Thursday, October 29, 2009


I was looking at that site and you can buy a whole set up to transmit FM @ 10 watts , (4-5 miles) for under $600!! we could make that much money with one benefit show! what do people think of doing pirate radio until/along side mica radio? It could be the same group of people but not attached to the institution of MICA. Maybe this is a terrible idea, because it would be bad if it took away from the MICA station becoming legit and institutionaly funded. I dunno what do you guys think?

<3 - Neal

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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The Neoliberal Networking Drive Originate in the United States

This is a really great article on networking and the FCC's involvement with early internet from my Open Source class. Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Meeting Posters



Look out for 'em.


Programming Ideas

1. Twister Radio Play while we are playing the game twister with the world.

sound effects
left hand yellow
script script script
sound effects
right foot green)

-Amber and Zack

2. Random Blog Perfect Song- short segment
where i read a random blog entry and than play the perfect song that fits with it

3. Word of the day

4. Movie Review

Radio Designs


Amber and Zack

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Some things of Interest

This guy:

Also, is a really amazing archive of interviews from a show by Cyrus Smith. The show is now off the air but its definitely worth checking out. He also made this really beautiful box set of little books of transcriptions from some of the conversations he had on air with different artists, including Michael Rakowitz. On a recent visit to Chicago I bought the box set so I'll bring that in for everyone to check out next week.

I've also been emailing a few college radio stations for some general advice on programming, licensing, software and hardware, staffing, etc. but am still waiting on responses. I'll keep everyone updated as soon as I hear back.

More later.



Updates on research

I've been in contact with a friend who used to dj at WVKR.  He gave me some general advice, as well as asked the advice of others more knowledgeable in the field.

Here is the gist of our back and forth:

One thing he suggested is underwriting.  In the last meeting there seemed to be some hesitancy in regard to outside patronage but this seems like a good alternative:

"depending on how much money, if any, your school is willing to pour into the project you might need to find external sources of revenue just to keep the station afloat. underwriting is one way for a non-commercial station to receive money. it's kind of like a commercial but its done in a very controlled manner. you approach an organization in your community and ask if they would like to purchase underwriting support on your station - basically they pay you some sum of money every month and in exchange you create the terms for which one or many of your DJs take a moment during each show to thank that company for providing underwriting support. you can't tell the listeners to go patronize that company but it still gets their name out over the air and gets the station money."

Trevor also suggested Prometheus, but the issue there is that the FCC just announced a non-commercial full power application window on Friday. New low power stations won't be available until the Local Community Radio Act passes. It passed Committee last week and should go to a full House vote by the end of the month.  There's more on the website,

The FCC has announced an immediate freeze on certain FM allotment
proposals -- and an eventual freeze on ALL FM applications -- in light of
the upcoming December filing window for 67 FM channels reserved for
non-commercial use.

Heres the link:

I have the contact info of two employees at WVKR and I will contact them as soon as I can.  Although, since I've been rather busy, if anyone wants those numbers who has the time to pursue them, email me or comment here with your preferred email, and I will send them your way.




Radio Sound Effects

Sound effects for shows!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hi Everybody,

I had a very productive meeting today with Guna Nadaraja, the vice provost for research. Next week I meet with Dusty Porter and Megan Miller about a possible student life seed funding angle BEFORE our meeting that night. I am also trying to schedule another meeting with Tom Hyiatt, VP for tech to see how/if they can support our pilot efforts in the short term. I've put together a preliminary proposal to send ahead of the meetings, so they can prepare and get psyched about the idea. If you have the chance please send me any of the research you've done so far, so I can integrate it into the document!!!

also, any visuals would be helpful; logos, pics, stuff like that...



Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Neil, definitely bring your friend in to talk to us. I have emailed both of Towson's radio stations, WTMD of course, but also XTSR which seems to more student-run. No word back from either.

also I have a portable radio that I'm fitting up to play audio through on multiple stations, so we could get that authentic scratchy-knob radio feel in-between segments, like if you were tuning in to different channels. I was thinking that if anything internet radio will lack it's the hiss and crackle of a real radio and the feeling of turning the knob and finding another station. When you listen to the internet i guess it's just one station and there aren't any unknowns, which is the really great thing about real radio, that you can tune in to a different station at any time.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Hey guys,

I was talking to a friend last night and found out he has been the program manager for College Park's radio station WMUC for a while.

I thought it would be really perfect for him to come in an give us a little talk. He said he could give us a run down of each and every position necessary for running a station (internet based or radio based) and could definitely help us write a great proposal. He put together some 40 + pages for their proposal.

They broadcast regularly on 88.1 and share the station with WYPR occasionally when out of their range.

here is the link to their website:

I think we could definitely use some outside help on this one, but maybe that's just me. Any thoughts?


Word, words, words

These are all tentative, open to suggestion, and very much underdeveloped:

"Bad Comma" Grammar lessons interspersed with 80's and 90's hardcore–A half-hour/forty-five minutes

"If it ain't baroque, don't fix it" Baroque music in tandem with aphorisms–An hour

"On this day in the 13th century..." Pretty self-explanatory–Five minutes or less

"Sounds from the Supercontinent" World musical stylings supplemented by continental drift theory and geology lessons–An hour


In 1934, the anthology series Lights Out debuted and exploited many of radio's unique qualities to massive success. The program was penned by Wyllis Cooper and aired at midnight. Cooper employed stream of conscious monologues, multiple first-person narrators and internal monologues which were at odds with the characters' spoken dialog. It's most often remembered, however, for its gruesome and explicit sound effects which attempted to suggest joints being ripped from sockets, skin being eviscerated, heads being decapitated and other depictions of violence that would still be pushing the envelope, even on modern cable television programs. 

Friday, October 16, 2009


neuroTransmitter (Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere) was co-founded in 2001 as a project whose work fuses conceptual practices with transmission, sound production, and mobile broadcast design. Through the combination of media forms and sound performance, their work re-articulates radio in multiple environments and contexts - public, exhibition, over the airwaves - considering new possibilities for the broadcast spectrum as public space. neuroTransmitter's public performances connect FM radio technology and the body - negotiating, occupying, and sonically mapping the invisible and physical spaces of the city. As radio-sonic installation, further work references the politics, history, and technology of the medium.

CATEGORIES for posting

1. Hardware
2. Software
3. Location
4. Relationship to MICA/ History of Radio at MICA
5. Copyright
6. Location
7. Public Relations
8. Design
9. History of Radio (General)
10. Miscellaneous
11. Programming

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Make sure that if and when you post information, to tag it with the name of a category gone over in the meeting.  For example, if you suddenly realize you have a great idea for a show, go ahead and post it, but don't forget to tag it as "Content".  This will (hopefully) prevent the archives from transforming into a convoluted mess.

Zach, maybe you could post the tag list/categories, and add one for sundries–"Other/Miscellaneous".



First Meeting- "a beautiful baby slowly forming"

Thanks for being here.
The next WICV radio (unofficial MICA radio) meeting will take place on October 28th '09 at 10:30 PM in the S106 of the MICA Station Building.

In this meeting we will be going over programming ideas including rough audio program sketches.

Research for the 28th includes:

Matt Fox: Software Research
Neil Sanzgiri: Hardware Research
Graham Wimbrow: Staffing Research
Peter Boyce: Staffing Research
Zack Genin: Staffing Research
Max Guy: Public Relations
Colin VanWinkle: Public Relations
Dan Allende: Political Relationship
Ben Luzzatto: Copyright & Location

Everyone: WICV Radio Design Ideas/Name Ideas
Everyone: Programming Samples

Everyone: Spread the word!

Those who are working in a group or on similar projects and all those working on specific research keep the blog updated.

All post design ideas to the blog.