Nearly 500 college radio stations are uniting for a celebration of college radio this Friday, October 4, across the United States and around the world in 28 countries. World College Radio Day, now in its ninth year, was founded by William Paterson University Professor Community Rob Quicke. Four-time Grammy award winners The Black Keys have been named the official 2019 Ambassadors for World College Radio Day. This year's event will also include interviews with bands such as Rise Against, Spin Doctors, Manchester Orchestra, and Lacuna Coil.
The aim of World 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, including William Paterson's nationally-recognized WPSC-FM Brave New Radio, are planning special programming and events that include live music from local artists, on-campus festivities, and inviting alumni back onto the airwaves.
The theme this year for WCRD is "Hear It First on College Radio" and participating stations will explore and highlight how students create unique programming and content on college radio that is important to them and not heard on any other medium. It is often college radio that gives a spotlight to local stories and issues, as well as playing music that is new and innovative. "Only on college radio will you hear music and programming you just can't find anywhere else, and it's the place where people take risks in what they play," Quicke says.
"The importance of college radio can't be overstated," said Pat Carney of The Black Keys. Carney has recorded an exclusive interview for college radio stations to play on the air during the day.
Listen to Brave New Radio live on October 4, or any time, by visiting the station's website at www.gobrave.org.
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