In case you’re not hip on all of the happenings at WCBN, there’s a little thing called College Radio Day that is coming up on Tuesday, October 11th in the Diag. This event will include 15-20 minute sets performed by the student DJs, free swag, and live bands, including the Rainbow Vomit Family Band and Los Renaissance Men. We’ll be making some noise, y’all. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to make some buttons, vinyl bowls, or even take a picture with the WCBN Gorilla.

But really, this explains very little about what College Radio Day actually is. It’s a bit more than some punks from WCBN taking up space in the Diag. This Tuesday is about celebrating the anomaly that we call college radio. It’s about sharing what we as DJs do for the rest of the community, and promoting radio so that we can keep it alive. The official site has this to say about it:

The aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, national awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate in North America by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. It is hoped that those people who do tune in like what they hear and become regular listeners. The organizers of College Radio Day believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place where those involved in its programming believe passionately in its mission. College radio is the only free live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists on a regular basis.  Indeed, many famous and successful bands today, owe their initial break to being played on colllege radio. Put simply, college radio is an important part of the North American media landscape  because of its unique and fearless programming.

This is what we’re about, guys. If you’ve ever listened to WCBN, you know that it’s all about freedom for DJs, and freedom for the listeners. If you want to know more about about College Radio Day, and how you can support your local station/WCBN, check out these links: