Published on Monday, 10 October 2011 09:58
Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11, is the first annual College Radio Day. The goal of the day-long event is to remind people to tune in to their local college radio stations, support the college radio programming, keeping college radio frequencies out of the hands of corporate radio, and remind both the public at large and college administrators how important independent college (and high school) radio stations actually are.
Organizers are trying to get people who may not normally listen to college radio to tune in tomorrow. The hope is that if enough people who tune in during the event like what they hear, they will continue to tune in beyond College Radio Day and support independent radio.
The day is also a celebration of college and high school radio stations, as they could very well be where the future of radio comes from.
Rob Quickie, the General Manager of William Paterson University's WPSC-FM and an Assistant Communications Professor at the school, came up with the idea of College Radio day after seeing the movie "The Social Network" in October 2010. He wanted to use social media to help unite college radio stations across the continent. Quickie, along with his friend, Peter Kreten co-founded College Radio Day. Kreten is the General Manager of Saint Xavier University's WXAV-FM in Chicago.
This past June, the website CollegeRadioDay.com
was launched and it began recruiting college radio stations to participate in this event. A few hundred stations have already joined up.
Chicago area college radio stations who are participating in the College Radio Day event include:
WCRX-FM 88.1 (Columbia College Chicago)
WLRA-FM 88.1 (Lewis University)
WXAV-FM 88.3 (St. Xavier University)
WZRD-FM 88.3 (Northeastern Illinois University)
WCSF-FM 88.7 (University of St. Francis)
WLUW-FM 88.7 (Loyola University)
WRRG-FM 88.9 (Triton College)
WONC-FM 89.1 (North Central College)
WNUR-FM 89.3 (Northwestern University)
WRBC.FM (Online only)
Radio DePaul (Online only)
as well as the Chicago area high school radio stations:
WLTL-FM 88.1 (Lyons Township High School)
WGBK-FM 88.5 (Glenbrook High School)
WRHS-FM 89.7 (Ridgewood High School)
WRHS (Online only)
(Reavis High School)
College Radio Day has put together a three-part audio series, running a little over a half-hour, that explains the reasons why supporting college radio is so important right now:
Additionally, here is a quick promo for the day-long event:
College Radio Day is a not-for-profit organization which not owned or influenced by any corporation. It is entirely operated by a volunteer staff made up of members from college radio stations across the US & Canada.
More information can be found on the College Radio Day website