HEWITT, N.J., Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 470 college radio stations are uniting for College Radio Day this Friday, October 5, across the United States and around the world. The event is a celebration of college radio, and this year has support from leaders such as Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna, who are the official ambassadors of the event.
In advance of this Friday, a College Radio Day Task Force group visited Washington, DC, in late September to meet with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and officials from the US Copyright Office.
At the FCC, Chairman Pai presented the group with a letter of recognition stating: "College radio has long been a staple of the campus experience, providing a platform for students to have their voices heard and the opportunity to shape their identities.... From promoting new, local-underground music to encouraging political awareness, college radio has united listeners across the country and throughout the world."
College Radio Day President and UTA Radio Faculty Advisor Lance Liguez is delighted by the visit: "Our students have learned in class about working within the rules set by the FCC and Copyright Office, so what better way to drive home those points than by meeting face-to-face with those who actually set policy."
The theme this year for CRD is "When All Else Fails, College Radio Speaks" and participating stations will explore and highlight how college radio provides a platform for students to talk about issues and stories that are important to them. It is often college radio that gives a spotlight to local stories and issues and provides a voice for those not heard anywhere else. "Only on college radio will you hear music and programming you just can't find anywhere else, and it's the place where the future broadcast journalists of tomorrow start their careers," says Rob Quicke, founder of CRD and Professor of Communication at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
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 are planning special programming and events that include live music from local artists, on-campus festivities and inviting alumni back onto the airwaves.
College Radio Day, organized by the non-profit 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 eighth year, College Radio Day 2018 will take place globally on Friday, October 5. For more information, please visit www.collegeradio.org. Press contact: Lance Liguez: 817-312-5976 Email: [email protected].
SOURCE College Radio Foundation