See Live Internet Radio Broadcasts from Las Vegas — NAB, BEA and the RAIN Summit

It’s another glorious April, and that means the broadcast world flocks to Las Vegas, where the National Association of Broadcasters event also attracts a cluster of affiliated conferences, and Backbone figures prominently in several of them.

On Sunday April 7, Backbone and TuneIn will team to broadcast the live proceedings of the Internet Radio industry’s most prominent event, the RAIN Summit (Radio and Internet Newsletter) from the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.  Speakers and panelists include representatives from Pandora, ESPN, TuneIn, SoundExchange and many more.

Starting on Monday, Backbone will be actively recruiting new college (and high school) radio stations to join the expanding IBS Student Radio Network by Backbone.  Please stop by to visit our exhibit booth at the Broadcast Education Association’s BEA2013 Conference, also in the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton).  We’ll show you how schools are taking their stations on the road for live events, using only a Mac and a mic.

And of course, NAB is the most exciting draw in the broadcast world, so we hope to see you there, too.

Emmanuel Goes Mobile With Internet Radio Broadcasting

HigherEdTechDecisionsWe often write on our blog about how our stations are using or service to reach their audience. This time HigherEdTechDecisions did that for us. Their lead article today is on Emmanuel College ECRadio.

It is a great summary of what Emmanuel College radio is doing and how easy it is for them to operate a station and perform live remotes.

Three College Radio Conferences in One Month. First, IBS in NYC

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 ConferenceSouth 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
IBS LogoThe 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 onairFredonia 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.

IBS Palooza Internet Radio Live Simulcast – Spring Wrapup

Thanks to all member schools who participated in the IBS Spring-Palooza broadcast weekend, April 24th-25th. Our live broadcast that started on Friday night at 4pm was simulcast on other IBS stations across the network. 22 hours of original programming broadcast throughout the weekend focused attention on our member stations, terrific local bands- and again raised money for worthy charities!

Listeners from around the world tuned in again to hear our broadcasts. You can explore this map of listeners, containing data from Friday, the 24th, through the first day of rebroadcasts on Sunday night the 26th.

All broadcasts were heard on iTunes® Radio, and the College Radio Tuner iPhone/iPod touch application. Click on the image below to explore the map of connetions (red icons are computer based connections, blue are iPhone/iPod touch listeners).

spring_palooza09_stats-resized-600If you are a participating school, and have not uploaded your show recording – as soon as you do, we will start rerunning your broadcast on the IBS-Palooza station.

We will continue to repeat show recordings, and play music from member bands throughout the summer, up until the Fall IBS-Palooza, tentatively schedule for November 2009.

New: Band airplay statistics: New for IBS-Spring Palooza 2009, statistics are available for individual bands’ airplay in iTunes® Radio during the month of April. To get links to airplay stats for your school’s participating bands- send an email to

IF you would like to become a member of the IBS-Student Radio Network, and participate in the next IBS-Palooza, you can find out more on our website.

What is IBS-Palooza? It is a weekend of local, live music on member stations of the IBS Student Radio Network, simulcast across the IBS Student Radio Network to kick off the fall 2008 semester.

The goals of IBS-Spring Palooza are:

* Use IBS- Spring Palooza as a recruiting tool for getting volunteers to work at your station.
* Help local college bands get airplay- make your station important for your community.
* Raise some money for worthy charities local to you.
* Put on a great night of music!

IBS-Spring Palooza happened on the fourth weekend of April, from the 24th to the 25th of the month (Friday night through Saturday). The following schools broadcasted as part of the event:

* All Independent Radio from the Art Institute, Boston MA
* Central Methodist University, Fayette Missouri
* Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
* University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
* Goucher College Radio, Towson MD
* KXZY Oklahoma State, Stillwater Oklahoma
* Roosevelt University, Chicago IL
* SUNY Stony Brook NY
* Simmons College, Boston MA
* XTSR – Towson University Radio, Towson MD
* WLIU-BK – Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus Radio

The ground rules for IBS-Palooza are very straightforward:

* Live local bands from your college, broadcast live on your station. All organized by you- content is of your choice.
* Each station will agree on a 1-2 hour time slot with IBS, and we’ll take care of everything else. You’ll just broadcast normally on your station, and we’ll pick it up and rebroadcast it on the IBS Radio Network station ‘WIBS’.
* Each station should elect one or more charities to be a beneficiary of the broadcast. You’ll put a link in your stream to a place where people listening can click through to donate to that charity.
* You’ll be able to simulcast the rest of the event on your station if you want to.
* You need to be a member of the IBS Student Radio Network (IBS-SRN) to participate. If
you’re receiving this message- likely you are a member already, but if you’re not, you can sign up here

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up to have their stations be a part of the second major IBS SRN Network Broadcast – ‘IBS- Spring Palooza‘. We look forward to having you all onboard again in the fall.