CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention 2014

The 2014 National Student Electronic Media Convention will be held Oct. 23-25, 2014 at the Renaissance Seattle. For more information as it becomes available, visit the convention website.

By |August 16th, 2014|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Creating a Campus Event Centered around your Media Outlet


Finding your place in the host of campus clubs and organizations can be a struggle. Trying to not overreact when you hear a senior student say, “What? We have a radio station on campus?” can be a challenge. My station, like many of yours, has had these struggles. We responded with an annual event that I often hear is called “one of the most anticipated campus events of the school year.”


Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer.

In 2008, our student government had extra funding after campus group semester allocations were complete. They challenged students that whichever campus group can come up with the best idea to spend this money will be awarded the full amount for a programming event.

That amount was $10,000! Thinking about that pot of money still makes me smile. I remember my student program director walking into my office excited to tell me his idea. “Why don’t we plan a series of events centered on our station? Every day can be a new event. Let’s get our name out there!”

That now annual event is “WMCO Weekend.” For three days every spring semester, we plan events for students and local community. The mission of WMCO Weekend is to promote the station and thank our community for supporting WMCO. Events to date have included: a date auction, car smash, talent show, concerts, Mr. & Mrs. Muskie Contest (our mascot is a Muskie), dodgeball tournament, endurance contest, fireworks, casino night, and a tailgate rally for the basketball team. We always plan at least one live remote to reach out to the listening audience during the weekend. We’ve also hosted the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s animal educational program to bring the local community into the mix. Having cute baby animals on campus is always a great draw!

During every event, we give away prizes—including TVs, game consoles, small electronics, donated gift cards from local businesses, and campus bookstore bucks. Our student promotions director creates a new t-shirt design each year for staff members and giveaways. Free stuff, as we know, is a magnet.

Each year we propose a new set of events to our student government for funding. We also solicit additional donations from local businesses through an underwriting campaign. Campus groups and our local arts and recreation district partner with us for co-sponsorships. We kindly ask that attendees provide a donation for local charities upon event entry. We have three “WMCO charities” we support each year. To date, we have raised $2,700 and 2,200 pounds of non-perishable food for our community. The continued generosity of our campus and local audience is always humbling.


DJs Nick Flood and Chris Morgan host a remote during WMCO Weekend 2014.

WMCO Weekend additionally helps our recruitment campaign for new incoming DJs. After the first event in 2008, 32 students enrolled in the new training program course. (I only had room for 15 in my classroom!) To this day, when I ask new DJs about how they found out about our station, there’s always a few that mention WMCO Weekend. They may have not attended the previous year, but have heard about it and want to be a part of the next one.

If you’re attending #CBISeattle, drop by the Registration Table and ask me more about WMCO Weekend. I enjoy bragging about how my students successfully execute such a big event on campus every year.

By |October 15th, 2014|Board Blogs, CBI News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


College Media Day grows

“This year’s celebration of College Radio Day definitely built off of last year,” Station Manager Erica Szczepaniak said. “Last year, WSOU focused mainly on discussing college radio with students throughout New Jersey from colleges such as Montclair State and NJIT. This year, WSOU not only met and broadcasted with students from Montclair, but also took it into our own hands to put together broadcasts from bands and media professionals that truly demonstrate to our wide variety of listeners just how important this day really is.”

Read more from The Setonian.


The Library of Congress Launches Radio Preservation Task Force

Growing out of the National Recording Preservation Plan (NRPP) of the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) is the Library of Congress’s first national radio history project.

And, Spinning Indie and Radio Survivor writer Jennifer Waits will be a Research Associate!

Plus, check out the NSEMC session, Archiving College Radio and its History, with Jennifer on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.


UTA Radio kicks off Rocktober

“You don’t necessarily need to know who the bands are, but just hang out and enjoy some music, and maybe discover some music,” Liguez said.

Read more from The Shorthorn.

By |October 14th, 2014|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Latest Seattle NSEMC Updates!


Plenty of additions to the CBI Seattle website this past week:

• Complete program listings by day for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

• And complete lists of speakers and sessions with descriptions.

Plus a PDF of the entire convention program.

• Information on tours of KEXP and KING5, plus one-on-one demo reel and résumé critique sessions with radio news pro Glenn Schuck.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and the Twitter hashtag #CBISeattle for the latest on the convention. And, if you’re coming, join us on the Facebook event page, too!



By |October 13th, 2014|About CBI, Conventions|0 Comments

Demo and Résumé reviews at NSEMC in Seattle!


One-on-One Demo and Résumé critiques with radio news pro Glenn Schuck on Friday, Oct. 24

Have your demo reel and résumé reviewed in a one-on-one session with news pro Glenn Schuck at the CBI convention in Seattle! Bring both your demo reel/aircheck and résumé. Students should bring their demos on a flash drive or CD, and demos should be no longer than 10 minutes. Click here to sign up.

By |October 9th, 2014|Conventions|0 Comments

Press Release: CBI and SoundExchange Reach Settlement On Many Webcasting Issues

October 7, 2014 — Royalty payments will remain at current levels for the vast majority of student radio stations webcasting music under an agreement reached between College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) and SoundExchange.

A joint motion filed today by the organizations with the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) would freeze royalty payments for the next five years. It would also continue to allow student webcasters to continue to file proxy reports in lieu of detailed data due to the nature of their operations and the size of the online audiences.

The settlement submitted today is not final. It must pass a “reasonableness test,” a process established by the CRB to determine if proposed settlements are fair to all parties which will be bound by the proposed rates and terms. “We have asked the CRB to determine a specific timeline to finalize approval of the settlement, which would allow us to cease litigation in this matter as soon as possible,” says CBI Executive Director Will Robedee. “The previous settlement we reached with SoundExchange took many months to be approved. With this agreement based on a settlement already endorsed by the CRB, I am hopeful that final approval will come soon.”

“We are thrilled with the settlement as it means that our station can continue to pay the same fee for the next five years and avoid a costly and burdensome reporting process,” says student Steve Varsanyi, program director of WSOU-FM at Seton Hall University. “This is a huge win not only for college radio, but also for bands that college stations play because an affordable settlement means stations can keep playing music, especially emerging artists.”

CBI President Greg Weston says, “We actually expect the number of student stations to be able to report via proxy to rise above the 96 percent mark because of the submitted settlement as the threshold for being able to report via proxy has risen from 55,000 total listening hours per month via the Internet to 80,000 total listening hours. While I think the change is a move in the right direction and a big win for student stations, we will keep striving to make it as easy as possible for students to reach an audience on the Internet through webcasting and mobile devices.”


College Broadcasters Inc. represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and
other related media ventures; ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media; promotes cooperative efforts between the association and other national, regional, and state media organizations; facilitates the discussion of issues related to student-operated electronic media; and other community oriented programs. CBI currently represents electronic student media outlets from around the world.

By |October 8th, 2014|CBI News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Convention and Keynote updates


By |October 8th, 2014|Board Blogs, CBI News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Lots of coverage of stations participating in College Radio Day:

Seton Hall’s WSOU in Radio World
Wilkes University’s WCLH and Luzerne County Community College’s WSFXCentral Washington University’s KCUW
Marshall University’s WMUL in the Marshall Parthenon
New York stations on Upstate Live
UCCS Radio in The Gazette
University of Tennessee Knoxville’s WUTK in the Huffington Post
Amarillo College’s FM90 on
Utica College’s WPNR on WKT

K-UTE seeks a new audience from the Daily Utah Chronicle.

Plus, MTSU will host a Bonnaroo seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 8!

By |October 7th, 2014|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Coming to Seattle? Start networking now!


There are plenty of ways to start getting to know your fellow NSEMC Seattle attendees now!

  • First, join the Facebook event for the convention.
  • Start using the convention hashtag, #CBISeattle, on your social media pages.
  • And, if you’re not already, follow CBI’s Twitter at @askcbi for the latest updates and news as we count down these final days to the convention.

By |October 6th, 2014|Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

Spotlight: Spinnaker TV


By |October 2nd, 2014|Spotlight|0 Comments

Board Blog: Getting the Most out of the CBI Convention



Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President.

You and your staff are making the trip for the National Electronic Student Media Convention in Seattle later this month. For most student operations it is quite a financial commitment, so how can you get the most bang for your buck—ROI using industry language?


  • If your media operation is paying all or part of the bill for a member to attend, you might want to consider having everyone sign a travel agreement stipulating in writing what is expected of them. How many sessions should they attend each day? Are 9 a.m. sessions mandatory? Can I go sightseeing during the day? What happens if I don’t meet the minimum? What happens if … ? A good example to use as a template is this one from Ball State.
  • Have all attendees meet in advance to sift through the program schedule and pre-select what session each would like to attend. With six sessions going on at once, to get the most out of it you should rarely have more than one person from the same media organization in the same room. Maybe even have other students leaders from the organization who can’t go to the conference also look through the schedule for things they would like information on. This could help fill any schedule gaps. You are representing the entire organization—not just yourself.
  • Bring a notebook, pens, business cards, station swag (for the swag swap) and electronic device chargers.
  • Schedule a daily debrief among all of your attendees at the end of each day to share ideas, experiences and begin to brainstorm changes you want to make back home.
  • Hang out with people other than from your own station. You know what you do, so gather new perspectives and ideas by talking with students and advisers from other colleges. Whoever comes home with the most new social media contacts wins.
  • Whether your station is a CBI Award finalist or not, attend the Awards presentation. Audio and video clips from the winners are played, so you can measure where your operation stands, and maybe pick up a few creative ideas to use next week back home.
  • Have an open mind. There are an endless number of student media operating models out there. Just because someone doesn’t do things exactly like your operation doesn’t mean you can’t glean a nugget of information that might prove beneficial.
  • Catch up on sleep when you get home. The CBI conference only happens once a year and, for some, this is a one-time only experience. Milk it for everything you can and enjoy!

By |October 1st, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments