It is with distinct pleasure that I announce this year’s Spirit of College Radio Day recipients for 2015 on behalf of the CRD Board. While all stations who participated in this glorious event went above and beyond, celebrating the day with their listeners, and hopefully getting a few more along the way, these stations shined just a bit brighter.
Here are the winners of the 2015 Spirit of College Radio Awards:
88.1 The ‘Burg – KCWU at Central Washington University
This station has broken the mold for what a College Radio Day celebration should be. Not only did the station get the Mayor of their town to proclaim the day, they got Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee to proclaim October 2nd as College Radio Day around the state. Furthermore, they put on a cool concert and did a glow parade through their town, showing the town of Ellensburg, the nation and the world how cool college radio really is. Congratulations!
90.3 FM WMSC at Montclair State University.
Not only did this station host a concert from 12AM to 6PM on College Radio Day, but they celebrated by hosting unique programming and even breakfast with their Morning Buzz team! In addition, the station also invited alumni back to the station mid-afternoon to host programming, then went live from their concert from there. The station then celebrated by doing a simulcast with WRBS at Brandeis University before kicking it back to the studio for LIVE in studio performances and finally out to their Quad to celebrate their University’s homecoming with a bonfire. An exhausting day for all, but they made Montclair State University and College Radio Day very proud. Congratulations!
KLBC Radio and KCTY Radio “The City” Long Beach City College
For the second year in a row these stations from Long Beach City College organized and put on a massive televised concert for their community, and also broadcast it around the world, showcasing local musicians. In addition, part of their concert was featured on the CRD 24-Hour National Marathon. As some of you know, pulling off a concert of this magnitude is no small feat. It was obvious that a huge amount of work and passion was put into their CRD celebrations. Our hats off to you cool cats at LBC!
KTRU Rice Radio at Rice University
Fighting back from their broadcast license sale in 2010, K-Tru remained vigilant hoping that one day, their station would return to the terrestrial airwaves. On October 2nd, 2015, K-Tru fired up their new transmitter to kick off the first ever College Radio Day 24-Hour National Marathon in the United States. Congratulations to KTRU, Emily Meigs and Will Robedee for all your triumphs!
KRUX 91.5 FM at New Mexico State University
Not only did this station at New Mexico State University celebrate a birthday on College Radio Day, but they participated in the CRD National Marathon, stepping into a time slot at the very last minute, and also had some killer programming to go along with it! Not only that, but KRUX was also able to announce a brand new radio antenna on College Radio Day extending their broadcast power from 1000 to 3000 watts. Their passion and energy for college radio is awesome! Keep swimmin’ against the mainstream, Aggies!
Radio 1190 at University of Colorado Boulder
Without the help of this station there would not be the coolest t-shirts on the planet! Radio 1190, along with many other sponsors helped the College Radio Foundation make t-shirts to send out to all those registered for CRD via a random drawing. In addition to their own station celebrations, they also contributed a brilliantly creative 5 minute segment for our one-hour simulcast that was played on many stations on the day. Their feature really encapsulated the passion and uniqueness of college radio.
Lastly, I want to congratulate all of you (students) for participating in college radio. Not just on College Radio Day, but every single day of your college career (and maybe a little after). Cherish the moments that you have when you are owning the airwaves. It won’t last forever, but it’s amazing while your there!
Long Live College Radio!
College Radio Day, President, 2015