Approximately 400 college radio stations in the United States will take part in College Radio Day, Friday, Nov. 4. In honor of the day, a one-hour simulcast will be played at 2 p.m. EDT featuring content from singer/songwriter Sean Lennon, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and The Lumineers’s Jeremiah Fraites, to name a few.
The aim of College Radio Day, organized by the College Radio Foundation, is to elevate awareness of the many student-run college stations across the world by encouraging people who would normally not listen to do so.
In anticipation of Friday’s festivities, college radio students and advisors from parts of the U.S. converged on the White House to interview administration officials such as Secretary of Education John King Jr. and Press Secretary Josh Earnest on issues important to college students. A special report from the interviews will play during the Friday simulcast.
A fundraising program has launched to help support college radio stations who are in need of equipment and financial assistance to stay on the air. To donate to the “Friends of College Radio” campaign, visit www.collegeradio.org.
Read a related commentary: Rob Quicke wrote in Radio World in 2011 about the roots of the event.