March has been a wonderful month of travel for Backbone, especially in support of the IBS Student Radio Network. We put a lot of miles on our airline and Amtrak cards, hopping from New England to New York, to Texas and back to NYC, talking to students and media advisers at the IBS National Conference, South by Southwest (SxSW) and the College Media Association’s NYC12 conference. I don’t have room to cover them all in this post, so I’ll just try to run through them one at a time in separate entries.
IBS NYC 2012
The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s annual National Conference at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania pulled in students and advisers from all over the country, the largest contingent being a dozen who flew in from Champs Charter High School in Los Angeles. Champs’ AER station is currently the IBS-SRN’s most listened-to station, and with this kind of involvement, we can see why. Plus, with so many compelling sessions running simultaneously, it takes a crew to cover them all adequately.
One thing we took away from this year’s conference is that we need another live broadcast position/station on our Radio Row, where students sign up for a 1-hour air shift on their own station or on the designated demo Internet radio station. The signup sheet filled up in a very short period, and we want to accommodate all who are interested.
Because of the conference schedule, I didn’t personally get to see all of the live broadcasts, but the ones I did see were animated and great radio. One of my favorites was the SUNY Fredonia group (pictured below) who jumped into the Backbone-driven Mac station for the first time and made it look like they were veterans of the system within a couple of minutes. My other was the polished high school crew from Champs who interviewed Steely Dan’s guitarist Jon Herington and his band and persuaded them to do a live mini-concert for their AER audience.
We want to thank Cedric Watson and Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (member station WLIU-BK) for hosting our annual pre-conference Network affiliates meeting. And thanks for giving all of the attendees a tour of your very cool facilities. Of course, the meeting was followed by a tour of Brooklyn’s Junior’s Cheesecake across the street.
It was great to see representatives from so many of our stations’ schools, including Towson, CUNY Lehman, Baton Rouge’s Tara High School, College of the Desert, Simmons College and so many more. Thanks to all who attended and participated, and we’ll see all of you at a regional IBS conference near you in the fall.