College Day on Tour

Coming to Portland on Saturday, November 7.

Traditionally held during CMJ Music Marathon, College Day aims to fill a day with great programing and speakers from and related to college and non-commercial radio, allowing both new and experienced voices from the radio world to talk about the issues that matter most to them. Following the 35th anniversary of CMJ Music Marathon, College Day On Tour takes the spirit of College Day and translates it to be more personal and regional across the country, aiming to invigorate the CMJ College Radio community in every pocket of the country.

On Saturday, November 7th, 2015, College Day On Tour will make its first stop in Portland, Oregon, a city renowned for cultivating fresh ideas and up-and-coming artists. For the event, CMJ will be taking over Holocene with full day of programming dedicated to emerging talent at college and non-commercial radio, focusing on the voices, ideas, and music that make the Pacific Northwest the storied scene it is.

The event is all-ages and open to the public. Day passes can be purchased here for $35. All CMJ member stations with an active New Music Review subscription will receive two free passes to this and/or any other College Day On Tour events throughout 2016. If you are a CMJ member station and would like to claimyour free passes, please contact the CMJ Radio Team.

As the keynote for the day, The Thermals will be chatting with CASH Music’s Maggie Vail, who co-hosts the weekly radio show Strange Babes with bassist Kathy Foster on Portland station

Throughout the day, attendees will also enjoy live performances from Portland artists Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts, Sabonis, and Ghost Ease.

CMJ is proud to partner with local college stations KDUP and KPSU to help program the day’s discussions and music.

College Day On Tour is brought to you in part by our sponsors.

Marmoset, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KBOO, Distiller Promo

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10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Welcome Reception
We certainly wouldn’t expect you to spend an entire day with us on an empty stomach, so we’ll be providing Stumptown coffee and delicious breakfast treats to help get you ready and give you a chance to meet and chat with fellow attendees.

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Music Industry One-On-Ones
CMJ always aims to provide a meeting of the minds across the music spectrum. But 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. Registration will open during the welcome reception. Slots are 15 minutes each and are first come, first serve.

Jennifer Daunt, Founder, Dauntless Promotion
Shane Geiger, Digital Team Lead, Marmoset
David Greenwald, Music Journalist, The Oregonian
Matt King, Talent Buyer, Mississippi Studios/Revolution Hall
Jenn Misko,Founder, The Band Mom

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: 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?

Jack Greenwood, General Manager, KDUP
Anna Gordon, Music Director, KAOS
Nikki Mara, Program Director, KCWU
Will Winston, General Manager, KUPS

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Roundtables
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. Lending their guidance for a number of general and specific topics, the tables will be led by knowledgeable members of the radio and music industries.

Running A Station: Paul Riismandel, Operations Director, Radio Survivor
Music Directors & The Radio Industry: Laura Ragsdale and Joe Silver, Radio Promotions, Distiller Promo
Community Voice & Listenership Engagement: Deena Barnwell, Urban Music Director, KBOO
Music Licensing & Artist Development: Brandon Day, Artist Relations/New Music Scout, Marmoset

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Distiller Promo Presents: Lunch and Music
Portland’s own Distiller Promo is excited to presented a fully catered lunch for all guests of College Day On Tour. They’ve also asked Jackson Boone And The Ocean Ghosts to join us for a lunchtime set.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: 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 this discussion to a team of people, radio and non-radio, who have organized a music scene to talk about expanding the role of music events and community outreach in any organization.

Shay Davis, General Manager, KPSU
David Gluck, Compilation Director, PDX Pop Now!
Ali Lopez, Music Director, CFUV
Morgan Troper, Co-Founder, Good Cheer

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: 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, often led by musicians and bands that have been born and raised here. We’ve pulled together people from some of the best established and up-and-coming labels in the area to answer any and all questions the audience may have. From the pratfalls of running a label to developing the band that finally made it to representing the Pacific Northwest, these labels are ready to talk about everything.

Mariella Luz, General Manager, K
Jared Mees, Founder, Tender Loving Empire
Portia Sabin, President, Kill Rock Stars
Brodie Stevens, Co-Founder, Cabin Games

5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m.: Keynote: The Thermals In Conversation With Maggie Vail
Since forming in 2002, The Thermals have been punk stalwarts across Portland and around the world. They’re here to talk about their career in music and what the future holds for them as their prepare for their upcoming new album. Maggie Vail, who co-hosts a show on XRAY.FM with bassist Kathy Foster, is here to lead the interview as a conversation between friends. We’ll also be taking questions from the crowd.

Maggie Vail, Executive Director, CASH Music
Kathy Foster, Westin Glass and Hutch Harris, The Thermals

6:00pm-8:00pm: The Portland Music Happy Hour
Closing out the night, we have performances by local college radio favorite’s Sabonis and Ghost Ease. After a long day of talking about the big issues, we’re giving everyone a chance to relax, unwind and enjoy some of the best artists Portland has to offer.