College Radio Cuts: Syracuse University Student DJs Walk Out, 1983

At Syracuse University in 1983, student managers walked out of WAER-FM to protest the implementation of news, information and jazz over the former “new wave” format. These power struggles arose from questions about “who shall control” signals, “the students or the university.” The professional station manager planned to hire four more staffers to qualify forContinue reading “College Radio Cuts: Syracuse University Student DJs Walk Out, 1983”

College Radio Cuts: Professionalism in Oklahoma, 1980s

Oklahoma’s college radio stations offered a microcosm of national trends in the 1980s. The state’s ten noncommercial FM stations—one reporter called them “towers of strength” thanks to increased wattages—left the amateur “sandbox” behind. With powerful stations emerging, including the mammoth 100,000 watts of KCSU at Central State University, nearly every Sooner could tune in toContinue reading “College Radio Cuts: Professionalism in Oklahoma, 1980s”

College Radio Cuts: More Women’s Programming at KTRU Rice University, 1970s

Listeners noticed the lack of women on-air, such as at Rice in the 1970s, when women at Jones College, an all-women’s dormitory at the university, complained. “Why aren’t there any girls doing shows in the evenings or nights,” a group asked. “Girls” were relegated to afternoons, “when nobody listens.” “We want to hear a girlContinue reading “College Radio Cuts: More Women’s Programming at KTRU Rice University, 1970s”

College Radio Cuts: Complaints about “Women’s Programming” at KTRU, Rice University, 1980s

I am making a lot of painful cuts in the book manuscript right now, so I’m archiving them here. “Dear KTRU,” the letter read.  “Your station is Houston’s finest and I enjoy it. That said, I must register one complaint. There is far too much time devoted to ‘Women’s Music.’ Why not let DJs playContinue reading “College Radio Cuts: Complaints about “Women’s Programming” at KTRU, Rice University, 1980s”

College Radio Cuts: More Georgetown

I am making a lot of painful cuts in the book manuscript right now, so I’m archiving them here. “The news is strange, and they never play any Springsteen,” read a complaint from a student newspaper reporter at Georgetown University in 1976. WGTB’s troubles amounted to more than ignoring school basketball games and occasionally airContinue reading “College Radio Cuts: More Georgetown”