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Budget Blues: College Radio in the Era of the Internet

Budget Blues

The Pros and Cons of Bummer Budgets

The past year has been a rocky one for state and national public radio in the United States. These popular stations have had to defend their funding and implement changes to catch up to the Internet age.

So, in a decade dominated by online music services like Pandora Radio, Grooveshark, Spotify, and (the ubiquitous) iTunes, what is the role of a student-run college radio station?

This is a question that all student-run radio stations must ask themselves constantly. I certainly don’t have the answer, but I invite you to join in the conversation in the comments section.

This fall, the general manager of our station wrote an editorial which ran in the local newspaper. Though the editorial was focused around the general difficulty of dealing with student government and gaining funds for the station, it also touched on some larger issues. Continue reading