By Emily Parma
Assistant Web Content Manager
KTSW was recently ranked ninth in the nation’s top 16 college radio stations by Meaghan Healy of Boston College’s ZBC 90.3. Healy’s results were published in College Magazine.
Healy talked about how she picked the nation’s top 16 college radio stations.
“I did research on 30 or more and had a list of criteria,” she said. “(T)he awards I used to find a base and made sure they were all available for online streaming.”
Of the criteria for making the list included being mostly student run, having a variety of shows and winning well-known awards.
The official ranking from College Magazine is as follows:
#16 – WSC 89.5 – Seton Hall University
15. WICB 91.7 – Ithaca College
14. 90.5 WASU – Appalachian State University
13. WRHU 88.7 – Hofstra University
12. WESS 90.3 – East Stroudsburg University
11. CJLO 1690 – Concordia University
10. KANM – Texas A&M University
9. KTSW 89.9 – Texas State University San Marcos
8. KALX 90.7 – University of California Berkeley
7. KPSU – Portland State University
6. WKNC 88.1 – North Carolina State University
5. WGRE 91.5 – DePauw University
4. WKDU 91.7 – Drexel University
3. WCWS 90.9 – College of Wooster
2. WSBU 88.3 – St. Bonaventure University
1. WTBU 89.3 – Boston University
When asked what her favorite part of college radio is, Healy shared her thoughts on what makes college radio unique.
“I joined ZBC this year as an a.m. DJ, and doing this research helped me see how reverse (they are),” she said. “I like it (college radio) because it can be an outlet for, like, your friend’s, friend’s band.”
When asked about KTSW, Healy had specific positive observations that set us apart.
“There was a variety of cool community events (like MR Fest and Lunchbox), and the pizza set them apart, so that’s what I wrote about,” she said.
According to her article, “KTSW knows how to put on events…with pizza. The Lunchbox Concert Series hosts bands on campus monthly with, you guessed it, free pizza and prizes. Similarly, monthly shows under the name Third Thursday occur at Triple Crown…and boast free pizza. Last but certainly not least, the MR Fest, which showcases local bands and caused the mayor to deem the weekend an official holiday called MR Fest Weekend. You probably won’t find free pizza, but thanks to the involvement of local businesses in the fun event, you’ll get your pepperoni fix.”