WRVU Update

Greetings Friends…

If it seems like we’ve been quiet lately, it is because someone doesn’t want us heard.   Besides the obvious, though temporary, loss of the FM frequency, WRVU DJs who have been openly opposed to the license sale have now been dismissed from their positions with the online station.   In addition, our side of the story –i.e. “this isn’t over yet”– has been excluded from campus coverage of the frequency sale.   Vanderbilt publications are either ignoring the subject altogether or they are incorrectly representing the sale as complete.

WRVU Friends & Family representatives have recently written InsideVandy, Vanderbilt Magazine, Dot Commodore, and Vanderbilt Hustler asking them to hold up the tenants of good journalism which they purport to adhere.  At best, these letters have received a cursory response.  At worst, they have been outright rejected.

Since we can’t seem to get any print on campus, we figured we would send this letter directly to the supporters of WRVU.  Additionally you will find the response we received from the InsideVandy Opinion Editor after the letter was submitted a second time.

Loyal Fans & Listeners of WRVU, the battle for 91.1 FM continues . . .



To the Editor,

Many students were upset after the public announcement in September of
2010 that VSC was considering selling the WRVU 91.1 FM frequency. Your
article of 8/24/2011 summarizes some of their frustration and the
efforts that these students undertook to try to save the frequency.
However, your article overlooks the substantial and ongoing efforts of
alumni and community members to preserve the station. In fact, Save
WRVU’s Facebook page has over 6,500 Friends and a non-profit
organization called WRVU Friends and Family (www.vivawrvu.org) was
formed to halt the sale.

What is most unfortunate in your article is the presentation that the
transfer of the license and Vanderbilt’s possession of an FM frequency
license is complete. While there may be some who have given up the
fight, actual facts indicate otherwise. Chiefly, Nashville Public Radio
has not yet met the obligations agreed to under the sale (namely, paying
for it) and the Federal Communication Commission has not announced a
public comment period nor have they approved the sale.

While InsideVandy may wish to frame this story as coming to a close,
putting the controversy safely into the past, the simple truth is there
is much more of this story to tell. There are indeed students, alumni,
and members of the Vanderbilt Community who refuse to accept the patent
falsehood that the frequency is gone. We hope InsideVandy will recognize
this and follow-up accordingly.

Myka Carroll, Communications Director
WRVU Friends & Family



I did receive the letter (both times), but regret to inform you that we elected not to publish it. As the automated response explains, we receive a high volume of email and generally only respond to inform individuals that we will be printing their submissions. I apologize for the confusion and thank you for your time.




While it is difficult to explain the lack of print that letters concerning WRVU have received in campus since the beginning of this academic year, we urge you to keep them coming.  Also, letters to the Nashville Scene, the Tennessean, the NY Times, whathave you.

This battle for the frequency is NOT OVER & everyone deserves the truth.

The VSC Administration is heavy-handed & everyone knows.  It is absurd, perhaps, to think they would let any information concerning the fragile state of their proposed frequency sale leak into their publications.

While there are times we may disagree with the choices made by the InsideVandy / Hustler editors, there are other times we commend them for the willingness to take a stand on important issues.

This, for instance, was a fantastic article…

WRVU Opinion: Searching for Dialogue
By Matt Scarano



Learn more about our battle to regain the 91.1 FM frequency this Saturday @ SOUNDLAND.
WRVU Friends & Family reps will be @ the Neuhoff Factory Party Stage from 1 – 9 PM.

We will have FREE STICKERS & plenty of information!  Hope to see you there!!!



LUV Newsletter on NPR

Listening to Diane Rehm on NPR yesterday, we noticed she had on a guest from one of the corporate-funded think tanks, as she usually does, telling us Social Security is going broke. He didn’t mention that the government has actually borrowed from Social Security for decades in order to finance corporate welfare, and nobody on the program pointed out that he was lying through his teeth. That is what the “senior fellows,” from the major think tanks are expected to say in return for the corporate funding.  Corporations don’t throw money away — these contributions are considered to be investments.

All of the NPR/PBS programs that deal in “news” analysis can be expected to invite these guests, and you will hear them announced daily, “X,” a senior fellow from the American Enterprise Institute, Hoover Institution, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, etc., appearing on Morning Edition, The PBS NewsHour, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, etc. Their goal is always to sell out the public interest. Their tentacles are deep into the so-called “news media,” all of the major TV and radio networks, newspapers, news magazines — the entire mass media spectrum.

Often their views are said to be on the programs for “balance,” as though any truth that gets out must be balanced by lies. They constantly scheme to privatize more of the government, to rid the public of Social Security, Medicare and other social programs, and introduce lies with which to combat science, including “we must burn oil and coal, there is no such thing as global warming,” combined with “we must spend more on weapons for the military,” and “we must cut corporate taxes to spur the economy.” There is no hole in the mass media, these lies are scattered over the entire electronic and print corporate-viewpoint media empire.

Pam Martens, in this piece, goes deeper into it, following the tentacles of the Koch brothers who’ve devoted their lives to destroying any semblance of democracy in the land and extending the plutocratic oligarchy.  Until citizens understand they are controlled by their mass media, nothing will change, which is why we do LUV News  —Jack

National Propaganda Radio

The site NPR Check (link on right) keeps an eye on the right-wing tendencies of public radio, no more so than in this critique in the comments of a recent piece aired there:


Just when you thought NPR couldn’t sink any lower:

New Policy Gives Hope To Some Facing Deportation : NPR: New Policy Gives Hope To Some Facing Deportation

NPR continues normalizing Right Wing Fringe Extremism:

NPR quotes “Kristen Williamson with the Federation for American Immigration Reform” opposed to Obama’s change in immigration.

Really NPR? Really? The Federation for American Immigration Reform? An organization that has been identified group described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC):


“FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, has expressed his wish that America remain a majority-white population: a goal to be achieved, presumably, by limiting the number of nonwhites who enter the country. One of the group’s main goals is upending the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a decades-long, racist quota system that limited immigration mostly to northern Europeans. FAIR President Dan Stein has called the Act a “mistake.”

“As Whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?”
— FAIR founder and board member John Tanton, Oct. 10, 1986

What’s worse “Federation for American Immigration Reform” : NPR Search (BETA): Quoted this organization several times.”

What’s next? NPR to interview the Klan on civil rights?

WRVU “Dissidents” Under Fire

This from the troops at WRVU:

Despite their displeasure about returning to  a station without a frequency, a number of key WRVU personalities have reapplied for shows and had their DJ applications rejected by the VSC. All of these individuals were talented and dedicate members of the WRVU crew. All of these individuals were vocally opposed to the 91.1 FM frequency sale. While most of these banished DJs are “non-affiliates,” Pete Wilson, host of Nashville Jumps, has also lost his show. Pete is Vanderbilt alumni and staff, which double-qualifies him as a DJ. He is former Versus editor and has been in and out of WRVU since the late 1980s and last year, his show was chosen by the Nashville Scene as the “Best Radio Show in Nashville.” Pete feels confident that he lost his position with WRVU due to his activism against the license sale. In all of his work to preserve the FM broadcast for the students of Vanderbilt University, Pete has always been polite and respectful — even when the VSC was not.

As one may suspect, the new WRVU online schedule is riddled with holes. While some DJs have returned to the online only format, many have not. The fact that the VSC has banished community DJs who have been with the station for years is further evidence of the VSC exerting their muscle as a means of silencing DJs who openly disapproved of the frequency sale.

At the moment, the DJs who lost their shows are being told not to speak out in hopes that General Manager Robert Ackley can convince the VSC Board to change their mind. Of course, all you have to do is tune in to 91.1 FM in Nashville to see how receptive the VSC Board is to the staff of WRVU. Meanwhile, this is also the same “keep quiet and don’t upset the VSC” mentality that has been thrust upon the students of WRVU since the beginning of all this mess. Over and again they have been told, don’t upset the VSC, or they might…. might what? Sell the frequency?

The  DJs of WRVU have very little left to lose. Which is why, quite frankly, many of them have threatened resigning. They are extremely angry about losing their hand-built frequency and they are insulted that the VSC is casting out some of their best DJs. It is not too extreme to believe the VSC is running the remains of this station in to the ground.  While the DJs are right to be upset, one thing is clear… they MUST NOT RESIGN. Do so would be to play right into the hands of the VSC. It is clear that they do not want anyone who cares about the FM frequency hanging around… Which is exactly, my friends, why you HAVE TO….

You HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THIS. If you WIN, you will WIN BIG. The VSC has played dirty and eventually they will face the consequences. Instead of resigning WRVU, let your voice be heard. Speak out about this nonsense to your friends, your professors, your family, YOUR administration, and your audience.

While I have heard some students fear speaking out because “attending a Private University is a privilege, not a right” I have to say — NO WAY — Vanderbilt is a company that makes A LOT of money off our your tuition, your textbooks, your room and board. On scholarship or not, Vanderbilt is there to serve you. To provide you with an education… & that education should encourage questions, discussions, and the fair exchange of ideas.. not intimidation, authoritarian control, and force-feed rules and regulations. DEMAND that Vanderbilt take responsibility for what is happening in the tunnels of Sarratt. The VSC is out of control & it is clearly effecting your education.

That said, I remind you not to give up the hope in terms of regaining your voice on 91.1 FM. The VSC still owns the license & it will take quite a bit of work on behalf of WPLN to change that situation. We intend to fight it every step of the way & will do everything in our power to get that frequency back for the students of Vanderbilt University.

Don’t give up the faith, it CAN happen.

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