See http://www.askcbi.org for an urgent message concerning the status of webcasting and a call for help!
The College Radio Award goes to Columbia College Chicago’s WCRX/Chicago, for efforts including a food drive to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and its Job Outlook ’07 program.
Competitive Program Aimed at New and Recent Engineering School Graduates
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced that it is
seeking applications from engineering school graduates with superior academic credentials and an interest
in communications engineering for its 2008 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Program. Through the program,
the FCC recruits new and recent engineering school graduates to the FCC and the field of
Recent engineering school graduates and candidates for graduation in the spring of 2008 are
invited to apply for several openings in the program’s 2008 class. All EIT Program participants will be
located at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. or select FCC field offices. Candidates will
receive training at FCC headquarters or select FCC field offices. Applications must be received by April
Interested applicants must respond to FCC Vacancy Announcement Number DEU-EIT-2008-
0001, available on the FCC’s website at http://www.fcc.gov/jobs/. All applications must include a coverletter, resume, writing sample,
official school transcript, and list of references; incomplete applications
will not be considered. A simple registration process through the Commission’s on-line recruitment tool,
FCCJobs, http://www.fcc.gov/jobs/, allows candidates to apply online via the Internet. Additional
information is available on the FCC’s EIT Program webpage at http://www.fcc.gov/EITprogram or bycontacting a Human Resources Office Representative at 202-418-0130 or
Selection for participation in the Engineer-in-Training Program is expected to be highly
competitive. Selection criteria includes: academic achievement as demonstrated by class standing;
demonstrated technical competence (e.g., work experience, co-op, or class projects); writing skills; and
demonstrated interest in government service and/or the communications industry.
Engineers at the FCC work on cutting-edge issues in the communications and high-tech arenas,
including those affecting the deployment of next generation wireless systems, digital television and radio
transition, public safety and homeland security. They also promote the deployment of broadband
technologies, promote access to communications services for Americans with disabilities, and work to
protect the rights of consumers. The FCC’s work also involves interacting with other government
agencies, Congress, and the private sector to resolve complex policy issues.
Students at Chattanooga State come together to protest the sale of the college’s radio station.
WAWL-FM, or “91 Rock, The Wall” as it is known, will soon going off the air on FM radio.
Administrators say the sale allows them to update equipment and bring the college’s mass communications program into the future.
But the students are not taking the sale lying down.
Here are a few more links.
One of the important items to note is that there is no “mandate” to convert to digital, so the stated reason for the sale is not accurate!
WXIN Falls to Anchor in Annual Basketball Game
Controversy and tense moments mark the Anchor’s victory.
Issue date: 3/25/08 Section: Sports
The second annual Anchor versus WXIN basketball game did little to quench the long-time rivalry between the two largest media organizations on campus. If anything, the match only served to inspire a whole new level of competition.
The game, which was attended by more than 70 students and several alumni last Thursday night, March 20, on the center court at the Recreation Center, marked just the second time that WXIN Rhode Island College Radio and The Anchor have faced off in friendly competition in recent memory. The Anchor team, who in a narrow upset victory defeated WXIN 38-33 in a match last spring, took last week’s contest by a final score of 47-37.
KUTE, the U’s student-run radio station, got a break last night when the ASUU General Assembly unanimously passed a bill giving KUTE $4,500 in funding.
Joint Bill 14 will now go before the Associated Students of the University of Utah Senate on Thursday night. If the joint bill passes in the Senate, the money would allow the station to resume its online broadcast stream.
BENNINGTON — Eight years ago, a North Bennington resident, Robert Howe, purchased Bennington’s only local AM radio station to save it as a community outlet. Last day for proposals
Now, with the station’s local broadcasting in jeopardy once again, a group of community leaders, including Howe, is scheduled to present plans to preserve the station WBTN-AM to Southern Vermont College officials today, the last day the college is accepting proposals.
College trustees directed President Karen Gross to end the station’s losses by May 15 in early February, after the college reported it had lost about $450,000 since it was donated to the college by Howe in 2002. Howe, a college trustee, said he voted against the decision but understands why it happened.
“The college has other things it wants to do,” he said Wednesday. “(College officials) have to make these decisions. I was disappointed, but it was their prerogative, the college has priorities, and that’s okay.”
Howe said that in some ways the decision has been beneficial, as it has gotten the community behind the station. Since the decision, there have been a number of community petitions and letters in local newspapers urging the college to keep the station locally owned and run.
The group made up of town officials, organization directors and media owners and experts is determined to keep the station as a community voice, Howe said. He said he has been impressed with the group’s vision and organization and was confident it would come up with a solution.
“If these people have anything to say about it, it will happen, they’ll make it happen,” he said, “but I don’t know what the college will say.”
When news of the group was first reported, college spokesman David Scribner said it was one of many proposals, but he thought it was great that a local group had come forward. He said a lot of options are still on the table, including an outright purchase, a lease, co-ownership or a minority share for the college.
Although he did not know the specifics of the proposal, Howe said the bottom line is that it would keep the station locally run and operated. He feared an out-of-town buyer would simulcast broadcasting, like Vermont Public Radio did when it bought the AM and FM frequencies from Belva Keyworth, who started the station at the bottom of Harwood Hill in 1952.
Howe said when he bought the AM station from VPR in 2000, he never intended to get into the radio business, he just wanted to give it back to a community that had helped him start and develop Porta Brace, a company that makes cases for media equipment.
“It was a place wherepeople would be able to speak in their own voices to one another,” he said. “… It was to provide the forum for people to speak … to provide a microphone for the people of the Bennington and New York area … It is all about localism and human contact.”
Although he said it would be a challenge, Howe said he could see the addition of even more local programming in the future, including broadcasts of local high school and college sporting events if the group’s proposal is accepted.
In addition to Howe, the group consists of a number of directors of local organizations, including Joann Erenhouse of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, Marshal Case of the American Chestnut Foundation, Lisa Byer of Catamount Access Television Corp., John Shannahan of the Better Bennington Corp. and Banner Publisher Edward Woods.
Other group members include Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd, Rep. Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington; North Bennington residents Robert Lowary and Michael Keane, Bennington resident Lindy Lynch and former Advocate publisher, Bill Densmore.
Big D grew up on the streets and lived in a homeless shelter. Chip the Whip has been an Eagle Scout and he’s been in prison. And Tommy Boy worked at a Bay Area grocery store.
But that’s the past.
Today, Dan Wilson, Chip Hughlett and Tom Dempsey – who on radio are Big D, Chip the Whip and Tommy Boy – are working on the future. They’re among the San Joaquin Delta College broadcasting students being trained to use modern technology to produce films and television and radio shows.
In November the program launched DeltaCollegeRadio.com, which streams the college radio station, KSJC 89.5 FM. The station plays music from a variety of genres, and listeners from Oregon, Japan and Canada have sent letters praising its coverage of Delta sports.
DeltaCollegeRadio.com also includes a link to the broadcasting program Internet page, which can take visitors to student films on YouTube.com. In addition, the students produce newscasts and sports shows that are broadcast at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays on Comcast channel 26.
“My challenge is not only to get them ready for now, but five years from now,” said radio and television instructor Will Story, 49. “The goal is to take it where all media is going to go anyway – the Internet.”
Story’s students seem eager to learn the skills needed in that new-media world, and they reflect the diversity that Delta attracts as a community college. Some, such as Rod Villagomez, 32, of Stockton, have just started their careers and use the program to build their résumés.
“It’s an opportunity to get that reel together, to walk out those doors and make those contacts,” Villagomez said.
Other, older students feel the program offers a second chance at life, and they’ve embraced the opportunities Story offers.
“This is my way, somehow, of repaying society,” said Wilson, 47, of Lodi. He was working to earn an associate’s degree in management from Delta when other students suggested that his deep, rough voice would be perfect for radio.
Wilson now spins tracks from the ’60s-’80s on KSJC, and he appears in a short film in which he tries to best the world record for breaking plates over one’s head. He’s also working on a documentary with Hughlett that involves children at St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Hall.
Hughlett, meanwhile, said he tells his Alcoholics Anonymous group that the program proves you can get a second chance. He hosts a KSJC program about rock music and pro wrestling, and he plays Top 40 music on the station.
Both Hughlett and Wilson describe taking part in the program has been a touching experience. Hughlett said getting up close with former President Bill Clinton while videotaping Clinton’s February appearance at University of the Pacific “was so emotional for me. I must’ve cried for 15 minutes.” Tears also came to Wilson’s eyes when he talked about Story’s efforts to build the program and the opportunity it’s offered him.
The broadcasting program itself is also getting a second chance. Story said it was strong when he was a Delta student in the ’70s.
He went on to become the director of multimedia programs at a community college in Colorado, where he said he bragged about the broadcasting education he received in Stockton.
“My dream job was to come back to Delta where it all started,” Story said.
That opportunity arrived last year, when Story was hired as the broadcasting instructor at Delta.
He was surprised to find that KSJC’s broadcasting license with the FCC lapsed in either 1999 or 2000, and the station had gone off the air.
Story worked long hours to revive and modernize the program. Now the results are evident. The progam has grown to 200 students from 80. The broadcasting offices were buzzing with activity Wednesday even though Delta was on spring break.
Some students were out on campus shooting scenes for a film. Others were inside editing a commercial for a Stockton car wash.
A student DJ, meanwhile, manned the boards for KSJC, which is on the air 24 hours each day. In addition to streaming on DeltaCollegeRadio.com, the station can be heard on radios on campus.
“We’ve come a long way in a short time,” Story said.
Ian Hill is the editor of 209Vibe, a local music and entertainment Web site and newspaper. Contact him at (209) 943-8571 or ihill@209Vibe.com.
Utah State University will soon have its very own student-run radio station via HD radio as an HD3 channel.
We will spend some time examining issues related to college radio in the coming posts.
- Webcasting Fees and recordkeeping/Reports of of use.
- The “Performance Tax”
1. Webcasting Fees and Recordkeeping/Reports of use.
For a background on these issues, see the links on the right. The current status report is that the bills introduced in Congress to address the fees have stalled. There are two other avenues being pursued to correct the fees. The first is the courts. Various parties, including CBI have filed an appeal of the fees set by the CRB in the Courts. The second avenue is a negotiated settlement.
Other than cap on the total minimum fees referenced in a previous post, which is inconsequential to college radio stations, no settlements have been announced. With respect to recordkeeping/reports of use, they are still required, even though no regulations have been announced that would require a due date for this data.
2. The “Performance Tax”. A bill, know as The Performance Rights Act, would require all FCC licensed non-commercial stations to pay an annual fee of $1,000 per year IN ADDITION TO the fees already paid to ASCAP, SESAC, BMI and SoundExchange for the use of recorded music on the station.
3. Localism and the FCC. The FCC has proposed new rules concerning every broadcast stations programming to insure diversity and localism. See the text of the proposal here. If implemented, this would require stations to have someone present in the studios during all hours of operation, even if automated. It would also require detailed reports concerning how music is selected, the music played, the formation of community advisory boards and weigh license renewal based on how well the station complied with the proposed(?) localism guidelines.
Each of these issues are extremely pertinent to stations at schools across the nation.
Future entries, coming soon(!), will discuss these issues in detail and suggest how you can respond to these proposals that will impact your station.
- Urgent Webcasting Update
- NABEF Honors WCRX!
- FCC SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR 2008 ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM
- Saving The WAWL
- College Radio v. College Paper in B-Ball
- Assembly approves KUTE funding
- WBTN Southern Vermont College
- KSJC – Preparing for the Future
- Student Radio on HD3
- College Radio Issues
- Webcasting Settlements?
- Webcasting Royalty News