The Radio Survivor podcast is a weekly show that explores the future of community media, with a focus on community radio, college radio, low-power FM and public access TV, along with podcasting and internet radio. Hosts Paul Riismandel, Eric Klein and Jennifer Waits highlight the best and most innovative audio programming and keep you updated on the news that affects our ability to make, create, hear and see great community media.
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Podcast #307 – Battling over Violence, Sex and Women’s Roles on Postwar Radio
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
On this week’s show, we take a trip back in time to look at radio in the 1940s and 1950s. During this post-war period, women’s roles were shifting in the workplace and in popular media. Television arrived on the scene, bringing with it some,
Podcast #306 – Radio Coincidences, from Easttown to Sutherlin
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
What are the odds that a popular television series would feature your college radio station as a backdrop for two episodes? That’s exactly what Jennifer found, when HBO’s “Mare of Easttown” employed a set that accurately recreates Haverford College’s s...
Podcast #305 – Radio History on the Northern Border of Mexico
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Border radio is one of our favorite topics at Radio Survivor and on this week’s episode we dig into the history of radio broadcasting on the northern border of Mexico. Scholar Sonia Robles shares the stories of some of the lesser-known,
Podcast #304 – Lesbian Radio History in Canada
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
As we wrap up Pride Month, our podcast discussion turns to queer spaces and queer community on the radio and in podcasting, specifically lesbian broadcasters in Canada. Our guest, Stacey Copeland is a media producer and Ph.D.
Podcast #303 – Radio on TV, Magazines and Tape
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Just when we thought the Franken FM era might be over for good, the FCC grants “Special Temporary Authority” to a LPTV channel 6 in San Jose, California to keep its analog signal – heard on the FM dial – on the air while transitioning its video signal ...
Podcast #302 – Feminista Frequencies
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
This week, we take a close look at the history of an influential Spanish language community radio station: KDNA. Located in Washington State, the station launched in 1979 and serves a rural community which includes farm workers and immigrants.
Podcast #301 – Digitizing & Transcribing the Archives of NYC Progressive Church Radio
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
From 1961 to 1976 WRVR-FM broadcast a progressive slate of social justice and jazz programming from the Riverside Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Beginning in 2018 those archives are being digitized and transcribed by the American Archive of Pub...
Podcast #300 – How to Get a Noncomm FM License in 2021 (Replay)
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
The Federal Communications Commission recently announced that November 2, 2021 will mark the opening of the next licensing window for full-power non-commercial / educational (NCE) FM radio stations. The Commission first hinted at this chance back in fa...
Podcast #299 – Cassettes for Art, Radio and Recording TV
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
It seems like physical media continues to have a hold on humans, even while most of us in the West engage with online, streaming and virtual media for much, if not most, of our time. Audiocassettes are like radio,
Podcast #298 – College Radio at the end of the Academic COVID Year
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Colleges and high schools are finishing up their first – and, with hope, last – full academic COVID year, and all indicators are that student radio remained on the air, as students adjusted to online classes and socially distant campuses.
Podcast #297 – Radio Studies and Soundwork
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Renowned radio scholar Michele Hilmes is Professor Emerita, Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a long time proponent of the importance of studying radio and sound,
Podcast #296: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art – rebroadcast
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist enamored with radios and radio waves. The Assistant Professor, Studio Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) joins us on the show to discuss her most recent transmission art project, Ghosts in the Airglow,
Podcast #295 – High School Podcasting with the Hosts of Rice and Shine
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
This week, we are joined by the hosts of the podcast Rice and Shine. Led by four Seattle-area teenagers, the chat-style program provides a glimpse into the lives of 9th graders beginning high school from a distance during a pandemic.
Podcast #294 – Reading the PIRATE Act / FCC & the Supremes Pt. 2
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The PIRATE Act was signed into law more than a year ago, but the rules governing increased fines for unlicensed broadcasting are about to go into effect on April 26. The Act is intended to give the FCC additional tools for tamping down pirate radio act...
Podcast #293 – Exploring Radio Art and Transmission Art
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
What is radio art? What is transmission art? We discuss the experimental side of radio and artistic uses of radio transmissions on our show this week, looking at historical and contemporary examples. Artist and scholar Anna Friz joins us to chat about ...
Podcast #292 – The History of Sound Art
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
What is sound art? And what do we know about its origin story? We explore this question and more with our guest this week, artist and educator Judy Dunaway. An adjunct professor in the History of Art Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Desig...
Podcast #291 – The New Adventures of Super Indian
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
A super hero comic is at the heart of The New Adventures of Super Indian, a forthcoming audio drama from Native Voices at the Autry. Our guests on the show include Super Indian’s creator, playwright and director,
Podcast #290 – Aimee Semple McPherson and the Early History of Radio Evangelists
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
One of the biggest celebrities in Los Angeles in the early part of the 20th century was Aimee Semple McPherson. She inspired scandalous headlines and fictional depictions, including the character Sister Molly on the Showtime series,
Podcast #289 – Celebrating Women in Sound
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s episode focuses on women in sound. Our guests, Jennifer Hyland Wang and Jenny Stoever, return to the show to discuss sound studies, the cultural politics of listening,
Podcast #288 – Eagle vs. Transmitter
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
This week we share more evidence of how broadest radio is an important informational lifeline and human connection for so many people. As most of the country enters year two of the pandemic, we catch up again with Becky Meiers,
Podcast #287 – New Station Opportunity, Women’s History Month, and more
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Jennifer, Eric and Paul join together to review what’s news as we kick off the month of March. Top of the list is an upcoming FCC radio license auction. Originally planned for April 2020, but delayed by the first coronavirus lockdowns,
Podcast #286 – Native American Voices on the Air in the Early Days of Radio
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
On this week’s show we take a look at the ways that Native Americans used sound technology during radio’s earliest days and how that inspired and led to the flourishing Native media landscape, including tribal radio stations. Our guest,
Podcast #285 – Running a Big Community Media Organization in the 2nd Year of the Pandemic
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Nathan Moore is the General Manager at WTJU and the Staff Advisor of WXTJ at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is also the current President of the Board of the NFCB, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
Podcast #284 – SpokenWeb and Literary Sound
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
On this week’s show we learn about SpokenWeb, a Canadian project focused on the preservation of literary sound recordings. Partly inspired by the energetic poetry scene of the 1960s, SpokenWeb works to preserve recordings of these live events and also ...
Podcast #283 – Project STAND is Archiving Student Activism
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
On Radio Survivor we are interested in not only audio, but also its history as well as preservation efforts. Along those lines, we have done numerous episodes about archives. We additionally have a strong passion for student-produced media,
Podcast #282 – New FCC, Who Dis?
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
What a difference a week makes. President Biden has appointed Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, only the second time a woman has held the post. This signals the beginning of a new agenda at the Commission – t...
Podcast #281 – Wrapping Up Section 230 & the VOA
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
There are a few stories we were watching closely at the end of 2020, and we wanted to bring listeners up to date. First up is Section 230, the law that provides a degree of immunity to online platforms – from social media to community radio stations – ...
Podcast #280 – Student Radio History in Australia
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Radio history is close to our hearts at Radio Survivor and on this week’s episode we explore the story of student radio in Australia. Our guest, Rafal Alumairy, is working on book about this little-told history.
Podcast #279 – Zach Poff Built a Radio Station Inside a Pond
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Zach Poff put a radio station inside a pond. Poff is a media artist, educator and maker-of-things, and he explains that project and talks about making art with radio technology and listening to sound art. This is a re-broadcast of our episode from Apri...
Podcast #278 – The Wave Farm Grows Transmission Arts (rebroadcast)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Radios in the trees, a transmitter in the pond, and a weather-driven synth. These are just some of what you’ll find on The Wave Farm, a 29-acre property in New York’s Hudson Valley dedicated to radio and transmission arts.