College radio has had a rough year. With the economy still in the dregs, universities are being forced to make cuts, and sadly, many student-run radio stations are finding themselves on the chopping block or in the hands of a new formatter as the result of a license sale. But the college radio community is showing no signs of stopping, as tomorrow is the first-ever College Radio Day. College Radio Day founders Rob Quicke, from William Paterson University’s WPSC, and Peter Kreten, from Saint Xavier University’s WXAV, hope the day will serve as a reminder of why college radio matters.
“The main goal of College Radio Day is to bring awareness to a medium that deserves much more recognition,” says WPSC‘s Alyssa Hamade, director of promotions for the event. “All we’re asking is for people to tune in to their local college and high school stations, and hopefully they’ll get hooked!”
Besides tuning in to support their local stations, those folks lucky enough to reside in the NYC area have another way to show their support and celebrate the work of these stations. Tonight, Angels And Kings will host the Official College Radio Day Launch Party from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. The festivities, hosted by DJ Keith Morales, begin at 10 p.m.
Whether you’re partying it up at Angels And Kings or just tuning in to your favorite student DJ, show your support for college music tomorrow—so that we don’t have to listen to tired commercial slop and, more importantly, so the voice of students rings loud and clear over the airwaves for years to come.
Angels And Kings is located at 500 E. 11th St., New York, NY.