There are many soundtracks to a college student’s daily life. From their alma mater to the playlist at their first college party, music will fill a college student’s ears for their four years at school.
College students look to many outlets for new music and bands. One place to look is their own college radio station. The station, ran by fellow classmates and students, can introduce new songs, promote campus events, and serve as background noise as students study.
Many colleges and universities have their own radio stations. These stations keep students and community members informed of news or local events. They allow students to host their own radio shows and showcase new or up-and-coming bands.
The Federal Communications Commission regulates the broadcast of college radio stations. They sensor the material and issue licenses to the stations.
Promotional and community service departments of the radio station serve the community. Many college radio stations are active members of the community. They participate in fundraisers and air public service announcements.
College radio stations carry a wide variety of subjects within their shows. These topics include: talk news, intercollegiate sports, educational shows, and, of course, music. Many college radio stations broadcast live events, from guest speakers to the championship basketball game.
The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and the College Music Journal host annual college radio conferences. At these conferences, members of college radio stations come together for panels, discussions, concerts, and share their experiences. The organizations also serve as resources and guides throughout the year.
New or up-and-coming bands send demos to college radio stations. Sometimes, the stations will be the first to play or hear the songs. The bands gain exposure in the college student aged market and the radio station gains exposure for playing the band’s new song.
Like any organization or club on campus, students can build friendships and bonds as they produce a radio station. They can network with one another and welcome new opportunities.
There are many roles for students to fill at the radio station. From managing the schedule to marketing new shows, students can gain experience and leadership skills while working at the radio station. For students interested in communications or listen to music as a hobby, participating in their college radio station is an ideal organization for them.
As a disc jockey, students will have complete control of what they air. For the duration of the show, they can voice their opinions respectively, shout-out to friends and family, and play the music that they like.
The experience and knowledge gained from volunteering at a college radio station is one-of-a-kind. The skills learned can help the student when they enter the working world. They will learn how to work with others and how to strive in their work individually. Students will build their communication skills and they will be stronger individuals when they enter the real world.
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