CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention 2014

The 2014 National Student Electronic Media Convention will be held Oct. 23-25, 2014 at the Renaissance Seattle. For more information as it becomes available, visit the convention website.

By |August 16th, 2014|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

NSEMC News: Pro résumé and reel reviews


This year, as an added option for students attending the NSEMC in Seattle, we’re offering one-on-one reviews with a radio news pro for résumés and demo reels! Book an appointment with Glenn Schuck to get real-world feedback on your clips and resume before you head out on the job hunt. Bring your resume and reel on a flash drive or CD.

For more information, check in at the registration desk in Seattle! See you there!

By |September 29th, 2014|Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: Seattle Update


As we have seen with all the chatter on the CBI listservs, the response to this year’s National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) has been incredible. That is true on the sponsors and exhibitors side of the convention as well.


Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

Exhibit space for NSEMC 2014 has sold out! This year a record number of companies and individuals will be exhibiting at our trade show on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 24. There will be 18 vendors and many of the exhibitors are, as station sales people like to say, “new business,” meaning it is their first-time at the convention. In Seattle we will have a great mix of long-time CBI supporters and new friends. All NSEMC attendees are encouraged to check in with our exhibitors to learn about their products or services. And if you play Exhibitor Bingo, you will have a chance to win some prizes too!

I am pleased to note that Comrex has returned as a major sponsor of the convention. It is terrific that Comrex understands and supports the mission of CBI and the NSEMC.

You can see who many of our sponsors and exhibitors are for NSEMC 2014 by visiting More folks are added to this site regularly. Suggestions for future exhibitors and sponsors are always welcome.

I am starting to get really excited about NSEMC-Seattle. Don’t forget that the early bird deadline for convention registration is October 1st.   I hope to see you in Seattle!


By |September 25th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


KFJC to broadcast Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89. 7 FM is excited to be traveling to the United Kingdom in order to broadcast live from the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. The two-day festival, which will take place at Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace/Blade Factory complex (a collection of warehouses and a former industrial furnace), will feature a range of performances by neo-psychedelic artists from all over the world.

KFJC will be presenting live audio and video streaming of selected bands from all three stages of this year’s festival, using the latest in remote broadcast technology. Live sets from Liverpool will be broadcast to listeners in the United States over KFJC 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and to a global audience via the Internet.

The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia will air over KFJC 89.7 FM on Friday, Sept. 26 (tentatively from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time) and Saturday, Sept. 27 (tentatively from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time). Tune in to KFJC at 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and online at View the live video feed at

To learn more about the festival, visit

By |September 23rd, 2014|Member News|0 Comments

Early Bird Registration Countdown!


Just 9 days left to save and get special early-bird pricing for convention registration for the 2014 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle, Oct. 23-25!

For more information, visit the Seattle website.

To register now, visit the registration page.

By |September 22nd, 2014|CBI News, Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: CBI members using WordPress



Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

In a few weeks CBI will recognize one of four media outlets as having the Best Student Media Website at our National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 23-25 in Seattle. The nominees are indeed outstanding and many of them have been recognized before for their superior work. Two of the finalists use the WordPress, a free and open source blogging platform and content management software. With thousands of themes and plugins, WordPress is highly customizable and one of the easiest content management software to learn and maintain.

CBI has twice profiled radio and video outlets using WordPress (in November 2010) and (September 2012). Here is another roundup of member media outlets using WordPress. Click on the image for a larger version of the site’s front page. If the image appears tiny, try using a different browser.

wgur WGUR at Georgia College and State University @  WSUM at University of Wisconsin-Madison @
wxac WXAC at Albright College @ wcrd WCRD at Ball State University @
wlbn  WLBN at Albion College @ kbhu KBHU-FM/TV at Black Hills State University @
scad SCAD Radio at Savannah College of Art and Design @ widb WIDB at Southern Illinois University @
ktxt KTXT at Texas Tech University @ wvvs WVVS at Valdosta State University @
kugr KUGR at Washington State University @ bearcast Bearcast Radio at University of Cincinnati @
wikd WIKD at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University @ kfhs KFHS-FM/TV at Fort Hays State University @ 
kswh KSWH at Henderson State University @ wdbm WDBM at Michigan State University @
kfkx KFKX at Hastings College @ cougarradio Cougar Radio at Misericordia University @
cistern CisternYard Media at College of Charleston @ wsbf WSBF at Clemson University @ 
 ksdb KSDB at Kansas State University @ wess WESS at East Stroudsburg University @
wxou WXOU at Oakland University @ wmsc WMSC at Montclair State University @
ctv CTV at Colorado State University @ kcsu KCSU at Colorado State University @
wjcu WJCU at John Carroll University @ orbitmedia Orbit Media at Muskingum University @
wsoe WSOE at Elon University @ wvmm WVMM at Messiah College @
wbcx WBCX at Brenau University @ wbgu WBGU at Bowling Green State University @
csradio Clayton State Internet Radio at Clayton State University @ cstv Clayton State Television at Clayton State University @
kjhk KJHK at University of Kansas @ kwva KWVA at University of Oregon @
spintv Spinnaker TV at University of North Florida @ spinradio Spinnaker Radio at University of North Florida @
wmcx WMCX at Monmouth University @ wdwn WDWN at Cayuga Community College @
kcwu KCWU at Central Washington University @ norsecode Norse Code Radio at Northern Kentucky University @
sgtv SGTV at University of South Carolina @ wusc WUSC-FM at University of South Carolina @
whje WHJE at Carmel High School @ wcal WCAL at California University of Pennsylvania @
kuiw KUIW at University of Incarnate Word @ uiwtv UIW TV at University of Incarnate Word @
wobn WOBN at Otterbein University @ kbvr KBVR-FM/TV at Oregon State University @
greycomm GreyComm Studios at Loyola University-Maryland @ wloy WLOY at Loyola University-Maryland @
bellarmine Bellarmine Radio at Bellarmine University @ owlradio Owl Radio at Kennesaw State University @
kspc KSPC at Pomona College @ wvbu WVBU at Bucknell University @
Screenshot 2014-09-16 21.36.38 GSTV at Georgia State University @ krhs KRHS at Ritenour High School @
wpts WPTS at University of Pittsburgh @ wutm WUTM at University of Tennessee-Martin @
wgmu WGMU at George Mason University @ mcn Mason Cable Network at George Mason University @
 wtbu WTBU at Boston University @ ictv ICTV at Ithaca College @
bsupulse The Pulse at Boise State University @ wrcu WRCU at Colgate University @
ktru KTRU at Rice University @ rtv RTV at Rice University @

If you are a CBI media member and don’t see your site on the list, please contact me at to be added.

By |September 17th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Guest Blog: The Next Generation Radio project

Next Generation Radio is looking for six talented college students interested in working one-on-one with media professionals during the CBI National Student Electronic Media Conference in Seattle, Oct. 20-25, 2014.


LaToya Dennis

I can say from experience, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss.

My first experience with Next Generation Radio came while I was a graduate student studying broadcast journalism at Michigan State University. It was October 2005, and I’d recently been hired as a part-time student reporter for WKAR, Michigan State’s public radio station.

The only problem, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and I had never even heard of public radio.

I’d completed class assignments that required me to write news stories and occasionally cover community happenings, but I quickly learned class is much different than being in an actual newsroom.

After a few months on the job trying to figure out if I was cut out to be a reporter, I applied to participate in a Next Generation Radio training project. I was accepted, and I haven’t looked back since.

Next Generation Radio pairs experienced and accomplished journalists with students. From start to finish, those journalists help to guide mentees through the process of creating a character driven story for air and the web. If you’re familiar with public radio, then you know this is its bread and butter.

I participated in two Next Gen projects as a student. For me, nothing was more valuable than having my mentors, Elaine Heinzman and Phyllis Fletcher, accompany me on interviews to ensure I asked the right questions and collected great sound. Having a working journalist help me through the process of writing and voicing a feature story on deadline didn’t hurt either.

These days, Next Gen Radio also includes story build outs for web. We all know, radio isn’t just radio anymore, which means you need to know how to incorporate other storytelling mediums.

I can definitely say Next Generation Radio prepared me for life after graduation, working as a reporter in a newsroom. And to be completely honest, I still call on my mentors from time to time. Now, nine years after my first experience with Next Gen, I’m elated to return as a seasoned reporter. I can’t wait to pass on all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the years, and probably learn a new trick or two myself.

Back in 2005, the idea of working so closely with someone that whatever weaknesses I had would be exposed was intimidating, but not allowing that to stop me was one of the best career decisions I ever made.

A word of advice—if you’re thinking about applying, stop wasting time and do it. It’s an experience you won’t forget. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 19. Click here to read more and apply.


LaToya Dennis is now a reporter for Milwaukee Public Radio




By |September 16th, 2014|Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

KUOW, KPLU Join NPR And CBI To Train Next Generation Of Multimedia Journalists


KUOW, KPLU, NPR and College Broadcasters, Inc. are seeking student applicants to their first Student Multimedia Project. The week-long opportunity for college and graduate students to learn from professional journalists will be hosted at the CBI National Student Electronic Media Conference in Seattle, Oct. 20-25, 2014. The application deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Time Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

A committee of journalists will select up to six students to pair one-to-one with public media journalists and college multimedia instructors from around the country. Three students will be selected from the Seattle/Tacoma area.

“At KUOW we are excited about this project because including more voices and a greater breadth of storytelling in public media ensures our resonance and relevance with audiences into the future,” said KUOW General Manager Caryn Mathes, “I applaud this project that seeds our craft with the next generation.”

The Student Multimedia Project will emphasize multimedia storytelling focused on character development. Students who are selected for the project will each find a person to focus on for their story—someone doing something interesting who is willing and available to be interviewed. Students will produce a radio story about the person and then tell their story differently for the web.

“NPR and its member stations support the Project because it allows us to discover and groom a diverse pool of young talent,” said NPR Consultant and Project Manager Doug Mitchell. “The Project gives public media professionals a chance to see if students have what it takes to do the work and lets our industry build a pipeline of new professionals who understand our way of storytelling.” Mitchell thanked KUOW as well as NPR member stations KPLU Seattle/Tacoma, Michigan Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio for dedicating staff as mentors in this project.

Mentors for the project are Amara Aguilar of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism; Ruby de Luna of KUOW Seattle; LaToya Dennis of Milwaukee Public Radio; Sarah Hulett of Michigan Radio; Kyle Stokes of KPLU Seattle-Tacoma and Traci Tong of “The World” from PRI, BBC and WGBH Boston.

This is the sixth student media collaboration of Next Generation Radio and CBI/College Media. Previous projects were at conferences in Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City.

The mission of KUOW is to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

By |September 15th, 2014|About CBI, Conferences|0 Comments

Seattle Keynote: John Curley


Join us Saturday for our keynote speaker session with John Curley, host of the Curley and Tom Radio Show in Seattle. John is a former host of King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine, the highest-rated regionally produced TV show in the country for fourteen years.

curleyJohn has a long list of awards and accomplishments, having picked up an Emmy for weather in 1993 and for interviewing and hosting in 1994. The zenith of his career was reached in 1995 when he was hired for Evening Magazine. John quickly became the most recognized local TV personality and was voted by the readers of Seattle Weekly as their favorite “TV Guy.”

In this presentation, John Curley, whose Emmy-winning, star-studded, implausible career defies “normal,” shares his personal formula for succeeding through difficulty in this high-energy presentation. Having a 30+ year experience in broadcast, both television and radio, John brings a complete broadcast perspective that can help lead to your own career achievements and future success.

For more information about John Curley, visit or follow him on Twitter @curleyseattle.

By |September 11th, 2014|CBI News, Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: Special Pre-Convention Sessions and the Second LPFM Window



Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Right about now is the best time to book your airfare for the convention. Just yesterday I had someone tell me airfares from his city to Seattle dropped more than $100. If you have not booked your flight yet, give some serious consideration to booking a Tuesday arrival (or early Wednesday) so you can register for the special pre-convention sessions offered this year.

If either topic is of interest to you, the extra time away will be well spent because you simply cannot pay $50 to attend sessions like these anywhere.

FCC 101 – Spend three hours with an experienced adviser and a well-known lawyer who represents non-commercial and commercial stations before the FCC on a regular basis. This special session will cover all of the basics of keeping your station legal.

Adobe Creative Quickstart – Prices for a day’s training generally start at about $500. For $50, you can experience a very small classroom-size experience for a three hour training session. With the small classroom setting, you will get personalized attention from a certified instructor who is one of the most popular speakers at the convention.

For more information about these special sessions, visit If you plan to enroll, but have not made your hotel reservations yet, please contact us at


The FCC opened the most recent window for LPFM applications in 2013, with a deadline to file in November of 2013. They received over 2800 applications from across the nation and, as you can imagine, there were a lot of applications where two or more were in conflict with each other. These are referred to as mutually exclusive applications (MX). The initial list of MX applicants included 406 groups.

Stations which were not MX were called singletons and were generally granted a construction permit, unless there was an objection filed with the FCC.

In order to resolve the large number of MX applications, the FCC provided a limited window for minor changes to applications in order solve their conflicts through various types of amendments (including proposed time shares) in mid-December.

Due to the large number of issues which arose concerning various applications, it was not until July 9, 2014 that the FCC took the first, in what appears to be three actions to help to resolve the remaining MX groups. At this time, the announced “tentative selectees” for LPFM frequencies were in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, KS (including Kansas City, MO), NE, NV, OR, UT and WA. Tentative selectees were chosen based on a point system. Applicants garnered points for various issues, such as established community presence, promising to have a local studio, promising to originate eight hours of local programming daily, etc.

Those with the most points were identified as a tentative selectee; however, a large percentage of the groups were tied with multiple applicants having the same number of points. The FCC rules anticipated this situation. Applicants who were still MX at this point could make major changes to their applications and or take other legal actions to help them prevail.

A fair percentage of the MX groups in this round have been settled, but many still remain unresolved. If you are in this situation, you need to find a resolution quickly as the deadline to come to a resolution is 10/7/2014. If you do not come to a resolution before then, you will likely be submitted to a forced time share which is non-renewable.

Round II

The FCC “released” Round II on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 stating that it would start accepting major amendments on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, but it appears that is not what transpired. The monitoring we have in place for FCC applications did not show any amended applications on this first day, which is a surprise because the first day to file major amendments is normally flooded with applicants filing since, if applicant X files for a major amendment on the first day, and applicant Y files a conflicting amendment on day 2, applicant X prevails. It appears the reason this occurred is that the FCC did not make the announcement public until Monday September 8, 2014, although they were required to provide a day between the public notice and the opening of the window. Tuesday the 8th did indeed show a large number of proposed amendments.

So, what are the initial results of Round II, which included applicants in CT, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI and WV?

A quick survey of the tentative selectees shows the following stations, which might be considered student operations, as singletons:

Benedictine University, Livingstone College, Westside High School and New Buffalo Area Schools.

Good news!? Yes, and maybe no. This means that there is no one else who has filed an application which conflicts with theirs. On the other hand, any party has 30 days to file either a petition to deny, or an informal objection to the application, which could result in delays or worse. Once the 30 day window closes, these stations should be on solid ground to begin construction of their new station.

A non-comprehensive review of MX groups in Round II shows the following stations, which might be consider student operations that are tied with one or more tentative selectees:

One of two tentative selectees:

Manchester Community College                      Sanford School
Greater Clark County Schools                          Kentucky State University
Massasoit Community College                         Regional School Unit Rsu 21
Roosevelt High School                                       Manlius Pebble Hill School, Inc.
North Penn School District

One of three tentative selectees:

Morton College                                                     Lasell College Radio
St. Louis Language Immersion School            Northern Nash High School
Visible Music College

One of Five selectees:

Johns Hopkins University

One of six selectees:

Philadelphia Student Union                                Brown Student Radio

One of seven selectees:

Chelsea Public Schools is one of seven tentative selectees and is in the same group as Boston Public Schools.

The following were not top point getters:

Loyola University Maryland                                          Marshall University Graduate College
Atlantic Cape Community College                               Kutztown University                                                             Rectors & Visitors of The University of VA                Whitefish Bay School District Board

What are the options for those who are not singletons or those who were not top point getters?

Those who were not top point getters are not necessarily out of options. They can still file a major amendment to move their proposed transmitter location, use another frequency (if one is still available with no current applications), or find fault with another MX application and hope to reduce their points or have their application dismissed. One point to look for is to see if the other applicant(s) have actually secured their transmitter site. Any major amendment application should be submitted ASAP, because the FCC will accept such applications on a first come-first served basis, regardless of the number of points.

Tied with others? You have the options listed above, plus you have more. You could propose a time share with another top point getter in your MX group to aggregate more points than others. If your date of established community presence is the oldest or at least among the top three in your group of top point stations, you may have some advantage if there are alternate frequencies available. Why?

When an MX group has more than three tied applicants with the same number of points, the three applicants with the longest established community presence per your initial application will be considered for a non-voluntary time share with a non-renewable license, which is a very bad situation for all involved. This will force all stations to look at all alternatives, unless they want to time share, which may not be that bad in all situations. A voluntary time share is renewable. A forced time share is not.

I will not visit all of the possible scenarios and highly suggest that if you want the LPFM frequency you applied for and are in an MX, you retain a highly qualified engineer and lawyer to work through your particular situation and offer you the best strategy going forward. I believe I know a lot about this subject as an employee at a school with an LPFM application, but even so, I have hired both an engineer and a lawyer to make sure I do it right and that, if my employer/students do not end up with an LPFM frequency, it will not be because I did it without expert consultation.

For more information, see the FCC release at or contact me for informal thoughts about your situation.





By |September 11th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WRKC’s Radio Home Visitor show marks 40 years on air

Radio Home Visitor turned 40 this week, with no signs of slowing down for middle age.

The hour-long program aimed at keeping the blind, visually impaired and homebound informed about their community has aired daily on WRKC, the King’s College radio station, since Sept. 2, 1974.

Read more from Citizen’s Voice.

FCC approves campus radio station at Coahoma juco

Coahoma Community College is launching a fundraising campaign to support a new radio station on the Clarksdale campus.

State Sen. Robert Jackson, D-Marks, is helping get the program started.

Read more from the Sun Herald.

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College Radio Day updates

Dropbox and SoundCloud sign on as partners, and more.

Read more from College Radio Day.


By |September 9th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments