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Organizers Plan Second College Radio Day

Benefit album to help cash-strapped stations

Rob Quicke expects 500 radio stations in 20 countries to take part in the second “College Radio Day.”

You may recall we told you about the first “day” last year; it’s an event to highlight the programming and contributions of college and high school stations during an era when some institutions have opted to sell student stations off.

The second annual event is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Organizer Rob Quicke is GM of FM station WPSC at William Paterson University in New Jersey. “It’s a day we all come together and make a collective statement that says college/high school radio is an important and vital medium,” he said in the announcement. Efforts are all volunteer.

Promo efforts include an album to raise funds for college stations to buy and fix equipment and to support events. Artists donating tracks include The Civil Wars, We Are Scientists and Blues Traveler. One of the two CDs features unsigned artists playing in college stations.

This year’s event will launch with a message from Chris Martin of Coldplay.

What Is College Radio Day? (Quicke guest commentary, Sept. 2011)
Why Radio Should Go Back to School (July 2012)