College Radio Day this Friday, October 6, will be “Passionately Vocal, Seriously Local,” with recognition from radio industry professionals such as Elvis Duran, Glenn Beck, Little Steven, Jim Kerr, Eddie Trunk, Shelley Wade and more
Over 400 college radio stations are uniting for College Radio Day this Friday, October 6, across the United States and around the world. The event is a celebration of college radio, and this year has support from many giants of the radio industry – all of whom have contributed content for a special one-hour simulcast to be played across the country at 2 pm EST.
The list of those radio industry professionals lending their voices in support of college radio include: Elvis Duran, Glenn Beck, Little Steven, Jim Kerr, Ross Brittain, Shelley Wade, DJ Chio, JJ Kinkaid, Steph Wells, Rich Russo, Christine Nagy, David Brancaccio, Tom Kaminski, Wayne Cabot, Ian Christie, and TJ Taormina, to name just a few. Demonstrating just how much support the College Radio Day event now has from the radio industry, Paul Rotella, President/Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Broadcaster’s Association, is proud to back the event: “College radio is much more than just a “Farm Team” for broadcast; it gives our audiences innovative and entertaining content, often not found anywhere else. To be sure, its continued success is vital to the future of our industry, and our society!“
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The theme this year is “Passionately Vocal, Seriously Local” and participating stations will explore and highlight how college radio is connected to the communities in which they serve. It is often college radio that gives a spotlight to local stories and issues, and provides a voice for those not heard anywhere else. “We firmly believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place that is closely tied to the local community, on and off campus,” says College Radio Day founder Rob Quicke, who also chairs the Communication Department at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. “Only on college radio will you hear music and programming you just can’t find anywhere else and it’s the place where the future broadcast journalists of tomorrow start their careers,” added Quicke.
The aim of College Radio Day is to raise greater awareness of the many student radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. Stations across the country are planning special programming and events that include live music from local artists, on-campus festivities and inviting alumni back onto the airwaves.