College Day features panels and events especially for members of the college radio community. This year’s College Day was sponsored by Sounds Australia. In addition to performances by Australian artists, a trip to Perth, Australia, was given away to one lucky winner (who will get a chance to visit Australia for the Wami Festival).
2011′s College Day included three panels relating specifically to college radio. The first, Eventus Maximus, was moderated by Rob Wilcox of the Syndicate and gave plenty of ideas for student programmers to bring back to their stations. The next panel, the Music Directors’ Summit, led by Planetary Group’s Greg Khaikin, went over a variety of issues that music directors face every day, including dealing with promoters, reviewing new music and working with community volunteers. The final panel, Saving College Radio, was perhaps one that hit closest to home for many stations. Moderated by Ken Freedman of WFMU, this panel touched on the reality of more and more stations being bought out or switching to an online-only format.
After lunch were more performances from Australian artists. The day culminated with the event many people had been waiting for: the annual College Radio Awards. So many hard-working stations and industry members were nominated this year, it was difficult to narrow it down.
Continuing the spirit of College Day, many people headed over to Solas afterward for the annual Medium Rotation party, presented by A Man A Plan A Canal and CJLO, which was this year’s official College Day after-party.