Writing here on Radio Survivor, Jennifer Waits warns of another college radio station in imminent danger of being absorbed into the borg — this time station WXLV, owned by Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania:
According to an article in the South Whitehall Patch, the administration recently had the station appraised as part of their process of evaluating ways to cut costs on campus. Although the university has not made a final decision about selling the station, they have already learned that a public radio station and Christian radio broadcasters are interested in buying the FM frequency. The article states:
“The college is in a mode of belt-tightening, given a 10 percent cut in the state budget for community colleges currently on the table. That would translate to a $1.3 million reduction in LCCC’s annual budget, [LCCC’s Associate dean for institutional advancement Heather L.] Kuhns said. And that would come after three years during which the state’s allocation to community colleges had been frozen in place.
The decision whether to sell or keep the radio station will have to come from the trustees, Kuhns said. If they do make that decision, the process of determining the buyer and sale price would be a public one, Kuhns said.”
The group has formed a Facebook page (link on right), “Save Your Radio, 90.3 WXLV Up for Sale,” and rallied to gain support then put up a site with a petition to oppose any sale (here) — with more than 1,000 names already. As Jennifer notes, the petition site intro says as follows:
WXLV is the biggest community force within LCCC and fosters a large community of over a hundred volunteers and thousands of supporters. These people are donating innumerable hours of time to kindle this fire. It would be a great loss to the community and reputation of LCCC to put out this passionate blaze.