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Radio Survivor

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 actu­al a 21st cen­tu­ry com­mu­ni­ca­tions method?”

Here to answer that ques­tion, and many more are two stu­dents deeply involved in col­lege radio, and the pres­i­dent of CBI, John Mor­ris, who is also the gen­er­al man­ag­er of WSWI at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Indi­ana, just across town from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Evans­ville. Avery Mar­tin is pro­duc­tion direc­tor a KSCU at Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty and a stu­dent board mem­ber of CBI, and Aimee Myers, senior music direc­tor for KUSF​.org at the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Francisco.

In this wide-rang­ing dis­cus­sion we learn how col­lege sta­tions have put local ser­vice at the fore­front by cre­at­ing the posi­tion of local direc­tor,’ and the on-the-ground tac­tics sta­tions are employ­ing to be in their local com­mu­ni­ties, not just broad­cast­ing to them.