Happy Anniversary HRW... 40 years of the "Harper Radio Workshop" from Harper College... whoops SUNY B... errr I mean Binghamton University!
That said... I just want to comment on this statement...
>If not for WHRW I'd be working in a different business,
>as would many others. It's an incredible resource for
>SUNY students to learn about radio and music.
With no disrespect meant to you, but there isn't much about the radio business to learned anymore from the free will and free format forever mentality of what WHRW offers. In my opinion that handicaps those truly interested in a career in media.
That said, to ensure the survival of campus radio and to really make it a spring board; the University might want to consider absorbing the station into its business or communications departments. Make it a class and let the students pick a format, and run it as a real station, to make them better prepared for a media world in which the more you know about operation, equipment, promotion and sales the better. Stations like Z89 at Syracuse University, give the students autonomy with playlists and content, as long as they stick with a format and run it more like an actual station to learn both on-air skills and the off-air pressures of the ever changing and demanding media world.
Can I sleep now?