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Student-Run Stations Plan Special College Radio Day Broadcasts

Joint broadcasts, roundtable discussions and lineups of local bands are planned for this Friday

Student-run university stations have big plans in the works for this Friday’s College Radio Day.

Around 400 college radio stations will take part in the day aimed at elevating awareness of the many student-run college stations across the world by encouraging people who would normally not listen to do so.

Radio World reached out to some college radio stations across the country to see what they had planned.

Saint Xavier University’s WXAV(FM) in Chicago will do a 24-hour long broadcast beginning Friday morning. “During that time, we will air an hour-long documentary entitled, ‘From a Phone Booth to the World,’ which chronicles the history of WXAV,” said Peter Kreten, the university’s director of student media.

In addition to participating in the nationwide College Radio Day simulcast, WXAV will also feature a number of live in-studio performances and interviews of Chicago-area bands. WXAV even had two student representatives attend the College Radio Day event at the White House this past week.

Montclair State University’s WMSC(FM) in New Jersey will be doing 30 hours of special broadcasts. The station’s flagship morning broadcast will air live from the school’s campus diner, where the New Jersey Broadcasters Association’s CEO Paul Rotella and College Radio Day’s Founder Rob Quicke will make appearances.

WMSC will also be partnering with nearby Seton Hall’s WSOU(FM) and William Paterson University’s WPSC(FM) for special broadcasts throughout Friday.

One partnership broadcast will be a DJ swap, meaning a few Montclair State staff DJs will spin on Seton Hall’s frequency for two hours while a few Seton Hall staff DJs will do the same at Montclair State’s station. Another partnership broadcast will be a roundtable discussion involving program directors from WMSC and William Paterson’s WPSC, talking about the dedication many students give to their respective college stations.