The Importance of Campus Radio

[Note:  This is my column from today’s Metro newspapers.  My thoughts on music appear in most editions across the country every Friday.  -AC]

Last weekend, I was asked to be a guest on CKUW, the campus station at the University of Winnipeg, the place I got my start in radio back in 1980.  

It was chaotic place with barely serviceable equipment and a closed-circuit broadcast radius that encompassed one hallway and one cafeteria.  

While in Winnipeg last week, I was asked to participate in CKUW’s annual fundraising drive.  I hadn’t been back since 1983, so I was curious to see how things had changed.

Sheldon, the interviewer, asked, “Can you talk about the importance of campus and community radio today?” 

Here’s what I told him.

Read the rest here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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