Give Radio the ‘Ol College Try on October 1st

Posted on September 29, 2013


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Prepare to embrace your inner college kid and get your indie/hipster groove on.

October 1st is College Radio Day.

This unofficial holiday, only in its fourth year now, seeks to celebrate the roll that college radio plays in supporting students and independent artists through the “unique and fearless programming” found on the college radio dial.

Because let’s face it, listening to the same seven bands on commercial radio, over and over again, can get very boring.

Station skipping through your local radio-scape may be offer temporary relief, but there’s another alternative, an antidote to the commercial radio yawn.

Tune in your local college radio station.

And that’s what college radio day is all about. It’s about getting the rest of us non-college types to give college radio, the ol’ college try.

“The aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, international awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world,” their website says, “by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day.”

College Radio Day started in 2010. The brain-child of Dr. Rob Quicke (General Manager, WPSC FM, William Paterson University, NYC market), according to the College Radio Day website. Dr. Quicke worked with Peter Kreten (General Manager, WXAV FM, Saint Xavier University, Chicago market) to develop the idea.

“The aim of College Radio Day is to harness the combined listenership of hundreds of thousands of college radio listeners throughout the world and to celebrate the important contribution of college radio by uniting for this one day,” the site says.

It has since grown and the original concept has become more holistic in its celebration of independent music and support for college radio. In 2012, 585 student stations, in 29 countries participated in college radio day. One of the aims of the day is to focus all that attention into a successful fundraiser to help these non-commercial stations remain viable.

College Radio Day Records also formed in 2012. Envisioned as a student-run record label, whose proceeds from the sales of compilations will go to support student radio stations, the label has plans to release an annual CD compilations of tunes by college radio bands.

“Proceeds from the sale of the annual CRD albums will go directly to a NEW non-profit fund for college and high school radio stations called the College Radio Fund,” the site says.

This new Fund is officially launching during College Radio Day 2013, providing students and stations with one more reason to celebrate this year.

CRD Records released their first album in 2012. All aspects of the album, including the musicians selected, artwork and other design aspects are determined by a committee of college radio station delegates called “the Sound Board.” The 2012 album is a two disc set featuring many unreleased tracks submitted by college radio stations from around the USA. They’ve even found support from more mainstream bands who continue to support college radio.

“Disc 2 features many unreleased tracks from known artists who are publicly standing with college radio,” the site says.

So drive a stake through the heart of boring radio on October 1st and support your local college radio station by tuning in.