Radio Survivor Podcast

The Radio Survivor podcast is a weekly show that explores the future of community media, with a focus on community radio, college radio, low-power FM and public access TV, along with podcasting and internet radio. Hosts Paul Riismandel, Eric Klein and Jennifer Waits highlight the best and most innovative audio programming and keep you updated on the news that affects our ability to make, create, hear and see great community media.


  • Podcast #247 – Scene on Radio

    May 27 2020

    Over the course of four seasons, the Peabody-nominated podcast “Scene on Radio,” a production of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, has earned a reputation for tackling head-on difficult topics around race, gender, justice and equity. But it didn’t start out that way. It started life as a documentary anthology that host and producer John Biewen calls a “hodge podge.” Then, for the second season John decided to take on race in Am...more

  • Podcast #246 – Radio in the Movies

    May 20 2020

    Portrayals of radio in popular culture provide an interesting glimpse at radio’s role in society. At Radio Survivor, we’ve long been fascinated by radio depictions on both the small and large screen; so it is a treat to dive into this topic with Hemrani Vyas, Programming Coordinator at Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Vyas curated an entire day of radio-themed films for the cable network, focusing on the era of 1930 to 1950. This week we talk about some of the featured films...more

  • Podcast #245 – Hidden Women’s Radio History in Uruguay

    May 12 2020

    In 2019 we celebrated International Women’s Day by recording a fascinating interview about women’s radio history with University of Louisville Professor of History Christine Ehrick. Author of Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950, Ehrick schools us on the hidden history of a pioneering women’s radio station in Uruguay. Founded in 1935, Radio Femenina quickly became a hotbed for feminist and activist progra...more

  • Podcast #244 – Exploring the So-Called ‘Golden Age’ of College Radio

    May 06 2020

    Some consider the late 1960s through the mid-1990s to be a “golden age” of college radio. History professor Katherine Rye Jewell, from Fitchburg State University, notes that the period begins with college stations taking to the FM dial, and concludes with the rise of the internet. During that time, college radio stations certainly at times did have prominence in the culture, which meant they also were subject to complaints and kerfuffles, sometimes gaining the attention ...more

  • Podcast #243 – A Radio Survivor First

    Apr 29 2020

    A common theme on Radio Survivor is that claims of being first should be viewed skeptically. From purported first college radio station to first internet simulcast, we’ve learned that there’s always another challenger to the prize. This time around, however, we can say this is definitively the first ever episode of Radio Survivor broadcast, and recorded, live on the air. We make the leap into live broadcasting at the request of Portland, OR community station XRAY.fm,...more

  • Podcast #242 – Radio on the TV with James Cridland

    Apr 22 2020

    Did you know that a lot of folks in Europe listen to radio on their televisions? Neither did we, until we talked with James Cridland, editor of the daily Podnews email newsletter and radio futurologist. He explains that outside of North America much of radio is enjoyed on more platforms, from digital DAB to, yes, television. With a career reaching back to the early internet forays of the BBC and Virgin Radio in the UK, and as a frequent international conference speaker, James has...more

  • Podcast #241 – WBCN and the American Revolution

    Apr 15 2020

    WBCN in Boston, MA is one of the storied freeform FM stations in American commercial radio history. We’re talking about it because there’s a recent documentary film, entitled “WBCN and the American Revolution,” that dives into its history, and how WBCN’s early days in the late 60s and early 70s are intertwined with the counter culture movement in that city. Our guest is filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein, who was also on-air at WBCN during its formative y...more

  • Podcast #240 – WFMU is Still On the Air During the Pandemic

    Apr 08 2020

    Ken Freedman is the General Manager and the Program Director of WFMU, a free form community radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey that prides itself on it’s live, in studio sound from every one of it’s DJ’s. So this particular crisis, the Pandemic and the Lock Down, is a unique challenge. “This disaster is so completely different from any disaster we’ve ever had before such as 9-11, or Hurricane Sandy,” Ken told us on this week’s episode. They are...more

  • Podcast #239 – Hunkering Down with Raven Radio in Sitka, Alaska

    Mar 31 2020

    Raven Radio, KCAW-FM, serves Sitka and the remote communities of Southeast Alaska with public radio content, local news and volunteer-produced programming. Like “shelter in place” elsewhere in the lower 48, Sitka is on what they call a “hunker down” advisory. We talk with KCAW General Manager and friend of the show, Becky Meiers about how the station is balancing staff safety and vital public service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now radio broadcaste...more

  • Podcast #238 – Social Distancing, Going Remote and Automation during Global Pandemic

    Mar 25 2020

    The University of Virgina’s WTJU now only permits one person in their studios at one time and has five remote locations ready to take over live broadcasting. That’s a couple of ways that community and college stations are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Community radio WTJU General Manager Nathan Moore joins this week to explain how university campus-based stations are coping with the ever-changing situation. He is also the staff adviser to student-run LPFM WXTJ. ...more

  • Podcast #237 – How Community & College Radio Can Deal with COVID-19

    Mar 18 2020

    Community and college radio stations are unique in broadcasting because in addition to being important community services, many are also a community crossroads, hosting dozens or hundreds of people in their studios and spaces in any given week. That means the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic poses a specific challenge for these broadcasters. KPFA’s “UpFront” co-host Brian Edwards-Tiekert and National Federation of Community Broadcasters program director Ernes...more

  • Podcast #236 – FCC and the Supremes

    Mar 11 2020

    FCC policy has left media ownership diversity at “obnoxiously low levels,” especially considering that more minority and women ownership is one of the desired objectives. That’s what Prof. Chris Terry from the University of Minnesota tells us on this week’s show. The Commission may be headed to the Supreme Court to defend its diversity policy, along with other attempts at ownership rules, after striking out at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals an astonish...more

  • Podcast #235 – Pulling Back the Curtain

    Mar 04 2020

    Jennifer, Eric and Paul have some college radio news to review, but first they pull back the curtain to survey the state of affairs in Radio Survivorland. They note some recent attention from The A.V. Club and Podnews along with a nice uptick in podcast audience as they reflect on the importance of sticking with and your niche, and how passion for that niche can build a like-minded community over time. Sad news comes from the University of the South, which just turned in its lic...more

  • Podcast #234 – Community Access Radio in New Zealand

    Feb 26 2020

    In New Zealand a dozen partially government-funded radio stations are charged with providing access to under-represented groups and communities. Wellington Access Radio, situated in New Zealand’s capital city, was the first station of its kind in that country, and station manager Kristen Paterson tells us more about its history and mission. Kristen explains the funding model for community access radio, which differs significantly from community radio in the United States. I...more

  • Podcast #233 – Border Radio in North America (rebroadcast)

    Feb 19 2020

    Radio waves don’t obey borders, and stations have been taking advantage of this fact since the dawn of the medium – often despite the rules of government regulators where the signals go. Dr. Kevin Curran of Arizona State University has been studying border radio stations extensively, making it the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Everyone has a ton of radio nerd fun as he takes us back to the 1920s, when Canadian and U.S. regulators struck a treaty to split up the AM d...more

  • Podcast #232 – Documenting & Preserving Radio at HBCUs

    Feb 12 2020

    Scholar Jocelyn Robinson says about one-third of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have radio stations. Her mission is to survey them and help preserve their histories and recorded legacies through the HBCU Radio Station Archival Survey Project, which she directs. On this episode Robinson tells us about this project, and explains why it’s important to preserve this heritage. Her interest in radio was sparked at WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, a station founded b...more

  • Podcast #231 – Eric Nuzum

    Feb 05 2020

    Eric Nuzum started NPR’s podcasting efforts in 2005 where he worked for over a decade and helped produce hit shows like “TED Radio Hour” and “Invisibila” – he left NPR for Audible, where he led Amazons efforts in the realm of short form audio and podcasts until 2018. Eric Nuzum is currently a consultant and podcast maker with his company Magnificent Noise and is the author of the new book “Make Noise: A Creator’s Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling. On...more

  • Podcast #230 – The Library of Congress Launches Podcast Preservation Project

    Jan 29 2020

    On this week’s episode we learn about a brand new project at the Library of Congress that is focused entirely on archiving podcasts. Ted Westervelt, Manager of the Podcast Preservation Project at Library of Congress, joins us to share early details from this new initiative. He explains that the hope is that a wide variety of all types of podcasts will be part of the collection, including the Radio Survivor Podcast. Show Notes: Library of CongressArtist in the Archive: Be...more

  • Podcast #229 – Reading the PIRATE Act

    Jan 22 2020

    The PIRATE Act, recently passed by Congress, is intended to stem the tide of unlicensed radio broadcasting by providing the Federal Communications Commission with new tools. Chief amongst them are new maximum fines, and a shortcut to issuing them. But will this really work? Author and radio scholar John Anderson says that a lot of the Act’s provisions amount to “unfunded mandates,” requiring the FCC to make semi-annual sweeps in pirate radio hotspots, but withou...more

  • Podcast #228 – College Radio’s Biggest Decade

    Jan 15 2020

    Last week we declared that the 2010s were a banner decade for community radio. As Jennifer notes, though college radio had a tough start to the last decade, with the loss of prominent stations like KUSF, KTRU and WRVU, the service seriously bounced back, aided by factors like the low-power FM boom, internet radio, HD Radio and support from the new College Radio Foundation. That all adds up to the defensible declaration that it was also the biggest growth decade for college radio, to...more

  • Podcast #227 – A Banner Decade for Community Radio and FrankenFMs

    Jan 08 2020

    We begin part one of our review of the last decade in radio with the observation that it saw the greatest expansion of community radio in history. Though the second US LPFM licensing window that happened in 2013 is a significant driver, the growth happened all over the world. The 2010s were also a growth period for a lesser-known type of radio station, that isn’t officially even radio. We’re talking about FrankenFM TV stations that can be heard on the FM dial. Not rem...more

  • Podcast #226 – Irish Pirate Radio Encore

    Dec 31 2019

    Here at the close of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 we’re celebrating the 31st anniversary of the end of one of the most fascinating periods in radio broadcast history, when pirate radio ruled the Irish airwaves. We enjoyed this interview – recorded at the beginning of 2019 – and we think you will, too. For about a decade, ending in 1988, pirate stations dominated the Irish radio bands, exploiting a loophole in the law that made punishments for unlicensed broadcasting on pa...more

  • Podcast #225 – A Review of 2019 in Radio

    Dec 25 2019

    Matthew Lasar starts off this episode by declaring that this was the year that his undergraduate students stopped listening to broadcast AM/FM radio. Then he admits, he’s nearly stopped, too. Find out why in this lively rundown of what was significant to radio in 2019. On the other hand, our resident college radio expert Jennifer Waits reports that she’s listening to more terrestrial radio than ever, even as she notes that college broadcasters are making more podcasts...more

  • Podcast #224: How the FCC Could Support Diversity, Localism & Competition in Radio & TV

    Dec 19 2019

    All nine judges on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied the FCC’s request for a rehearing on its many-times rejected media ownership rules. Prof. Christopher Terry calls this the Commission’s “Legacy of Failure.” But it begs the question, what does success look like? Prof. Terry, who teaches media law at the University of Minnesota, joins us to discuss what another broadcast world might look like. Going back to fundamentals, he explains that ...more

  • Podcast #223: Will CMJ Return, Will AM Go Digital and Will FrankenFMs Disappear? Plus Other Big Questions

    Dec 11 2019

    The Federal Communications Commission is all about radio at the end of 2019, and we catch you up on what you need to know. We all have questions about the possibility of AM stations going all-digital, including the FCC. The regulatory body released the things it wants to know about how digital stations would work, and how it would impact listeners, especially those in rural communities. Also, the Commission is reconsidering restrictions on duplication programming between AM and ...more

  • Podcast #222 – Marking the 20th Anniversary of Indymedia

    Dec 04 2019

    November 30 was the 20th anniversary of the “Battle of Seattle” protests against the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings in that Pacific Northwest city. The broad array of groups and 80,000 people who assembled understood they would not receive a fair hearing in the mainstream press, so they built their own internet-based platform to instantly publish accounts from the street in words, sound, pictures and video. They called it Indymedia, sparking a citizen-jour...more

  • Podcast #221 – The Intertwined History of the Radio and Recording Industries

    Nov 27 2019

    On this week’s show, we take a trip back to the early 20th century to learn about the recording industry’s intertwined relationship with radio and music culture. Our guest is Kyle Barnett, Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at Bellarmine University. Barnett’s forthcoming book, Record Cultures: The Transformation of the U.S. Recording Industry, looks at the early history of the recording industry in the United States. On the ...more

  • Podcast #220 – The College Radio Station ‘That Shouldn’t Exist’

    Nov 20 2019

    When Jim Bolt was in college at Sacramento State University in 1989 college radio was exerting unprecedented cultural influence in the U.S. But this campus no longer had a radio station. Though he had heard stories of an earlier student-run AM station – KERS – he couldn’t get to the bottom of why it no longer existed. In the same period the university transferred its FM license over to Capitol Public Radio. Convinced that the school and the Sacramento community deserved rea...more

  • Podcast #219 – The Next Chance To Get an FM Station License; a College Station 60th; All-Digital AM

    Nov 13 2019

    In April 2020 the FCC will open up the next auction for FM radio licenses. This is the next, and only currently scheduled opportunity to build a new radio station in the U.S. Jennifer, Eric and Paul discuss this news, along with celebrating the 60th birthday of KFJC-FM at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. We reflect on how KFJC and other college stations were trailblazers in programming and service, functioning a lot like public radio in the years before National Public Radio...more

  • Podcast # 218: Archiving Public Media

    Nov 07 2019

    On this week’s episode, Karen Cariani, the David O. Ives Executive Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives, joins us to talk about the work of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). A collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH, the AAPB not only archives public radio and television; but it also makes material searchable and accessible through its website. Show Notes: American Archive of Public Broadcasting WGBH – What’s Ha...more

  • Podcast #217: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art

    Oct 31 2019

    Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist enamored with radios and radio waves. The Assistant Professor, Studio Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) joins us on the show to discuss her most recent transmission art project, Ghosts in the Airglow, in which she created work at the HAARP facility in Alaska. Christie also shares with us the backstory of how she starting working with radio and radio waves, describing her fascination with radio towers and shortwave and recounting he...more

  • Podcast #216 – Archiving LGBTQ Radio History (Rebroadcast)

    Oct 23 2019

    Our guest is Brian DeShazor, an independent radio researcher and founder of the Queer Radio Research Project. Formerly the Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, DeShazor has taken a special interest in uncovering and highlighting the LGBTQ voices that have aired on community radio in decades past. On the episode, we discuss the history of queer radio programming as well as DeShazor’s work to bring some of the hidden LGBTQ stories to light. This episode originally aire...more

  • Podcast #215 – Lessons Indymedia Has for Us Today

    Oct 16 2019

    Today our online networks are largely owned and operated by corporations that spy on us for profit, but 20 years ago leftist activists built a very different kind of online network. It was called Indymedia. It was one of the first online spaces where people could self publish photos and text as well as audio and video. The network was designed for people to report their own news. Each local Indymedia website was linked to and run out of a physical space (Independent Media Center) wh...more

  • Podcast #214 – Net Neutrality Is a Local Issue Now

    Oct 09 2019

    Net neutrality received a very mixed ruling from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals last week. The Court largely upheld the significantly looser rules passed by the FCC in 2017 under the leadership of Republican Chairman Ajit Pai. But at the same time the Court said the Commission overstepped its bounds in attempting to forbid state and local governments from passing their own open internet rules. Prof. Christoper Terry from the University of Minnesota is back again this week to hel...more

  • Podcast #213: Four Strikes for the FCC’s Media Ownership Policy

    Oct 02 2019

    The FCC lost in court for the fourth time on September 23, in what’s become a really bad habit in the case known as Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals keeps sending the Commission back to do homework to justify with evidence the changes it wants to make in loosening media ownership rules. And the Commission just keeps failing. Prof. Christopher Terry of the University of Minnesota returns to tell us why the FCC failed again this time. He not...more

  • Podcast #212 – Border Radio in North America

    Sep 25 2019

    Radio waves don’t obey borders, and stations have been taking advantage of this fact since the dawn of the medium – often despite the rules of government regulators where the signals go. Dr. Kevin Curran of Arizona State University has been studying border radio stations extensively, making it the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Everyone has a ton of radio nerd fun as he takes us back to the 1920s, when Canadian and U.S. regulators struck a treaty to split up the AM d...more

  • Podcast #211 – Surveying Community Radio’s Deep Archives

    Sep 17 2019

    More than 600 community radio recordings from 1965 – 1986 are archived at the University of Maryland. These tapes were shared through a program exchange operated by the National Federation of Community broadcasters. The breadth of programming contained in these programs is remarkable, and underscores the still-active mission of the NFCB to support and promote the participation of women and people of color at all levels of non-commercial broadcasting. Laura Schnitker is the ...more

  • Podcast #210 – Youth Radio by the Beach

    Sep 10 2019

    RadiOpio Program Director Laura Civitello has the enviable job of running a youth radio station on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. From an upstairs perch at the beach side Pa’ ia Youth and Cultural Center, Civitello manages KOPO-LP, whose on-air hosts range in age from 9 to 19 years old. On this week’s show, Civitello tells the story of how RadiOpio came to be and talks about the unique role that this LPFM station is playing for young people in the town of Pa’ia. ...more

  • Podcast #209 – Audio Fiction’s very long history of innovation

    Sep 03 2019

    From the “Classical Radio Era” to today’s hottest podcasts, we’re here for the love of radio drama and fictional sound-art. Our guest is Neil Verma, author of a book and teacher of classes on the subject, although as he tells us on today’s episode, the class became a lot more popular with students after he changed the name from “Radio Drama” to “Audio Drama.” Today’s episode is a rebroadcast of one of our favorites from this year. It originally aired 1/15/2...more

  • Podcast #208 – Radio and Podcast Pathfinding in San Francisco and Podcast Movement

    Aug 28 2019

    Jennifer is back from travels, that included Hawaiian community radio, to join Eric and Paul. First up, a question: is “pathfinder” a good replacement for the word “pioneer,” the latter of which has an unfortunate colonial heritage? Listener Pat Flanagan suggested it to us after we asked for input a couple of episodes, so we provisionally adopt it here to talk about people who are finding new paths for our favorite audio media. Jennifer updates us about a ...more

  • Podcast #207 – Building More Communities Around Your Station

    Aug 20 2019

    Nathan Moore is the General Manager of WTJU at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hear how and why he has lead the way to build a podcasting studio for the community to use, as well as a student run LPFM college radio station and a concert series and a summer camp. Show Notes: “Unsettled” WTJU’s one minute stories on immigrantsteej.fm, WTJU’s podcasting networkWXTJwww.wtju.netRadio Station Visit #129: WTJUFreeform Music, House Shows...more

  • Podcast #206 – Podcasts Are Radio

    Aug 15 2019

    With mergers, acquisitions and millions of dollars changing hands, podcasts continue to be in the news. But just when it seems like well-funded networks are edging out the indies, Paul and Eric are here to assure community and college broadcasters and independent podcasters that there is growing opportunity for them, too. Show Notes: Paul on The Wolf Den PodcastThe Verge: iHeartMedia will start airing its own podcasts on over 200 of its radio stations every SundayThat NY Times...more

  • Podcast #205 – A Brief Update

    Aug 07 2019

    Hello, Eric Klein here. This week’s episode of the radio show features wall to wall music selected by Matthew Lasar to demonstrate his passion for the radio format he would like to hear more of in the world, Hybrid Highbrow. All that music would be against the rules in a podcast, so this web-only version of the show this week features a little bit of me talking about Matthew’s ideas; I talk about a few of the recent episodes of the program you might have missed; and then ...more

  • Podcast #204 – Resistance Radio ‘The People’s Airwaves’

    Jul 30 2019

    This week we explore the role of radio as a tool for resistance with two of the eight organizers of the “Resistance Radio ‘The People’s Airwaves'” exhibit in Brooklyn, New York. Interference Archive volunteers Celia Easton Koehler and Elena Levi join us on the podcast to discuss the scope of the exhibit, which investigates a cross-section of themes, including black liberation, radio and prisons, squatting radio, war and revolution radio, and more. The p...more

  • Podcast #203 – FCC One Step Closer to Defunding Community Media

    Jul 25 2019

    The FCC is one step closer to a rule change that threatens to de-fund community media and technology, by undermining a long-established principle that cable and internet companies owe rent to municipalities for use of the public right-of-way. Sabrina Roach, board member of the Alliance for Community Media Foundation, joins to help us understand what’s at stake. The future of public access, educational and government TV channels and community technology centers hangs in the ...more

  • Podcast #202 – Small Boosts Proposed for LPFM & Why Aren’t There College Stations on the Dial in San Diego?

    Jul 18 2019

    The FCC just proposed a series of changes to help make it easier for low-power FM stations to move their transmitters and to fill in weak signal areas. We review this proposal along with a suggestion from the Commission to whittle away at protections for the few dozen remaining analog low-power TV channel 6 stations, often called “Franken FMs” or “Back Door FMs” who’s audio can be heard at the far left end of the FM dial. Jennifer reports back from t...more

  • Podcast #201 – A Fantasy FCC Serves the Public Interest

    Jul 10 2019

    A different media world is possible. What if the FCC truly regulated in the public interest, creating policies and services that promoted community voices and civic values? It does happen occasionally, but not often enough. It’s easy to assume our media system turned out this way because it was inevitable, but in truth it was the result of hundreds, even thousands of decisions, at all levels of government, influenced by multitudes of actors, from major corporations to comm...more

  • Podcast #200 – How We Survived a Decade of Independent Publishing

    Jul 02 2019

    Radio Survivor celebrates 10 years on the internet and four years podcasting with our 200th episode. Matthew Lasar joins Jennifer Waits, Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel for this review of the last decade in radio that matters. Matthew tells the Radio Survivor origin story that sprang forth from his I.F. Stone inspired research deep into the digital catacombs of the FCC database, unearthing comments that broadcast execs never imagined would be public – such as one who accused promi...more

  • Podcast #199 – The FCC Is ‘Flunking Statistics 101’

    Jun 26 2019

    The FCC was back in front of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals again, defending its failure to address declines in minority- and women-owned broadcast stations, amongst other failures. In fact, as our guest, University of Minnesota Prof. Christopher Terry, explains, the Commission claims it’s too hard to assess the change in ownership between 1996 and today. Prof. Terry notes that the Court expressed skepticism of that claim. It’s just another chapter in the agency...more

  • Podcast #198 – Defending Human Rights with Radio in Honduras

    Jun 19 2019

    In June 2009 a coup d’etat overthrew Honduras’ democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, human rights conditions in that country have deteriorated. Radio has become a vital organizing tool for defending the rights of indigenous people and fighting environmental destruction, while providing needed information and education to people in rural areas. In April of this year Meredith Beeson and Ellen Knutson traveled to Honduras with a delegation from the W...more

  • Podcast #197 – Raven Radio in Sitka, Alaska

    Jun 12 2019

    Alaska’s unique geography and way-of-life leads to unique radio. Raven Radio is a public and community station serving the city of Sitka, along with seven other small towns in Southeast Alaska. The station is not just a source of news, music and culture, but also a lifeline for people living in remote communities where there may not even be cell service. Becky Meiers moved from Portland, Oregon and community station KBOO to become general manager of KCAW in fall of 2018. P...more

  • Podcast #196 – The Campaign To Keep Local Radio Local

    Jun 05 2019

    Can US radio survive even more consolidation? The National Association of Broadcasters is asking the FCC to raise local radio ownership caps in the 75 biggest radio markets, and to get rid of limits entirely in the remaining 194. The prospect of even less diversity on the airwaves has motivated a broad coalition of music industry organizations to create the Keep Local Radio Local campaign, to help listeners tell the FCC not to further deregulate radio. Kevin Erickson is direc...more

  • Podcast #195: Telepathy and Radio Mind

    May 29 2019

    Pamela Klassen, Professor of the Study of Religion, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto joins us on the podcast to chat about her book The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land. She shares the tale of Anglican Archbishop Frederick Du Vernet, who claims to have invented “radio mind,” in which thoughts were said to have been telepathically transmitted via radio waves. Operating out of western Canada in the early 1920s in the ear...more

  • Podcast #194: Build Your Own Tiny Radio Station

    May 22 2019

    First conceived in the 1930s, there is a type of tiny radio station that anyone can operate legally, without a license. Bill DeFelice of HobbyBroadcaster.net joins the show to tell us about how you can get on the air today, to broadcast around your house, or even your neighborhood with a so-called ‘Part 15’ radio station. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. Help us sustain and grow this show by contributing as little as $1 every month. With four epi...more

  • Podcast #193: Wavefarm, Reveil and Transmission Arts

    May 15 2019

    Wave Farm Executive Director Galen Joseph-Hunter joins us to talk about transmission arts at Wave Farm and beyond. We discuss Wave Farm’s recently co-presented Reveil, SoundCamp’s live 24-hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, sourced from open microphones from around the world. Additionally, Joseph-Hunter gives us the scoop on the new Radio Artist Fellowship at Wave Farm for which applications are being accepted until May 31, 2019. She details this new opportunit...more

  • Podcast #192: Saving Radio History with The Radio Preservation Task Force

    May 08 2019

    Radio Preservation Task Force’s Director Josh Shepperd and Conference Director Neil Verma are our guests for a discussion about the work of the Library of Congress initiative. They explain the significance of 2020 for radio history, share some of the accomplishments of the Task Force, and preview the next Radio Preservation Conference Task Force Conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in October, 2020. Shepperd is Assistant Professor, Media & Communication St...more

  • Podcast #191: How an LPFM Produces an Hour of Hyper-Local News Every Weekday

    May 01 2019

    Every weekday an all-volunteer reporting staff produces an hour of original, hyper-local news for WOOC-LP’s “Hudson Mohawk Magazine,” serving the Troy, NY area. A focus on mission and a concentration of resources on journalism helps the station accomplish this daily feat. Steve Pierce is the Executive Director of Media Alliance, which operates WOOC inside the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Steve tells us how that organization grew out of the Independent Media ...more

  • Podcast #190: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art

    Apr 24 2019

    Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist enamored with radios and radio waves. The Assistant Professor, Studio Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) joins us on the show to discuss her most recent transmission art project, Ghosts in the Airglow, in which she created work at the HAARP facility in Alaska. Christie also shares with us the backstory of how she starting working with radio and radio waves, describing her fascination with radio towers and shortwave and recounting he...more

  • Podcast #189: No Locked Grooves for Podcasts

    Apr 17 2019

    Jennifer, Eric and Paul sit down to review the latest research on podcasts from the Infinite Dial and Podcast Consumer reports, which leads to consideration of the transition between analog and digital media, inspired by Vinylthon. From 78s to CDs, and music memories to smooth jazz, just how great is this episode? Ask Dr. Science. The 20th anniversary of the birth of Indymedia at the Battle of Seattle is coming this November. Underlying this is a nearly forgotten hist...more

  • Podcast #188 – Hip-Hop Radio Archive (rebroadcast)

    Apr 10 2019

    The Hip-Hop Radio Archive aims to digitize, preserve, share, and contextualize recordings of hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 1990s from commercial, college, community, and pirate stations of all sizes, telling the stories of the shows and the people that made them. Our guest is founder of the archive, Ryan MacMichael. This is a rebroadcast from last year of one of our favorite episodes. This episode lead directly to a follow up episode on the longest running hip-hop radio sho...more

  • Podcast #187 – Archiving LGBTQ Radio History

    Apr 03 2019

    This week our guest is Brian DeShazor, an independent radio researcher and founder of the Queer Radio Research Project. Formerly the Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, DeShazor has taken a special interest in uncovering and highlighting the LGBTQ voices that have graced the community radio airwaves. On the episode, we discuss the history of queer radio programming as well as DeShazor’s work to bring some of the hidden LGBTQ stories to light. Show Notes: Queer Ra...more

  • Podcast #186 – African-American Preachers on Wax

    Mar 27 2019

    On this week’s episode, scholar Lerone Martin shares with us the fascinating history of African-American preachers who distributed their sermons on 78rpm records during a time when they had limited access to the radio in the 1920s-1940s. Martin, Associate Professor in Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, is the author of Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African Ameri...more

  • Podcast #185 – Funding Change Threatens Canadian Community Radio Stations

    Mar 20 2019

    A change in Ontario university funding rules threatens more than a dozen campus community stations in Canada. Barry Rooke, executive director of the National Campus and Community Radio Association is our guest to help explain the situation. He explains how the structure of Canadian community and college radio stations differs from those in the U.S. and elsewhere, and why these differences make some stations north of the border vulnerable to changes in the way student fees are all...more

  • Podcast #184 – Hidden Women’s Radio History in Uruguay

    Mar 12 2019

    We celebrated International Women’s Day by recording a fascinating interview about women’s radio history with University of Louisville Professor of History Christine Ehrick. Author of Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950, Ehrick schools us on the hidden history of a pioneering women’s radio station in Uruguay. Founded in 1935, Radio Femenina quickly became a hotbed for feminist and activist programming, be...more

  • Podcast #183 – Can Congress Stop Pirate Radio?

    Mar 06 2019

    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act,” but does it actually have a chance at putting a dent in unlicensed broadcasting? We review the provisions of the the bill – called the PIRATE Act for short – and wonder if an uptick in the war on pirates can be any more successful than the war on drugs. Then Eric and Paul note the major push into podcasting by the nation’s largest radio broadcaster, le...more

  • Podcast #182 – Volunteer Radio in Antarctica (rebroadcast)

    Feb 27 2019

    Inspired by an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, we travel all the way to Antarctica to learn about mysterious community radio station, Ice Radio. Sadly, we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death on the day that we recorded this episode. Ice Radio is the latest iteration of a radio station that began more than 50 years ago at McMurdo Station. Our guest Elizabeth Delaquess is a Broadcast Engineer at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, working at both the radio and televis...more

  • Podcast #181 – Visiting Community Radio Stations Around the World

    Feb 20 2019

    Julia Thomas visited over a dozen community radio stations over the course of a year. Stations in Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ecuador “Often times by talking to community media makers,” Julia Thomas told Radio Survivor, “you’re meeting some of the most passionate, involved community members who have seen so much, who are so knowledgeable and connected. I always loved seeing, and I was really lucky to be welcomed into, those spaces. The culture around community radi...more

  • Podcast #180 – Net Neutrality Back in Court Again

    Feb 12 2019

    The Federal Communications Commission was back in court on Feb. 1, called on to defend its decision to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order in December 2017. It seems like the FCC lawyers didn’t have the best day in front of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, and Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota joins the show to explain why. He also lays out how this very same court essentially gave the Commission the road map for a key element of that 2015 Open Int...more

  • Podcast #179 – Don’t Throw Your CDs Away in 2019

    Feb 06 2019

    This episode is dedicated to the compact disc. Paul recently published an article outlining 10 reasons why CDs are awesome, and it seems to have hit a nerve, turning out to be one of our most popular. So we dive into these reasons, and even talk to a Millennial, Jacob Choplin, who also loves CDs (though not as much as vinyl). We’re not arguing against LPs, downloads or streaming music, just advocating for the lowly compact disc. They still sound great. We hope to inspire y...more

  • Podcast #178 – Irish Pirate Radio Archive

    Jan 30 2019

    For about a decade, ending in 1988, pirate stations dominated the Irish radio bands, exploiting a loophole in the law that made punishments for unlicensed broadcasting on par with a speeding ticket. Now the sounds and artifacts of this cultural movement are being preserved online in the Irish Pirate Radio Archive. Archive co-founders Brian Greene and John Walsh tell us about this rich history, in which some of the biggest stations broadcast with multi kilowatts of power, with lis...more

  • Podcast #177 – Philosophies of Podcast & Radio Editing; Seattle’s Rich High School Radio Scene

    Jan 23 2019

    In addition to co-hosting the show, Eric Klein edits most episodes, and is a professional freelance audio editor. He put some of his philosophies of editing radio and podcasts in writing for last year’s Grassroots Radio Conference, and for a recent post at Radio Survivor. On this episode Eric elaborates on his advice to “know your values,” and “do no harm.” Then Paul puts Jennifer on the spot on order to do a little market research for Radio Survivor...more

  • Podcast #176 – Audio Fiction’s very long history of innovation

    Jan 15 2019

    From the “Classical Radio Era” to today’s hottest podcasts, we’re here for the love of radio drama and fictional sound-art. Our guest is Neil Verma, author of a book and teacher of classes on the subject, although as he tells us on today’s episode, the class became a lot more popular with students after he changed the name from “Radio Drama” to “Audio Drama.” Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. We dedicate hours of time and effort for each weekly e...more

  • Podcast #175 – Awakening to Sound plus a tour of KDVS

    Jan 08 2019

    What can a careful study of sound teach us about our listening? Listening to the media we choose as well as listening to the place where we live and the people who’s voices we encounter? Prof. Jennifer Stoever thinks about these questions, a lot. And so do a growing number of scholars working in a field called Sound Studies. That’s the topic of the “Sounding Out” blog and podcast, which Prof. Stoever co-founded. She’s an associate professor of English at th...more

  • Podcast #174 – Preserving Brooklyn Pirate Radio

    Jan 02 2019

    There are more unlicensed pirate radio stations in New York City than licensed stations. The borough of Brooklyn is a particular hotspot. Producer and journalist David Goren has been researching and recording these stations so that their ephemeral nature isn’t lost to history. To help preserve this legacy and make it accessible to a wider audience he has constructing an interactive map of Brooklyn pirates. David joins us on this episode along with Prof. John Anderson of Brooklyn C...more

  • Podcast #137 – Zach Poff Built a Radio Station Inside a Pond

    Dec 25 2018

    Zach Poff put a radio station inside a pond. Poff is a media artist, educator and maker-of-things, and he explains that project and talks about making art with radio technology and listening to sound art. This is a re-broadcast of our episode from April, 2018. Show Notes Zach Poff’s Pond Station is broadcasting live during the day-light hours from just below the surface of a pond. Soundcamp is a network of listening points at sunrise on International Dawn Chorus Day, 24 hours of...more

  • Podcast #172 – The FCC at the End of 2018, with Prof. Christopher Terry

    Dec 19 2018

    As 2018 draws to a close the FCC is poised to throw another death blow at radio, proposing to allow complete ownership monopolies in hundreds of radio markets. At the same time the Commission has to defend its decimation of network neutrality in court, even after the DC Court of Appeals ruled the earlier open internet rules are utterly constitutional (twice). And while Sinclair lost its bid to steamroll what’s left of TV ownership caps and acquire Tribune’s stations, another...more

  • Podcast #171 – It’s the End of 2018 and Radio Is Thriving

    Dec 12 2018

    At the end of 2018 all indicators are that radio is thriving. From community radio to podcasting, internet radio to college radio, we’re seeing new stations, new listeners and new ideas. It’s all more evidence that we’re in the post-‘radio is dead’ era. All four Radio Survivors join together to dig deeply into the year that was: Jennifer Waits, Matthew Lasar, Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel. They survey the renewed interest in exploring radio history and fre...more

  • Podcast #170.5 – Bonus: São Paulo FM Bandscan

    Dec 05 2018

    Paul shares a few more details of his trip to Brazil, and then he and Eric listen to a bandscan of the FM dial recorded on a Sunday night in São Paulo, the country’s largest city. Christian radio? Check. Bad 80s pop music? Yep. One takeaway is that commercial radio everywhere kinda sucks, in general. But there are also some more interesting sounds to be heard, too. Show Notes: Some of the stations heard include: Gazeta FM 88.1 Novo Brasil FM KISS FM Cultura FM Eldorado FM Mix 106...more

  • Podcast #170 – Community Radio in Brazil

    Dec 05 2018

    Álvaro Burns is a community radio broadcaster in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, where he hosts a local sports show on Rádio Paraty FM and he produces the podcast “A Hora do Cafezinho.” Álvaro is a long-time friend of the show, and Paul recently traveled to Brazil and was able to meet up with him at Radio Paraty for an interview. Álvaro recounts his journey as a college broadcasting student who became disenchanted by commercial radio, but fell in love with community radio. He...more

  • Podcast #169 – The Free Music Archive is Dead, Long Live the Free Music Archive

    Nov 28 2018

    The Free Music Archive is shutting down. A website attached to the listener-sponsored radio station WFMU, the FMA expanded the role community radio played in the online space. It was a library of a huge and always growing amount of free mp3’s that spanned every genre of music. Cheyenne Hohman is our guest. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make a monthly contribution through our Patreon campaign. Make a one-time or recurring donation wit...more

  • Podcast #168 – A Time Machine for All the Radio plus Shortwave

    Nov 21 2018

    Perhaps you are like me and you have wished that you could go back in time and spin a radio dial and just listen to and browse the full radio spectrum from another time and place. Our guest on the show, Radio Anthropologist Thomas Witherspoon, is building a website for just such a thing. It’s called the Radio Spectrum Archive and it is not magic, it uses a piece of technology called a software defined radio that makes recording a full spectrum of Shortwave, AM and even FM radio (if...more

  • Podcast #167 – Alternative Histories of Podcasting

    Nov 14 2018

    Do you remember audioblogging? Prof. Andrew Bottomley does, and he’s here to tell some alternative histories of podcasting. From “Geek of the Week” to Odeo, he illuminates many more bygone shows and platforms from the 1990s and early 2000s that gave rise to what we’ve now settled on calling “podcasts,” for better or worse. Bottomley is assistant professor of Communication and Media at SUNY Oneonta. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You...more

  • Podcast #166 – The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media

    Nov 07 2018

    The FCC has proposed to de-fund community media through an arcane rule that determines how contributions from cable companies to public-access, educational and government (PEG) stations are counted. Because it’s arcane, the effort is flying under the radar. But we have two community media advocates to help explain what’s at stake. Martin Jones is the CEO of MetroEast Community Media in Gresham, Oregon, just one of hundreds of PEG stations that would be affected. Sabrina Roac...more

  • Podcast #165 – College Radio Is Truly Local Radio

    Oct 31 2018

    Live from the College Broadcasters, Inc. Convention in Seattle we take on college radio’s place in the contemporary media landscape. After deciding not to sell its radio station 13 years ago, the University of Evansville administration said, “we are once again examining the relevancy of the medium and exploring opportunities to enhance our curriculum through providing additional experience in 21st century communications methods.” That leads us to question: is radio act...more

  • Podcast #164 – College Radio and the Culture Wars

    Oct 24 2018

    When Tipper Gore and the PMRC called rock and rap stars to testify in front of Congress about explicit lyrics, did this affect college radio? How could it not? Prof. Kate Jewell is examining the relationship between college stations and the culture wars as part of a new book project. Jewell is Associate Professor of History at Fitchburg State University and a Fellow at the University Connecticut Humanities Institute. She joins the show to talk about how college broadcasts triggered con...more

  • Podcast #163 – The Post-‘Radio Is Dead’ Era

    Oct 17 2018

    Radio Survivor co-founder Matthew Lasar declares we’re in the post-“Radio Is Dead” era, during a time when audio media has survived and thrived, whether you listen over the broadcast airwaves, podcast, satellite or internet stream. Jennifer Waits and Paul Riismandel join Matthew live in San Francisco for a discussion about radio’s recent evolution, including the satellite-internet radio hybrid being born out of the Sirius/XM acquisition of Pandora, and a review ...more

  • Podcast #162 – The Future of Community Radio, Live from Grassroots Radio Conference

    Oct 11 2018

    What will community radio sound like in 2023? Will the death of net neutrality make radio even important? Will analog FM radio even exist anymore? Two active and insightful community media activists joins us to tackle these questions and more, live from 2018 Grassroots Radio Conference held in the Native American Student & Community Center at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon. Vanessa Maria Graber is the station manager for WPPM-LP at public access TV station PhillyCam ...more

  • Podcast #161 – Happy College Radio Day 2018

    Oct 04 2018

    College Radio Day is October 5, and on this episode we reflect on the value of this special brand of radio, and Jennifer shares her tour of Vassar College’s station, WVKR. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make a monthly contribution through our Patreon campaign. Make a one-time or recurring donation with any major credit card via PayPal. Show Notes: College Radio Day College Radio Day coverage on Radio Survivor CLASS D FM licenses T...more

  • Podcast #160 – Marking a Quarter-Century of Internet Radio

    Sep 26 2018

    Internet radio is older than you think. In fact, it’s at least a quarter-century old… and maybe even a little older. That’s the history Dom Robinson uncovered, and he joins to tell the story. He’s the co-founder of online video company id3as and a contributing editor to Streaming Media, and he reveals how he discovered what likely qualifies as the very first internet radio broadcast, which happened entirely by accident. Dom then discusses the technology that brou...more

  • Podcast #159 – Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, in College Radio and Podcasting

    Sep 18 2018

    Programming changes draw attention at one college station, while another might be close to the auction block, and a new San Francisco LPFM steps in to the spiritual space left behind by a beloved departed station. Team that with some big changes in the podcasting industry, and we’ve got a full episode. After hearing from many listeners, Jennifer checks in with UNLV station KUNV. It’s a station we’ve been keeping up with since a takeover was averted back in 2015. The st...more

  • Podcast #158 – Surveying Community Radio’s Deep Archives

    Sep 13 2018

    More than 600 community radio recordings from 1965 – 1986 are archived at the University of Maryland. These tapes were shared through a program exchange operated by the National Federation of Community broadcasters. The breadth of programming contained in these programs is remarkable, and underscores the still-active mission of the NFCB to support and promote the participation of women and people of color at all levels of non-commercial broadcasting. Laura Schnitker is the curator...more

  • Podcast #157 – Restoring Net Neutrality, One State at a Time

    Sep 06 2018

    California is on the cusp of restoring net neutrality. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Katharine Trendacosta explains how this will happens, and what the implications are for the rest of the nation. Then Jennifer, Eric and Paul run down our slate of live podcast recordings coming up at this year’s Grassroots Radio Conference in Portland, OR and the College Broadcasters Inc. conference in Seattle. They also review the FCC’s new podcast, “More Than Seven Dirty...more

  • Podcast #156 – Can We Strengthen Audio’s Public Domain?

    Aug 29 2018

    In the U.S. the copyright situation for music and sound recordings made before 1972 is a mess of different and conflicting state laws. That’s because there is no overarching federal law. The unintended consequence is that archivists, librarians and artists are often afraid to duplicate, distribute or repurpose very old recordings that – if they were books or movies – otherwise would be in the public domain, free of copyright. That’s because they don’t want to inadverte...more

  • Podcast #155 – Connecting Podcasting’s Future to Radio’s Past

    Aug 22 2018

    This week Paul reflects on insights gained at this year’s Podcast Movement conference, focusing on the opportunity for more people to be served by community podcasting. Jennifer reports back from Radio Day by the Bay, which included a live radio drama performance that connects up to the present-day explosion in scripted fictional podcasts. And then we deconstruct the Princeton Review’s 2019 “Best College Radio Stations” list. Radio Survivor is a listener-support...more

  • Podcast #154 – One Tape at a Time: Preserving Music Memories

    Aug 15 2018

    There are undiscovered musical treasures potentially fading away in closets, basements and storage units around the world. Seattle radio station KEXP teamed up with local universities and media organizations to help save a little of this cultural history with the Pop-Up Music Memory Digitization Lab. For one day members of the public were invited to bring their audio and video tapes of home- and self-recorded music performances for digitizing and archiving. KEXP’s Media Asset Libr...more

  • Podcast #153 Licensed and Unlicensed Low Power Radio

    Aug 07 2018

    Two interviews that cover the state of low power radio in the United States. Stations that are on the air without a license – also known as Pirate Radio – and the low power stations that have FCC permission to broadcast due in part to the hard work of the former pirates. This episode is composed of two halves of older episodes of Radio Survivor. An interview with Pete Tridish from November of 2016 and then an interview with John Anderson from October of 2017. Links below: Sh...more

  • Podcast #152 – The Longest Running Hip-Hop Radio Show in The World?

    Jul 25 2018

    The Eclipse Show on community radio station KGNU in Boulder CO is celebrating 40 years on the air, making it quite possibly the longest running hip hop radio show in the world. Radio Survivor has been examining the role that community and college radio has played in the development of hip hop culture, especially in the 80’s and 90’s. Today we bring you an interview with DJ A-L of The Eclipse show, who through a series of remarkable coincidences (as well as following his pass...more

  • Podcast #151 – The Wave Farm Grows Transmission Arts

    Jul 18 2018

    Radios in the trees, a transmitter in the pond, and a weather-driven synth. These are just some of what you’ll find on The Wave Farm, a 29-acre property in New York’s Hudson Valley dedicated to radio and transmission arts. It’s anchored by community radio station WGXC, accompanied by a cornucopia of additional tiny terrestrial and internet stations. Jennifer Waits takes us on an auditory tour of the farm, along with a visit to the station’s Hudson, NY studio, whe...more

  • Podcast #150 – Sympathy for Kenny G

    Jul 10 2018

    What killed smooth jazz radio? Why aren’t there any commercial classical stations any longer? And, why do radio stations have a “format” to begin with? Matthew Lasar joins us to explore these questions about the fundamental organizing principle of most music radio. Matthew is a co-founder of Radio Survivor and the author of three important books on radio, including Pacifica Radio: The Rise of an Alternative Network and Radio 2.0. Show Notes: Top 40 Democracy: The Riva...more

  • Podcast #149 – How To Get Started Podcasting

    Jul 03 2018

    How do I start podcasting? That’s one of the questions we field most frequently. So we answer it, in this second installment of our “Frequently Asked Questions” series. But first we do some follow-up about phone phreaker ‘Captain Crunch’ Draper (#147) and the nearly 1,000 challenges filed against applications for FM translator repeater stations (#144). Paul also reports on the National Association of Broadcasters’ proposal to further loosen radio owne...more

  • Podcast #148 – Solving the Mystery of Summer Camp Radio

    Jun 27 2018

    Did you know that upwards of 350 radio stations were established at summer camps across the United States? Dan Braverman, President of Radio Systems, Inc., joins us to share the history of summer camp radio, including his own experience setting up a camp radio station when he was just nine years old. Still involved with his youthful camp, Radio Free Ramah (WCRP) at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Braverman chats about the power of hyper-local radio and how he built a radio business by initia...more

  • Podcast #147 – Prison Radio Exhibit and a High School Station in a Band Room

    Jun 19 2018

    On this week’s episode we venture to prison and to a very unusual high school radio station. Members of the artist collective Provisional Island (Heidi Ratanavanich, Eileen Shumate, and Michael McCanne) speak with us about their prison-radio-themed exhibit, An Electric Kite, which is on view at the historic site/museum Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia through at least fall, 2018. The installation incorporates a low power radio transmission as well as a visual components....more

  • Podcast #146 – Volunteer Radio from Antarctica

    Jun 12 2018

    Inspired by an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, we travel all the way to Antarctica to learn about mysterious community radio station, Ice Radio. Sadly, we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death on the day that we recorded this episode. Ice Radio is the latest iteration of a radio station that began more than 50 years ago at McMurdo Station. Our guest Elizabeth Delaquess is a Broadcast Engineer at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, working at both the radio and television sta...more

  • Podcast #145 – Hip-Hop Radio Archive

    Jun 05 2018

    The Hip-Hop Radio Archive aims to digitize, preserve, share, and contextualize recordings of hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 1990s from commercial, college, community, and pirate stations of all sizes, telling the stories of the shows and the people that made them. Our guest is founder of the archive, Ryan MacMichael. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make a monthly contribution through our Patreon campaign. Make a one-time or recurring donat...more

  • Podcast #144 – Standing Up for LPFM’s Slice of the Pie

    May 30 2018

    Applications for 1,000 translator radio stations may pose a threat to low-power FM stations, say three community radio groups. So the groups filed informal objections against all of them, slowing down the FCC’s processing of these applications. This move has sparked controversy within the radio industry. The Center for International Media Action, Common Frequency, Inc. and Prometheus Radio Project are the groups behind the objections to these proposed translators, which are low-po...more

  • Podcast #143 – The Fight for an Open Internet Advances on Many Fronts

    May 23 2018

    The future of all communications is at stake, explains Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy and Communications for Free Press. On May 15 the Senate voted to restore Net Neutrality by overturning the FCC’s decision to undo the 2015 Open Internet order. Now the fight turns to the House. While victory is uncertain, Karr says that there are many battlegrounds where Net Neutrality may be won. He tells us how grassroots campaigns helped to secure the Senate vote, and why Net Neutrality...more

  • Podcast #142 – Touring WHPK’s Bell Tower & YouTube’s ‘Pirate Radio’

    May 15 2018

    Kanye West and Common had an epic freestyle rap battle on WHPK. That’s just one reason why the University of Chicago’s station is interesting and historic. Jennifer Waits takes us on a virtual tour of the studios, located in an actual working bell tower. Jennifer, Eric and Paul also discuss how college radio has played a formative and supporting role in the development of hip-hop, by providing an open, often uncensored platform for new and emerging artists. Then we dig into ...more

  • Podcast #141 – How Radio Isn’t Done, According To Negativland’s Don Joyce

    May 09 2018

    Musician, DJ and radio artist Don Joyce passed away nearly three years ago, leaving behind a voluminous archive of his unparalelled collage radio program “Over the Edge.” The documentary “How Radio Isn’t Done” sheds light on this member of Negativland, his life and his work in recontextualizing the never-ending flow of media messages that flood everyday life. Director Ryan Worsley joins to talk about Joyce, his hyper-focused artistic process and what she learned creating this affe...more

  • Podcast #140 – From Podcasting to Virtual Reality, with Reagan Jackson and Sandy Cioffi

    May 01 2018

    Our first live episode might just blow your mind. Recorded at the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Summit, it’s time to break down barriers between media platforms. That’s we’re tackling podcasting and virtual reality, and how they relate to social justice and equity. Our guests are writer, artist, teacher and activist Reagan Jackson and Sandy Cioffi, founder and creative director of fearless360º, a new media and virtual reality production company in Seattle. To...more

  • Podcast #139 – Sinclair and the FCC: Opening the Door to Local Media Oligopoly

    Apr 24 2018

    The Sinclair Group is already the largest TV owner by far in the U.S. and its editorial content makes it essentially a propaganda arm of the Trump Administration. Will the F.C.C. under Trump succeed in bending media ownership rules to allow Sinclair to grow to twice its current size? Under President Obama, the F.C.C allowed Comcast and NBC to merge into a huge media owner, which really opened the door and now Sinclair-Tribune is about to take a huge leap through that door, to create wh...more

  • Podcast #138 – Radio History on Display at the San Francisco Airport

    Apr 18 2018

    http://media.blubrry.com/radio_survivor/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/431308302-radio-survivor-rs-138-sfo-radio-exhibition-web-edit.mp3 We visit the “On The Radio” exhibit on radio history at the San Francisco Airport Museum, where travelers can feast their eyes on 27 cases full of historical items related to radio’s past, ranging from 1920s crystal radios to 1970s novelty radios. Jennifer chats with exhibit curator Daniel Calderon and California Historical Radio Society Presi...more

  • Podcast #137 – Zach Poff Built a Radio Station Inside a Pond

    Apr 11 2018

    http://media.blubrry.com/radio_survivor/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/427974117-radio-survivor-rs137-tranmission-art-with-zach-poff.mp3 Zach Poff put a radio station inside a pond. Poff is a media artist, educator and maker-of-things, and he explains that project and talks about making art with radio technology and listening to sound art. Show Notes Zach Poff’s Pond Station is broadcasting live during the day-light hours from just below the surface of a pond. Soundcamp is a netwo...more

  • Podcast #136 – Storied College Stations WIIT & WKCR

    Apr 04 2018

    Jennifer Waits takes us on tours of two storied college stations, with deep roots in their communities. WIIT-FM is the student station at the Illinois Institute of Technology, housed in the modern Rem Koolhaas designed McCormick Tribune Campus Center situated at the intersection of Chicago’s Bronzeville and Bridgeport neighborhoods. WKCR is Columbia University’s station, with a rich history in New York City’s jazz community, whose many luminaries have paid a visit. We ...more

  • Podcast #135 – Resurfacing Women’s Contributions in Podcasting History

    Mar 27 2018

    Women made significant contributions to the initial development of podcasting that have been forgotten. Historian Jennifer Hyland-Wang has been resurfacing these contributions, and drawing parallels with women’s contributions to the formative years of radio. She joins us on this episode to share this history and examine the ways in which the structural biases of the podcast industry have minimized women. Show Notes: She Podcasts Craft Lit Podcast “Clara, Lu and Em” &#...more

  • Podcast #134 – The KRAB-FM Archives

    Mar 20 2018

    KRAB was the fourth-ever community radio station in the U.S., serving Seattle, WA from 1962 to 1984. Like any community station, it broadcast thousands of hours of original and important programming during that time, documenting important social movements and voices not heard, or not heard clearly, in mainstream media. Former volunteer and board member Chuck Reinsch is on a mission to preserve as much of the station’s legacy as possible. He created and administers the KRAB Archives webs...more

  • Podcast #133 – Preserving Brooklyn Pirate Radio

    Mar 13 2018

    There are more unlicensed pirate radio stations in New York City than licensed stations. The borough of Brooklyn is a particular hotspot. Producer and journalist David Goren has been researching and recording these stations so that their ephemeral nature isn’t lost to history. To help preserve this legacy and make it accessible to a wider audience he’s constructing an interactive map of Brooklyn pirates, due to be released later this year. David joins us on this episode alon...more

  • Podcast #132 – Sounding Out on the Cultural Politics of Sound & Listening

    Mar 07 2018

    How often do you think about how you listen? What assumptions do you make about a person’s voice, their pitch or accent? What sound is desirable, and what’s rejected as noise? Prof. Jennifer Stoever thinks about these questions, a lot. And so do a growing number of scholars working in a field called Sound Studies. That’s the topic of the “Sounding Out” blog and podcast, which Prof. Stoever co-founded. She’s an associate professor of English at the Uni...more

  • Podcast #131 – Libraries and Community Media

    Feb 27 2018

    What if you could record your podcast at your local library, for free? In British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial let you do just that. And much more. Both libraries provide studio space, tools and instruction for creating podcasts, radio, videos and other forms of community media. But there’s more to it than that. Sam Mills from Vancouver Public Library and Sarah Felkar from the West Vancouver Public Library explain how their libraries help peop...more

  • Podcast #130 – How To Preserve 50 Years of Community Radio History

    Feb 21 2018

    Portland community radio station KBOO-FM celebrates its 50th year on air in 2018, and to commemorate the anniversary the station is hosting an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum. While an exhibit seems simple enough on the surface, in fact a lot of time, thought and work goes into curating the artifacts and narrative that it comprises. Moreover, the physical exhibit is just one aspect of KBOO’s effort to record and preserve its history, which includes an online exhibi...more

  • Podcast #129 – Deaf Accessibility for Podcasts & Radio

    Feb 14 2018

    If you’re a hearing person, you might not expect that podcasts would be popular with people who are deaf or are hard of hearing. But you’d be wrong. Miri Josephs is a podcaster who also considers herself part of the deaf community. She joins this episode to explain why it’s important to make podcasts, and radio, more accessible to people with hearing disabilities. She also offers tips for making your show more accessible to people with a range of hearing ability. Miri ...more

  • Podcast #128 – The FCC Is Creating the Clear Channel of TV

    Feb 07 2018

    The nation’s largest TV station owner is about to get even bigger, threatening to create the equivalent of Clear Channel for local television. New ownership rules passed by the FCC’s Republican majority in November are set to take effect Feb. 7, paving the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire Tribune television stations. Prof. Christopher Terry of the University of Minnesota explains what’s at stake. Be sure to subscribe to Radio Survivor in your favorite podcas...more

  • Podcast #127 – Franken-FMs Are Low-Power TV Stations Masquerading as Radio

    Jan 31 2018

    “Franken FM” is the name writer Ernie Smith of Tedium.co calls TV broadcasters who use analog Channel 6 to be heard at 87.7 on the FM dial. Paul talks with Ernie about their mutual fascination with these stations, which Paul has written about extensively on Radio Survivor. Also included in the interview, Ernie Smith explains how he approaches writing about things for the internet. Tedium.co covers topics as diverse (and uniquely inconsequential) as FrankenFM and the inventor...more

  • Podcast #126 – We Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

    Jan 23 2018

    How do I get a broadcast radio license? How can I find all the LPFM or college radio stations? Will you visit and write about my favorite station? Every week the editors of Radio Survivor receive, and answer, queries like these from readers and listeners. While we enjoy corresponding with people, we thought we shouldn’t reserve our replies to just individual interlocutors. So here we have our very first mailbag episode, responding to the most frequently asked questions we receive....more

  • Podcast #125 – Radio Free America Is an Online Hub for Noncomm Radio

    Jan 17 2018

    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 charge. Pushkin and RFA’s station relations manager Jeff Abrams join to explain more about the service. They also share some of their own radio experiences. Abrams talks about the community station he helped to found in Boise, Idaho. P...more

  • Podcast #124 – Seattle Hosts Young Podcasters & a New LPFM

    Jan 09 2018

    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 shows. Your hosts learned a lot (there’s a library with free public podcast studios!) and they share some of the takeaways in this episode. The same weekend Paul and Eric had the opportunity to attend the launch party for K...more

  • Podcast #123 – 2017 in Review: The Good, the Bad & the Conspiracy Theories

    Jan 03 2018

    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 way in Istanbul, conspiracy theories and classical music. Jennifer, Matthew, Eric and Paul guarantee you won’t hear another look back at 2017 like this one. Be sure to subscribe to Radio Survivor in your favorite podcast app or pl...more

  • Podcast #122 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina

    Dec 27 2017

    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 communications law that passed, but never went into effect. Anita joins to tell us about this movement of Radio Comunitaria Alternativa y Popular, and its role in communities and the larger media environment in Argentina. This is an enco...more

  • Podcast #121 – What Happens After Net Neutrality; Open Signal Public Access TV

    Dec 19 2017

    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 over internet freedom going next, and what the real threat is for independent and community media. Then we learn more about public access TV and how one station in Portland, OR is evolving and innovating to keep up with the times. We...more

  • Podcast #120 – Have Your Own Tiny Radio Station

    Dec 12 2017

    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 the air today, to broadcast around your house, or even your neighborhood. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. We dedicate hours of time and effort for each weekly episode. Help us sustain and grow this show by ...more

  • Podcast #119 – Chicago Independent Radio Project

    Dec 06 2017

    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 allowed the growth of low-power FM stations in the nation’s biggest cities—and a lot of hard work and organizing—CHIRP took to the Chicago FM airwaves on October 21 of this year. Shawn Campbell, CHIRP’s founder and general manag...more

  • Podcast #118 – Making Sense of the FCC’s Effort to Kill Net Neutrality

    Nov 28 2017

    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 role in guaranteeing the free flow of information on the internet. Prof. Christoper Terry from the University of Minnesota helps us understand this proposal and put it in historical perspective. He explains that the DC Circuit Court of A...more

  • Podcast #117 – Soundwork: Preserving the Legacy of Radio, Podcasts (& Alice’s Restaurant)

    Nov 21 2017

    “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 reasons for studying radio history shared at the conference, especially to help understand the present and plan for the future, and she fills us in about efforts to preserve the early history and recordings of podcasts, as wel...more

  • Podcast #116 – Community Podcasting in Community Radio

    Nov 15 2017

    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 into consistent podcasts requires work and thoughtful planning behind the scenes. Community radio KPOV in Bend, OR is starting a project to do just that. Station Manager Jill Mahler joins us to explain the history of the project...more

  • Podcast #115 – The Federal Consolidation Commission

    Nov 07 2017

    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 proposal, and the threat to local journalism and broadcasting. He argues that it has be viewed in an historical context, with respect to the FCC’s failed attempts to deregulation ownership over the last 21 years. Arguably, nobody unde...more

  • Podcast #114 – A Common Sense Approach to Unlicensed Broadcasting

    Oct 31 2017

    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 common sense approaches to managing the FM broadcast spectrum that would address the underlying causes of pirate radio. John also updates us on the elimination of the “main studio rule” for radio stations in the...more

  • Podcast #113 – Mutual Aid Saves College Radio Station

    Oct 24 2017

    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 and increase student involvement. Our college radio watcher Jennifer Waits learned that advice from other thriving college stations was pivotal in creating the plan to revitalize KUNV. In particular, the station’s General Manager Fr...more

  • Podcast #112 – Sinclair Could Become the Wal-Mart of TV

    Oct 17 2017

    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, joins to help us understand what’s in store and what the stakes are. First, he explains the reality behind President Trump’s threat to revoke NBC’s television license. Then he tackles the proposed merger between Sinclai...more

  • Podcast #111 – Celebrating College Radio Day 2017

    Oct 03 2017

    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 also the GM of WPSC-FM at William Paterson University, joins to share the story of this event, detailing the reasons why college radio deserves to be celebrated. He also turns the tables on your hosts, asking them to explain what t...more

  • Podcast #110 – Grassroots Radio Conference Preview

    Sep 26 2017

    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 helping to organize this year’s GRC, happening Oct. 6 – 9 at WCAA-LP in Albany, NY, to learn what will be happening. Then Paul and Jennifer reflect on the two decade history of the GRC, and its evolution and growth alongside t...more

  • Podcast #109 – News From Bainbridge Island to Reykjavík

    Sep 19 2017

    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 two international festivals being broadcast by her home station KFJC, and reports on the impending sale of the Brown University affiliated commercial station, WBRU. We also preview College Radio Day, the Grassroots Radio Confe...more

  • Podcast #108 – Advice for Launching a Hit Podcast

    Sep 12 2017

    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 their first episode. Zahra joins to discuss the show, and the things she has learned about podcasting. Please help support this non-commercial podcast. Comments? Something you think we should cover? Email us: podcast@radios...more

  • Podcast #107 – Exploring Community Podcasting

    Sep 05 2017

    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 would better serve their community. We’ll listen to our first conversation with them from July 2015, and then Paul’s follow-up visit to their studios in November 2016. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You ca...more

  • Podcast #106 – Not Yet Big Enough to Fail

    Aug 30 2017

    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 college podcasters and podcasters. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make a monthly contribution through our Patreon campaign. Make a one-time or recurring donation with any major credit card v...more

  • Podcast #105 – From the Princeton Review to Incoming Wounded

    Aug 22 2017

    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 Hadley, who has been producing the overnight radio show “Incoming Wounded” on community radio WEFT for some 35 years. This leads to a reflection on the wildly creative and often weird radio heard on community...more

  • Podcast #104 – Soundcloud, Patent Troll & the Legacy of Talk

    Aug 16 2017

    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 and listener questions, Paul reviews the history of proposals to create a low-power AM radio service in the U.S. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make a monthly contribution through our P...more

  • Podcast #103 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina

    Aug 10 2017

    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 communications law that passed, but never went into effect. Anita joins to tell us about this movement of Radio Comunitaria Alternativa y Popular, and its role in communities and the larger media environment in Argentina. Radio Survivor...more

  • Podcast #102 – How Inclusive Is Community Media, Really?

    Aug 01 2017

    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 the NFCB 2017 Conference, held in Denver, CO July 17 – 19. We discuss the value of focusing on what’s working in community media—as opposed to what’s not and what resources are lacking—creating a platf...more

  • Podcast #101 – Racist Sandwich

    Jul 25 2017

    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 from outlets like the CBC and The New York Times. Zahir joins us to talk about learning the ins and outs of podcasting, cultivating an audience and tackling a niche topic. Paul also has an update on the July 12 Day of Action to Save Net ...more

  • Podcast #100 – It’s All Radio Now

    Jul 19 2017

    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 media. Importantly, Matthew observes that “radio is dead” articles and think-pieces have subsided as of late, perhaps marking a new era where radio and audio media are as converged as video and TV. Radio Survivor...more

  • Podcast #99: The Beginning Of The End For AM Radio In Brazil

    Jul 11 2017

    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 listener Álvaro Burns brought it to our attention. Álvaro is a community broadcaster and podcaster from São Bernardo do Campo, and he joins us to explain the AM migration, and what it means for community radio. Then we ...more

  • Podcast #98 – Celebrating ‘Small’ Podcasts

    Jul 04 2017

    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 celebrate small business and small craft breweries, why not celebrate small podcasts? Eric talks with Richard Molina Weber and Kenna Conklin of the “Going Last” podcast, which covers table top gaming. The host...more

  • Podcast #97: PhillyCAM’s LPFM in the City of Brotherly Love

    Jun 27 2017

    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 latest smart speaker research and Jennifer shares news about two college stations sold off to the highest bidder. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. You can support us two ways: Make a monthly contribution through our Patreon ...more

  • Podcast #96 – Are Smart Speakers Smart for Community Radio?

    Jun 20 2017

    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 Brian Edwards-Tiekert joins to explain what these speakers can do, what they can’t, and what the implications are for community radio and podcasters. He recently completed a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford...more

  • Podcast #95 – Mixcloud Can Be Community Radio, Too

    Jun 13 2017

    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 independent producers. So this week we talk with Xanthe Fuller, Head of Community for Mixcloud. She explains the Mixcloud service, its community of creators and listeners, and how the company is able to offer its service for free. Then...more

  • Podcast #94 – The High School Station that Went HD

    Jun 06 2017

    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 in digital HD Radio. Ralph Martin is the operations director for the station, owned by Vacaville Christian Schools. He explains how and why KVCB went HD, detailing the challenging trail he had to blaze. He also shares the station...more

  • Podcast #93 – The Return of Live365 Boosts Indie Internet Radio

    May 31 2017

    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 company is ready to help small webcasters get back to broadcasting online affordably, despite the tremendously higher royalty rates. Community radio people: this is your last chance to score a $50 discount to attend this year’s Nati...more

  • Podcast #92 – Conspiracy Theory & Community Radio

    May 23 2017

    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 be found, often to the chagrin of program directors and boards of directors. Matthew Lasar joins the show to share some of what he learned about Brussell in preparing for his own course on the history of conspiracy theories at UC...more

  • Podcast #91 – Designing a Course in Podcasting

    May 16 2017

    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 podcaster should consider. Before heading into the course design, Paul has updates from the net neutrality front, including John Oliver anti-net-neutrality spam bots. Show Notes: Podcast #90 – FCC Chair Declares War on the Open Internet John...more

  • Podcast #90 – FCC Chair Declares War on the Open Internet

    May 09 2017

    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 Minnesota joins to help us understand what Chairman Pai intends to do, why, and what the stakes are for all of us. He also tackles iHeartMedia’s desperate finances, and why the fate of the company formerly known as Clear Channel m...more

  • Podcast #89 – How To Preserve Radio History

    May 03 2017

    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 Waits). Laura recently gave a talk about her radio preservation and archiving work at the “College Radio: Then, Now and Next” symposium at the University of Virginia. We share that informative talk on this week’s episode. ...more

  • Podcast #88 – From Color Bar Radio to WRIR

    Apr 19 2017

    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, uncovering obscure cable radio history along with some unexpected facts about her alma mater’s college station at Haverford College. First, Paul addresses recent inquiries that we’ve fielded about Corporation for Public Broadcast ...more

  • Podcast #87 – Crossing Platforms, from Radio to TV and Beyond

    Apr 04 2017

    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 license or franchise agreement, respectively. This week we explore how community radio and public access TV can work together, and how both kinds of stations can grow beyond the traditional boundaries of their respective medium. We s...more

  • Podcast #86 – Radio Resistance from an Alternate Universe

    Mar 28 2017

    “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 created to promote the Amazon television series “The Man in The High Castle.” Steve Coulson of the marketing agency Campfire is our guest on the podcast. “Resistance Radio” exists outside of the...more

  • Podcast #85 – Dreaming of a Better CPB

    Mar 21 2017

    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 weakness in the design of the CPB and proposes ways in which the system could be both stronger and more independent. Matthew also shares a couple of community radio nuggets he’s recently uncovered in the Internet Archive,...more

  • Podcast #84 – Improving Your Radio Reception

    Mar 14 2017

    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 your reception. Broadcaster and radio reviewer extraordinaire Jay Allen, the man behind the Radio Jay Allen website, joins to share his best advice for buying a new radio that will pull in those lower powered gems, and for optimizing rece...more

  • Podcast #83 – How AM Revitalization Pressures LPFM

    Feb 28 2017

    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 LPFM stations may need to do in response, along with the new FCC Chairman’s public support for FM radios in smartphones. Then they talk about how new podcasters should be specific in choosing a topic and description for their shows...more

  • Podcast #82 – Busting Myths & Counting Charts

    Feb 21 2017

    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 hotel in Fayetteville, AR. But first, Paul and Jennifer discuss more troubling news about CMJ, the oldest and most prominent music charting service in noncommercial radio, and Jennifer reviews some newer alternative music charts re...more

  • Podcast #81 – To Thrive in 2017 Put the Community in Community Radio

    Feb 14 2017

    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 received a lot of questions from community radio stations about how to respond and what comes next. First, Sally discusses the concrete impact that the elimination of federal funding via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would have, espe...more

  • Podcast #80 – Radio & Resistance in the Time of Trump

    Feb 07 2017

    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 mean for community radio and podcasting? John Anderson, Assistant Professor of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College, joins to help sort it all out. Jennifer Waits is here, too, along with Paul Riismandel–...more

  • Podcast #79 – Community Radio & Podcasting: Are They Worth It?

    Jan 31 2017

    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 on community podcasting and Paul giving a guest lecture to a class at the Evergreen State College, they discuss some of the things we’ve learned about community media. In the process they consider the need to define your audience, ...more

  • Podcast #78 – Pai is Trump’s FCC Guy

    Jan 25 2017

    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 pick, and now that it’s happened we call him back to help us understand what to expect and what to pay attention to. In particular Prof. Terry explains what the FCC can and cannot do in the near future, and what procedural maneuve...more

  • Podcast #77 – Trump’s FCC, Norway’s FM, UNLV’s KUNV & Live 365’s Comeback

    Jan 17 2017

    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 corrects the record on why headlines that scream “Norway Is Shutting Down FM radio” are only telling part of the story. Jennifer Waits brings us a College Radio Watch with a happy ending for the fans of the college station at U...more

  • Podcast #76 – UMass Station Sale, Unlicensed LPFM in NZ & Archive Nuggets

    Jan 10 2017

    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 unlicensed low-power FM stations. Matthew Lasar wraps things up by sharing some great community radio sound nuggets he’s discovered in the Internet Archive, including Australian garage rock, The Meat Puppets and the 1968 DN...more

  • Podcast #75 – The Most Significant Radio Stories of 2016

    Dec 14 2016

    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 year. But first, they discuss the now-changed title of last week’s podcast, and why Paul lobbied to change it. Finally, they give a preview of what will be covered in 2017. As the year comes to a close we hope you’ll consid...more

  • Podcast #74 – Station or Static? KCHUNG Is L.A.’s Underground Radio

    Dec 06 2016

    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 eclectic programming. Paul Riismandel wrote a series of articles, offering strongly worded advice for struggling community radio stations. He lays out his arguments in detail on the podcast and discusses the ideas and issues with his co-hosts...more

  • Podcast #73 – Catching Up with Bainbridge Island’s Community Podcasting Experiment

    Nov 29 2016

    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 the BCB studios and provide an update on how their experiment in community podcasting is progressing. Paul also explains how we’re interested in stimulating discussion and debate around issues and practice in community broadcastin...more

  • Podcast #72 – Pete Tridish Celebrates an LPFM Success Story

    Nov 22 2016

    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, which was a group that worked to expand the low power radio service and create opportunities for small civil society organizations to have their own radio stations, one of our best partnerships was with a group called PCUN, Pineros...more

  • Podcast #71 – Bolivia Is the Birthplace of Community Radio

    Nov 15 2016

    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 stations and creating radio that are instructive to stations everywhere. Sylvia explains how growing up listening to the radio in rural Minnesota and taking an actual college course in community radio inspired her to get involved and t...more

  • Podcast #70 – From Anaheim to Arkansas, and Beyond

    Nov 08 2016

    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 festival which he worked (and enjoyed) the last weekend of October in Anaheim, California, just blocks from Disneyland. He shares some observations about the development of podcasting as a medium, gleaned from experiencing the fest, as Eric n...more

  • Podcast #69 – The Eclectic Voice of The Ozarks

    Oct 31 2016

    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 not just for people who want to be on the radio. It’s for people who want to share poetry, to share pictures, to make film…. It’s a lot of different things.” On this episode of the ...more

  • Podcast #68 – Report Back from the Grass Roots Radio Conference 2016

    Oct 18 2016

    “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 the voices of the people she met there at this year’s host station, KUHS in Hot Springs Arkansas. Also on this episode: Paul has news on Ireland’s last long wave station, which just got a stay of execution,...more

  • Podcast #67 – New Community Radio in Borneo

    Oct 11 2016

    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 with the launch of a new community radio station that broadcasts entirely in the indigenous Kelabit language. The top of this episode features the following news updates: Audience Engine, discussed way back on episode #10...more

  • Podcast #66 – College Radio as Academic Learning Labs

    Oct 04 2016

    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 Waits reports back on two tours of college stations that function as learning labs for students. These stations are specifically connected to academic departments at their schools and are focused on student learning and skill develo...more

  • Podcast #65 – Fall Radio Tours Preview

    Sep 28 2016

    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, and let’s us in on some of the stations she’s planning to visit along the way. Paul shares some news from the commercial radio industry. One middle-sized radio owner has a plan to get bigger, while triplin...more

  • Podcast #64 How to do News and Public Affairs

    Sep 20 2016

    “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 where the wasted language is in that interview, when your questions have gone on too long, when your guest has gone off track, what you can fix with editing and what you can’t, and it cultivates the ear you need to start list...more

  • Podcast 63 – A Tale of Two College Radio Station Tours

    Sep 12 2016

    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 active participation among their student community and a wide variety of programming. Plus, each campus has a long and sometimes hidden history of student radio. “As always it’s just thrilling to get out there and see different r...more

  • Podcast 62 – The FCC’s Legacy of Failure & CMJ’s Uncertain Future

    Sep 07 2016

    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, argues this represents a monumental failure that places all media ownership rules at grave risk. He joins to explain why. College and community radio folks are starting to wonder what’s happening with CMJ. The longstanding music public...more

  • Podcast #61 – Focus on Fundraising and Collaboration

    Aug 30 2016

    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 fundraising advice for stations of all sizes. We also talk about how and why KBOO is building partnerships with new community stations hitting the air in the Portland area. Jennifer Waits brings us College Radio Watch, including a story about a station’...more

  • Podcast #60 – Happy National Radio Day!

    Aug 20 2016

    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 and producers. We wrap things up with Radio Survivor’s Sonic ID in honor of National Radio Day, and Jennifer’s band-scan of the left end of the Chicago FM dial. You can support the work that goes into Radio Survivor in two...more

  • Podcast # 59 – Community Radio Africa

    Aug 16 2016

    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 the “normal” experiences of stations like these. “Community radio in those places find themselves in very fraught relationships, and tense relationships, with larger communities around them,” Matthew Lasar s...more

  • Podcast #58 – We Love Tedious Radio Facts

    Aug 09 2016

    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 dial. Also included in the interview, Ernie Smith explains how he approaches writing about things for the internet. Tedium.co covers topics as diverse (and uniquely inconsequential) as FrankenFM and the inventor of the mouse pad. You ca...more

  • Podcast #57 – Celebrating the Mosaic of Community Radio

    Aug 02 2016

    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 Broadcasters. He shares some highlights of the NFCB’s annual conference this past June, as well as the first-ever NFCB LPFM Summit. Then Jennifer Waits joins to share two radio station tours of new low-power stations in the Washington,...more

  • Podcast #56 – From College Radio to Podcasting, Experimenting with the Form

    Jul 26 2016

    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 Burns, in São Bernardo, Brazil, where community radio stations are working together to respond to political challenges in that country and to try to change community radio licensing regulations. Eric Klein shares his current favorite podcast...more

  • Podcast #55 – Not All Radio Amateurs + Podcasting is Still Small

    Jul 19 2016

    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 of his day job and was reminded just how small the world of podcasting still is in 2016. Among the 20 or so people Paul talked to at the conference he estimates that more than half did not listen to podcasts, although many of them had ...more

  • Podcast #54 – Dusting Up: From Carrier Current to NPR One

    Jul 12 2016

    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 ownership. Then Eric wants to share his experience with the NPR One podcast app, which turns into a discussion about giving listeners what they’re really want (which might not be what they ask for). You can support the work th...more

  • Podcast #53 – There’s More Radio Than Ever

    Jul 07 2016

    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 Francisco. That station promises to continue the legacy of the dearly missed KUSF. This sparks a conversation about all the evidence for why radio remains a vibrant medium, where licenses to broadcast continue to be in high de...more

  • Podcast #52 – Small Town LPFM

    Jun 29 2016

    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 (population 454). The station is staffed by a mere 3 volunteers, but it plays an important role in their community, especially in wildfire season. In College Radio Watch, Jennifer Waits toured WGTB at Georgetown University, the college st...more

  • Podcast #51 – Carrier Current is Cool

    Jun 21 2016

    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 explains it’s not such a surprise that Big Telecom didn’t get it’s way this round. Of course, this is not the end of the story. Jennifer Waits looked deeper into “carrier current,” and in doing so uncovered ...more

  • Podcast #50 – Prometheus v FCC and a Generation of Gridlock

    Jun 14 2016

    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 Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Prometheus v. FCC, which challenges the the Bush-era Michael Powell-led rules that the Court found to be unconstitutional. Prof. Christopher Terry of the University of Minnesota joins to explain the Cou...more

  • Podcast #49 – Digital Equity and Community Radio

    Jun 07 2016

    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 equity programs and outreach part of the program. Sabrina is a doer with Brown Paper Tickets—the fair trade ticketing company—focusing her efforts on LPFM, community radio and digital equity. Show notes Sabrina Roach at Brown Paper Tick...more

  • Podcast #48 – 100 Radio Station Tours

    May 25 2016

    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 to listen to find out. Hours and hours of labor and effort go into touring radio stations around the country, along with producing this podcast every week. The generous support of Radio Survivor readers and list...more

  • Podcast #47 – 99 Radio Station Tours & the Lost Episode

    May 17 2016

    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 the so-called “lost episode.” Six months ago Eric interviewed three podcasters with shows that probably would never exist if radio were their only outlet. That’s because these shows are frank, explicit, some...more

  • Podcast #46 – Community Comedy Podcasting

    May 10 2016

    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 support and highlight this community’s work, and how that fits in with the paradigm and values of community radio. Jennifer Waits joins to share her 98th radio station tour to WBCR at Brooklyn College. Can you guess what statio...more

  • Podcast #45 – The Controversy of Firsts

    May 03 2016

    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 proclamations. Then Paul shares some low-power FM news from Los Angeles where the community spirit of creative cooperation and compromise is resolving a competition amongst 18 applicants for a single frequency in that city....more

  • Podcast #44 – From Prince To The New Deal, Radio Brings Us Together

    Apr 27 2016

    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 question now is to consider what we want radio to become. In College Radio Watch Jennifer Waits reports on the many ways college radio stations paid tribute to the sudden and untimely death of Prince. Please help us go terrestrial, makin...more

  • Podcast #43 – NPR: When Disrupted, Go Local

    Apr 19 2016

    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 future, while Eric argues that calls for a shift in how coverage is done. In College Radio Watch Jennifer Waits reports back from the University of California Radio Network conference, held in the beautiful environs of KZSC in Santa Cr...more

  • Podcast #42 – Hug Your Local Radio Journalist Today

    Apr 12 2016

    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 indicates for the future of radio journalism. Jennifer Waits joins to bring us the latest in college radio, including news of a devastating fire at one station, and she lets us know about opportunities to propose talks and panels ...more

  • Podcast #41 – Raising the Antenna

    Apr 07 2016

    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 popular demand we want to turn the Radio Survivor Podcast into a weekly radio program for any non-commercial radio station to broadcast, free of charge. We need your support to do this. You can support this effort two ways: Make a monthly c...more

  • Podcast #40: Radio Treasure Hunt

    Mar 29 2016

    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 resident radio scholar Brain Fauteux interviews radio artist Magz Hall. They discuss what radio art is and where to find it, and Magz shares some thoughts and details about her own work. We need a new tagline for the show. Please...more

  • Podcast #39 – Is College Radio Too Small for Its Own Good?

    Mar 22 2016

    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 thinks college radio is hampered by its smallness in a spirited discussion with our college radio correspondent Jennifer Waits, along with hosts Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel. Then, Eric shares some audio from the antenna raisin...more

  • Podcast #38 – Survey Says: Stations Must Be on the Internet & YouTube

    Mar 15 2016

    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 affinity for YouTube mean stations absolutely must broadcast online and should use video. He asks: Are you really community radio if 1/5 of your community can’t hear you because they don’t own actual radios? In College Rad...more

  • Podcast #37 – Preservation, Pirates, and Radionomy

    Mar 08 2016

    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. She explains why preservation efforts provide not just an important record of radio’s past, but also of American culture and history, and details some important efforts happening right now. Prof. John Ander...more

  • Podcast #36 – Why Radio Is Like a 1980s Mall & Podcasters Are the Punk Rockers

    Mar 01 2016

    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 took office. We discuss how radio went from serving audiences to becoming more like mall developers, exchanging formats like so many Sunglass Huts and Orange Julius storefronts. Finally we get back to podcasting–a topic we’...more

  • Podcast #35 – Digging for Clues About Internet Radio’s Future

    Feb 23 2016

    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 explains how the Act and the political environment of the time affected community and public radio. Then Jennifer Waits tells the second half of the story behind Haverford College’s longstanding radio history. Finally, Paul a...more

  • Podcast #34 – How the Telecom Act of ’96 Triggered Popular Resistance

    Feb 17 2016

    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 the Telecom Act, triggered civil disobedience on the airwaves along with citizen action that continues to push for communications democracy today. In College Radio Watch Jennifer Waits reveals the early history of college radio t...more

  • Podcast #33 1/3 – World Radio Day with Francesco Diasio, AMARC Secretary General

    Feb 13 2016

    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 help better connect us with global community radio, Eric talked with Francesco Diasio, the Secretary General of AMARC, the World Association of Community Broadcasters, for a special bonus episode of the Radio Survivor P...more

  • Podcast #33 – 20 Years Ago Local Radio Was Crushed

    Feb 09 2016

    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 ultimate devastation of local radio in communities across the country. Dr. Christopher Terry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee joins to explain how this process happened, and what the prospects are for reversing the tide. In Col...more

  • Podcast #32 – FBI Files, Public Files, and Winter Storms

    Feb 02 2016

    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 burden, this can be a good thing for college and community radio. College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits tells us how one college radio station weathered 26 inches of snow piled on by winter storm Jonas, and reports on the mysterious d...more

  • Podcast #31 – It’s the 13th Hour for Small Webcasters

    Jan 26 2016

    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 broadcasters were about to go under, there most certainly would be a loud public outcry. But the crisis facing this segment of independent broadcasting is falling outside the spotlight. We talk with Paul Merrell of StreamLicensing....more

  • Podcast #30 – The Open Media Project Makes Gov’t More Accessible

    Jan 19 2016

    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 podcasters. Gavin Dahl, the project’s leader for government, guests to discuss the group’s work. In the College Radio Watch segment Jennifer Waits previews the upcoming Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force Conference, a...more

  • Podcast #29 – Will 2016 Be the End of Indie Internet Radio?

    Jan 12 2016

    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, threatening to put hundreds, or even thousands of stations out of business. Paul digs in to explain what we know, and what we don’t know about the situation. Jennifer Waits looks back at college radio in 2015, taking a moment to reflect...more

  • Podcast #28 – A Deep Dive into the Public Radio Bid for KUNV

    Dec 15 2015

    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 the deal, and from Flo Rogers, CEO of Nevada Public Radio, who explains the story behind the proposal and why she thinks it’s good for the station. We also talk with Kylie O’Rourke, the station manager of KUNV’s s...more

  • Podcast #27: Public Radio Bid for UNLV Station, Rdio Shutdown & Net Neutrality

    Dec 08 2015

    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 that has to do with terrestrial stations. Then Paul discusses why the Appeals Court hearing on network neutrality is important for radio, and Eric ponders rumors that Apple may do away with the headphone jack on iPhones, and ho...more

  • Podcast #26 – Celebrating Radio Stickers & Turntable Rooms

    Dec 02 2015

    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 style of sticker art. Finally, Paul and Eric talk about Paul’s recent visit to Vassar College to talk with students and faculty about podcasting. Radio Survivor is a listener-supported podcast. That’s what allows us...more

  • Podcast #25 – Conferences, Convergences, Panels & Lectures

    Nov 25 2015

    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 non-commercial podcast. Comments? Something you think we should cover? Email us: podcast@radiosurvivor.com | Tweet us: @radiosurvivor Show Notes: California College Radio Participants Meet Up for Fall 2015 UCRN Conference at KSPC KSPC KSPC...more

  • Podcast #24: The Value of High School Radio

    Nov 18 2015

    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 when the students are in high school. On this edition of the program, Jennifer takes us on a tour of what is likely the oldest and longest running high school radio station in the country. Operations Director Kevin Flink shows ...more

  • Podcast #23: How Do You Do That on Instagram?

    Nov 10 2015

    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 radio and small businesses on how to best use social media, and he details why Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are good for building audience and community. Keeping with the social media theme, Matthew Lasar gives us an overview of...more

  • Podcast #22 – We’re All Moving to the FM Dial Now

    Nov 03 2015

    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 owner, is in trouble, with its stock tanking big time.. Jennifer Waits reports back from this year’s College Broadcasters Inc. convention, and then takes us on a tour of Minneapolis college station Radio K. And Matthew...more

  • Podcast #21: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim with Zahra Noorbakhsh

    Oct 27 2015

    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 first episode. Zahra joins to discuss the show, and the things she’s learned about podcasting in the process. In College Radio Watch Jennifer reports that KEXP’s syndicated “Under the Needle” live pe...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #20: The Meaning of Independence in Media

    Oct 20 2015

    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, then Jennifer reports on some good news in college radio, along with the winners of the College Broadcasters Inc / NextRadio commercial contest. On Lasar’s Letter on Radio, Matthew shares a segment titled, “Edward R. Murr...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #19: Chauncey DeVega on Pro Wrestling & Podcasting; Centenary College Sells WNTI

    Oct 13 2015

    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 he wrangles the internet trolls who show up whenever something he writes goes viral. We also get into fundraising, and how to ask your readers and listeners to lend a hand. Jennifer reports on Centenary College’s radi...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #18: Focus on Fundraising with Ann Alquist

    Oct 06 2015

    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 KDHX in St. Louis, Missouri, and she joins us from the Public Radio Program Directors Conference in Pittsburgh. Ann also shares her biggest takeaways from the conference and explains how they’re relevant for community radio, not just publ...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #17: An Innovative Approach to Community Radio Podcasting

    Sep 29 2015

    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 air in rotation during the normal program schedule. Eric talks to Lara to learn more. We learn about two upcoming college radio events being put on by music and radio publication CMJ. David DeKeyser, CMJ’s General Manager of Coll...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #16: Why Does Radio Have to Die?

    Sep 22 2015

    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 the good work that is yet to be done to evangelize and support great community-oriented radio. Co-producer Eric Klein shares his dive into the world of horror movie podcasts, wringing out some lessons about podcasts in general along the...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #15: Retiring Rendered

    Sep 15 2015

    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. Julie shares her nine-year journey into independent podcast production, and the many lessons she learned along the way. You’ll learn the upsides and downsides of crowd-funding a show, the benefits of being on the actual radio, and...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #14 – The Grassroots Radio Conference & Celebrating College Radio Day

    Sep 08 2015

    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 York, which is also the country’s first Pagan-owned radio station. In Lasar’s Letter on Radio Matthew recalls how Mae West was singled out and censored by her corporate radio bosses. In College Radio Watch Jennifer u...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #13: Why the Battle over the Pacifica Network Remains Relevant

    Sep 01 2015

    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 perspective–especially as it regards the Pacifica Foundation’s unwieldy governance structure–and explains why Pacifica, as the nation’s largest community radio network, is still relevant for all of co...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #12: Our Quarterly Report

    Aug 25 2015

    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 syndicated radio show, and examining how well we’re getting at some of our foundational questions, like “what is good radio?” We also remember radio journalist and producer Kellia Ramares-Watson, who passed away on August 18...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #11: Celebrating National Radio Day

    Aug 18 2015

    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 medium, and listen to some ‘Sonic IDs’ produced in its honor. Paul talks with Vanessa Maria Graber from the public access TV station PhillyCAM which is producing a live podcast in front of a community audience on National Radio Day in antic...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #10: WFMU’s Audience Engine Plans to Empower Community Media on the Internet

    Aug 11 2015

    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 platforms like Facebook. WFMU station manager Ken Freedman joins to explain how the platform will help make stations sustainable when it is released this fall. In the news we cover a commercial radio group that is targeting...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #9: Remembering Negativland’s Don Joyce

    Aug 04 2015

    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 carrier’s Android phones, and KEXP’s recent 12-hour marathon broadcast exploring every song sampled on the Beastie Boys seminal “Paul’s Boutique” album. In College Radio Watch Jennifer takes us...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #8: Bainbridge Community Broadcasting Chose Podcasting over LPFM

    Jul 28 2015

    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 how they’re using radio to inform and educate the community of Bainbridge Island. In College Radio Watch Jennifer Waits has news about the new student-focused station at the University of Virginia, and Matthew Lasar tells us his ab...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #7: The FCC’s Legacy of Failure with Media Ownership Policy

    Jul 21 2015

    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 musicians should care that NPR has left the MIC coalition, a lobbying group targeting music royalties. Listener Kent Peterson shares why he enjoys the extra variety offered by HD Radio. In college radio news, KCPR at Cal Poly eliminat...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #6: The Portland Radio Project’s Journey from Online to LPFM

    Jul 14 2015

    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 service approach to broadcasting. Paul and Eric run down the top radio news stories, including the FCC’s newest report on the growth of radio and new guidelines for freelance radio producers working for podcasts. On College Radio...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #5: Don’t Make Our Radios Obsolete

    Jul 07 2015

    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 upcoming CBI conference and podcasts at WMSE in Milwaukee, WI. Finally, Matthew reviews the record on Lewis Hill’s original intent for listener participation in the Pacifica network. Show Notes: Digital Watch: Apple’s Beats ...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #4: Breaking the Public Radio Podcast Mold

    Jun 30 2015

    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 correspondent Jennifer Waits joins as third co-host to run down our radio news headlines, and then she tells us about a high school letting go of one of the last stations at 87.9FM, and lets us know about two interesting co...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #3: FCC Paper Tiger Teams vs Pirate Radio

    Jun 23 2015

    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 country. We also tackle the FCC’s $100 million fine levied against AT&T, House Republican efforts to kill net neutrality using the power of the purse, and President Obama entering Marc Maron’s garage for an ep...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #2: Facilitating LPFM with Sabrina Roach

    Jun 16 2015

    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 tries to define “great radio.” Then Paul and Eric catch up on news from the network neutrality front, the efforts to keep community radio KUSP in Santa Cruz from being sold, and a LPFM station aiding with f...more

  • Radio Survivor Podcast #1: The Free Music Archive

    Jun 11 2015

    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 Cruz, CA and discuss the ongoing rollout of new low-power FM stations. We check in with Jennifer to learn why college radio is a vital and important medium, and Eric shares a feature segment on the Free Music Archive. Finally, Matthew tel...more