Academic journal article Journal of American & Comparative Cultures

Starting a Student/Noncommercial Radio Station / Advising, Managing, and Operating a Successful Student/Noncommercial Radio Station

Academic journal article Journal of American & Comparative Cultures

Starting a Student/Noncommercial Radio Station / Advising, Managing, and Operating a Successful Student/Noncommercial Radio Station

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Starting a Student/Noncommercial Radio Station. James J. McCluskey. Needham Heights, MA: Simon and Schuster Custom Publishing, 1998. 250 pp. + vi. Advising, Managing, and Operating a Successful Student/Noncommercial Radio Station. James J. McCluskey. Needham Heights, MA: Simon and Schuster Custom Publishing, 1998. 266 pp. + x.

These two books are very similar in subject matter. The first one, Starting A Student/Noncommercial Radio Station, is the better of the two. A lot of behind-the-scenes stories of how student stations came into existence is related in these books.

Both books provide information on meeting FCC requirements for getting a station up and running. Alternative means of starting a station are also discussed such as carrier current, leaky cable, cable TV, and Internet broadcasting.

McCluskey encourages students and advisors of student radio stations to cultivate contacts by networking in organizations dedicated to the profession. In a similar vein he encourages his readers to read trade publications in the field. …

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