World College Radio Day | First Friday in October
(Last Updated On: December 15, 2022)

World College Radio Day - First Friday in October


College radio stations worldwide play an important role in students’ education while also providing a diverse schedule of local news, music, sports, and interviews. On the first Friday in October, World College Radio Day celebrates the impact these stations have on their students and audiences. The day also invites new listeners to tune in to experience college radio for the first time and aims to raise greater international awareness of the many college radio stations operating worldwide.

What can you expect from college radio? Because donations and grants, not commercial funding, support the stations, college radio has the creative flexibility other stations do not. Those involved in its programming also believe passionately in its mission. Another unparalleled quality of college radio is the music it plays. College radio is the only free, live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists frequently. Indeed, many famous and successful bands today owe their initial break to being played on college radio. College radio is an important part of the media landscape because of its unique and fearless programming. College radio also provides:

  • Live local sports
  • A variety of music
  • Commentary
  • Public Affairs
  • Talk Shows
  • Game Shows

For students seeking a career in media or broadcasting, college radio offers an opportunity to develop experience in many facets of radio. As a result, they sharpen their skills and build their confidence while providing a service to their peers and the greater community.

World College Radio Day also offers the opportunity for individual college stations to fundraise and gain support for their programming. The day includes all formats, AM, FM, or online radio. It also invites listeners to tune into both high school and college radio. So tune in on World College Radio Day and listen to something innovative and new!

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldCollegeRadioDay

Join the worldwide celebration of College Radio! Whether your college radio station joins the event with interviews, special broadcasts, music, and stories, or you tune in to a college radio station, share the day!

  • Share the call letters of your favorite college radio station.
  • Tune in on AM, FM, or online.
  • Be a part of an interview or submit a story suggestion.
  • Create a fundraiser for your station.
  • Take your station to the street for live interviews.
  • Tell the station why you love them.
  • Support your local college radio station by playing it at your place of business.

Share your events using #WorldCollegeRadioDay on social media.


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The idea for College Radio Day began with Dr. Rob Quicke (General Manager, WPSC FM, William Paterson University, NYC market) in 2010. He worked with Peter Kreten (General Manager WXAV FM, Saint Xavier University, Chicago market) to further develop the idea, and in December 2010, Dr. Quicke founded College Radio Day.

The first College Radio Day took place in 2011. By the second year, the event exploded across 29 countries, with 585 college radio stations participating. The celebration continues to grow year after year. It has also been recognized by President Barack Obama and publications like The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and many more.

World College Radio Day grew out of College Radio Day in the USA, as more countries around the world got involved. In 2021, the College Radio Foundation submitted World College Radio Day to National Day Calendar.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World College Radio Day in 2022 to be observed annually on the first Friday in October.

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