, 2016 • 52 min
Eric attended the volunteer effort to raise the antenna for new low-power FM station Freeform Portland. Interviewing some of the participants, he discovered a shared history in college radio and a common dedication to freeform musical expression. By…
#40: Radio Treasure Hunt
Mar 29, 2016 • 35 min
This week we’re on the hunt for radio treasure. Prof. John Anderson of Brooklyn College joins us to talk about his quest to find and preserve the legacy of labor radio with his role in the Library of Congress’ Radio Preservation Task Force. Then our…
#39 – Is College Radio Too Small for Its Own Good?
Mar 22, 2016 • 75 min
Is college radio too small for its own good? Or is its smallness a hidden asset? Those are the questions we take up this week with guest Ken Mills. He’s a radio consultant who works with non-commercial, commercial and college stations. Ken explains why he…
#38 – Survey Says: Stations Must Be on the Internet & YouTube
Mar 15, 2016 • 63 min
The annual Infinite Dial survey of American listening habits is out. Paul and Eric analyze the results and what they indicate for community and college radio and podcasting. In particular, Paul argues that declining radio ownership and young people’s…
#37 – Preservation, Pirates, and Radionomy
Mar 8, 2016 • 70 min
On this week’s show we hear about efforts to preserve radio’s past, and the FCC’s letter writing campaign intended to undermine pirate operators. Jennifer Waits joins to talk about the Library of Congress’ recent Radio Preservation Task Force conference.…
#36 – Why Radio Is Like a 1980s Mall & Podcasters Are the Punk Rockers
Mar 1, 2016 • 62 min
We have some follow-up on our coverage of the 20th anniversary of Telecommunications Act of 1996. We share a listener email that challenges our FCC history by pointing out how radio deregulation got its foothold at the commission before Ronald Reagan even…
#35 – Digging for Clues About Internet Radio’s Future
Feb 23, 2016 • 85 min
We dig into the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision on new royalty payments for internet radio, looking for clues about the future of small and medium-sized webcasters. In our final review of the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act of 1996, Matthew Lasar…
#34 – How the Telecom Act of ’96 Triggered Popular Resistance
Feb 17, 2016 • 68 min
This is our second episode examining the history and legacy of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in recognition of the law’s 20th anniversary. This time around Prof. John Anderson from Brooklyn College explains how Reagan-era deregulation, culminating in…
#33 1/3 – World Radio Day with Francesco Diasio, AMARC Secretary General
Feb 13, 2016 • 57 min
February 13 is World Radio Day, a day set aside to celebrate radio as a medium, sponsored by UNESCO. This year’s theme is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster.” Though celebrated globally, World Radio Day is less well known in the United States. To…
#33 – 20 Years Ago Local Radio Was Crushed
Feb 9, 2016 • 76 min
Twenty years ago a piece of legislation was passed that would change radio forever–and not for the better. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 lifted ownership restrictions on stations, unleashing an onslaught of acquisitions, consolidation and the…
#32 – FBI Files, Public Files, and Winter Storms
Feb 2, 2016 • 64 min
The FCC just ruled that radio stations will have to upload their public files into an online database, making certain records much more accessible. We discuss what this means for both stations and listeners, and why, even though it seems like an extra…
#31 – It’s the 13th Hour for Small Webcasters
Jan 26, 2016 • 50 min
It’s the 13th hour for small webcasters, as broadcasters and supporters scramble to find a solution to new performance royalty rates that threaten to put hundreds, or even thousands of stations out of business. If that many small community or commercial…
#30 – The Open Media Project Makes Gov’t More Accessible
Jan 19, 2016 • 73 min
The Open Media Project is a non-profit that provides tools and support for local and state governments to put meetings and events online. This makes government more accessible to the public, but also to journalists, community radio producers, and…
#29 – Will 2016 Be the End of Indie Internet Radio?
Jan 12, 2016 • 75 min
Small and medium sized internet-only radio broadcasters are facing a very immediate danger in 2016, due to changes in the performance rates that they are obligated to pay. Some estimates indicate that these fees may increase by as much as ten-fold,…
#28 – A Deep Dive into the Public Radio Bid for KUNV
Dec 15, 2015 • 65 min
We follow up on Nevada Public Radio’s proposal to take over programming on KUNV, the community radio station owned by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, that we first reported on last week. We hear from a volunteer programmer, Ken Lange, who opposes…
#27: Public Radio Bid for UNLV Station, Rdio Shutdown & Net Neutrality
Dec 8, 2015 • 69 min
College Radio correspondent Jennifer Waits joins Paul and Eric to examine Nevada Public Radio’s bid to take over programming on UNLV’s radio station. They also look at bankruptcy, acquisition, and shutdown of the streaming music service Rdio, and what…
#26 – Celebrating Radio Stickers & Turntable Rooms
Dec 1, 2015 • 66 min
This week we celebrate some fun little corners of radio. Matthew Lasar explains the history of the rise and fall of “turntable style” music community websites. Then Jennifer Waits shares her passion for radio station stickers, emphasizing a particular…
#25 – Conferences, Convergences, Panels & Lectures
Nov 24, 2015 • 63 min
It’s been an active month for radio-related events. Jennifer reports back from the University of California Radio Network conference in Claremont and Paul fills us in on the Cascade Media Convergence in Portland, OR. Please help support this…
#24: The Value of High School Radio
Nov 17, 2015 • 33 min
Faithful listeners of the Radio Survivor program know that Jennifer Waits is a huge proponent of the educational benefit for students who participate in their college radio stations. That educational benefit is multiplied “by a million” in her opinion…
#23: How Do You Do That on Instagram?
Nov 10, 2015 • 102 min
Social media is something broadcasters and podcasters are advised to embrace, but why? And what the heck is a radio station supposed to do on Instagram? Station builder and social media maven Jeffory Simmons is here to help. He’s been advising community…
#22 – We’re All Moving to the FM Dial Now
Nov 3, 2015 • 69 min
Why will we hear more Rush and Hannity on the FM Dial? Prof. John Anderson of Brooklyn College explains the FCC’s AM Revitalization Order, why it happened, and what will result. Then we discuss why Cumulus Media, the nation’s 2nd largest commercial radio…
#21: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim with Zahra Noorbakhsh
Oct 27, 2015 • 62 min
Zahra Noorbakhsh and Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed started using the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hashtag as a joke they tweeted back and forth between each other. When they started a podcast using the same name it became an instant hit, before they had even recorded their…
Radio Survivor Podcast #20: The Meaning of Independence in Media
Oct 20, 2015 • 71 min
Jennifer joins Eric and Paul for the entire show, which includes a wide-ranging discussion on what it means to produce independent media today. First, we follow-up on the sale of Centenary College station WNTI to the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN,…
Radio Survivor Podcast #19: Chauncey DeVega on Pro Wrestling & Podcasting; Centenary College Sells WNTI
Oct 13, 2015 • 100 min
On his podcast, essayist Chauncey DeVega says that it features him “with the volume turned up.” He discusses how the quality of intellectual discourse differs between television, radio and podcasting, and how that relates to pro wrestling, and shares how…
Radio Survivor Podcast #18: Focus on Fundraising with Ann Alquist
Oct 6, 2015 • 54 min
Community radio stations cannot survive without fundraising. Ann Alquist provides fresh perspective on raising money, and provocative ideas on how better to put your money and efforts to work. She is the Co-Executive Director of community radio station…
Radio Survivor Podcast #17: An Innovative Approach to Community Radio Podcasting
Sep 29, 2015 • 74 min
Lara Jones, community content manager at KRCL-FM in Salt Lake City, Utah, heads up a project that integrates podcasting and community radio in a new, innovative way. The station invites community members in to create podcasts, which are then excerpted for…
Radio Survivor Podcast #16: Why Does Radio Have to Die?
Sep 22, 2015 • 76 min
For the first time on the podcast the three founding partners of Radio Survivor are together in one place. Jennifer Waits, Matthew Lasar and Paul Riismandel recount the origin story of Radio Survivor, challenge the myth that radio has to die, and discuss…
Radio Survivor Podcast #15: Retiring Rendered
Sep 15, 2015 • 114 min
This episode is a must-listen for podcast producers, anyone thinking of launching a podcast, or folks who just plain love podcasts. Julie Sabatier is a radio and podcast producer who recently decided to retire her successful and beloved podcast Rendered.…
Radio Survivor Podcast #14 – The Grassroots Radio Conference & Celebrating College Radio Day
Sep 8, 2015 • 64 min
We learn about the origins of College Radio Day, coming up on October 2, and what is in store for this year’s celebration. We also talk with the organizers of this year’s Grassroots Radio Conference at new low-power FM station WLPP in Palenville, New…
Radio Survivor Podcast #13: Why the Battle over the Pacifica Network Remains Relevant
Sep 1, 2015 • 66 min
Radio Survivor co-founder Matthew Lasar joins us this week to examine recent events at Pacifica Network’s Los Angeles station KPFK, where it’s been reported that all staff have been cut to half-time across the board. Matthew helps to put this action into…
Radio Survivor Podcast #12: Our Quarterly Report
Aug 25, 2015 • 68 min
With this episode we have officially been producing the show for one calendar quarter. Since this is such a new endeavor, we thought it would be useful to reflect on how the show is going, looking at the possibility of turning Radio Survivor into a…
Radio Survivor Podcast #11: Celebrating National Radio Day
Aug 18, 2015 • 86 min
This year a diverse coalition of non-commercial radio stations are joining together to step up celebrations of National Radio Day this week on August 20. We look at the history of the holiday and reasons to celebrate this most longstanding electronic…
Radio Survivor Podcast #10: WFMU’s Audience Engine Plans to Empower Community Media on the Internet
Aug 11, 2015 • 59 min
Pioneering community radio station WFMU wants to better empower community media on the internet. That’s why the station created Audience Engine, providing tools for publishing, community building and fundraising that don’t surrender control to third-party…
Radio Survivor Podcast #9: Remembering Negativland’s Don Joyce
Aug 4, 2015 • 69 min
This week Jennifer Waits joins us live in studio as we remember Don Joyce, a pioneering sound artist and member of the culture jamming musical group Negativland, who passed away on July 22. We also discuss AT&T’s plan to activate the FM radio’s on the…
Radio Survivor Podcast #8: Bainbridge Community Broadcasting Chose Podcasting over LPFM
Jul 28, 2015 • 59 min
After doing the math the founders of Bainbridge Community Broadcasting in Washington State decided that podcasting was a better route to serve their community than low-power FM. Barry and Channie Peters join us to discuss why they made this decision and…
Radio Survivor Podcast #7: The FCC’s Legacy of Failure with Media Ownership Policy
Jul 21, 2015 • 60 min
On this episode Dr. Christopher Terry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee tells us how the FCC has fumbled its updates of media ownership regulation for a dozen years, and why that’s important. We also learn why community radio and independent…
Radio Survivor Podcast #6: The Portland Radio Project’s Journey from Online to LPFM
Jul 14, 2015 • 68 min
The Portland Radio Project is Portland, Oregon’s newest low-power FM station. However, it started as an online station, with no plans for a terrestrial broadcast. On this episode we learn why PRP made this pivot, and the philosophy behind its public…
Radio Survivor Podcast #5: Don’t Make Our Radios Obsolete
Jul 7, 2015 • 64 min
We examine digital radio in Norway, where the biggest FM stations will go away in 2017, and in the US, where the adoption of HD Radio has been slow. We also assess Apple’s new, and underwhelming, Beats 1 Radio. In college radio news Jennifer reviews the…
Radio Survivor Podcast #4: Breaking the Public Radio Podcast Mold
Jun 30, 2015 • 67 min
Can public and community radio find ways to innovate with podcasting, and reach new audiences, rather than mostly repackage what’s on air? Ernesto Aguilar, program director of Pacifica station KPFT-FM in Houston, joins to tackle that question. Our college…
Radio Survivor Podcast #3: FCC Paper Tiger Teams vs Pirate Radio
Jun 23, 2015 • 79 min
The FCC Enforcement Bureau and pirate radio are the topics of the day, as Prof. John Anderson of Brooklyn College joins us to discuss the broadcast industry’s furor over the Commission’s plans to ratchet down its resident field agent presence around the…
Radio Survivor Podcast #2: Facilitating LPFM with Sabrina Roach
Jun 16, 2015 • 77 min
On this episode hosts Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein talk with Sabrina Roach, a “doer” with Brown Paper Tickets who has focused her efforts on helping to coordinate and encourage low-power FM stations in Washington State’s Puget Sound region. First, Eric…
Radio Survivor Podcast #1: The Free Music Archive
Jun 11, 2015 • 73 min
On this first edition of the Radio Survivor podcast we introduce the team: hosts and producers Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein, along with editors and correspondents Jennifer Waits and Matthew Lasar. We review news about community station KUSP in Santa…