College Radio Day Starts Tomorrow.
Over 550 college and high school radio stations spanning 28 countries will take part in a “24-Hour Global Marathon – College Radio Day”. The second annual College Radio Day was conceived by Professor Rob Quicke (GM of WPSC-FM – William Paterson University located 20 miles west of New York City). CRD is open to all college and high school radio stations at no cost.
Quicke says, “Considering CRD has no budget and is administered by volunteers, having 550 college and high school radio stations in 28 countries is truly remarkable. It’s a day we all come together and make a collective statement that says college/high school radio is an important and vital medium. It is a massive undertaking but last year’s inaugural CRD 2011 was so successful, how could we not push forward with CRD 2012?"
Coldplay’s Chris Martin will officially launch the day with a specially recorded message of support for the unique mission of college radio. Twenty-eight countries are participating this year and hundreds of thousands of listeners are expected to tune in and hear creative and independent radio programming Some of the stations are calling it, “The Day College Radio Comes Together” to celebrate the medium worldwide.
The ultimate goal of CRD is to inspire people to tune into their local college and high school radio and have them hear the particularly unique broadcasts offered across the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australia. To add to the celebration, a College Radio Day Album will be released on October 2. The two-disc album will raise funds for cash-strapped college radio stations.
College Radio Day 2012 takes place when some colleges are choosing to sell off their student stations. The day, first and foremost, is a celebration. It also aims to raise the profile of college radio reminding people just how important college radio is in regards to its broadcast content and value.
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