December 14, 2001 - The third annual Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.
(CBI) convention in late October was a surprising success, given the
recent events of September 11th. This year's convention drew 2,600
people, down only slightly from last year's record crowd of 2,700. With
the September 11 events so fresh in everyone's mind, a number of
panelists were not able to attend the convention. Numerous people
raised their hand to pinch hit in sessions. The results were better
Planning for the 2002 convention in Orlando (10/31-11/2) was discussed.
There is also a regional convention planned for NYC (March 14-16).
Details are available at www.collegebroadcasters.org. Awards were a
major topic. CBI will now take charge of the awards for college
broadcasters. Plans include new categories and seeking professionals to
judge the awards as well as sponsor the event.
There were also a number of important developments concerning the
organization. CBI has been operating with an interim board of
directors. Early this fall, CBI held its first election of officers.
The results of the election were expected at the convention, with the
e-board elect to take office January 1. In a vote of confidence, the
interim board voted to have the e-board elect take office immediately.
This action was well received by the College Media Advisers (CMA)
organization, which has sponsored CBI until now. CBI is actively
seeking sponsors to further its goals, which include representing
students involved in radio, television, webcasting and other related
media ventures; ensuring a commitment to education and the student
pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media;
promoting cooperative efforts between the Association and other
national, regional, and state media organizations; facilitating the
discussion of issues related to student-operated electronic media; and
other community oriented programs. The CBI web site can be found at
The new board members for CBI include, Warren Kozireski, chair. Will
Robedee, vice chair. Dan Knight, secretary treasurer and Michael Black.
There is also one vacancy for a student board member, which the new
board hopes to fill in the near future.
Warren Kozireski is the general manager of student radio station WBSU
and an instructor of Communication/Broadcasting at SUNY Brockport. He
previously worked professionally in the Rochester, NY market with three
different radio stations and with the Rochester Red Wings as a radio
announcer and is still active as a free-lance sports writer.
Will Robedee is the general manager of KTRU, and staff adviser for Rice
Broadcast Television (RBT) at Rice University in Houston. Will has been
actively involved in radio since 1983, both commercially and non
commercially, and has written articles for numerous college trade
publications. Will currently manages a web site for college
broadcasters at http://www.rice.edu/cb.
Dan Knight is adviser to KVR-TV, the student television station at The
University of Texas at Austin, and Lecturer in the Department of
Radio-Television-Film. His background includes more than twenty years
in production and management for broadcast, film, and video.
Michael Black is the general manager of WEOS-FM at Hobart & William
Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He has been involved in radio and
television for over 35 years, both commercial and public, including
ESPN, ABC, and NPR.
The conventions key note speakers were not immune to the need for pinch
hitters. Rick Bragg--Pulitzer Prize winner, author of three books and
New Orleans-based writer for the New York Times--was scheduled as the
first keynote speaker for the October National Convention. Since Bragg
was still in Afghanistan, Chris Rose, celebrity stalker for the New
Orleans Times-Picayune, agreed to take his place.
The second keynote speaker of the October national convention was
scheduled to be Kevin Klose, president and CEO of National Public
Radio. With Klose unable to appear due to family illness, Jeffrey
Dvorkin, NPR's Ombudsman, took his place. Dvorkin, the former head of
NPR news who held similar posts with the CBC, discussed the current
state of public radio, outlining differences in commercial and
non-commercial journalism and the future of electronic journalism. The
event was sponsored by College Publisher.
Among the most important issues discussed during the convention were
the DMCA and a position paper on the topic (which can be found at
http://www.rice.edu/cb/sos), the future of college broadcasting, the
effects of DTV 6 on NCE allocations and how to prepare for jobs in the
fast-changing world of electronic media.
In addition to managers, advisers and students, prominent organizations
participated in the convention. Some of those include, CNN, Scripps
Howard, NPR, Metro Networks, LPB, and The Wall Street Journal.