Rob Quicke is founder of College Radio Day and co-founder of the currently fastest growing international college radio movement in the world, World College Radio Day. Both President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have officially proclaimed and recognized the importance of WCRD which debuted in 2011. WCRD 2012 had 585 college radio stations in 29 countries participate to raise the profile of college radio. The event was launched by Coldplay's Chris Martin. WCRD 2013 had over 700 participating college stations in 43 countries.
Rob is also a tenured Associate Professor of Communication at William Paterson University where he also serves as General Manager of the award-winning WPSC 88.7 FM in Wayne, New Jersey (NYC market). Rob was previously General Manager of Chicago’s award-winning WXAV 88.3 FM and host of the syndicated Britsound Radio Show which broadcasted on 26 radio stations in five countries. In 2004, Rob won a Silver Dome Award for broadcasting excellence from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. In 2013, Rob won the 'Outstanding Service Award' from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for his dedication to academic broadcasting. In 2012, 2013, 2017 & 2018 WPSC was named as 'Best College Radio Station in the Nation' by the IBS. In 2018 WPSC was named as Best Non-Commercial Radio Station by the National Association of Broadcasters at the annual Marconi Radio Awards.
Rob teaches radio broadcasting in India as adjunct faculty at the Asian College of Journalism, and also has previously been a radio DJ in England with a market-leading morning show at Connect FM in Northamptonshire. Rob has also regularly produced radio features for the BBC in the UK and NPR affiliate stations in the US. Rob and College Radio Day have been interviewed and featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, TIME, SPIN and many more publications. Rob has also been featured as a guest on the Howard Stern Show and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. Rob has a PhD as well as a BA & MA from Oxford University and an MA from Goldsmiths College, London University. Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
College Radio Day (2011 - present)
"Quicke's industry in service of, and dedication to, the medium is inspirational to a cultural world increasingly dependent on corporate funding." - Billboard
"Uniting audiences across languages and borders...College Radio Day celebrates the students who power these stations and the unique role college radio plays across the globe." - President Barack Obama
“College Radio Day…was a call to unity in which 365 stations showcased their best work” – The New York Times.
"A nationwide movement…illuminating the cultural significance of student-run radio” – TIME
World College Radio Day (2012 - present)
Recognized by over 43 different countries and celebrated around the world in conjunction with College Radio Day.
Associate Professor of Communication
William Paterson University of New Jersey (2007 - present)
Tenured faculty member teaching undergraduate classes in radio journalism, audio production, sound as a medium, media & society. Serve on a number of departmental committees, as well as being an academic advisor to over 40 students.
WPSC 88.3 FM (2007 - present)
2015 Best Non-Commercial Station in the Nation (one of 5 nominees) - NAB Marconi Radio Awards
2015 Best College Radio Station in New Jersey Award – New Jersey Broadcasters Association
2012 & 2013 – Best College Radio Station in the Nation (over 10k enrollment) - Intercollegiate Broadcasting System
Numerous other awards and recognition for programming excellence.
Founder & Host
The Britsound Radio Show (2005-2010)
The only radio show of its kind playing exclusively British music to a (mostly) American radio audience. The show was a 1-hour syndicated program that was aired on 28 radio stations in 5 countries.
General Manager & Director of Student Media
WXAV 88.3 FM, Saint Xavier University, Chicago (2001-2007)
2004 Best Public Affairs Programming (2nd Place) - Illinois Broadcasters Association
Oversaw WXAV 88.3 FM radio station (Chicago market) and also advised the weekly student newspaper The Xavierite.
Over 25 awards in five years for the radio station and the newspaper, especially from the Illinois College Press Association (where I also served as Vice-President 2006-2007).
Audio Operations Manager (Europe)
PR Newswire, London, UK (2000-2001)
Responsible for producing hundreds of live radio interviews and pre-recorded features for independent British radio stations as well as for BBC radio stations throughout the UK.
Adjunct Professor of Radio
Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India (2000- present)
Helped establish and teach the first post-graduate radio academic program in India. Continue to teach every other year and also helped establish the ACJ Radio program.
Morning Host, The Rob Quicke Breakfast Show
Connect FM, Wellingborough, UK (1998-1999)
Was, as that time, the youngest morning show host in England. Helped wake up and entertain the good people of Wellingborough, Northants, UK, every weekday morning.
Head of Weekday Programming
Oxygen 107.9 FM, Oxford, UK (1996-1997)
The first student run FM station founded and launched in the UK. Formed by students from Oxford University including myself. Over 150 students were involved in running the station.
Freelance radio work for the following radio stations: