5 Best U.S. College Radio Stations

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Every college radio station boasts its own unique identity. From the homegrown personalities to the out-of-left-field programming decisions, college radio remains one of the homes for American kids falling in love with music who want to brandish that passion on air. Of course, some stations rise above the pack and distinguish themselves with the very best music and non-music entertainment -- these five college radio stations have a long history of excellence, and deserve to be celebrated.

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Hofstra University
(WRHU 88.7 FM)

A diverse and well-rounded station, Hofstra’s WRHU shines brightest when it comes to news reporting: the production and broadcast teams of student journalists have won several awards from international press organizations, and members regularly move on to CBS News, NPR, NY Daily News and other news hubs.

Emerson College
(WERS 88.9 FM)

While the Boston college’s long-running station offers an array of fine programming, the highlighting are the late-night “Secret Spot” show -- a four-hour block of soul and slow jams -- and the “All A Cappella” weekend blocks that encourage top-notch sing-alongs.

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Arizona State University
(KASC 1330 AM)

“The Blaze” is deeply supportive of local music in the Phoenix area, and was instrumental in breaking artists like Jimmy Eat World and the Gin Blossoms nationally. Its current programming schedule makes room for all types of music (there’s even a ska show!), and the station prides itself on its sports and news coverage.

Howard University
(WHUR 96.3 FM)

Broadcasting in Washington, D.C. for over forty years, WHUR is one of the only university-owned commercial stations in the U.S., and has won the NAB Crystal Radio Award for excellence in community service. Jazz fans have flocked to the station for decades, and the nightly “Original Quiet Storm” show offers an extended block of relaxing music.

University of California, Berkeley
(KALX 90.7 FM)

KALX has broadcast a John Lennon interview, Oakland A’s series and Charles Manson station promo over the course of its 53-year history. None of those historical highlights surface on the station today, but listeners will hear an exhaustive list of genres and formats, from emo to psychedelic pop to political chatter to local artists.