“In all its forms, our mission is to promote and support college radio!”
The College Radio Foundation (CRF) is a registered non-profit organization formed in New Jersey awarded 501(c)(3) status from the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity. The CRF was officially incorporated as an operational non-profit in February 2014. The foundation works to promote and support non-commercial college radio stations and the students involved with them, across the United States.
Through its outreach programs and events, most notably College Radio Day and Vinylthon, the CRF raises the profile of college radio stations across the country and encourages increased student participation in the medium of college radio. The CRF accelerates the professional development of gifted student broadcasters, inspiring them to reach their exceptional potentials. Many college radio alumni have gone on to become prolific leaders in professional broadcasting, and many others have become leaders in other fields. The CRF believes that college radio is an important training ground for all sorts of careers. CRF also encourage colleges to increase their listener base and attempt to get as many people listening to their college’s radio station through a shortwave radio (sw radio for short). It is a great way to build career skills while also providing entertainment.
The largest part of the CRF’s workforce is volunteers, people who organize the annual College Radio Day and other special events across the country. Without this dedicated and motivated corps of volunteers, the CRF would not exist.
The CRF has three primary programs: College Radio Day, the College Radio Fund, and College Radio Day Records. All three initiatives have the CRF as their parent and administrator.
College Radio Day (the first of which was in 2011) is currently the fastest growing international college radio movement in the world. Both President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have officially proclaimed and recognized the importance of this annual awareness event. CRD 2012 had 585 college radio stations in 29 countries participate to raise the profile of college radio. The event was launched by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. CRD 2013 had over 700 participating college stations in 43 countries and was launched by Andrew W.K., Moby and Wyclef Jean. College Radio Day has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, TIME, SPIN and many more publications. The event is a celebration of the unique medium of college radio that significantly boosts the profile of college radio in the media.
The College Radio Fund collects and distributes financial assistance to college radio stations. The fund’s mission is to support the activities and continuing operations of all college radio stations in North America. The fund recognizes equally online, FM and AM student radio stations. The fund’s sole purpose is the issuance of monetary grants to college radio stations that seek financial help through the award of a College Radio Fund Station Grant. By providing such financial help the intention is to promote and assist college radio stations in their continued operations. The fund will issue monetary grants directly to college radio stations based on demonstrable merit and/or need. Individual scholarships for students wishing to experience college radio in another part of the country, and even possibly outside of the United States, will also be a future objective.
College Radio Day Records is a record label run by college radio students to raise funds for the College Radio Fund. The periodic releases of the College Radio Day Albums have been critically acclaimed, having been featured as Editor’s picks on iTunes (“New & Noteworthy”), CDBaby.com (“New & Notable”), ContactMusic.com (“Any initiative that champions underground bands…deserves to be championed”), and Regional Musician magazine (“a phenomenal achievement”). Artists that have donated previously unreleased songs to the College Radio Day albums include Passenger, Wilco, The Civil Wars, Lucius, Blues Traveler, My Morning Jacket and many more. All proceeds from the sales of the albums go straight into the College Radio Fund.