Intercollegiate Broadcasting System

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Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) is an organization of over 1000 non-profit, education-affiliated radio stations (and webcasters).

Founded in 1940, IBS is headquartered in New Windsor, New York, with a legal office in Washington, D.C., and frequently represents its members with FCC negotiations, copyright issues, and litigation.

In 2006, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that there were 2,533 noncommercial educational radio stations, out of a total of 13,525 USA radio stations. However, most do not affiliate nationally, and IBS represents over 90% of those that do. IBS is also a member of the National Association of Broadcasters.


IBS was founded in 1940, by George Abraham and David W. Borst, who were among the originators of AM carrier-current campus college radio. Later, IBS was instrumental in getting the FCC to secure an FM "reserved band" from 88.1 to 91.9 MHz, where most noncommercial stations are now located, and in establishing the Class D (10-watt) LPFM (Low Power FM) provisions for entry-level noncommercial stations.

The current President of IBS is Chris Thomas, General manager of WLTL in La Grange, Illinois. Thomas K. Gibson is Vice President and Director of Engineering. [Allen Myers] is Vice President for FCC Licensing and Regulatory matters. Len Mailloux, IBS Chairman of the Board, is responsible for "IBS Coast-to-Coast and worldwide". [Norm Prusslin] is the Emeritis Chair of the IBS Board. [Fritz Kass] is the Chief Executive Officer and [Chuck Platt] is the Secretary.


Annual IBS - Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, Inc., conference is held in New York City, NY, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, across from Madison Square Garden. The 73rd Annual IBS International School and College Radio Webcasting Conference is scheduled for Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2-3, 2013.

IBS Fall 2012 - 2013 Coast-to-Coast Regional Conference Schedule ( Saturday, November 17, 2012, Coast to Coast, Radio - Webcasting Conference: Boston, MA ; Saturday, December 1, 2012, Coast to Coast, Radio - Webcasting Conference: Los Angeles, CA; Saturday, September 28, 2013, Coast to Coast, Radio - Webcasting Conference: Chicago, IL; Saturday, October 26, 2013, Coast to Coast, Radio - Webcasting Conference: Brooklyn, NY

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