‘Vinylthon 2018’ Unites Over 90 College Radio Stations This Saturday Playing Records All Day

  • 18 stations plan to go a full 24 hours of vinyl-only for the day, also Record Store Day
  • Lending their support: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), Dez Fafara (DevilDriver) and more artists
  • Stations will also help fundraise for the College Radio Fund that provides grants to college radio stations that need them the most
  • “Before streaming services there was college radio – and we passionately believe that we are still the best musical curators out there!” says event founder, Rob Quicke

SATURDAY, APRIL 21: Over 90 college stations across the USA, and some stations internationally, will come together to celebrate the unique music format of vinyl for the third college radio Vinylthon on Saturday, April 21st (also the 11th annual Record Store Day).

The Vinylthon is being organized by the College Radio Foundation and will see college radio stations broadcasting special programs entirely with music played from vinyl records. Eighteen stations have also pledged to broadcast a full 24 hours of nothing but vinyl music. By doing so, they will win the Golden Slipmat Award sponsored by Glowtronics, an actual golden slipmat!

Interviews and messages of support provided for the event include Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), Dez Fafara (DevilDriver), Viniloversus (Latin Grammy award-winning band) and more artists. Authors David Sax (The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter) and Dave Lory (Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye) have also given exclusive interviews for this event.

Founder of College Radio Day, Dr. Rob Quicke, also General Manager of WPSC Brave New Radio at William Paterson University, says “the idea of this Vinylthon in conjunction with Record Store Day makes sense because college radio is still probably the only remaining broadcast medium that regularly plays music on vinyl. We want to remind everyone that for college radio, vinyl is still very important!” says Quicke.

Another station that is heavily involved is Montclair State University’s WMSC radio. Anabella Poland, General Manager, says “this year we invited Latin Grammy band Viniloversus to our new studios for an interview and performance, interviewed Dee Snider and WWE and frontman of rock band Fozzy, Chris Jericho, and also Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon. We will also be live at Scotti’s Record Shop in Summit, NJ. But most importantly, we will play tons of vinyl. Twenty-four hours of vinyl to be precise!”

The event is being organized by the College Radio Foundation, a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, that also organizes the annual College Radio Day event (this year on October 5). The CRD event unites hundreds of USA college radio stations every year and has been recognized and supported by such luminaries as President Obama, Moby, Coldplay, Wilco, Andrew WK, Aviici, The Lumineers, and Wyclef Jean, among others. TIME has called College Radio Day “a nationwide movement, illuminating the cultural significance of student-run radio.”

PARTICIPATING STATIONS:

22 West Radio, Cal State University Long Beach

88.9 WQSU, The Pulse, Susquehanna University

88.9-FM WRDL, Ashland University

89.7 WRHS-FM Norridge-Chicago, Ridgewood High School

90.1 FM Mt Rock Radio, Mt San Antonio College

90.3 WKRB, Kingsborough Community College

91.7 The Edge WSUW, UW Whitewater

91.9 KSDB-FM, Kansas State University

98.5 WNUW, Neumann University

103.5 WCCH, Holyoke Community College

Audio8ball.com, Mt San Antonio College

Bellarmine University Radio, Bellarmine University

Black Squirrel Radio, Kent State University

Blue Storm Radio, Southwestern Illinois College

Comet Radio, Western Iowa Tech

FM90, Amarillo College

HoundWaves, Eastern New Mexico University

KAOS, the Evergreen State College

KBTL 88.1 The Grizz, Butler Community College

KCOD Coachella FM, College of the Desert

KCSU, Colorado State University

KFHS Radio, Fort Hays State University

KLBC, Long Beach City College

KMNR 89.7 FM, Missouri University of Science & Technology

KMSC Dragon Radio, Minnesota State University Moorhead

KMSC Fusion 93, Morningside College

KRUX 91.5 FM, New Mexico State University

KSUA 91.5 FM College Radio, University of Alaska Fairbanks

KSWH-LP 102.5 FM The Pulse, Henderson State University

KTXT 88.1 The Raider, Texas Tech University

K-UTE, University of Utah

Kutztown University, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

LiMu Radio, Lahti University of Applied Sciences

OCCR, Owens Community College

OWWR, SUNY OLD WESTBURY

Radio BUX, Bucks County Community College

Radio Universidad Veracruzana, Universidad Veracruzana

Radio Warner, Warner University

RMU Radio, Robert Morris University

UMSL Radio, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Uni Radio 99.7 fm, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

Unica Radio, University of Cagliari

University of Patras Radio – UP FM, University of Patras

USD Radio, University of San Diego

WAIH “The Way” 90.3 FM, SUNY Potsdam

Wave, Champlain College

WAYN, Wayne State University

WBWC The Sting, Baldwin Wallace University

WCSB 89.3 FM, Cleveland State University

WCSF, University of St. Francis

WDCE, University of Richmond

WDWN, Cayuga Community College

WGFR – The Revolution, SUNY Adirondack

WGLZ, West Liberty University

WHFR-FM, Henry Ford College

WHIP Radio, Temple University

WHWS-LP, Hobart & William Smith

Wiley Radio, Purdue University

WIRE, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wired FM, MIC/LIT/LSAD

WITR 89.7, Rochester Institute of Technology

WIXQ, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

WJTB, NJIT

WKKL, Cape Cod Community College

WLFR, Stockton University

WLOY Loyola Radio, Loyola University Maryland

WLSL-LP 92.7 FM, Saint Leo University

WMCX 88.9, Monmouth University

WMSC, Montclair State University

WMUA Amherst 91.1, UMas Amherst

WMUL-FM, Marshall University

WOBC 91.5, Oberlin College

WPIR Pratt Radio, Pratt Institute

WPSC – Brave New Radio, William Paterson University

WQHS, University of Pennsylvania

WRMU-FM, University of Mount Union

WRSU, Rutgers University

WRUV FM Burlington, The University of Vermont

WSBU The Buzz, St Bonaventure University

WSOU, Seton Hall University

WSTU Radio, Clark Atlanta University

WSUM, University of Wisconsin – Madison

WUSB, Stony Brook University SUNY

WVCW Radio, Virginia Commonwealth University

WVMW VMFM 91.7, Marywood University

WVTC 90.7FM Tech Radio, Vermont Technical College

WWLR – The Impulse 91.5, Lyndon State College

WXAV 88.3FM, Saint Xavier University

WXTC, Thiel College

WXUT, The University of Toledo

WZBT – 91.1 FM, Gettysburg College