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The Radio Survivor podcast is a weekly show that explores the future of community media, with a focus on community radio, college radio, low-power FM and public access TV, along with podcasting and internet radio. Hosts Paul Riismandel, Eric Klein and Jennifer Waits highlight the best and most innov… read more

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Podcast #315 – Mitch Jeserich

September 15th, 2021

1:29:56

Mitch Jeserich has been working as a host, producer and reporter for Pacifica Radio and KPFA for two decades.

His career in radio was …

Podcast #314 – Radio and the Lindbergh Kidnapping

September 8th, 2021

1:27:23

On the show this week we explore a pivotal period for radio news in the 1930s and learn why the Lindbergh kidnapping changed everything. Travel back in time with us. It’s March 1932 and a horrible crime has …

Podcast #313 – PodcastRE’s Archive of Podcasting Culture

September 1st, 2021

1:22:23

On this week’s show, we revisit a topic that is near and dear to us, the preservation of sound. This time around the emphasis is on podcasts. Our guest Jeremy Morris is the founder of PodcastRE (which is …

Podcast #311 – Classic Films about Radio

August 17th, 2021

58:40

Portrayals of radio in popular culture provide an interesting glimpse at radio’s role in society. At Radio Survivor, we’ve long been …

Podcast #310 – Radioee.net Celebrates 100 Year History of Wireless Communication (now 101 years)

August 11th, 2021

59:58

Today on the show we rebroadcast one of our favorite episodes from one year ago, which was described this way:

On August 27, 2020, nomadic online radio station Radioee.net is presenting a live, …

Podcast #309 – Ear Retraining with Dogbotic

August 4th, 2021

1:29:42

What do home made short wave radios, flexi discs, and cyanotype photography have in common? Kirk Pearson is a composer and founder of …

Podcast #308 – Marking a Quarter-Century of MP3 (Replay)

July 28th, 2021

1:25:47

Shortly after its 26th birthday, we revisit this interview celebrating a quarter-century of the MP3.

On July 14, 1995 the file …

Podcast #307 – Battling over Violence, Sex and Women’s Roles on Postwar Radio

July 21st, 2021

1:42:42

On this week’s show, we take a trip back in time to look at radio in the 1940s and 1950s. During this post-war period, women’s roles were …

Podcast #306 – Radio Coincidences, from Easttown to Sutherlin

July 14th, 2021

1:14:49

What are the odds that a popular television series would feature your college radio station as a backdrop for two episodes? That’s exactly …

Podcast #305 – Radio History on the Northern Border of Mexico

July 6th, 2021

58:52

Border radio is one of our favorite topics at Radio Survivor and on this week’s episode we dig into the history of radio broadcasting on …

Podcast #304 – Lesbian Radio History in Canada

June 30th, 2021

1:41:59

As we wrap up Pride Month, our podcast discussion turns to queer spaces and queer community on the radio and in podcasting, specifically lesbian broadcasters in Canada. Our guest, Stacey Copeland is a media …

Podcast #303 – Radio on TV, Magazines and Tape

June 23rd, 2021

1:27:18

Just when we thought the Franken FM era might be over for good, the FCC grants “Special Temporary Authority” to a LPTV channel 6 in San Jose, California to keep its analog signal – heard on the FM dial – on …

Podcast #302 – Feminista Frequencies

June 15th, 2021

1:19:54

This week, we take a close look at the history of an influential Spanish language community radio station: KDNA. Located in Washington State, the station launched in 1979 and serves a rural community which …

Podcast #301 – Digitizing & Transcribing the Archives of NYC Progressive Church Radio

June 9th, 2021

1:06:54

From 1961 to 1976 WRVR-FM broadcast a progressive slate of social justice and jazz programming from the Riverside Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Beginning in 2018 those archives are being digitized …

Podcast #300 – How to Get a Noncomm FM License in 2021 (Replay)

June 2nd, 2021

59:20

The Federal Communications Commission recently announced that November 2, 2021 will mark the opening of the next licensing window for …

Podcast #299 – Cassettes for Art, Radio and Recording TV

May 26th, 2021

1:32:32

It seems like physical media continues to have a hold on humans, even while most of us in the West engage with online, streaming and …

Podcast #298 – College Radio at the end of the Academic COVID Year

May 19th, 2021

1:24:00

Colleges and high schools are finishing up their first – and, with hope, last – full academic COVID year, and all indicators are that …

Podcast #297 – Radio Studies and Soundwork

May 12th, 2021

1:20:41

Renowned radio scholar Michele Hilmes is Professor Emerita, Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at …

Podcast #296: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art – rebroadcast

May 5th, 2021

58:52

Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist enamored with radios and radio waves. The Assistant Professor, Studio Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) joins us on the show to discuss her most recent …

Podcast #295 – High School Podcasting with the Hosts of Rice and Shine

April 28th, 2021

1:17:06

This week, we are joined by the hosts of the podcast Rice and Shine. Led by four Seattle-area teenagers, the chat-style program …

Podcast #294 – Reading the PIRATE Act / FCC & the Supremes Pt. 2

April 21st, 2021

1:40:17

The PIRATE Act was signed into law more than a year ago, but the rules governing increased fines for unlicensed broadcasting are about to …

Podcast #293 – Exploring Radio Art and Transmission Art

April 14th, 2021

1:33:07

What is radio art? What is transmission art? We discuss the experimental side of radio and artistic uses of radio transmissions on our show this week, looking at historical and contemporary examples. Artist …

Podcast #292 – The History of Sound Art

April 7th, 2021

58:52

What is sound art? And what do we know about its origin story? We explore this question and more with our guest this week, artist and educator Judy Dunaway. An adjunct professor in the History of Art …

Podcast #291 – The New Adventures of Super Indian

March 31st, 2021

1:16:36

A super hero comic is at the heart of The New Adventures of Super Indian, a forthcoming audio drama from Native Voices at the Autry. Our guests on the show include Super Indian’s creator, playwright and …

Podcast #290 – Aimee Semple McPherson and the Early History of Radio Evangelists

March 24th, 2021

1:00:19

One of the biggest celebrities in Los Angeles in the early part of the 20th century was Aimee Semple McPherson. She inspired scandalous …

Podcast #289 – Celebrating Women in Sound

March 17th, 2021

1:51:24

In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s episode focuses on women in sound. Our guests, Jennifer Hyland Wang and Jenny Stoever, …

Podcast #288 – Eagle vs. Transmitter

March 10th, 2021

1:02:12

This week we share more evidence of how broadest radio is an important informational lifeline and human connection for so many people. As most of the country enters year two of the pandemic, we catch up again …

Podcast #287 – New Station Opportunity, Women’s History Month, and more

March 3rd, 2021

1:57:52

Jennifer, Eric and Paul join together to review what’s news as we kick off the month of March. Top of the list is an upcoming FCC radio …

Podcast #286 – Native American Voices on the Air in the Early Days of Radio

February 24th, 2021

1:31:54

On this week’s show we take a look at the ways that Native Americans used sound technology during radio’s earliest days and how that …

Podcast #285 – Running a Big Community Media Organization in the 2nd Year of the Pandemic

February 17th, 2021

1:21:43

Nathan Moore is the General Manager at WTJU and the Staff Advisor of WXTJ at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is also the current President of the Board of the NFCB, the National Federation …

Podcast #284 – SpokenWeb and Literary Sound

February 10th, 2021

1:59:00

On this week’s show we learn about SpokenWeb, a Canadian project focused on the preservation of literary sound recordings. Partly inspired by the energetic poetry scene of the 1960s, SpokenWeb works to …

Podcast #283 – Project STAND is Archiving Student Activism

February 3rd, 2021

58:52

On Radio Survivor we are interested in not only audio, but also its history as well as preservation efforts. Along those lines, we have done numerous episodes about archives. We additionally have a strong …

Podcast #282 – New FCC, Who Dis?

January 27th, 2021

1:24:00

What a difference a week makes. President Biden has appointed Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, only the second time a woman has held the post. This signals the …

Podcast #281 – Wrapping Up Section 230 & the VOA

January 20th, 2021

1:32:06

There are a few stories we were watching closely at the end of 2020, and we wanted to bring listeners up to date. First up is Section 230, the law that provides a degree of immunity to online platforms – from …

Podcast #280 – Student Radio History in Australia

January 13th, 2021

1:30:32

Radio history is close to our hearts at Radio Survivor and on this week’s episode we explore the story of student radio in Australia. Our …

Podcast #279 – Zach Poff Built a Radio Station Inside a Pond

January 6th, 2021

59:34


Zach Poff put a radio station inside a pond. Poff is a media artist, educator and maker-of-things, and he explains that project and talks …

Podcast #278 – The Wave Farm Grows Transmission Arts (rebroadcast)

December 30th, 2020

58:54

Radios in the trees, a transmitter in the pond, and a weather-driven synth. These are just some of what you’ll find on The Wave Farm, a 29-acre property in New York’s Hudson Valley dedicated to radio and …

Podcast #277 – How Does the FCC Solve Anything?

December 23rd, 2020

1:37:51

Even though Trump is leaving the White House on January 19, he’s set up the FCC to carry on his idiosyncratic policy goals well into the …

Podcast #276 – 2020 the Year in Radio and Sound

December 16th, 2020

1:23:49

Though there are many good reasons why one might not want to look back at the year that was, we still see some aspects worth noting. In …

Podcast #275: Making Scholarly Podcasts Count

December 9th, 2020

1:16:51

Podcasting is increasingly being taken up by people in academia, for myriad reasons. Some professors are looking for ways to share their …

Podcast #274 – UbuWeb is a Hand Coded Archive that Stands the Test of Time

December 1st, 2020

58:52

Poet Kenneth Goldsmith created UbuWeb in 1996 as an online repository for obscure avant-garde art that, by virtue of having little …

Podcast #273: Thanksgiving and Radio Traditions with Alice Brock of “Alice’s Restaurant”

November 25th, 2020

1:00:59

On this most unusual of Thanksgiving weeks, we are honored to speak with Alice Brock, the woman who provided much inspiration for Arlo Guthrie’s inadvertent Thanksgiving Day radio staple, “Alice’s …

Podcast #272 – ‘Geek of the Week’ and the Beginning of Internet Radio

November 18th, 2020

58:53

Carl Malamud is credited with having one of the very first streaming internet talk radio shows, “Geek of the Week,” beginning in 1993. And because it was available for download, too, it’s considered a …

Podcast #271: AM Radio Goes Digital as It Celebrates a Centennial

November 11th, 2020

1:41:08

Eric, Jennifer and Paul reconvene to catch up on all that is news to us in the worlds of radio and sound. The FCC just unanimously …

Podcast #270: Public Media for All

November 4th, 2020

58:39

In the last few years a number of large and prominent public media organizations have been forced to confront the effects of sexism, racism and harassment within their own organizations that has been …

Podcast #269 – How To Get an FM Radio License in 2021

October 28th, 2020

1:08:01

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it will open two filing windows for non-commercial FM radio licenses. First up …

Podcast #268 – Scene on Radio

October 21st, 2020

58:52

Over the course of four seasons, the Peabody-nominated podcast “Scene on Radio,” a production of the Center for Documentary Studies at …

Podcast #267 – Live from the Grassroots Radio Conference: Community Radio and Protests

October 14th, 2020

1:12:04

This week, the Radio Survivor crew did its first live broadcast from a virtual conference held over Zoom. As part of the 2020 Grassroots Radio Conference, we presented a live radio show during the event, …

Podcast #266 – Flirt FM Celebrates 25 Years of College & Community Radio in Ireland

October 7th, 2020

1:25:40

Flirt FM at the National University of Ireland at Galway was one of the first “community of interest” stations to go on the air in that …

Podcast #265 – Inside the “Little Known” Voice of America and the U.S. Agency for Global Media

September 30th, 2020

1:22:45

Over the past few months, there’s been a flurry of media attention focused on the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Some reports describe it as a “little-known” agency and, in fact, it may seem …

Podcast # 264 – Joe Boyd

September 23rd, 2020

1:21:49

Joe Boyd is best known as a record producer (he worked with Pink Floyd and Nick Drake just to name two artists) and he is the author of the book “White Bicycles, Making Music in the 1960’s.” In 2015 he …

Podcast #263 – Broadcasting High School Radio through Wildfires and a Pandemic

September 15th, 2020

1:39:51

With wildfires raging up and down the west coast of the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, many radio stations are facing …

Podcast #262 – Eric Nuzum (rebroadcast)

September 9th, 2020

1:31:24

Eric Nuzum started NPR’s podcasting efforts in 2005. He worked at NPR for over a decade and helped produce hit shows like “TED Radio Hour” and “Invisibila.” He left NPR for Audible, where he led Amazons …

Podcast #261 – Remembering Lorenzo Milam

September 3rd, 2020

1:25:57

Jennifer, Eric and Paul get the gang back together to remember community radio innovator Lorenzo Milam, who passed away on July 19. We …

Podcast #260 – Radio History on the Northern Border of Mexico

August 26th, 2020

1:14:19

Border radio is one of our favorite topics at Radio Survivor and on this week’s episode we dig into the history of radio broadcasting on …

Podcast #259 – Radioee.net Celebrates 100 Year History of Wireless Communication

August 19th, 2020

1:34:27

On August 27, 2020, nomadic online radio station Radioee.net is presenting a live, translingual 24-hour broadcast, Wireless, featuring 24 radio stations from all over the world. Taking place on the 100th …

Podcast #258 – Trump Admin Raises the Specter of the Fairness Doctrine

August 13th, 2020

1:11:36

The FCC is testing its luck with the Supreme Court, after years of failure in attempting to revise media ownership regulations using …

Podcast #257 – Marking a Quarter-Century of MP3

August 5th, 2020

1:25:47

On July 14, 1995 the file extension .MP3 was chosen and set in place for an audio format that would go on to change music. Artist, scholar …

Podcast #256 – The Robin Hood of the Avant-Garde

July 29th, 2020

2:02:59

Poet Kenneth Goldsmith created UbuWeb in 1996 as an online repository for obscure avant-garde art that, by virtue of having little …

Podcast #255 – ‘Geek of the Week’ and the Beginning of Internet Radio

July 22nd, 2020

1:36:58

Carl Malamud is credited with having one of the very first streaming internet talk radio shows, “Geek of the Week,” beginning in 1993. And because it was available for download, too, it’s considered a …

Podcast #254 – The Intertwined History of the Radio and Recording Industries

July 15th, 2020

58:54


On this week’s show, we take a trip back to the early 20th century to learn about the recording industry’s intertwined relationship with …

Podcast 253 – Sound Streams: Dissecting the History of Internet Radio

July 8th, 2020

1:56:47

Internet radio was born more than 25 years ago, yet, according to Edison Research, only in the last month has the medium garnered just 10% of all broadcast listening time in the US. We might lay at least some …

Podcast # 252 – Exploring the Seeds of Public Radio in Educational Radio Archives

June 30th, 2020

1:14:34

This week, we explore the ancestor of public radio in the United States: educational radio. Our guest, Stephanie Sapienza, helps to bring educational radio archives to life through her work on the …

Podcast #251 – The Global Queer Read-In

June 24th, 2020

58:52

Our guest on Radio Survivor is producing The Global Queer Read-In: A Virtual Pride Event; a 12 hour long webcast to celebrate LGBTQ literature. Brian DeShazor is the brand new CEO of Overnight Productions, …

Podcast #250 – Aimee Semple McPherson and the Early History of Radio Evangelists

June 17th, 2020

1:27:47

One of the biggest celebrities in Los Angeles in the early part of the 20th century was Aimee Semple McPherson. She inspired scandalous …

Podcast #249 – Documenting & Preserving Radio at HBCUs

June 10th, 2020

58:52

Scholar Jocelyn Robinson says about one-third of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have radio stations. Her mission is to …

Podcast #248 – African American Preachers on Wax

June 2nd, 2020

1:00:14

On this week’s episode, scholar Lerone Martin shares with us the fascinating history of African-American preachers who distributed their …

Podcast #247 – Scene on Radio

May 27th, 2020

58:52

Over the course of four seasons, the Peabody-nominated podcast “Scene on Radio,” a production of the Center for Documentary Studies at …

Podcast #246 – Radio in the Movies

May 20th, 2020

1:05:26

Portrayals of radio in popular culture provide an interesting glimpse at radio’s role in society. At Radio Survivor, we’ve long been …

Podcast #245 – Hidden Women’s Radio History in Uruguay

May 12th, 2020

58:52

In 2019 we celebrated International Women’s Day by recording a fascinating interview about women’s radio history with University of …

Podcast #244 – Exploring the So-Called ‘Golden Age’ of College Radio

May 6th, 2020

1:09:22

Some consider the late 1960s through the mid-1990s to be a “golden age” of college radio. History professor Katherine Rye Jewell, from …

Podcast #243 – A Radio Survivor First

April 29th, 2020

58:52

A common theme on Radio Survivor is that claims of being first should be viewed skeptically. From purported first college radio station …

Podcast #242 – Radio on the TV with James Cridland

April 22nd, 2020

1:10:24

Did you know that a lot of folks in Europe listen to radio on their televisions? Neither did we, until we talked with James Cridland, …

Podcast #241 – WBCN and the American Revolution

April 15th, 2020

1:02:40

WBCN in Boston, MA is one of the storied freeform FM stations in American commercial radio history. We’re talking about it because there’s a recent documentary film, entitled “WBCN and the American …

Podcast #240 – WFMU is Still On the Air During the Pandemic

April 8th, 2020

58:52

Ken Freedman is the General Manager and the Program Director of WFMU, a free form community radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey that prides itself on it’s live, in studio sound from every one of it’s …

Podcast #239 – Hunkering Down with Raven Radio in Sitka, Alaska

March 31st, 2020

1:13:25

Raven Radio, KCAW-FM, serves Sitka and the remote communities of Southeast Alaska with public radio content, local news and …

Podcast #238 – Social Distancing, Going Remote and Automation during Global Pandemic

March 25th, 2020

1:14:33

The University of Virgina’s WTJU now only permits one person in their studios at one time and has five remote locations ready to take over …

Podcast #237 – How Community & College Radio Can Deal with COVID-19

March 18th, 2020

1:08:55

Community and college radio stations are unique in broadcasting because in addition to being important community services, many are also a …

Podcast #236 – FCC and the Supremes

March 11th, 2020

1:26:44

FCC policy has left media ownership diversity at “obnoxiously low levels,” especially considering that more minority and women ownership …

Podcast #235 – Pulling Back the Curtain

March 4th, 2020

1:19:38

Jennifer, Eric and Paul have some college radio news to review, but first they pull back the curtain to survey the state of affairs in …

Podcast #234 – Community Access Radio in New Zealand

February 26th, 2020

58:52

In New Zealand a dozen partially government-funded radio stations are charged with providing access to under-represented groups and communities. Wellington Access Radio, situated in New Zealand’s capital …

Podcast #233 – Border Radio in North America (rebroadcast)

February 19th, 2020

58:52

Radio waves don’t obey borders, and stations have been taking advantage of this fact since the dawn of the medium – often despite the …

Podcast #232 – Documenting & Preserving Radio at HBCUs

February 12th, 2020

1:05:57

Scholar Jocelyn Robinson says about one-third of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have radio stations. Her mission is to …

Podcast #231 – Eric Nuzum

February 5th, 2020

1:00:24

Eric Nuzum started NPR’s podcasting efforts in 2005 where he worked for over a decade and helped produce hit shows like “TED Radio Hour” and “Invisibila” – he left NPR for Audible, where he led Amazons …

Podcast #230 – The Library of Congress Launches Podcast Preservation Project

January 29th, 2020

1:24:30


On this week’s episode we learn about a brand new project at the Library of Congress that is focused entirely on archiving podcasts. Ted Westervelt, Manager of the Podcast Preservation Project at Library of …

Podcast #229 – Reading the PIRATE Act

January 22nd, 2020

58:52

The PIRATE Act, recently passed by Congress, is intended to stem the tide of unlicensed radio broadcasting by providing the Federal …

Podcast #228 – College Radio’s Biggest Decade

January 15th, 2020

1:08:59

Last week we declared that the 2010s were a banner decade for community radio. As Jennifer notes, though college radio had a tough start …

Podcast #227 – A Banner Decade for Community Radio and FrankenFMs

January 8th, 2020

58:52

We begin part one of our review of the last decade in radio with the observation that it saw the greatest expansion of community radio in history. Though the second US LPFM licensing window that happened in …

Podcast #226 – Irish Pirate Radio Encore

December 31st, 2019

1:01:44

Here at the close of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 we’re celebrating the 31st anniversary of the end of one of the most fascinating …

Podcast #225 – A Review of 2019 in Radio

December 25th, 2019

58:52

Matthew Lasar starts off this episode by declaring that this was the year that his undergraduate students stopped listening to broadcast AM/FM radio. Then he admits, he’s nearly stopped, too. Find out why in …

Podcast #224: How the FCC Could Support Diversity, Localism & Competition in Radio & TV

December 19th, 2019

58:52

All nine judges on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied the FCC’s request for a rehearing on its many-times rejected media …

Podcast #223: Will CMJ Return, Will AM Go Digital and Will FrankenFMs Disappear? Plus Other Big Questions

December 11th, 2019

1:04:50

The Federal Communications Commission is all about radio at the end of 2019, and we catch you up on what you need to know. We all have questions about the possibility of AM stations going all-digital, …

Podcast #222 – Marking the 20th Anniversary of Indymedia

December 4th, 2019

58:46

November 30 was the 20th anniversary of the “Battle of Seattle” protests against the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings in that Pacific Northwest city. The broad array of groups and 80,000 people …

Podcast #221 – The Intertwined History of the Radio and Recording Industries

November 27th, 2019

1:21:33


On this week’s show, we take a trip back to the early 20th century to learn about the recording industry’s intertwined relationship with …

Podcast #220 – The College Radio Station ‘That Shouldn’t Exist’

November 20th, 2019

58:52

When Jim Bolt was in college at Sacramento State University in 1989 college radio was exerting unprecedented cultural influence in the …

Podcast #219 – The Next Chance To Get an FM Station License; a College Station 60th; All-Digital AM

November 13th, 2019

58:55

In April 2020 the FCC will open up the next auction for FM radio licenses. This is the next, and only currently scheduled opportunity to …

Podcast # 218: Archiving Public Media

November 7th, 2019

58:55

On this week’s episode, Karen Cariani, the David O. Ives Executive Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives, joins us to talk about the work of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB).

A …

Podcast #217: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art

October 31st, 2019

58:52

Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist enamored with radios and radio waves. The Assistant Professor, Studio Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) joins us on the show to discuss her most recent …

Podcast #216 – Archiving LGBTQ Radio History (Rebroadcast)

October 23rd, 2019

58:52

Our guest is Brian DeShazor, an independent radio researcher and founder of the Queer Radio Research Project. Formerly the Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, DeShazor has taken a special interest in …

Podcast #215 – Lessons Indymedia Has for Us Today

October 16th, 2019

58:52

Today our online networks are largely owned and operated by corporations that spy on us for profit, but 20 years ago leftist activists built a very different kind of online network. It was called Indymedia. …

Podcast #214 – Net Neutrality Is a Local Issue Now

October 9th, 2019

1:09:20

Net neutrality received a very mixed ruling from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals last week. The Court largely upheld the significantly …

Podcast #213: Four Strikes for the FCC’s Media Ownership Policy

October 2nd, 2019

1:00:55

The FCC lost in court for the fourth time on September 23, in what’s become a really bad habit in the case known as Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals keeps sending the …

Podcast #212 – Border Radio in North America

September 25th, 2019

1:12:17

Radio waves don’t obey borders, and stations have been taking advantage of this fact since the dawn of the medium – often despite the …

Podcast #211 – Surveying Community Radio’s Deep Archives

September 17th, 2019

58:52

More than 600 community radio recordings from 1965 – 1986 are archived at the University of Maryland. These tapes were shared through a program exchange operated by the National Federation of Community …

Podcast #210 – Youth Radio by the Beach

September 10th, 2019

1:02:33


RadiOpio Program Director Laura Civitello has the enviable job of running a youth radio station on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. From an …

Podcast #209 – Audio Fiction’s very long history of innovation

September 3rd, 2019

58:52

From the “Classical Radio Era” to today’s hottest podcasts, we’re here for the love of radio drama and fictional sound-art. Our guest is Neil Verma, author of a book and teacher of classes on the subject, …

Podcast #208 – Radio and Podcast Pathfinding in San Francisco and Podcast Movement

August 28th, 2019

1:09:31

Jennifer is back from travels, that included Hawaiian community radio, to join Eric and Paul. First up, a question: is “pathfinder” a good …

Podcast #207 – Building More Communities Around Your Station

August 20th, 2019

58:52

Nathan Moore is the General Manager of WTJU at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hear how and why he has lead the way to build a podcasting studio for the community to use, as well as a …

Podcast #206 – Podcasts Are Radio

August 15th, 2019

58:53

With mergers, acquisitions and millions of dollars changing hands, podcasts continue to be in the news. But just when it seems like …

Podcast #205 – A Brief Update

August 7th, 2019

27:57

Hello, Eric Klein here. This week’s episode of the radio show features wall to wall music selected by Matthew Lasar to demonstrate his …

Podcast #204 – Resistance Radio ‘The People’s Airwaves’

July 30th, 2019

1:07:42

This week we explore the role of radio as a tool for resistance with two of the eight organizers of the “Resistance Radio ‘The People’s …

Podcast #203 – FCC One Step Closer to Defunding Community Media

July 25th, 2019

1:09:58

The FCC is one step closer to a rule change that threatens to de-fund community media and technology, by undermining a long-established …

Podcast #202 – Small Boosts Proposed for LPFM & Why Aren’t There College Stations on the Dial in San Diego?

July 18th, 2019

1:15:05

The FCC just proposed a series of changes to help make it easier for low-power FM stations to move their transmitters and to fill in weak signal areas. We review this proposal along with a suggestion from the …

Podcast #201 – A Fantasy FCC Serves the Public Interest

July 10th, 2019

1:16:27

A different media world is possible. What if the FCC truly regulated in the public interest, creating policies and services that promoted …

Podcast #200 – How We Survived a Decade of Independent Publishing

July 2nd, 2019

1:32:22

Radio Survivor celebrates 10 years on the internet and four years podcasting with our 200th episode. Matthew Lasar joins Jennifer Waits, …

Podcast #199 – The FCC Is ‘Flunking Statistics 101’

June 26th, 2019

1:02:57

The FCC was back in front of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals again, defending its failure to address declines in minority- and women-owned broadcast stations, amongst other failures. In fact, as our guest, …

Podcast #198 – Defending Human Rights with Radio in Honduras

June 19th, 2019

1:14:08

In June 2009 a coup d’etat overthrew Honduras’ democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, human rights conditions in that country have deteriorated. Radio has become a vital organizing …

Podcast #197 – Raven Radio in Sitka, Alaska

June 12th, 2019

1:04:51

Alaska’s unique geography and way-of-life leads to unique radio. Raven Radio is a public and community station serving the city of Sitka, along with seven other small towns in Southeast Alaska. The station …

Podcast #196 – The Campaign To Keep Local Radio Local

June 5th, 2019

58:52

Can US radio survive even more consolidation? The National Association of Broadcasters is asking the FCC to raise local radio ownership …

Podcast #195: Telepathy and Radio Mind

May 29th, 2019

1:16:00

Pamela Klassen, Professor of the Study of Religion, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto joins us on the podcast to chat …

Podcast #194: Build Your Own Tiny Radio Station

May 22nd, 2019

58:52

First conceived in the 1930s, there is a type of tiny radio station that anyone can operate legally, without a license. Bill DeFelice of HobbyBroadcaster.net joins the show to tell us about how you can get on …

Podcast #193: Wavefarm, Reveil and Transmission Arts

May 15th, 2019

1:13:11

Wave Farm Executive Director Galen Joseph-Hunter joins us to talk about transmission arts at Wave Farm and beyond. We discuss Wave Farm’s recently co-presented Reveil, SoundCamp’s live 24-hour broadcast of …

Podcast #192: Saving Radio History with The Radio Preservation Task Force

May 8th, 2019

1:26:31


Radio Preservation Task Force’s Director Josh Shepperd and Conference Director Neil Verma are our guests for a discussion about the work of the Library of Congress initiative. They explain the significance of …

Podcast #191: How an LPFM Produces an Hour of Hyper-Local News Every Weekday

May 1st, 2019

1:04:19

Every weekday an all-volunteer reporting staff produces an hour of original, hyper-local news for WOOC-LP’s “Hudson Mohawk Magazine,” …

Podcast #190: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art

April 24th, 2019

1:22:55

Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist enamored with radios and radio waves. The Assistant Professor, Studio Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) joins us on the show to discuss her most recent …

Podcast #189: No Locked Grooves for Podcasts

April 17th, 2019

1:14:03

Jennifer, Eric and Paul sit down to review the latest research on podcasts from the Infinite Dial and Podcast Consumer reports, which …

Podcast #188 – Hip-Hop Radio Archive (rebroadcast)

April 10th, 2019

58:52

The Hip-Hop Radio Archive aims to digitize, preserve, share, and contextualize recordings of hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 1990s from …

Podcast #187 – Archiving LGBTQ Radio History

April 3rd, 2019

1:20:38

This week our guest is Brian DeShazor, an independent radio researcher and founder of the Queer Radio Research Project. Formerly the Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives, DeShazor has taken a special …

Podcast #186 – African-American Preachers on Wax

March 27th, 2019

1:03:35

On this week’s episode, scholar Lerone Martin shares with us the fascinating history of African-American preachers who distributed their …

Podcast #185 – Funding Change Threatens Canadian Community Radio Stations

March 20th, 2019

1:06:06

A change in Ontario university funding rules threatens more than a dozen campus community stations in Canada. Barry Rooke, executive …

Podcast #184 – Hidden Women’s Radio History in Uruguay

March 12th, 2019

58:52

We celebrated International Women’s Day by recording a fascinating interview about women’s radio history with University of Louisville …

Podcast #183 – Can Congress Stop Pirate Radio?

March 6th, 2019

1:05:14

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act,” but does it actually have a chance at putting a dent in unlicensed broadcasting? We review the …

Podcast #182 – Volunteer Radio in Antarctica (rebroadcast)

February 27th, 2019

58:52

Inspired by an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, we travel all the way to Antarctica to learn about mysterious community radio station, Ice Radio. Sadly, we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death on …

Podcast #181 – Visiting Community Radio Stations Around the World

February 20th, 2019

58:52

Julia Thomas visited over a dozen community radio stations over the course of a year. Stations in Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa and …

Podcast #180 – Net Neutrality Back in Court Again

February 12th, 2019

1:03:12

The Federal Communications Commission was back in court on Feb. 1, called on to defend its decision to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order in December 2017. It seems like the FCC lawyers didn’t have the …

Podcast #179 – Don’t Throw Your CDs Away in 2019

February 6th, 2019

58:52

This episode is dedicated to the compact disc. Paul recently published an article outlining 10 reasons why CDs are awesome, and it seems …

Podcast #178 – Irish Pirate Radio Archive

January 30th, 2019

1:01:44

For about a decade, ending in 1988, pirate stations dominated the Irish radio bands, exploiting a loophole in the law that made …

Podcast #177 – Philosophies of Podcast & Radio Editing; Seattle’s Rich High School Radio Scene

January 23rd, 2019

58:52

In addition to co-hosting the show, Eric Klein edits most episodes, and is a professional freelance audio editor. He put some of his philosophies of editing radio and podcasts in writing for last year’s Grassroots …

Podcast #176 – Audio Fiction’s very long history of innovation

January 15th, 2019

58:52

From the “Classical Radio Era” to today’s hottest podcasts, we’re here for the love of radio drama and fictional sound-art. Our guest is Neil Verma, author of a book and teacher of classes on the subject, …

Podcast #175 – Awakening to Sound plus a tour of KDVS

January 8th, 2019

58:57


What can a careful study of sound teach us about our listening? Listening to the media we choose as well as listening to the place where we …

Podcast #174 – Preserving Brooklyn Pirate Radio

January 2nd, 2019

58:52


There are more unlicensed pirate radio stations in New York City than licensed stations. The borough of Brooklyn is a particular hotspot. …

Podcast #137 – Zach Poff Built a Radio Station Inside a Pond

December 25th, 2018

59:34


Zach Poff put a radio station inside a pond. Poff is a media artist, educator and maker-of-things, and he explains that project and talks …

Podcast #172 – The FCC at the End of 2018, with Prof. Christopher Terry

December 19th, 2018

58:49


As 2018 draws to a close the FCC is poised to throw another death blow at radio, proposing to allow complete ownership monopolies in hundreds …

Podcast #171 – It’s the End of 2018 and Radio Is Thriving

December 12th, 2018

58:40


At the end of 2018 all indicators are that radio is thriving. From community radio to podcasting, internet radio to college radio, we’re …

Podcast #170.5 – Bonus: São Paulo FM Bandscan

December 5th, 2018

48:17


Paul shares a few more details of his trip to Brazil, and then he and Eric listen to a bandscan of the FM dial recorded on a Sunday night in …

Podcast #170 – Community Radio in Brazil

December 5th, 2018

1:04:08


Álvaro Burns is a community radio broadcaster in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, where he hosts a local sports show on Rádio Paraty FM and he produces the podcast “A Hora do Cafezinho.” Álvaro is a long-time …

Podcast #169 – The Free Music Archive is Dead, Long Live the Free Music Archive

November 28th, 2018

58:52

The Free Music Archive is shutting down. A website attached to the listener-sponsored radio station WFMU, the FMA expanded the role community …

Podcast #168 – A Time Machine for All the Radio plus Shortwave

November 21st, 2018

1:24:16

Perhaps you are like me and you have wished that you could go back in time and spin a radio dial and just listen to and browse the full radio …

Podcast #167 – Alternative Histories of Podcasting

November 14th, 2018

1:23:01

Do you remember audioblogging? Prof. Andrew Bottomley does, and he’s here to tell some alternative histories of podcasting. From “Geek of the Week” to Odeo, he illuminates many more bygone shows and platforms from …

Podcast #166 – The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media

November 7th, 2018

1:09:07

The FCC has proposed to de-fund community media through an arcane rule that determines how contributions from cable companies to …

Podcast #165 – College Radio Is Truly Local Radio

October 31st, 2018

1:04:02


Live from the College Broadcasters, Inc. Convention in Seattle we take on college radio’s place in the contemporary media landscape. After …

Podcast #164 – College Radio and the Culture Wars

October 24th, 2018

1:03:42


When Tipper Gore and the PMRC called rock and rap stars to testify in front of Congress about explicit lyrics, did this affect college radio? …

Podcast #163 – The Post-‘Radio Is Dead’ Era

October 17th, 2018

1:03:19


Radio Survivor co-founder Matthew Lasar declares we’re in the post-“Radio Is Dead” era, during a time when audio media has survived and thrived, whether you listen over the broadcast airwaves, podcast, satellite …

Podcast #162 – The Future of Community Radio, Live from Grassroots Radio Conference

October 11th, 2018

1:02:08


What will community radio sound like in 2023? Will the death of net neutrality make radio even important? Will analog FM radio even exist …

Podcast #161 – Happy College Radio Day 2018

October 4th, 2018

1:03:07


College Radio Day is October 5, and on this episode we reflect on the value of this special brand of radio, and Jennifer shares her tour of …

Podcast #160 – Marking a Quarter-Century of Internet Radio

September 26th, 2018

58:44


Internet radio is older than you think. In fact, it’s at least a quarter-century old… and maybe even a little older. That’s the history Dom …

Podcast #159 – Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, in College Radio and Podcasting

September 18th, 2018

58:57


Programming changes draw attention at one college station, while another might be close to the auction block, and a new San Francisco LPFM …

Podcast #158 – Surveying Community Radio’s Deep Archives

September 13th, 2018

58:52


More than 600 community radio recordings from 1965 – 1986 are archived at the University of Maryland. These tapes were shared through a program exchange operated by the National Federation of Community …

Podcast #157 – Restoring Net Neutrality, One State at a Time

September 6th, 2018

1:13:46


California is on the cusp of restoring net neutrality. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Katharine Trendacosta explains how this will happens, and what the implications are for the rest of the nation.

Then …

Podcast #156 – Can We Strengthen Audio’s Public Domain?

August 29th, 2018

58:44


In the U.S. the copyright situation for music and sound recordings made before 1972 is a mess of different and conflicting state laws. That’s because there is no overarching federal law. The unintended …

Podcast #155 – Connecting Podcasting’s Future to Radio’s Past

August 22nd, 2018

1:13:56


This week Paul reflects on insights gained at this year’s Podcast Movement conference, focusing on the opportunity for more people to be served …

Podcast #154 – One Tape at a Time: Preserving Music Memories

August 15th, 2018

58:52


There are undiscovered musical treasures potentially fading away in closets, basements and storage units around the world. Seattle radio station KEXP teamed up with local universities and media organizations to …

Podcast #153 Licensed and Unlicensed Low Power Radio

August 7th, 2018

58:52


Two interviews that cover the state of low power radio in the United States. Stations that are on the air without a license – also known as Pirate Radio – and the low power stations that have FCC permission to …

Podcast #152 – The Longest Running Hip-Hop Radio Show in The World?

July 25th, 2018

58:52


The Eclipse Show on community radio station KGNU in Boulder CO is celebrating 40 years on the air, making it quite possibly the longest …

Podcast #151 – The Wave Farm Grows Transmission Arts

July 18th, 2018

1:10:05


Radios in the trees, a transmitter in the pond, and a weather-driven synth. These are just some of what you’ll find on The Wave Farm, a 29-acre property in New York’s Hudson Valley dedicated to radio and …

Podcast #150 – Sympathy for Kenny G

July 10th, 2018

1:01:26

What killed smooth jazz radio? Why aren’t there any commercial classical stations any longer? And, why do radio stations have a “format” to begin with? Matthew Lasar joins us to explore these questions about the …

Podcast #149 – How To Get Started Podcasting

July 3rd, 2018

58:43


How do I start podcasting? That’s one of the questions we field most frequently. So we answer it, in this second installment of our …

Podcast #148 – Solving the Mystery of Summer Camp Radio

June 27th, 2018

1:00:19


Did you know that upwards of 350 radio stations were established at summer camps across the United States? Dan Braverman, President of Radio Systems, Inc., joins us to share the history of summer camp radio, …

Podcast #147 – Prison Radio Exhibit and a High School Station in a Band Room

June 19th, 2018

1:08:57

On this week’s episode we venture to prison and to a very unusual high school radio station. Members of the artist collective Provisional …

Podcast #146 – Volunteer Radio from Antarctica

June 12th, 2018

1:16:56

Inspired by an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, we travel all the way to Antarctica to learn about mysterious community radio station, Ice Radio. Sadly, we learned of Anthony Bourdain’s death on the …

Podcast #145 – Hip-Hop Radio Archive

June 5th, 2018

1:09:15

The Hip-Hop Radio Archive aims to digitize, preserve, share, and contextualize recordings of hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 1990s from …

Podcast #144 – Standing Up for LPFM’s Slice of the Pie

May 30th, 2018

58:52


Applications for 1,000 translator radio stations may pose a threat to low-power FM stations, say three community radio groups. So the groups filed informal objections against all of them, slowing down the FCC’s …

Podcast #143 – The Fight for an Open Internet Advances on Many Fronts

May 23rd, 2018

1:01:43


The future of all communications is at stake, explains Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy and Communications for Free Press. On May 15 the Senate voted to restore Net Neutrality by overturning the FCC’s …

Podcast #142 – Touring WHPK’s Bell Tower & YouTube’s ‘Pirate Radio’

May 15th, 2018

1:09:03


Kanye West and Common had an epic freestyle rap battle on WHPK. That’s just one reason why the University of Chicago’s station is interesting and historic. Jennifer Waits takes us on a virtual tour of the …

Podcast #141 – How Radio Isn’t Done, According To Negativland’s Don Joyce

May 9th, 2018

58:52


Musician, DJ and radio artist Don Joyce passed away nearly three years ago, leaving behind a voluminous archive of his unparalelled collage …

Podcast #140 – From Podcasting to Virtual Reality, with Reagan Jackson and Sandy Cioffi

May 1st, 2018

1:19:20



Our first live episode might just blow your mind. Recorded at the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Summit, it’s time to break down barriers between media platforms. That’s we’re tackling podcasting and …

Podcast #139 – Sinclair and the FCC: Opening the Door to Local Media Oligopoly

April 24th, 2018

1:01:51

The Sinclair Group is already the largest TV owner by far in the U.S. and its editorial content makes it essentially a propaganda arm of the Trump Administration. Will the F.C.C. under Trump succeed in bending …

Podcast #138 – Radio History on Display at the San Francisco Airport

April 18th, 2018

1:04:13

We visit the “On The Radio” exhibit on radio history at the San Francisco Airport Museum, where travelers can feast their eyes on 27 cases …

Podcast #136 – Storied College Stations WIIT & WKCR

April 4th, 2018

58:52


Jennifer Waits takes us on tours of two storied college stations, with deep roots in their communities. WIIT-FM is the student station at the …

Podcast #135 – Resurfacing Women’s Contributions in Podcasting History

March 27th, 2018

58:52


Women made significant contributions to the initial development of podcasting that have been forgotten. Historian Jennifer Hyland-Wang has been resurfacing these contributions, and drawing parallels with women’s …

Podcast #134 – The KRAB-FM Archives

March 20th, 2018

58:43


KRAB was the fourth-ever community radio station in the U.S., serving Seattle, WA from 1962 to 1984. Like any community station, it broadcast thousands of hours of original and important programming during that …

Podcast #133 – Preserving Brooklyn Pirate Radio

March 13th, 2018

58:43


There are more unlicensed pirate radio stations in New York City than licensed stations. The borough of Brooklyn is a particular hotspot. …

Podcast #132 – Sounding Out on the Cultural Politics of Sound & Listening

March 7th, 2018

58:51


How often do you think about how you listen? What assumptions do you make about a person’s voice, their pitch or accent? What sound is desirable, and what’s rejected as noise?

Prof. Jennifer Stoever thinks about …

Podcast #131 – Libraries and Community Media

February 27th, 2018

1:02:46


What if you could record your podcast at your local library, for free? In British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library and West Vancouver …

Podcast #130 – How To Preserve 50 Years of Community Radio History

February 21st, 2018

1:17:23


Portland community radio station KBOO-FM celebrates its 50th year on air in 2018, and to commemorate the anniversary the station is hosting an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum. While an exhibit …

Podcast #129 – Deaf Accessibility for Podcasts & Radio

February 14th, 2018

58:54


If you’re a hearing person, you might not expect that podcasts would be popular with people who are deaf or are hard of hearing. But you’d be …

Podcast #128 – The FCC Is Creating the Clear Channel of TV

February 7th, 2018

58:52


The nation’s largest TV station owner is about to get even bigger, threatening to create the equivalent of Clear Channel for local television. …

Podcast #127 – Franken-FMs Are Low-Power TV Stations Masquerading as Radio

January 31st, 2018

59:57


“Franken FM” is the name writer Ernie Smith of Tedium.co calls TV broadcasters who use analog Channel 6 to be heard at 87.7 on the FM dial. …

Podcast #126 – We Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

January 23rd, 2018

1:02:30


How do I get a broadcast radio license? How can I find all the LPFM or college radio stations? Will you visit and write about my favorite …

Podcast #125 – Radio Free America Is an Online Hub for Noncomm Radio

January 17th, 2018

58:57


Radio Free America is an online hub for community, college and public radio streams, serving up two weeks of archived programming, on demand. …

Podcast #124 – Seattle Hosts Young Podcasters & a New LPFM

January 9th, 2018

58:59


Eric and Paul met young enthusiastic podcasters and podcast fans when they attended Podcon in Seattle at the beginning of December. It’s …

Podcast #123 – 2017 in Review: The Good, the Bad & the Conspiracy Theories

January 3rd, 2018

58:52


2017 was a year of ups and downs, from the continued growth of LPFM to the loss of net neutrality. All four Radio Survivors gather to review …

Podcast #122 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina

December 27th, 2017

58:35


Anita Pouchard Serra traveled across Argentina helping to set up new community radio stations with the DTL! collective. A photojournalist, she …

Podcast #121 – What Happens After Net Neutrality; Open Signal Public Access TV

December 19th, 2017

58:42


Why didn’t the internet just stop working the day after the FCC voted to end network neutrality? Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota joins to answer that question, and explain what happens …

Podcast #120 – Have Your Own Tiny Radio Station

December 12th, 2017

1:00:53


First conceived in the 1930s, there is a type of tiny little radio station that anyone can operate legally, without a license. Bill DeFelice of HobbyBroadcaster.net joins the show to tell us about so-called ‘Part …

Podcast #119 – Chicago Independent Radio Project

December 6th, 2017

58:53


The Chicago Independent Radio Project launched as an internet radio station nearly a decade ago, with a mission of bringing a truly …

Podcast #118 – Making Sense of the FCC’s Effort to Kill Net Neutrality

November 28th, 2017

1:02:11


The FCC is about to vote on rules that would reverse network neutrality protections that the Commission put in place just two years ago. The …

Podcast #117 – Soundwork: Preserving the Legacy of Radio, Podcasts (& Alice’s Restaurant)

November 21st, 2017

58:52


“Podcasts are luring people into listening,” Jennifer Waits reports, quoting the esteemed radio scholar Susan Douglas, from her keynote …

Podcast #116 – Community Podcasting in Community Radio

November 15th, 2017

58:53


We’ve talked about community podcasting on the show, now we want to connect the dots to community radio.

The apparent ubiquity of public radio podcasts makes it seem like a podcast of a radio show is just …

Podcast #115 – The Federal Consolidation Commission

November 7th, 2017

58:52


The Federal Communications Commission just proposed new ownership rules that would drastically loosen restrictions on broadcast station …

Podcast #114 – A Common Sense Approach to Unlicensed Broadcasting

October 31st, 2017

58:44


Journalism professor John Anderson has been tracking the FCC’s enforcement of unlicensed radio for 20 years, and has seen the agency have …

Podcast #113 – Mutual Aid Saves College Radio Station

October 24th, 2017

58:43


At the end of 2015, it looked like the University of Nevada-Las Vegas might hand over the keys to its radio station, KUNV-FM, to Nevada Public Radio. More than a year later the situation reversed course, with the …

Podcast #112 – Sinclair Could Become the Wal-Mart of TV

October 17th, 2017

58:38


Ajit Pai was just renominated and confirmed as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and there are a number of pivotal policy …

Podcast #111 – Celebrating College Radio Day 2017

October 3rd, 2017

58:02


Rob Quicke founded College Radio Day in order to celebrate this unique medium and service. This year’s College Radio Day happens Oct. 6. Now …

Podcast #110 – Grassroots Radio Conference Preview

September 26th, 2017

58:57


The Grassroots Radio Conference is an annual meeting of community, college and other non-commercial radio stations for the purpose of …

Podcast #109 – News From Bainbridge Island to Reykjavík

September 19th, 2017

1:07:01


As autumn kicks off in the northern hemisphere Jennifer, Eric and Paul circle back to share responses to last week’s episode, all about …

Podcast #108 – Advice for Launching a Hit Podcast

September 12th, 2017

58:41


Zahra Noorbakhsh and Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed started using the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hashtag as a joke on twitter. When they started a podcast using the same name it became an instant hit. They were getting positive …

Podcast #107 – Exploring Community Podcasting

September 5th, 2017

58:23


On this episode we revisit our features on Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, and our interviews with founders Barry and Channie Peters. BCB started out as a low-power community radio initiative, but pivoting …

Podcast #106 – Not Yet Big Enough to Fail

August 30th, 2017

59:07


Paul reports back from the Podcast Movement 2017 conference with some fresh facts about this growing medium, along with observations and …

Podcast #105 – From the Princeton Review to Incoming Wounded

August 22nd, 2017

1:01:46


The Princeton Review’s annual list of top college radio stations is out, and college radio expert Jennifer Waits joins to deconstruct the …

Podcast #104 – Soundcloud, Patent Troll & the Legacy of Talk

August 16th, 2017

58:27


We catch up on news that’s important to podcasters and broadcasters. Soundcloud received emergency investment to keep running, but is it still …

Podcast #103 – The Popular Community Radio Movement in Argentina

August 10th, 2017

1:10:26


Anita Pouchard Serra traveled across Argentina helping to set up new community radio stations with the DTL! collective. A photojournalist, she …

Podcast #102 – How Inclusive Is Community Media, Really?

August 1st, 2017

57:57


Sally Kane, CEO of the National Federation Community Broadcasters, has a question for community media: How inclusive are we, really? That’s …

Podcast #101 – Racist Sandwich

July 25th, 2017

58:52


Racist Sandwich is a Portland, Oregon based podcast that tackles the intersection of food, race, class and gender. Started by journalist Zahir …

Podcast #100 – It’s All Radio Now

July 19th, 2017

1:06:24


The four Radio Survivors—Jennifer Waits, Matthew Lasar, Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel—come together to reflect on 100 episodes of the …

Podcast #99: The Beginning Of The End For AM Radio In Brazil

July 11th, 2017

58:26


Brazil is embarking on a grand experiment with the radio dial. AM stations have the opportunity to relocate to FM, and plans are afoot to expand the size of the FM dial. However, don’t be surprised that you …

Podcast #98 – Celebrating ‘Small’ Podcasts

July 4th, 2017

58:53


With so much of the online discussion in podcasting seeming to focus on growing audiences and getting big, we thought it necessary to explore and celebrate “small” podcasting, shows that don’t break onto the …

Podcast #97: PhillyCAM’s LPFM in the City of Brotherly Love

June 27th, 2017

1:08:38


Intrepid radio tourist Jennifer Waits reports back from her journey to PhillyCAM radio in the City of Brotherly Love, adding a low-power FM station, WPPM-LP, to an established public access TV operation. …

Podcast #96 – Are Smart Speakers Smart for Community Radio?

June 20th, 2017

58:14


Amazon Echo. Google Home. And soon, Apple’s HomePod. Smart speakers are quickly taking up residence in homes. Taking voice commands to deliver …

Podcast #95 – Mixcloud Can Be Community Radio, Too

June 13th, 2017

57:22


After covering the comeback of the live streaming radio platform Live365 two episodes ago, listeners asked us to check out MixCloud, which offers free streaming of music radio shows, DJ sets, mixtapes and …

Podcast #94 – The High School Station that Went HD

June 6th, 2017

57:57


If you’ve heard of HD Radio it was probably in a spot on a major commercial station, not a high school station. KVCB-LP is the exception to …

Podcast #93 – The Return of Live365 Boosts Indie Internet Radio

May 31st, 2017

58:33


Independent internet radio was devastated in January 2016 when music royalty rates shot up and long-time webcasting company Live365 went out of business. Now Live365 is back under new ownership, and CEO Jon …

Podcast #92 – Conspiracy Theory & Community Radio

May 23rd, 2017

57:58


Mae Brussell hosted radio shows focused on the JFK Assassination, fascism and other conspiracies on community radio stations KLRB an KAZU in the 1970s and 1980s. Brussell’s brand of broadcasting represents a …

Podcast #91 – Designing a Course in Podcasting

May 16th, 2017

58:56


This one is for the podcasters, and for the radio producers. Eric is set to teach a class on podcasting, so he asks Paul for advice on what to …

Podcast #90 – FCC Chair Declares War on the Open Internet

May 9th, 2017

57:30


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is serving up a big cup of you-know-what for net neutrality, declaring his intent to decimate the 2 year-old Open …

Podcast #89 – How To Preserve Radio History

May 3rd, 2017

1:22:03


Laura Schnitker is an archivist and curator at the University of Maryland who has been active in preserving the legacy of college station …

Podcast #88 – From Color Bar Radio to WRIR

April 19th, 2017

1:03:35


WRIR is a community radio station born from the first wave of low-power FM in the early 2000s. Yet the station has roots in the rich history of independent media in Richmond, VA. Intrepid radio tourist Jennifer …

Podcast #87 – Crossing Platforms, from Radio to TV and Beyond

April 4th, 2017

58:13


Community radio stations are not just transmitters and studios. Similarly, public access TV stations aren’t just cable channels with studios. They are community media platforms, with a privileged place and sense …

Podcast #86 – Radio Resistance from an Alternate Universe

March 28th, 2017

59:24


“Hijacking airwaves, a secret network of DJs broadcast messages of hope to keep the memory of a former America alive,” reads the press release for a marketing campaign that has captured our imagination here at …

Podcast #85 – Dreaming of a Better CPB

March 21st, 2017

53:08


The president’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 2018. Radio Survivor’s own Matthew …

Podcast #84 – Improving Your Radio Reception

March 14th, 2017

1:32:34


LPFM, college and community stations are great, but because of low power many of them are also hard to hear, especially inside your house or …

Podcast #83 – How AM Revitalization Pressures LPFM

February 28th, 2017

52:37


Advice for LPFM stations and podcasters this week. A recent rule change at the FCC allows more AM stations to get repeaters on the FM dial, …

Podcast #82 – Busting Myths & Counting Charts

February 21st, 2017

1:01:17


Conventional wisdom says young people don’t listen to the radio. Jennifer Waits talks to two college broadcasters from KUOZ-LP at the …

Podcast #81 – To Thrive in 2017 Put the Community in Community Radio

February 14th, 2017

1:14:24


Sally Kane, the CEO of The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, joins the podcast to discuss the threats and opportunities for …

Podcast #80 – Radio & Resistance in the Time of Trump

February 7th, 2017

1:13:32


Radio stations hacked to play “F— Donald Trump” over and over. Concerns that Trump declaring himself a candidate for 2020 already might limit non-comms’ ability to criticize him. And with an Entercom / CBS Radio …

Podcast #79 – Community Radio & Podcasting: Are They Worth It?

January 31st, 2017

1:09:35


Eric and Paul have been thinking a lot about the value of community radio and podcasting, especially wondering if these media we love make a …

Podcast #78 – Pai is Trump’s FCC Guy

January 25th, 2017

29:02


On Monday the Trump administration announced the appointment of Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Last week when we talked to Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of …

Podcast #77 – Trump’s FCC, Norway’s FM, UNLV’s KUNV & Live 365’s Comeback

January 17th, 2017

1:30:43


FCC watcher, Christopher Terry joins us to talk about what may be in store for media policy under President Donald Trump and the Republican …

Podcast #76 – UMass Station Sale, Unlicensed LPFM in NZ & Archive Nuggets

January 10th, 2017

1:15:45


All hands are on deck for our first show of 2017. First up, Jennifer Waits reports on the planned sale of U Mass-Dartmouth’s WUMD to Rhode …

Podcast #75 – The Most Significant Radio Stories of 2016

December 14th, 2016

1:03:42


From the unprecedented build-out of LPFM community stations and the indie internet radio implosion to 100+ radio tours and a recent tragedy, …

Podcast #74 – Station or Static? KCHUNG Is L.A.’s Underground Radio

December 6th, 2016

1:27:24


Jennifer Waits brings us the voices of three programmers at a mysterious and chaotic community station with deep connections to the Los Angeles art scene. KCHUNG is an unlicensed part 15 AM radio station with …

Podcast #73 – Catching Up with Bainbridge Island’s Community Podcasting Experiment

November 29th, 2016

47:47


This week we follow up with the subject of one our first episodes, Bainbridge Community Broadcasting. Paul took a day trip on a ferry from …

Podcast #72 – Pete Tridish Celebrates an LPFM Success Story

November 22nd, 2016

1:00:33


Pete Tridish works as a radio engineer, building low power and full power community radio stations. He initially did this work with Prometheus …

Podcast #71 – Bolivia Is the Birthplace of Community Radio

November 15th, 2016

1:00:35


Sylvia Thomas spent a year touring and researching community radio stations in South America, Asia and Africa. She learned community radio history that might be surprising to many in the United States, and …

Podcast #70 – From Anaheim to Arkansas, and Beyond

November 8th, 2016

1:19:54


Jennifer, Eric and Paul are back together for a show that spans several continents, from Anaheim to Arkansas, and Ireland to Israel, touching …

Podcast #69 – The Eclectic Voice of The Ozarks

October 31st, 2016

35:58


A great college radio station can be both a megaphone as well as a portal for the creative campus and college-town community. “It’s more than …

Podcast #68 – Report Back from the Grass Roots Radio Conference 2016

October 18th, 2016

1:11:59


“Grass Roots Radio Conference has been a giant jump start in my learning process,” said Julia Rose of KPSQ lp in Fayetteville Arkansas. Radio …

Podcast #67 – New Community Radio in Borneo

October 11th, 2016

1:27:15


Jim Ellinger of Austin Airwaves joins us on the program to share a preview of his talk “Community Radio, A Global View,” which he is giving at this year’s Grass Roots Radio Conference. Jim is recently back from …

Podcast #66 – College Radio as Academic Learning Labs

October 4th, 2016

48:04


The stereotypical college radio station plays a free-form music format and functions as an extra-curricular student club. But the diversity in …

Podcast #65 – Fall Radio Tours Preview

September 28th, 2016

54:33


Our intrepid radio tourist Jennifer Waits will be attending two big radio conferences this fall, the 2016 Grassroots Radio Conference and CBI’s National Student Electronic Media Convention. She gives us a preview …

Podcast #64 How to do News and Public Affairs

September 20th, 2016

1:22:25

“The best way to cultivate a sensibility of what makes for a good [radio] interview is to pre-tape your interviews and set aside large amounts …

Podcast 63 – A Tale of Two College Radio Station Tours

September 12th, 2016

42:50


Two stations: KVCU Radio 1190 at University of Coloradio, Boulder and The SOCC, The Sounds of Colorado College. One has a professional general …

Podcast 62 – The FCC’s Legacy of Failure & CMJ’s Uncertain Future

September 7th, 2016

1:20:03


The FCC just released its long-awaited revision to media ownership rules. After years of back-and-forth with the Third Circuit Court of …

Podcast #61 – Focus on Fundraising and Collaboration

August 30th, 2016

1:14:42


Becky Meiers is our guest to help us better understand some best practices for fundraising in community radio. She’s the development director for KBOO in Portland, OR. Becky has tips for planning on-air pledge …

Podcast #60 – Happy National Radio Day!

August 20th, 2016

1:25:41


We celebrate National Radio Day, August 20, with this special episode. Jennifer Waits shares her tour of the Chicago Independent Radio …

Podcast # 59 – Community Radio Africa

August 16th, 2016

38:54


Radio Survivor’s Matthew Lasar is fascinated by the news of what is going on at community stations in places outside of the U.S. like India, South East Asia, Mexico, and Africa. He is especially interested in the …

Podcast #58 – We Love Tedious Radio Facts

August 9th, 2016

59:57


On this episode of Radio Survivor, Paul Riismandel talks with the editor and founder of Tedium.co, Ernie Smith about their mutual fascination …

Podcast #57 – Celebrating the Mosaic of Community Radio

August 2nd, 2016

1:20:02


It’s time to get ready for National Radio Day on August 20. Paul Riismandel has the details at the top of the show, followed by an interview …

Podcast #56 – From College Radio to Podcasting, Experimenting with the Form

July 26th, 2016

1:28:03


Jennifer Waits brings us a tour of Met Radio at Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO, where the students are trying to embrace the …

Podcast #55 – Not All Radio Amateurs + Podcasting is Still Small

July 19th, 2016

53:41


Not all amateur radio enthusiasts are old guys. This is obviously a statement of fact, but it took a listener to the podcast to write in and …

Podcast #54 – Dusting Up: From Carrier Current to NPR One

July 12th, 2016

1:17:53


Eric and Paul do some “dusting up,” by reviewing some reader emails about carrier current radio. Paul brings the good news about KPLU in …

Podcast #53 – There’s More Radio Than Ever

July 7th, 2016

1:08:27


Even when a station goes off the air — like Hastings College’s KFKX — more go on the air every day. Jennifer Waits joins to share the sad news …

Podcast #52 – Small Town LPFM

June 29th, 2016

1:15:49


Low Power FM radio stations can be a great addition to the media landscape in the big city, but on this episode we focus on rural LPFM. Eric Klein takes listeners on a tour of KFSL, the low power FM station that …

Podcast #51 – Carrier Current is Cool

June 21st, 2016

1:05:30


The DC Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the FCC’s open internet rules, also known as net neutrality. Co-Host of the podcast Eric Klein …

Podcast #50 – Prometheus v FCC and a Generation of Gridlock

June 14th, 2016

1:02:07


The FCC has made nearly zero progress in its Congressionally mandated review and revision of media ownership rules for more than a decade. …

Podcast #49 – Digital Equity and Community Radio

June 7th, 2016

1:00:09


Community radio is about access and social justice. In a digital world, this includes digital equity: access and training to use the tools of the …

Podcast #48 – 100 Radio Station Tours

May 25th, 2016

1:17:39


It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits shares her 100th radio station tour, and reflects on what …

Podcast #47 – 99 Radio Station Tours & the Lost Episode

May 17th, 2016

1:18:10


College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits shares her 99th radio station tour. This time, her guide at Hunter College’s WHCS was prepared with …

Podcast #46 – Community Comedy Podcasting

May 10th, 2016

1:32:30


Like community radio, podcasts can serve communities of many different types. Getting involved with the local improv comedy scene reminded …

Podcast #45 – The Controversy of Firsts

May 3rd, 2016

43:58


College radio correspondent Jennifer Waits joins for a discussion on the difficulty of claiming “firsts” in radio. Sparked by claims that WTBU …

Podcast #44 – From Prince To The New Deal, Radio Brings Us Together

April 27th, 2016

1:19:22


Radio Survivor co-founder Matthew Lasar has just released a new book. Radio 2.0 explores the development of radio into its current form as both analog and digital, terrestrial and internet. Matthew joins to …

Podcast #43 – NPR: When Disrupted, Go Local

April 19th, 2016

59:00


A recent Slate article about the podcast challenge to NPR added fuel to the debate about how the public broadcaster should respond to this …

Podcast #42 – Hug Your Local Radio Journalist Today

April 12th, 2016

1:02:31


Cumulus Media’s long-standing San Francisco radio news station KGO recently laid off its news staff, at the same time the company’s rock …

Podcast #41 – Raising the Antenna

April 7th, 2016

52:35


Eric attended the volunteer effort to raise the antenna for new low-power FM station Freeform Portland. Interviewing some of the participants, …

Podcast #40: Radio Treasure Hunt

March 29th, 2016

35:01


This week we’re on the hunt for radio treasure. Prof. John Anderson of Brooklyn College joins us to talk about his quest to find and preserve …

Podcast #39 – Is College Radio Too Small for Its Own Good?

March 22nd, 2016

1:15:44


Is college radio too small for its own good? Or is its smallness a hidden asset?

Those are the questions we take up this week with guest Ken …

Podcast #38 – Survey Says: Stations Must Be on the Internet & YouTube

March 15th, 2016

1:03:00

The annual Infinite Dial survey of American listening habits is out. Paul and Eric analyze the results and what they indicate for community …

Podcast #37 – Preservation, Pirates, and Radionomy

March 8th, 2016

1:10:37


On this week’s show we hear about efforts to preserve radio’s past, and the FCC’s letter writing campaign intended to undermine pirate operators. Jennifer Waits joins to talk about the Library of Congress’ recent …

Podcast #36 – Why Radio Is Like a 1980s Mall & Podcasters Are the Punk Rockers

March 1st, 2016

1:02:28


We have some follow-up on our coverage of the 20th anniversary of Telecommunications Act of 1996. We share a listener email that challenges …

Podcast #35 – Digging for Clues About Internet Radio’s Future

February 23rd, 2016

1:25:35


We dig into the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision on new royalty payments for internet radio, looking for clues about the future of small and medium-sized webcasters.

In our final review of the 20th anniversary …

Podcast #34 – How the Telecom Act of ’96 Triggered Popular Resistance

February 17th, 2016

1:08:15


This is our second episode examining the history and legacy of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in recognition of the law’s 20th …

Podcast #33 1/3 – World Radio Day with Francesco Diasio, AMARC Secretary General

February 13th, 2016

57:09


February 13 is World Radio Day, a day set aside to celebrate radio as a medium, sponsored by UNESCO. This year’s theme is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster.”

Though celebrated globally, World Radio Day is …

Podcast #33 – 20 Years Ago Local Radio Was Crushed

February 9th, 2016

1:16:23


Twenty years ago a piece of legislation was passed that would change radio forever–and not for the better. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 …

Podcast #32 – FBI Files, Public Files, and Winter Storms

February 2nd, 2016

1:04:22


The FCC just ruled that radio stations will have to upload their public files into an online database, making certain records much more …

Podcast #31 – It’s the 13th Hour for Small Webcasters

January 26th, 2016

50:04


It’s the 13th hour for small webcasters, as broadcasters and supporters scramble to find a solution to new performance royalty rates that …

Podcast #30 – The Open Media Project Makes Gov’t More Accessible

January 19th, 2016

1:13:51


The Open Media Project is a non-profit that provides tools and support for local and state governments to put meetings and events online. This …

Podcast #29 – Will 2016 Be the End of Indie Internet Radio?

January 12th, 2016

1:15:32


Small and medium sized internet-only radio broadcasters are facing a very immediate danger in 2016, due to changes in the performance rates that they are obligated to pay. Some estimates indicate that these fees …

Podcast #28 – A Deep Dive into the Public Radio Bid for KUNV

December 15th, 2015

1:05:15


We follow up on Nevada Public Radio’s proposal to take over programming on KUNV, the community radio station owned by the University of Nevada …

Podcast #27: Public Radio Bid for UNLV Station, Rdio Shutdown & Net Neutrality

December 8th, 2015

1:09:49


College Radio correspondent Jennifer Waits joins Paul and Eric to examine Nevada Public Radio’s bid to take over programming on UNLV’s radio …

Podcast #26 – Celebrating Radio Stickers & Turntable Rooms

December 2nd, 2015

1:06:56


This week we celebrate some fun little corners of radio. Matthew Lasar explains the history of the rise and fall of “turntable style” music community websites. Then Jennifer Waits shares her passion for radio …

Podcast #25 – Conferences, Convergences, Panels & Lectures

November 25th, 2015

1:03:28


It’s been an active month for radio-related events. Jennifer reports back from the University of California Radio Network conference in …

Podcast #24: The Value of High School Radio

November 18th, 2015

33:44


Faithful listeners of the Radio Survivor program know that Jennifer Waits is a huge proponent of the educational benefit for students who …

Podcast #23: How Do You Do That on Instagram?

November 10th, 2015

1:42:05


Social media is something broadcasters and podcasters are advised to embrace, but why? And what the heck is a radio station supposed to do on Instagram? Station builder and social media maven Jeffory Simmons is …

Podcast #22 – We’re All Moving to the FM Dial Now

November 3rd, 2015

1:09:47


Why will we hear more Rush and Hannity on the FM Dial? Prof. John Anderson of Brooklyn College explains the FCC’s AM Revitalization Order, why …

Podcast #21: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim with Zahra Noorbakhsh

October 27th, 2015

1:02:57


Zahra Noorbakhsh and Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed started using the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hashtag as a joke they tweeted back and forth between each other. When they started a podcast using the same name it became an …

Radio Survivor Podcast #20: The Meaning of Independence in Media

October 20th, 2015

1:11:48


Jennifer joins Eric and Paul for the entire show, which includes a wide-ranging discussion on what it means to produce independent media …

Radio Survivor Podcast #19: Chauncey DeVega on Pro Wrestling & Podcasting; Centenary College Sells WNTI

October 13th, 2015

1:40:40

On his podcast, essayist Chauncey DeVega says that it features him “with the volume turned up.” He discusses how the quality of intellectual …

Radio Survivor Podcast #18: Focus on Fundraising with Ann Alquist

October 6th, 2015

54:59


Community radio stations cannot survive without fundraising. Ann Alquist provides fresh perspective on raising money, and provocative ideas on how better to put your money and efforts to work. She is the …

Radio Survivor Podcast #17: An Innovative Approach to Community Radio Podcasting

September 29th, 2015

1:14:47


Lara Jones, community content manager at KRCL-FM in Salt Lake City, Utah, heads up a project that integrates podcasting and community radio in a new, innovative way. The station invites community members in to …

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