NSEMC Minneapolis 2015: The Latest


Convention session proposals are open through Aug. 1.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. Early signing discounts available before Aug. 1.

Registration is now open online. Early-bird rates are available through Oct. 1.

Hotel reservations are open.

Complete information available at the Minneapolis NSEMC site.


By |April 1st, 2015|About CBI, Conventions|0 Comments

Webcasting Rates & Recordkeeping for student “Radio” Stations

CBI has been working on behalf of student media outlets like yours to make sure pay a reasonable fee for webcasting music and to provide options concerning what you need to report to SoundExchange.  The current rates are the result of a negotiated settlement and are in effect through 12/31/2015.  CBI has negotiated a settlement for 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2020, but that has not yet been adopted by the judges which oversee the rate determination process.  Tangentially, the same judges determine what data must be reported by stations.  The CBI settlement includes a provision for a proxy fee in lieu of reporting which would cover MOST student stations.  Stations which are not covered under the proxy fee MAY need to include additional information.  CBI and many of its member stations have fought against the increased burden and we are waiting for the judges to make a determination.  Stay tuned to this space for updates.  If you have questions, ask!

By |January 11th, 2015|Broadcasting News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


University of Houston-owned KUHA 91.7 FM Moving To HD Radio, Digital Format

The University of Houston Administrative and Finance Committee made the recommendation to the full board of regents, which is expected to approve the plan during its meeting on Thursday.

KUHA 91.7 FM was purchased from Rice University for $9.5 million in 2010. Most of the classical music and arts programming produced by Houston Public Media moved to the new station, along with live broadcasts with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera and local performing artists and groups. KUHF then adopted a 24-hour all news and information format.

Read more from Houston Public Media and Radio Survivor.

Next Generation Radio project taking applications for Minneapolis

For the National Student Electronic Media Convention, CBI will be partnering with Minnesota Public Radio News (MPR News) and NPR to sponsor another Next Generation Radio project. Selected students will have the opportunity to learn from professional journalists during a week-long program in Minneapolis, Oct. 19-24, 2015.

Next Generation Radio is a digital-first, multimedia journalism and professional development project for undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism and broadcast media.

More information and application instructions are available on the CBI Minneapolis site.

Michigan State University radio spotlights drumline

If you can’t make it back to campus to watch the Drumline gear up for the season, check out the great video above put together by students at The Impact, MSU’s award-winning radio station. The Impact is one of the nation’s largest college radio stations with more than 300 students working for volunteering at the student-run media outlet.

Read more from


Plus, Radio Survivor’s 11th podcast episode.

By |August 25th, 2015|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conventions, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Is it that time of year already?


It is amazing how summer is almost (if not already) just a memory. Students have arrived on my campus for orientation and next week classes start here. If you have not already gathered your ideas, here are some thoughts to help you guide your year ahead.

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Put together an on-line planning calendar. One for you personally and one calendar in coordination with the leaders of your department, organization, etc. Make it accessible to all who are impacted and allow some of those to have the ability to edit. Start with what you know and what you suspect. Then share it and hold a brainstorming session either in person or electronically. This should be a living document that is updated throughout the year, revisited at meetings to see what is upcoming and what new opportunities or deadlines need to be added.

On that topic, add to your calendar for tomorrow, book CBI convention rooms now before they are sold out. See

Budget. You likely already have a budget in place. If you haven’t done so, review it with the stakeholders and revise are necessary/permitted.

Make sure you have included funds for the convention. Bring those to the convention who will bring the most value back to the station, such as non-seniors.

Goals. Use SMART goals (Google it). Too many people develop a list of goals which are not really goals. I want to do x this semester is not a goal. If you read what you read up on SMART goals, you will understand the previous statement. Each of those letters stand for something important. Do not leave anything out.

Shake things up! If something did not go well last year, are you going to repeat the mistakes? Stop doing it or change it. Even if it went well, why keep doing the same thing without thinking about how to improve and draw attention to the wonderful things you are doing.

What is next for you and your organization? How do you get there? When setting goals, do not do them randomly. Even if they are SMART, they should be moving you or your organization towards a larger “big picture” SMART goal.

Review your stations operational documents to determine if they are accurate and current or do they need to be changed or updated? The review may remind you of things you had forgotten about. Changing operational documents should require substantial discussion and thought with all the stakeholders.

Make sure your equipment/software is operating as expected. Nothing deters students quicker from a student organization whose tools are not functioning properly. If the equipment is not operating properly and that has a negative impact on the quality of what you produce/air or reduces the quantity, the organization reputation will suffer. Speaking of organization reputation, many student media organizations have a bad reputation on campus. Is addressing the misconceptions about your organization on your SMART goal list?

Hopefully, you have given thought to all of the items in the incomplete list above and this is just a reminder to revisit some items which fell through the cracks during the summer months.

By |August 19th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WPRB Princeton gears up to celebrate 75 years on the air

Founded in 1940, WPRB was one of the first college radio stations to broadcast on FM, and we’ve been recognized over the years by publications including The New York Times and Spin Magazine. Today, we have a strong following both at Princeton University and in the surrounding community– in fact, the station is one of the few spaces where college students interact with community members on a regular basis.

Over the past few months, we’ve been putting together an exhibit featuring photos, DJ testimonials, and station memorabilia from the past 75 years. We’ve also launched a brand-new website,, commemorating the station’s evolution.


Sale of public TV station could net $40 million for Ohio college

Dave Kielmeyer, BGSU’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, says the school would invest the funds from a sale back into academic programming.

Kielmeyer says if the university doesn’t sell, WBGU would still likely be consolidated with another station by the FCC.

Read more from the Akron Beacon Journal.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch and the 10th episode of their podcast.

By |August 18th, 2015|CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


WKNC hosts Radio Ride bike race 
WKNC’s Radio Ride is modeled after similar bike races hosted in the Triangle, including the HepCat and WESAcat races, and expects to draw between 50 and 100 participants. Riders will receive a set of clues pointing them to various checkpoints around the NC State campus and downtown Raleigh and should expect to bike between 15 and 20 miles. Prizes for the top finishers include donated items from Fyxation, Raleigh Denim and Negative Fun Records.

EMCC launches college radio station

East Mississippi Community College has taken to the air waves. The community college has launched it’s own radio station, the 100-watt WGTC 92.7 FM. The station broadcasts from the school’s Mayhew campus and reaches about 15 miles in each direction.

Read more from WTVA.

Sixty Seconds of NextRadio Glory Contest: Win your trip to CBI’s NSEMC!

Broadcast radio-for-smartphone app developer NextRadio is working with College Broadcasters Inc. on a contest for college broadcasters to create the best 60-second spot promoting the NextRadio app. Radio World quizzed CBI President Greg Weston on the details.

Read more from Radio World.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s latest podcast, a word on the Princeton Review station rankings and a college radio unicorn.

By |August 11th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

NextRadio® and CBI Launch Radio Spot Contest


NextRadio® and CBI Launch Radio Spot Contest

NextRadio seeking sixty second radio spot to include in National Awareness Campaign through college contest. Prizes include National Student Electronic Media Convention registrations, hotel accommodations and even airfare!

Indianapolis, IN.  August 5, 2015 – NextRadio and College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) have teamed up in search of the best-of-the-best in radio spot advertisements. College students nationwide can create and submit a sixty second radio spot promoting NextRadio. Entrants will get valuable experience creating a spot and the winner will get incredible exposure for themselves and the spot they created. To learn more about the contest and to submit your radio spot, visit

NextRadio is the smartphone app that allows listeners to see and hear local FM radio. NextRadio is a radio industry initiative supported by the National Association of Broadcasters, Radio Advertising Bureau, and most of the radio industry’s major owners and operators.

The contest is designed to offer college students an opportunity to conceive, create, and submit a commercial radio spot and compete within a real world context.  Learning by doing is essential to the student media experience and by partnering on this contest, NextRadio and CBI are providing students from coast to coast a chance for professional development that extends well beyond the confines of a college campus.

“Currently, 50,000-70,000 radio spots run each month supporting the NextRadio National Awareness Campaign, which launched in February. This is a huge opportunity for students to have their radio spot played nationally among thousands of broadcast stations and heard by millions. We will get the opportunity to showcase rising talent for the radio industry,” said Paul Brenner, President NextRadio.

“CBI is thrilled to team up with NextRadio to offer students from our media outlets this unprecedented opportunity to have their work appear in front of millions of listeners. Not only will the winners get national exposure for their talent, but they’ll also be able to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them at the National Student Electronic Media Convention,” said Greg Weston, President CBI.

The contest will run from August 17 – September 18, 2015. Winners will be announced on September 28, 2015. The first place winner will have their sixty second radio spot included in flight four of the NextRadio National Awareness Campaign, starting October 1, 2015. In addition to having their radio spot played on-air across the country, the winner will win one (1) National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) registration in Minneapolis, MN from October 22-24, 2015, a two (2) night hotel stay at Hyatt Regency from October 22-23, 2015, airfare travel to NSEMC (up to $500 value), and recognition during NSEMC. Students need to submit their radio spot through the submission process at To learn more about NSEMC visit

About TagStation, LLC and NextRadio®

TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners.  With partial funding from NAB Labs, TagStation also developed the NextRadio® hybrid radio smartphone app which uses TagStation® cloud services to provide a rich FM radio listening experience on smartphones and tablets by combining the devices’ built-in FM tuner and the internet. Founded in 2013, TagStation, LLC is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago, IL. For more information, about TagStation®, visit For more information about NextRadio®, visit

About CBI

CBI is a member-driven organization serving students and advisers of college and high school electronic media outlets. Through events, programs and a network of expertise, we provide our members with educational and professional development opportunities and facilitate advocacy. CBI currently represents more than 200 active radio and television member stations. For more information about CBI, visit

About National Student Electronic Media Convention

The National Student Electronic Media Convention is America’s top convention dedicated to the interests of student radio stations, TV/video outlets, and webcasters. The convention features breakout sessions led by advisers and media professionals, student-led roundtables, and networking opportunities. Among the highlights of this year’s NSEMC will be a pre-convention workshop for new and newer advisers, the presentation of the National Student Production Awards, and a keynote address by new media content strategist Clinton Forry. More information on the NSEMC can be found at


Media Contact:
Maura Kautsky

By |August 5th, 2015|About CBI, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Countdown to Fall


It’s just a matter of weeks or days now.

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Colleges and universities (and high schools) across the country swing open their doors for another academic year. And, as student media entities, we are all greatly anticipating a great influx of new members.

Hopefully you’re not just waiting for them to walk in the door, but instead are actively marketing and recruiting. But if you were unhappy with how recruitment went last year and you do the same thing you did last year, why would you expect anything to change?

Some of the ideas below may be old-hat to some, but feel free to use a few to enhance your recruitment efforts and, with any luck, welcome a few future Board members or even a future station manager.

  • If your station only hangs posters and flyers around campus I have a question—when was the last time you stopped to read a flyer on a bulletin board? Not that you shouldn’t do them, but it can’t be the only thing you do.
  • Send a recruitment flyer and email individual faculty members in related majors with recruitment meeting information—you do have the time date and place for your meeting already set don’t you? Think beyond the Communication department as well—Political Science for News, Sports Management for Sports, Theatre for Production and talent, Computer Science for Website, Engineering for engineering and behind the scenes people, etc.
  • Set up a schedule for your key returners to go speak to lower division classes in the first week to target freshmen and sophomores. Email the professor in advance to ask if you can have two minutes to pitch your media and give out meeting info. Most will allow you to.
  • First days of classes, meet early in the morning and chalk every classroom on campus with a “save” box with your recruitment meeting info. As students eyes wander, they’ll see it.
  • Check on any campus social media site posting rules and use them if you can—most freshmen don’t yet know any better and are on them at least early in their careers.

There are lots of other recruitment ideas, but I don’t want to give away the whole CBI-Minneapolis session.

The real work starts after you get them in the door with retaining them, but that’s a whole other topic.



By |August 5th, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student media in the news


Emory & Henry College almost ready with new home for WHEC

But before students can use the facility, the local radio station is moving in, WEHC. 90.7 FM is one of the only solar powered radio stations in the Southeast.

Radio staff say it’s a welcome change because the current station is on the third floor of a building with no elevator.

Read more from WCYB and Emory & Henry College.

UNLV students gain more shows and opportunities on KUNV

Two months ago, KUNV quietly swapped out its Monday-Friday nighttime smooth-jazz programming for a six-hour, student-curated show called The Nightshift, divided into two-hour blocks of indie rock, underground hip-hop (including Friday-night institution Word Up) and non-commercial electronic dance music.

Read more from Las Vegas Weekly.

Cougars & Mustangs: KGUR

Though when school is in session the station rarely stops during normal hours, it is a student-run project that appreciates all the help it can get. Will Pompe, the program director of KGUR, is highly interested in hearing student suggestions for the running of the station, such as requests for particular artists, and how often to allow airspace for advertising.

Read more from the New Times.

SUNY Old Westbury station featured in Radio Magazine
“Radio can play a major role in the development of a student at any stage of his or her academic career,” said OWWR Station Manager Joseph Manfredi.  “OWWR provides an environment that encourages students to find their own voice, their thought processes, and their self-perception while they assume ownership of their education and future.”
Read more from Old Westbury.
MSU grad takes charge of WMSV.
Helping these students reach their full radio potential is the task of station general manager Anthony Craven. A 2001 MSU graduate, Craven took charge of the station in June following the retirement of Steve Ellis, who worked more than three decades on campus.
Read more from the Washington Times.
CBI’s awards finalists coming soon
Finalists for the 2015 CBI National Student Production Awards will be announced starting Monday, Aug. 17 on the Minneapolis National Student Electronic Media Convention website.

By |August 4th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Student media in the news


Get the latest news on CBI Minneapolis

Check out the CBI Minneapolis page for the latest news and updates on the National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

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Tomball looks to launch local radio station

“We want to wait until school is back in session,” Parr said. “This is an effort to create a program that would work both Lone Star College-Tomball and Tomball ISD, and allow them to utilize the station itself as a broadcast outlet.”

Last summer, the Tomball City Council approved the acquisition of a low-powered FCC license to operate a local broadcasting system used to market city sponsored events, and broadcast public safety issues to residents.

Read more from the Houston Chronicle.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s LPFM watch, the WIUS reunions, and the Radio Survivor podcast.


By |July 28th, 2015|Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Summer Retreat


One of my favorite things as a media adviser is seeing students grow as leaders in our program. The close one-on-one contact working with eager students to better these skills are conversations that happily fill my office on a daily basis.

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Student managers and faculty from Orbit Media met this past weekend for a short summer retreat. Topics included planning the TV news program, next year’s newspaper design, getting our local SPJ Chapter more active on campus, and discussions about how to better manage student peers.

Our management students traditionally move back to campus a week before classes begin to make these decisions and prep to be live the first week of classes. But the concept for a formal summer meeting was new. The idea to host this planning session was 100 percent student driven. Lucky for us, half of this student group lives close to the university, but others came hours from home to make this weekend happen.

If your media outlet can similarly benefit from a summer retreat, here are highlights from our experience:

  • Having students focused in a room with no competition for hours is wonderful. Being able to make sound decisions without students leaving for other meetings, practices, or commitments makes a big difference.
  • Turning the outside world off. No personal electronics. Asking students to print notes prior to the meeting, send links in advance to project, and write things down ahead of time helped drive the productivity.
  • Fresh perspective. Luckily we have students working intense internships with news stations this summer. These few months away made the Muskingum University media world more real to them. Expectations for their peers are now higher.
  • Local reporting. This is an odd summer for us because we don’t have any working reporters due to outside jobs and internships. Students were able to turn around local news features this weekend during their off time to populate our website for the rest of the summer.

This group set the pace for hopeful future retreats. I am proud of their initiatives and decisions to better Orbit Media. I am looking forward to their planning paying off for the fall term.

By |July 22nd, 2015|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


KCPR Cal Poly Radio dispatches with its long-time community DJs as the college charts a new course

Three basic changes were announced: Only students can be regular DJs; all DJs must take a 2-unit class and then subsequently enroll in a 1-unit practicum; and there would be no more graveyard shifts, instead all programming between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. would be prerecorded.

Read more from the New Times.

Saint Leo University radio to hit the airwaves this fall

WSLS will broadcast on 92.7 FM from a small antenna at Pasco High School the university is renting for $10 a year. The signal will cover St. Leo and Dade City and reach into Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.

Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Session Proposals open for CBI NSEMC in Minneapolis

Session proposals are open through Aug. 1 for the fourth annual CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Minneapolis, Oct. 22-24. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the session proposals page.

KBA hosts the fourth annual WKU Radio Talent Institute
Over the ten days, college students, who had applied and were accepted into the Institute, will be taught on almost all aspects of radio, including on air, sports, news, production, promotions, digital and sales. There are no breakout sessions; all students are in every session.
Read more from FMQB.

Plus, Spinning Indie tours Howard University’s WHBC, the history of WIUS and their reunions and the latest Radio Survivor podcast.

By |July 21st, 2015|CBI News, Member News|0 Comments