©2019 by College Radio Foundation and World College Radio Day.

Knowledge is Power

College / student / campus / university radio is about alternatives: It provides an alternative to more conventional learning methods and environments. It is an alternative to mainstream forms of media with alternative music and diverse cultures. And it is a global phenomenon!


This conference is an opportunity for college, student, and campus radio makers from all over the world to come together to hear and share experience with other colleagues, thinkers, and doers from this unique, alternative media and learning environment.

In October 2016,  the Lahti University of Applied Sciences and its student radio, Limuradio, hosted the 1st International Student Radio Conference, Alternatives2016, in Finland.  Alternatives2016 gathered 80 people from all across the globe and was a huge success!

The purpose of this conference is to provide the global college radio community a forum to get to know each other, to hear insights and ideas on student radio, and to find opportunities for worldwide cooperation.

The 3-day conference consists of expert and practitioner speeches, workshops, and networking activities. On the final day of the conference there will be a special presentation ceremony to recognize all participants.

The conference is organized by the team behind World College Radio Day, which occurs every year in October.

Conference Schedule

DAY 1: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ Jesus College, University of Cambridge

"Welcome & Orientation"

11.00 –  12.00       Registration

12.00 – 1.30          Lunch (Dining Hall)

1.30 – 2.00 PM      Opening Welcoming Remarks & Introductions (The Webb
The World College Radio Day Cabinet
                                 Cam 97.2 FM, Cambridge
                                 Welcome to historic Jesus College
2.00 - 2.30 PM     The Student Radio Association of the United Kingdom
2.30 – 3.00 PM     "Uniting Student Radio Around The World"
3.00 - 4.00 PM     Student Radio Introductions
4.00 - 5.30 PM     Break
5:30 - 6.00 PM     Walk to Cam FM studio
(15 mins approx).

6.00 - 7.00 PM     "WORLD STUDENT RADIO SPECIAL" live broadcast from the     
of Cam 97.2 FM in Cambridge
                                 Cam FM studio, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, Cambridge
                                 Afterwards will walk back to Jesus College

7.30 PM ->             Drinks in Cambridge: The Cambridge Brew House
                                 (The Locker Room)

                                  All conference attendees welcome (accom & non-accom)
                                  We will leave for drinks from Jesus College entrance at 6.45 PM

                                  (Appetizers will be provided, but attendees must purchase their
                                  own drinks and meals if wanted). Pub closes at 10 pm.                         

DAY 2: Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ Jesus College, University of Cambridge

"Student Radio Around The World: Presentations"
(The Webb Library)


08.00 – 09.00      Breakfast (Dining Hall)

09.00 – 12:00       Individual Presentations:

  • 9.00 AM: "The culture and nature of student radio in Europe"

    Presented by: Ari Hautaniemi – President of World College Radio Day &
    Development Manager, Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland


  • 9.45 AM: "College Radio in Italy: the case of Radiophonica" (Italy)
    Presented by: Rossella Biagi, Station Manager at Radiophonica.com, Italy

  • 10.30 AM: "Student radio in Costa Rica: Giving opportunities to young people" (Costa Rica)
    Presented by: Professor Carlos Araya-Rivera, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

  • 11.15 AM: "Turn it Up: The sound and the culture of UK student radio" (UK)
    Presented by: Carl Harris, Brookes Radio, Oxford, England
    Merel van Schooter, Cam FM, Cambridge, England

12.00 – 1.15 PM     Lunch (Dining Hall)

1.15 – 5.00 PM       Individual Presentations:

  • 1.15 PM: "A Case Study of College Radio in Colombia: Javeriana Estereo 91.9 FM, Bogota" (Colombia)
    Presented by: Jose Arizmendi, Director of Universidad Javeriana radio station 91.9 FM, Colombia

  •  2.00 PM: "College Radio in the USA: Unique Challenges and Opportunities" (USA)
    Presented by: Ashley Weltner, Program Director, Brave New Radio, William Paterson University, USA
    Josh Tirado, Production Director, WMSC, Montclair State University, USA

2.45 – 3.30 PM      Afternoon tea & biscuits (Dining Hall)

  • 3.30 PM: “Focus on Asia: Student Radio Broadcasting in India” (India)
    Presented by: Dr. Ashutosh Mishra, Chitkara University, India

  • 4.00 PM: "The Challenges of the Independent Swedish Student Radio" (Sweden)
    Presented by: Eva Gustavfsson, Station Chief, K103 Göteborgs Studentradio, Sweden

Free evening

DAY 3: Friday, August 16, 2019 @ Jesus College,
University of Cambridge

"Hands On: Practical Workshops" (The Bawden Room)


08.00 – 09.00     Breakfast (Dining Hall)
09.00 – 12:00     Workshop Presentations:


  • 9.00 AM: "Going Beyond...The Art of the Interview"
    A practical workshop that will explore strategies and ideas on how to get the best radio interviews in a variety of circumstances. Will include group work and an assignment in the city of Cambridge.
    Presented by:
    Lance Liguez, President of College Radio Day, Faculty Advisor of UTA Radio.com,
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Bob Towey, News Director, 89.5 FM WSOU, Seton Hall University


  • 11.00 AM: "From Pitch to Spin: How labels and stations make
    magic together"

    Music and student radio have a  vital link. But are student radio stations still effective tastemakers? This session will talk about understanding the music industry promo cycle, which can help land better guests for your station, create better working relationships, get more music coming in, and be a part of the artists' history. An insider's view of the booking process will also be discussed.
    Presented by:
    Chris Poland, Founder & President of Eclipse Records
    Anabella Poland, General Manager, WMSC FM, Montclair State University

12.00 – 1.00 PM     Lunch (Dining Hall)

1.00 –  4.00 PM     Workshop Presentations:

  • 1.00 PM: "Digital Storytelling – creating compelling transmedia content for your radio station"
    Not all content for radio should just be audio. This is a hand-on workshop, utilizing the latest hand-held technology, that will see groups go into Cambridge to create compelling audio and video content that will then be edited for maximum impact.
    Presented by:
    Professor Dr. Tim Craig, Interim Co-Chief Academic Officer, Warner University
    Professor Dr. Matthew  Crick, Associate Professor, William Paterson University


  • 3.00 PM: "University radio: progressive creators of social change?"
    What role does student radio have in discussing and addressing the important issues and topics that society faces today? How can student radio have an impact? This workshop will discuss how student radio can be used as a tool for creating change in society.
    Presented by:
    Professor Jhon Jairo Herrera Sánchez, Universidad de Manizales, Colombia

4.00 - 5.00 PM      Recognition Ceremony & Closing Remarks (Webb  Library)

All presenters and participants of the conference will be recognized in this closing ceremony. Attendees are free to leave after this event as there will be no further official events/activities planned.

Free evening

DAY 4: Saturday, August 17, 2019:

Checkout & Departure (guests may also depart after the closing ceremonies the day before)


08.30 – 09.45 AM     Breakfast (Dining Hall)

08.30 - 10.00 AM      Checkout / Departure




The Bawden Room
(location for the workshops)

The Webb Library
(location for the presentations)

The Cambridge Brew House