Campus Voice Encounter Discography

Campus Voice Encounter was a pre-packaged college radio show produced by Whittle Communications Campus Voice Network, and distributed by Thirsty Ear records on LP in the 1980s.

Their promotional garbage claimed it was distributed to 1.3 million "dorm students".  I suspect that's the number of college radio stations on their mailing list, multiplied by the on-campus populations of their respective universities. This is of course "magic math", and not a calculation to be respected by grown adults. But the number of listeners was not inconsequential. And the limited pressing LPs are collected and traded by enthusiasts. The below logo was registered in 1987, giving the series a probable start date.

It's producers were Jim Omastiak, Keith Bellows and hosted by Peter Gordon. You will notice the program numbers skip, add, subtract, repeat, overlap and loop. These are not typos. It may have been accidental, deliberate, or bad copy-editing but the odd numbering adds to the discographical fun. I will continue to refine the below discography as I find discs. There is also more corroborating information here.

Please note that there are multiple discs using the same matrix number in the series. These may represent successive years. But that remains unconfirmed.

CVE-1 (Programs 1-5)
Jello Biafra, Nancy Lieberman, Bill Nelson, John Crawford, Gene Loves Jezebel
CVE-2  (Programs 6-10)
Holly Jensen, The Woodentops, Micheal Kimmel, Karen Finley, Bill Stone

CVE-1 (Programs 1-5)
Robert Krolick, The Saints, Lizzie Borden, Redd Kross, Jan Brunvad
CVE-2  (Programs 6-12)
Richard Rhodes, Scott Johnson, Tama Janowitz, Royal Crescent Mob, Dr. Jusith Resiman

CVE-3 (Programs 11-15) 
Clive Barker, Lou Reed, Mpho Tutu, Easterhouse, Eric Bogosian
CVE-4 (Programs 16-20)
Bill Murray, John Fusco, Joey Skaggs, Carol Leifer, Stas Namin

CVE-3 (Programs 11-15) 
The Bears, Athan Theoharis, Lene Lovitch, X, Allan Weiner
CVE-4 (Programs 16-20)
Suzanne Vega, David Langley, Bill Adler,  Dorothy Siegel, Cleaners From Venus

CVE-5 (Programs 21-25)
10,000 Maniacs, Peter Max, Dr. Laird Cermak, P.J. O'Rourke, The Membranes
CVE-6 (Programs 26-30)
Stephen LaBerge, Opal, Matt Groening, Moe Tucker, Dave Foreman

CVE-5 (Programs 21-25)
Greg Lemond, Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, Prof. Howard Pollio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
CVE-6 (Programs 26-30)
Brian Bosworth, John Lurie, David Lynch, The Dead Milkmen, Stan Lee

CVE-7 (Programs 31-35)
Joanna Stingray, The Smithereens, Al Sacharov, Doc & The Medics, Isaac Tigrett
CVE-8 (Programs 36-40)
Iggy Pop, Peter Lake, Michael Peppe, John Stockwell, Peter Gordon

CVE-7 (Programs 31-35)
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Joe Davis, Lynda Barry, Jad Fair & ½ Japanese, Bret Easton Ellis
CVE-8 (Programs 36-40)
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jonah Houston, Clive Barker, Peter Collier, Brian Brain

CVE-9 (Programs 41-45)
Richard Lloyd, Jim Jarmusch, Art Speigelman, Flaming Lips, Joseph Kennedey II
CVE-10 (Programs 46-50)
The Fall, Lorette Miller Ruppe, John Waters, Peters Jenkins, Jason & The Scorchers

CVE-9 (Programs 41-46)
Motorhead, Ricky Jay, Sinead O'Connor, Peter Yarrow, Flesh For LuLu
CVE-10 (Programs 46-50)
Brian Cullman, The Balancing Act, Allan Zullo & Bruce Nash, Cabaret Voltaire, Kevin Seal

CVE-11 (Programs 51-55)
Love and Rockets, John Crystal, Spitting Image, They Might Be Giants, Instant Beer
CVE-12 (Programs 56-70)
Robyn Hitchcock, Dr. Robert Bowman, Roy Blount Jr., Beastie Boys,  Coffee Achievers

CVE-13 (Programs 61-65)
Leaving Trains, Richard Horrow, Peter Gabriel / Amnesty Int'l, Adina Wrobleski, Golden Palaminos,
CVE-14 (Programs 66-70)
No artist, Alan Rabinowitz, Richard Berry, Janet Constantinides, Peter Murphy

CVE-15 (Programs 71-75)
Saqqara Dogs, Ray Brown, Unknown Artist, Chris Brown, Julian Cope
CVE-16 (Programs 76-80)
Dr. Andrew Weil, Andy White, Dan Cassidy, Bowie Kuhn, The Chameleons

CVE-17 (Programs 81-75)
Athlete's Union, Throwing Muses, Freshman Trends, Billy Bragg, Linda Ellerbee
CVE-18 (Programs 86-90)
Divine Horsemen, Throwing Muses, Billy Bragg, Descendents  

CVE-17 (Programs 81-75)
Carl Stotz, Swans, Dorothy Schneider, Negativland, Jeff Tellis
CVE-18 (Programs 86-90)
E. Ann Kaplan, Pere Ubu, Sandra Bernhard, Paul Knitter, Paula Lockheart

CVE-19 (Programs 91-95)
Das Damen, David Florimbi, L.L. Cool J, Charles Panati, Peter Martin
CVE-20 (Programs 96-100)
Donna McCrohan, Del-Lords, Tony Hendra, Stump, Fran Duffy

Campus Voice Encounter - Snickers New Music Search 1986-1987
Intro, the Cuts, The Splat, Not Shakespeare, Outro to Side A
Intro, Not Shakespeare, Erth, The Verandas, Outro to Program


I have found a number of references to more episodes or segments I've been unable to corroborate. These seem to duplicate other known and confirmed programs. This only further confuses the known matrix duplicates. My theory is that the matrix numbers are "recycled" between years but the discs themselves bear no dates. If the sets were complete that would mean that there are still 4 unknown discs out there. I think the LPs came out in the years 1986 and 1987 based on known release dates. This is somewhat corroborated by the years give on the SNMS disc, but it bears more study.


  1. We just obtained a CVE-11/CVE-12 (programs 51-55, 56-60) record at a used record shop. Tracks on side A are Dave Alvin, Jack Hanna, Abbie Hoffman, The Leather Nun and Ivan Fahs. Side B is Alien Sex Fiend, John Weiss, Dennis Miller, Screaming Trees and Dr. Robert Hatcher. Hope this helps!

  2. Can I get a label scan?