Coming off the tails of a great week at CMJ Music Marathon, we are excited to announce the programming for our inaugural College Day On Tour event in Portland, OR. The event will take place on Saturday, November 7 at Holocene. It will be a day full of engaging programming, networking opportunities, music and more—all centered around topics pertaining to college radio and the Pacific Northwest music scene.

Keynote Speaker: The Thermals in conversation with Maggie Vail
Performances by: The Ghost Ease, Jackson Boone And The Ocean Ghosts, TBA

Check out the details of our programming throughout the day and a list of our initial speakers below. More information to be announced soon.

College Day On Tour Programming

Music Industry One-On-Ones
CMJ aims to provide a meeting of the minds across the music spectrum. But we know that sometimes the best conduit of new and interesting ideas is a face-to-face chat. We’ll be providing a chance for guests to talk directly with key industry figures.

The Big Question
In 2015, radio is an interesting proposition. While many stations are having their budgets slashed, radio is still the most direct medium to serve a community and a hyper-local way to promote the arts. Some stations have explored unique ways to expand their roles and the medium itself. We’ve invited representatives from local stations big and small, online and on-air, to explore the ways that radio has evolved and adapted and to answer the question, why radio?

With only a day to meet, there might be some topics that slip through the cracks. We’re giving everyone a much-needed chance to sit down and discuss everything they may have on their mind and mix it up with their peers. Leading the tables will be knowledgeable members of the radio and music industries who will lend their guidance on a number of topics.

Out Of the Booth And Into The Community
The most powerful thing in the radio world is the ability for a station to connect with its listenership both on and off the air. We open up the discussion to a team of people, radio and non-radio, who have cultivated a music scene in their community as a way to talk about expanding the role of music events and outreach in any organization.

I Work With a Pacific Northwest Label: Ask Me Anything
The Pacific Northwest has one of the most storied and rich music scenes in the world, led by the musicians and bands that have been born and raised there. We’ve pulled together people from some of the best established and up-and-coming labels in the area to answer any questions the audience may have. From the pratfalls of running a label to developing a band that finally made it to representing the Pacific Northwest, these labels are ready to talk about everything.

Keynote: The Thermals In Conversation With Maggie Vail
Since forming in 2002, the Thermals have been punk stalwarts in Portland and around the world. They’re here to talk about their careers in music and what the future holds for them. Maggie Vail, who co-hosts a show on XRAY.FM with Thermals’ bassist Kathy Foster, is here to lead the interview as a conversation between friends. We’ll also be taking questions from the crowd.

The Portland Music Happy Hour
Closing out the night, our host stations helped pick out some of their favorite bands to perform for the crowd. After a long day of talking about the big issues, we’re giving everyone a chance to relax, unwind and enjoy the some of best sounds Portland has to offer.

College Day On Tour Portland Speakers

Deena Barnwell, Urban Music Director, KBOO

Jennifer Daunt, Founder, Dauntless Promotion

Shay Davis, General Manager, KPSU

Brandon Day, Artist Relations, Marmoset Music

David Gluck, Compilation Director, PDX Pop Now!

David Greenwald, Music Journalist, The Oregonian

Jack Greenwood, General Manager, KDUP

Matt King, Talent Buyer, Mississippi Studios/Revolution Hall

Ali Lopez, Music Director, CFUV

Mariella Luz, General Manager, K Records

Nikki Mara, Program Director, KCWU

Jared Mees, Founder, Tender Loving Empire

Jenn Misko, Founder, The Band Mom

Laura Ragsdale, Radio Promotions, Distiller Promo

Paul Riismandel, Operations Director, Radio Survivor

Portia Sabin, President, Kill Rock Stars

Dave Sanford, Founder, Distiller Promo

Joe Silver, Radio Promotions, Distiller Promo