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Katherine Jewell in conversation with Ian Condry, “Party City: WMBR, Institutional Change, and Democratic Media”

Was aired on the program: Thursday, March 10, 2022
5:00pm - 6:30pm

College radio has long been known as the weird, wacky signals on the left of the FM dial offering music that would never be mainstream. But this wasn’t always the case—and moreover, even at stations exemplifying musical adventurousness and the community potential of college signals, institutional constraints loomed.

In this talk, Katherine Jewell delves into the history of WMBR at MIT from the 1960s to the 1980s to explore how this station, with a license held by an independent non-profit corporation, built a meaningful community institution despite transformations within the university, its student body and organizations, as well as regulatory changes regarding noncommercial radio and the music industry’s shifting business model.

In-person attendance of this event is limited to members of the MIT community who are on the Covid-Pass system.

This event will be available to the general public live on Zoom (mit.zoom.us/j/96579656038) and recorded.

Location: MIT Campus: E15-318

For more information about this event, contact:
Ian Condry


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