Updated: May 31
Getting a college radio station to play your music can be a great way to gain exposure and build a following. Here are the steps that will help you get to the right people at the station.
Research college radio stations: Find out which college radio stations are in your area or have a significant online presence. You can use online directories such as the College Radio Contact List to find stations.
Listen to the station if you can: Tune in to the station and listen to the shows that play music similar to yours. This will give you an idea of the type of music the station plays and the shows that might be interested in your music.
Find the music director: The music director is the person responsible for selecting the music that gets played on the station. Find out who the music director is and how they prefer to receive music submissions. This information can usually be found on the station's website or the College Radio Contact List.
Submit your music: Follow the music director's submission guidelines to submit your music. This may include sending a physical or digital copy of your music, along with any promotional materials.
Follow up: After submitting your music, follow up with the music director to see if they have listened to your submission and if they are interested in playing it on the station. Be polite and respectful in your communication, and don't be pushy.
Promote your music: If your music is selected to be played on the station, promote it to your fans and followers on social media and other platforms. This can help to build momentum and increase your exposure.
Overall, getting your music played on a college radio station requires some research, persistence, and effective communication. With these steps, you can increase your chances of exposing your music heard to a wider audience. Go to College Radio Contact List to get your list of some bodies in U.S. College Radio. Also, check out our college radio blog; "Breaking into College Radio"