Webcasting Rates & Recordkeeping for student “Radio” Stations

CBI has been working on behalf of student media outlets like yours to make sure pay a reasonable fee for webcasting music and to provide options concerning what you need to report to SoundExchange.  The current rates are the result of a negotiated settlement and are in effect through 12/31/2015.  CBI has negotiated a settlement for 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2020, but that has not yet been adopted by the judges which oversee the rate determination process.  Tangentially, the same judges determine what data must be reported by stations.  The CBI settlement includes a provision for a proxy fee in lieu of reporting which would cover MOST student stations.  Stations which are not covered under the proxy fee MAY need to include additional information.  CBI and many of its member stations have fought against the increased burden and we are waiting for the judges to make a determination.  Stay tuned to this space for updates.  If you have questions, ask!

By |January 11th, 2015|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

2015 CBI National Student Production Awards

With close to 1,000 entries in the awards program, CBI has become a recognized leader in showcasing the best in student media. The CBI call for entries will be posted in the coming months. Entries are currently free for all member student media outlets. To see and hear 2014 winners click here. Can you do better?

By |January 11th, 2015|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

The 2015 National Student Electronic Media Convention

CBI will hold its annual convention this year in Minneapolis, which is a great city to visit and has a great music scene.  The convention will be Oct. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.  We will be adding details as they become available at the convention website.

By |January 11th, 2015|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

Spotlight: WLOY


While not exactly a CBI spotlight feature, we just had to share this video from WLOY at Loyola University in Baltimore. Definitely keeping the FUN where it belongs — in college media!

If you’re a CBI member and interested in having your organization featured as a spotlight, email Jessica at We’ve got some great profiles coming up from student TV and radio groups across the country and we’d love to have you too.

By |January 29th, 2015|Spotlight|0 Comments

Board Blog: Secretary’s Updates



Margaret Hair, CBI Secretary

Sending out a few notes from the CBI Secretary’s desk:

Coming this winter to a mailbox and inbox near you will be the latest edition of the CBInsights newsletter. Along with information about upcoming CBI events and processes, we like to include pieces on topics currently relevant to CBI media members. If there are topics you’d like to see addressed in future editions of CBInsights, feel free to send them my way at

Secondly, a reminder to save these dates in your fall 2015 calendars: Oct. 22-24. That’s when CBI will host its annual National Student Electronic Media Convention at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Check back regularly for more information about the CBI Minneapolis webpage.

Questions about CBI membership? Get in touch at

By |January 28th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


KBGA kicks off annual ‘Radiothon’ fundraiser

Every year, KBGA College Radio calls on its loyal listeners and community members to donate in support of the station. In exchange, donors receive premiums from local businesses and/or KBGA merchandise, as well as the pleasure of hearing engaging radio programming.

This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to upgrade office computers as well as in-studio equipment. During Radiothon, pledges can be made by calling 243-5242 or visiting

Read more from the Missoulian.

Eastern Oklahoma State College to launch KWLB

Eastern Oklahoma State College will soon launch KWLB 93.1 FM to bring the best mix of music to the local airwaves.

The college will celebrate the launch of the radio station with a “Flip the Switch” event on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom in Wilburton. The event, which is open to the public, will also recognize the partnership between Eastern and Oklahoma AT&T to make the project possible.


Read more from the McAlester News-Capital.

Also, according to the Jan. 21 issue of Tom Taylor NOW, this also affects KWLB’s programming:

What does Eastern Oklahoma State College have to do with the Dallas Cowboys? It’s not an obvious answer, but the college won the construction permits for two commercial FMs in the FCC’s Auction 93 – and on one of them, KWLB Red Oak (93.1), it will debut a commercial station that plays music and carries the NFL Dallas Cowboys. Eastern paid just $5,000 for what was originally a Class A facility, and successfully got it upgraded to Class C3, located east of McAlester.

WRAS student DJs accuse GPB leadership of violating open records laws

Opponents of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s takeover of WRAS-FM (88.5), the influential independent radio station formerly run by Georgia State University students, continued their fight at GPB’s first board meeting of the year by questioning the deal’s merits, slamming the state media network’s leadership, and accusing its top official of trying to sidestep transparency laws.

Read more from Atlanta’s Creative Loafing.

Springfield, Mass. Radio Host Takes His Show to the Super Bowl

“My sports broadcasting class, which I’m about to teach right now, will get a show-and-tell and maybe a few check-ins from celebrities in our field, sports broadcasting legends,” Belanger explains.

Read more from

Plus, Spinning Indie visits KUSF in exile and in Bothell, Wa. And, Radio Survivor catches up on College Radio Watch and LPFM updates.

By |January 27th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Work hard, be patient


My dream when I entered the world of college broadcasting and part of my professional background is in the sports area of our field, so I found the latest edition of Radio Ink’s ranking of the Top 30 sports talk shows in the nation (at least of those nominated) to be insightful reading.

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Each was asked to give advice to aspiring sports broadcasters and, even if you not pursuing or interested in sports, their thoughts are applicable to just about any area of the media field.

Mike Flegler of the Flegler and Mazz show in Boston said, “Most anyone who has a job a young broadcaster would want had to work for years and years to reach that level. Our current show started in 2009, when I was 40 years old. Finally, the job I always wanted to have. It took me 18 years. And it could end at any moment. Work your ass off and be patient.”

Mike Mulligan of the Mully and Hanley show in Chicago says, “Know your subject. Know the background of it. Know as much as you can about the people you are covering or talking about. Differentiate yourself by learning as much as you can about a subject in order to speak knowledgeably about it. Content is king.”

And Dan Berstein of the Boers and Bernstein show in Chicago offers, “Nothing replaces the years actually on various beats (as a reporter or columnist). Traveling on the road, establishing relationships with players and coaches, and understanding the truths in sports that can only be learned over time as a part of everyday life. The idea of breaking into the business is misguided. I think, since quality broadcasting most often comes from someone who knows how to write and report, and form well-considered opinions.”

And finally Michael Kay from New York City says that, if sports is your passion, you’ll need to build your reputation everywhere you can, “no matter what the platform. Don’t shy away from podcasts or blogs—just get your name out there and work 10 times harder and longer than the next person.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

By |January 21st, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Spinning Indie visits two more college radio stations

Read about Rainy Dawg Radio and KEXP on Spinning Indie.

College Radio Watch: LPFM Launches, Student Radio History in the U.S. and New Zealand, and More College Radio News

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |January 20th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Strategic Planning Made Simple


Strategic planning is a must for any student media organization. The nature of most student organizations – frequent leadership changes, lack of full-time employees, etc. – makes long-range planning extremely difficult. Even sticking to short- or medium-range plans can be a challenge when student leaders get bogged down in their day-to-day work.

Greg Weston, CBI President

Greg Weston, CBI President

One tool that I’ve found effective in overcoming these challenges is the SWOT analysis. A SWOT analysis is a structured strategic planning method that involves focus on an organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. The strengths and weaknesses are generally present and internal, while the opportunities and threats are usually – but not always – in the future and external.

Here’s how we do our SWOT analysis at WPTS-FM:

Before the start of the fall semester, we hold a retreat with our 12-member director staff. I split them randomly into 4 groups. Each group gets a piece of easel paper marked with an S, W, O or T and a different colored sharpie. They spend about 10 minutes making a list of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, or threats. Then they pass the papers to another group, which adds to the list and comments on whatever is already there (ü for “agree,” X for “disagree,” ? for “what the heck did they mean”). This continues until every group has worked on every page. Then, we put the papers on the wall and discuss each entry as a group until we have a finished document, which is typed up and sent to all of the directors. We review and update before the spring semester begins.

The SWOT analysis lays out questions that help our directors define the priorities for the upcoming term. How can we use our strengths to take advantage of our opportunities? How can we eliminate our weaknesses? How do we defend against our threats? Breaking big-picture issues into targeted questions is invaluable in figuring out how to tackle them.

The best endorsement of the SWOT analysis: We spend multiple hours on it each year, and I’ve never once had a student tell me it wasn’t worth the time.


By |January 14th, 2015|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Focal Press Updates ‘Keith’s Radio Station’

Thirty years ago, Michael C. Keith entered a small New England college to start a new career. Keith had spent the past 10 years as a professional broadcaster and was now transitioning into the world of teaching.

The first thing that he would learn was that the textbooks available on the subject at that time were woefully out of date. Radio was now format-driven and there were no textbooks available in 1986 teaching the kind of radio Keith had just left.

So he decided to write his own. He called it simply “The Radio Station” and he pitched his manuscript to Focal Press.

Read more from Radio World.

Framingham State’s College Radio Station WDJM Makes Deal with FCC to Address Public File Violations

In another instance of the FCC giving student-run college radio stations a break, Framingham State University radio station WDJM-FM in Framingham, Massachusetts agreed to pay a lesser penalty of $1,200 for public file violations. According to a Consent Decree adopted on December 31, 2014, the university agreed to pay the penalty and set up a compliance plan to prevent future violations.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

By |January 13th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments