Come to WTJU’s symposium: “College Radio: Then, Now, and Next” – March 17

Symposium: “College Radio: Then, Now, and Next”

March 17, 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm
at Open Grounds at the University of Virginia
1400 University Ave., Charlottesville, VA

FREE and open to the public

Hosted by WTJU, with generous sponsorship from the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures


REGISTER HERE (It’s Free!)

Questions? Email collegeradio@virginia.edu


INTRODUCTION, SPEAKERS, & PROGRAM

WXTJ studio filteredCollege radio has been part of the broadcast landscape as long as broadcasting itself – yet it has not been studied to the extent that other media have. This symposium will bring together scholars and college radio media makers to dive into the history of college radio as a social phenomenon and to help plot the future of college radio as it addresses the challenges of the 21st century.

Questions we’ll explore during the symposium:

  • How did college radio develop as an institution of the “alternative” or “indie” music subcultures – a champion of music marginalized by mainstream, commercial radio?
  • What role does college radio play today in fostering a music scene and a sense of community on university campuses?
  • How does college radio fit into the FCC’s long-stated goal of “localism”?
  • Amidst major technological changes in the consumption of music and other audio content, what lies ahead for college radio?
  • How do we keep college radio relevant and growing in the 21st century?

SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Waits, independent scholar and Co-Founder, Radio Survivor
  • Laura Schnitker, University of Maryland, Curator of Mass Media & Culture
  • Nick Rubin, University of Virginia, Media Studies & Music
  • Rob Quicke, General Manager of WPSC and founder of College Radio Day
  • Edith Thorpe, General Manager of WNSB at Norfolk State
  • Nathan Moore, General Manager of WTJU & staff adviser to WXTJ at University of Virginia

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

REGISTRATION, Coffee, Greeting: 9:00-9:30am

WELCOME: 9:30-9:40am. Nathan Moore

THEN: 9:40-11:45am

  • Overview of the History of College Radio: Jennifer Waits
  • College Radio’s “Alternative Media” Identity: Nick Rubin
  • College Radio at HBCUs: Edith Thorpe
  • Preserving College Radio History / Archiving College Radio: Laura Schnitker

LUNCH BREAK: 11:45am-12:45pm

SHORT DOCUMENTARIES: 12:45-1:00pm.

NOW: 1:00-3:00pm.

  • College Radio Landscape Today: Jennifer Waits
  • Stations being sold by their licensees – and fighting back: Rob Quicke, et al
  • College radio, the music industry, and the challenge of changing media consumption habits: Nick Rubin, et al
  • Student staff participation and college radio’s role in fostering campus community: Nathan Moore, WXTJ staff, Edith Thorpe
  • On-air membership campaigns & financing college radio: Edith Thorpe, Nathan Moore

BREAK: 3:00-3:15pm.

NEXT: 3:15-5:00pm.

  • How do we reenergize college radio as a hub for music & culture in ways that create vibrant places?
  • How might we re-envision college radio as more than its FM signal — rather, as a network for music fans, industry, venues, and artists to come together?

CLOSING: 5:00-5:15pm

 

TOURS & RECEPTION at WTJU/WXTJ: 7:00-8:00pm

LIVE BROADCAST: 8:00-9:00pm. Bobby Midnight Band. Live studio audience warmly invited!

 


DIRECTIONS & PARKING

By Air:

Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport (CHO) is located 10 miles from UVA. The following carriers service the CHO Airport: American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways. CHO is not served by any public transportation, but there are taxi, rental car, and hotel shuttle.

Other airports in our area:

  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) is located 85 miles from UVA.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located 100 miles from UVA.
  • Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located 120 miles from UVA.

By Train:

The Amtrak train station is located 0.7 miles from the symposium location at Open Grounds. The station code is CVS.

By Bus:

The Greyhound bus station is located approximately one mile from the symposium location at Open Grounds.

DAY-OF-EVENT PARKING:

There are three public parking lots very near to UVA OpenGrounds:

  • The Corner Parking Lot (1501 University Ave)
  • Elliewood Avenue parking lot
  • Parking Garage at Wertland St / 14th St NW

LODGING

There are many hotels in the immediate vicinity of UVA and OpenGrounds. For the college radio symposium, we have reserved a block of rooms with a conference rate at the Residence Inn by Marriott – Charlottesville Downtown.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM HERE.

Directions from the hotel to the symposium venue:

Walking: The Residence Inn is 0.8 miles from OpenGrounds, just up the street on W. Main Street. (W. Main turns into University Ave. at the edge of UVA.)

Public Transit: Charlottesville’s free trolley travels up and down W. Main Street every 15 minutes.


THE VENUE

OpenGrounds is a space, a resource, and an opportunity, connecting the University, the Charlottesville community, and global partners to develop the knowledge, tools, and behaviors that will shape the future.

Find out more at opengrounds.virginia.edu.

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