HEWITT, N.J., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 400 college radio stations are uniting for College Radio Day, this Friday, November 4, across the United States and around the world. The event is a celebration of college radio with support from Sean Lennon, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, The Lumineers' Jeremiah Fraites, Grace Potter, Alanis Morissette and more – all of whom have contributed content for a special one-hour simulcast to be played across the country at 2 pm EDT.
Even President Obama is recognizing the event. One week prior to College Radio Day 2016, college radio students and advisors from across the country traveled to the White House to interview administration officials such as Secretary of Education John King Jr. and Press Secretary Josh Earnest regarding issues important to the students and their college campuses: college affordability, student loans, and climate change. At the conclusion of their visit they were presented with a letter from President Obama expressing that "college radio holds a crucial and unique place on the dial. … It's not only a proving ground for young people; it's an opportunity for all Americans to experience new stories, new bands, and new ideas." The students produced a special College Radio Day White House report to be included in the simulcast on November 4.
The aim of College Radio Day is to raise greater awareness of the many student radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. Stations across the country are planning special programming and events that include live music from local artists, on-campus festivities and inviting alumni back onto the airwaves.
For the first time ever, organizers are also launching a fundraising program for college radio – "Friends of College Radio" – to help support college radio stations across the country who are in desperate need of equipment and financial assistance to stay on the air. Anyone who recognizes the value of college radio is encouraged to become a member by donating through a one-time gift or monthly donation of as little as $5 at collegeradio.org.
"We firmly believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place where those involved believe passionately in its mission," says founder Dr. Rob Quicke, a communication professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. "Only on college radio will you hear music and programming you just can't find anywhere else," added Quicke.
College Radio Day, organized by the College Radio Foundation, is an annual event that celebrates college radio stations and those that staff them. Founded in 2011, College Radio Day unites hundreds of college stations for the day. Now in its sixth year, College Radio Day 2016 will take place nationwide on Friday, November 4. For more information, please visit www.collegeradio.org or call 1-800-464-0950.
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SOURCE College Radio Foundation