->''"College radio can be summed up in five words: DeadAir, 'um', DeadAir."''
-->--'''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]]''', [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail120.html sbemail 120]]

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Radio stations in colleges and universities]], often portrayed as a couple of students brought in to try their hand at being an announcer or talk show host, which is usually TruthInTelevision. The students are probably majoring in communications or a related field, although oftentimes, there won't be enough communications students to fill the roster, so students from other departments are allowed to take air shifts. College radio stations are very rarely high priority.

There was a time when college radio, even at state colleges in fairly conservative states, was both the last bastion of truly unadulterated [[TheSixties '60s]] liberal radicalism in both the media and within the university system, and the proving grounds for many a genre of music that eventually became mainstream, such as AlternativeRock, IndiePop and rock, and HipHop. The GoldenAge of sorts for college radio was in TheEighties, before Creator/{{NPR}} really took off as a major force in "alternative" radio. Nowadays, college radio is still going strong, even if the Internet has mainly taken over the once-pivotal role that it played in the development of pop culture. However, they are still a useful source of underground music.

In fiction, the college station is something that either ''everyone'' listens to, or ''no one'' does. Either the whole campus (and no small number of people in the school's metropolitan area) tune in to the station, or the astonishingly low listener-base becomes a RunningGag. The output will generally either be mind-numbingly boring or LargeHamRadio.

If the school has an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil, this will most likely be either [[PropagandaMachine its tool]] or its [[VoiceOfTheResistance greatest rival]]; see also the SchoolNewspaperNewshound.


[[folder: Film ]]

* At the end of ''OldSchool'', Frank "The Tank" becomes a college radio host.
* In the movie ''Film/UrbanLegend'', some plot includes Sasha's radio sex advice show.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', her normally grumpy roommate turns out to be great at talk radio (although this isn't spoken of again).
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', a flashback reveals that Ted had a radio show in college, where he took on the persona of "the mysterious Doctor X" (a ridiculously over-the-top SoapboxSadie). His show, and his attempts at a secret identity, are universally mocked. See for yourself on the [[http://www.mysteriousdrx.com Doctor X website]].
* In a ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' episode, Harry took over Pendleton University's radio station and became a talk radio host. He proved popular until he started needlessly insulting everyone.
* On Series/FamilyTies Alex had a college radio show playing old music from the Thirties and Forties.
* ''Series/RadioFreeRoscoe''
* On ''MarriedWithChildren'', one of the show's many {{poorly disguised pilot}}s included an episode that focused on the radio DJ's at Bud's college.
* One episode of Series/TheFactsOfLife took place entirely in the [[BottleEpisode campus radio station]]. Jo was forced to fill in all night when another DJ passed out drunk, and the rest of the gang stayed to help.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TheReplacements' song "Left of the Dial", named after the physical motion to find these stations - they'd usually be found on the low end of the FM dials (anywhere between 88.1 and 91.5) before the commercial stations start to pop up around 92.0 (or earlier in some places, which made these stations hard to hear because of the larger station conflicting with the signal of the tiny college stations).
* WeirdAlYankovic developed his stage persona and nickname as a college radio DJ while attending California Polytechnic University for architecture.


[[folder: Radio ]]

* Garrison Keillor, best known for ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'', has a terrific monologue on this subject, detailing his experiences as a classical music DJ on college radio, that ends with his discovery that [[spoiler:the station was not on the air for most of the time (due to their engineer turning the transmission off for his Christmas vacation in California and forgetting to turn it back on when he got back)]] and the realization that for the last three months he had been, essentially, [[spoiler: talking to himself]].
* Max from ''Radio/NewDynamicEnglish'' said that he started his career on radio because he was pretty good when he was on college radio.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] really made fun of this.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Pete White of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' used to be a college radio DJ for a while. He once pulled a prank on his friend Mike Sorayama, claiming Mike request he inform his crush that "I masturbate furiously to your picture every night", then got kicked off the air for it.