The 25 Best College Radio Stations


Portland State University KPSU 98.1 FM

Website: KPSU 98.1 FM

Portland State wins the Pigeons and Planes best college radio station website award by a mile. It’s easy to use, easy to listen to, and most importantly fun to look at. The site also runs reviews of local shows, recent albums and new releases, giving you another way to connect with its DJs.

KPSU features a weekly live show that airs every Friday where a local band comes does a live studio set. It’s good stuff, and the Portland audience absolutely eats it up.

  • Glen

    This is a good list, but you should have included KTSW 89.9 at Texas State University

  • Tam Truong

    this is great but i am sad that my favorite local station kcrw (santa monica college) didn’t make the list

  • G-Man

    88.7 WPSC William Paterson University Wayne NJ, I learned radio there and had 3 shows when I attended. Should be on the list. recently they started the now nationwide College Radio Day.

  • Dragonfly Jones

    88.5 WRAS ATL definitely top 10.

  • LP

    KVRX also has a weekly live band show like the Portland station. They release comps of recordings every year and have hosted some big names (usually before they were very big). I think the stations that have little involvement don’t belong on this list, especially not KEXP, duh.

  • David

    Not including Album 88 (88.5, the 100,00 watt voice of Georgia State University) is just stupid. There is no way this list is credible without that station on it.

  • rummuds

    Hey just an fyi.. I love this website but the pop up video ads cannot happen again. Had to close it each time I clicked next

  • Mike Schechter

    On what planet is KEXP college radio? It is located miles from campus and has zero student involvement. How is it different in relationship to the university than KUOW and it’s NPR programming. UW students formed and pay for an internet station that is actually college radio.

  • Willb

    you really shafted Bates College. Oldest student-run college radio station in the nation.

  • Dano

    kdvs 90.3 in davis, CA best radio station I have ever heard, always surprises me to this day

  • Emily

    You stated that WSBU broadcast’s from it’s campus in New Jersey, however St. Bonaventure University is located in the Southern Tier of New York State, between the small towns of Olean and Allegany.

  • manny

    CJSW 90.9 cmon son

  • De Anna Glendenning

    Where is the link to the station, the link above does not work.

  • Mel Ziggy Bee

    KSPC!! and KXLU are missing!

  • DG

    List should have definitely included WBRU 95.5 Brown University.

  • Chill Brah

    get adblocker son you won’t need to deal with that before youtube videos either

  • X

    You guys were just trying to stir some shit with this list, right? There’s no way you really think you looked into every college radio station and ranked them, right? RIGHT?

  • Barry

    I have to wonder if stations where the individuals pictured are well north of 30 years old really count as college radio.

  • kaki

    is this where i’m supposed to plug 90.5 KSJS

  • RawOnions

    Claiming what’s best is pure conjecture.

  • Austin

    Why is it that the #1 ICBS station for 2012, KFJC, didn’t even make your top 25 list? You all gone selectively deaf?

  • ML

    KFJC (SF bay area) not mentioned? Best station ever. Somebody dropped the ball making this list.

  • Maggie

    I think Loyola University radio station should be on this list. They’ve got great music with a variety of shows, and even their website is the cleanest one and easiest to use out of all these radio stations above. It was the only thing I listened to when I was in Chicago

  • Don Nasca

    KPSU should be #1, but #10 on earth is pretty damn good :-)

  • Rob S.

    Does WXPN not count? It’s more or less UPenn, and it’s flipping fantastic.

  • ALB

    think you missed a big one – 91.3FM WBNY out of Buffalo State College in New York! 30+ year Original Alternative radio station all student run YEAR ROUND – one of the first FM college radio stations, local musician show every week, broadcast live online 24/7 – listeners WORLD WIDE including New Zealand! great that college radio got some buzz but don’t skim the surface next time.

  • William Urmson

    This song goes out to Tea Party sweetheart Sarah Palin. Pls ck it out. Thanx and peace! WJU~ #sarahpalin #THEVIEW #JohnMcCain #teaparty
    posted a new song: “The Sarah Palin Smackdown”

  • capnmorgan8

    You’re missing KCRW in Los Angeles…

  • Drew Hey guys, be interested in your feedback regarding this origional band :)

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