When at all possible, college radio stations should strive to create original, locally-focused and student-hosted music and public affairs programming. Sometimes, however, that isn’t feasible. Carefully selected non-original programming can provide significant value for a station.
College Broadcasters, Inc. provides a good list of free or low-cost programming in its list “Non-Satellite Programming Resources for Radio Stations.” Below are some programs stations can also consider (repeats from CBI’s list may be included). Language in quotation marks or set in a block quote is directly from the program’s website, as they can describe it better than I can. Note: PLEASE double check with each producer regarding the program’s compliance with non-commercial radio guidelines.
This Way Out - I was somehow under the impression that this weekly LGBT news magazine had ceased production. I am happy to say I am wrong and it continues to be carried on 200 stations across the country - including college radio station WREK at Georgia Tech. The show includes national and international news. Programs are available by Internet download.
Between the Lines - A weekly program available by Internet download, “Between The Lines is a weekly syndicated half-hour news magazine featuring progressive perspectives on national and international political, economic and social issues.”
It’s wonderful to see new student radio stations start up across the country. Arkansas State University’s Red Wolf Radio is one of the newest, launching earlier this year.
Building on a program with a history of public service broadcasting, a new venture, Red Wolf Radio–a student-operated, online radio station, went live with on-air student talent beginning this morning, according to Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication.
“Students have long-wanted a student-run station on campus that caters to their interests,” said Larz G. Roberts, A-State instructor in the Multimedia Journalism Program. “Its time has come.”
I think one of the problems with developing good public affairs programming for college radio is the assumption that a show needs to be a standard length to fit perfectly into the existing schedule.
AMU Radio at American Military University has a good schedule of “programming showcasing faculty practitioners who are experts in their fields.” They offer six programs of varying lengths - from 5-10 minutes, 15-25 minutes and 50-60 minutes. Some of the programs also repeat throughout the week.
While shows should be a standard length if your ultimate goal is syndication, something just for your station can be as flexible as you need. By all means don’t add 10 minutes of sub par content just to fill space.
radio: if your school has one join it asap. it’s chill. you meet cool people. you can study and listen to good music. did i mention you get to speak on the radio? yeah so seriously it’s the best.
-coming from a kid that only applied to colleges with radio stations