Brett Moss is gear and technology editor.
College Radio Day is next Tuesday (Oct. 11). In celebration of such an august occasion, the folk at the company Online Colleges have put together a helpful list that they call “20 Killer Stations You Should Tune Into for College Radio Day.”
Obviously it consists of what the organization considers 20 of the more interesting college radio stations, operations like CJLO in Montreal, KZSU at Stanford, WSBU at St. Bonaventure and KEXP Seattle.
I should emphasize as usual that this is just my opinion and not officially those of Radio World. In fact my editor Paul McLane, a proud product of college radio himself, disagrees with me profoundly on my general feelings about stations in academia, including those fuzzy low-end stations. He says I’m generalizing and overlooking the role college stations play (or should play, anyway) as training ground and a place for unheralded content to be heard. But then, he’s not writing this particular blog post!
To be clear, my beef is more with the list than college radio in general. But it’s a particular bugaboo of mine -- college kids thinking things like concrete music are new, that they are really the first people who ever listened to music and the musical tastes of anyone five years older stink. I did some work at college radio stations too, at SMU and American University, and I felt that way then as well.