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- Doonesbury has "Marvelous" Mark Slackmeyer, who started out as an announcer-programmer on Walden College's campus-community station WBBY, where he alternated music with anti- Vietnam War, anti- Richard Nixon rants (these got the strip moved from the comics section to the politics page in many newspapers). He still works for an unnamed NPR station.
Live Action TV
- In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, her normally grumpy roommate turns out to be great at talk radio (although this isn't spoken of again).
- In How I Met Your Mother, 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 Soapbox Sadie). His show, and his attempts at a secret identity, are universally mocked. See for yourself on the Doctor X website.
- In a 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 Family Ties Alex had a college radio show playing old music from the Thirties and Forties.
- On Married... with Children, one of the show's many poorly disguised pilots included an episode that focused on the radio DJ's at Bud's college.
- One episode of The Facts of Life took place entirely in the 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.
- The Replacements' 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).
- "Weird Al" Yankovic developed his stage persona and nickname as a college radio DJ while attending California Polytechnic University for architecture.
- Garrison Keillor, best known for A Prairie Home Companion, has a terrific monologue on this subject, detailing his experiences as a classical music DJ on college radio, that ends with his discovery that 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, talking to himself.
- Max from New Dynamic English said that he started his career on radio because he was pretty good when he was on college radio.
- Homestar Runner: Strong Bad really made fun of this.
- Pete White of The Venture Bros. 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.