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Montana Western radio ventures to New York City

March 22, 2017

Rob Micken and his KDWG team spent two days in New York City attending the 77th Annual International Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference.


University of Montana Western’s KDWG FM staff attended the 77th Annual International Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference in New York City on March 3rd and 4th.

This was only the second year that KDWG has attended the two-day event, and this time, station supervisor Rob Micken was pleased that all four of his staff could accompany him. “This conference is really the best opportunity for us to be exposed to new information regarding FCC rules and regulations, new technology, and the opportunity to network with others,” he said. The students who accompanied him to New York were KDWG General Manager Mickenlie Baxter, Music Director Heather Thueringer, PSA Director Seth Hogan and Education Coordinator Ty Whalen.

IBS is an organization of education-affiliated, student-run radio stations. At the conference, held at the Hotel Pennsylvania, the KDWG staff were able to attend panels on topics ranging from radio history to issues in music and rights.

“Coming from rural southwestern Montana, this conference was exciting and kind of intimidating, but it was a good opportunity to learn more about what it is that we do,” Micken said. “The New York City location is ideal and the conference was really affordable.”

A new opportunity the KDWG staff were exposed to was the Backbone program, internet software that allows a user to go on air from anywhere in the world, provided they have a Mac computer, a mixer and a mic. Micken said that the KDWG staff are looking into the possibility of utilizing Backbone for their station.