Northwest Radio Conference: College Radio Still Has A Voice On Campuses

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By Rory Noble

News & Features Editor


On April 12 and 13, Oregon State University radio station KBVR-FM hosted the first Northwest College Radio Conference.

Colleges and universities throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho were invited to  the event, which offered workshops and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics.

Representatives from KBVR-FM at OSU, KEOL-FM from EOU, Lewis and Clark College’s KLC Radio from Portland, Linfield College’s KSLC- FM in McMinnville, KTEC-FM from Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls and KWVA-FM from the University of Oregon in Eugene attended the conference.

Finn J.D. John spoke to the gathering Saturday morning at about 9:30.  John is an author, a public historian and a professor in OSU’s New Media Communication department.

John talked about how radio is the only source of news for many people.  His final argument was that newer technologies like podcasts and Twitter feeds are actually a modern form of radio.  John challenged the college radio stations to use these resources to “inform and entertain”.

The workshops included “Throwing a Concert”, in which station managers Shannon Boerner from KLC, Rocky Gothard from KEOL and Kurt Hagen from KBVR explained the steps needed to host various events.

“Indecency and Obscenity” with KVBR’s engineer Jack Kemp and KWVA’s station manager Charolette Nisser Legg discussed the subject of what can and cannot be said on broadcast radio.

The “Storytelling for Radio and Beyond” workshop offered discussion on news reporting for radio and television.  Jodie Davaz, news director at KBVR-FM, and Hayden Wilcox, news producer at KBVR-TV led the discussion.

An interesting idea from Davaz and Wilcox’s workshop was the newly formed Orange News Network.  In this network, KBVR-FM, KBVR-TV and the OSU student newspaper, The Daily Barometer, share news sources for better coverage of news stories.

Davaz explained, “KBVR-FM broadcasts a short story in the morning.  We then share the sources with the network.  KBVR-TV could broadcast a longer story in the evening.  The next day, The Barometer would run the full story.”  The network’s trial run is in 2014.

The afternoon roundtables united people with similar duties to talk about issues facing college radio stations.  Popular roundtables offered forums for station managers, program directors and music directors.  Also, a roundtable on disc jockey recruitment and retention drew many participants.

Discussions drifted to station budgets later in the day.  Larger schools receive enough funding to allow more station activities for radio personnel.  Smaller schools rely on underwriting and donation to increase the budget.

The University of Oregon is the tentative host for the next NWCRC in the fall of 2013.

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