John Anderson on HD

John Anderson of DIYmedia.net (link on right) has kept abreast of the debacle that has been HD radio, and this latest post, reprinted in its entirety, pretty much sums it up. How can this company, with no basic income, still be around — particularly given the hopelessness of its product and prospects:

HD Radio Still Awaiting Breakthrough

It’s still a mystery just how iBiquity Digital Corporation remains in business as its proprietary HD Radio standard continues to go nowhere fast.

According to the FCC, less than 20% of radio stations in in the United States have adopted the HD protocol, nearly nine years after its proliferation was sanctioned; some have since turned it off. The technology has failed to crack any significant international markets. iBiquity and its mostly-conglomerate backers have tried various tweaks to the system in hopes of improving its robustness, but none show any potential to be a game-changer.

The HD Radio Alliance, a consortium of proponents who have devoted hundreds of millions of dollars worth of airtime to promoting HD Radio, also appear to be slacking on that support in favor of investments in other digital technologies which don’t directly involve over-the-air broadcasting.

Two-thirds of the respondents to an informal Radio Business Report poll say they have no plans to adopt HD. This seems to accurately reflect an increasing disdain within the industry about the system and its prospects. (The only exception to this seems to be Radio World commentator “Guy Wire,” but it’s hard to take a nom de plume seriously and even he seems to be wavering).

These are just the quandaries facing the transmission side of HD adoption. Receivers remain scarce; some manufacturers and retailers have abandoned the technology and those who have invested in an HD-capable radio are underwhelmed by the system’s performance in the real world. There’s no evidence to show that listener demand for HD Radio is improving from its anemic condition, either.

Proponents of the technology cite the fact that more vehicle manufacturers are implementing HD Radio into their dashboards, but this is not a viable sign of its popularity.

Last decade, when the notion of tethering smartphones into the car and/or directly implementing in-vehicle wireless Internet access was more idea than reality, automakers resisted the implementation of HD Radio because of its proprietary nature (with associated costs) and lack of qualitative usefulness. In a nutshell, they did not see the value in adding HD functionality to their entertainment systems because it didn’t provide enough return on investment.

Now the auto industry is enthusiastically embracing the “glass dashboard,” in which HD Radio is just one functionality — and a subsidiary one at that — among many new features. Now it’s become economically inconsequential for vehicle manufacturers to add HD compatibility in the midst of undertaking such a significant investment in the promulgation of other, newer mobile communication and entertainment technologies. In this context, HD Radio is a dull piece of bling in the galaxy of dashboard convergence.

iBiquity has responded in scattershot fashion to try and wake the patient from its coma. The company slashed its licensing fees, offered generous financial assistance to encourage broadcaster adoption, and most recently, implemented a weak “contest” with cash prizes in an attempt to inspire local radio sales staffs to pitch FM-HD’s multicasting feature more pointedly.

CEO Bob Struble recently penned a column in which he predicted the success of HD Radio would rest on the datacasting element it brings to the radio experience. But even he’s sounding a bit desperate: “[W]e need to get on it, now, because fully featured devices are being sold, now, and consumer impressions are being made, now. Most folks understand the upgrade process will be gradual, but the industry needs to show consistent progress.”

Therein lies the dilemma: how does a company with no independent revenue entice broadcasters to adopt a digital radio technology with net detriments, and how can it possibly convince receiver-makers and listeners to care in the face of such a feeble situation? There’s no credible answer to these questions, and so long as that remains the case it’s difficult to see how HD Radio can honestly claim title to broadcasting’s digital future.

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Don’t Give Up the Fight


“The problems today are not the the evil actions of the bad people, but the
appalling silence and inaction of the good people. ”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Three Primary Decision Makers Most Responsible for the Fate of WRVU:

The Bad People:
Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC),

The Good People:
Vanderbilt University Chancellor and Board of Trust and,
WPLN – the agency that is in agreement to purchase WRVU.

Vanderbilt/WPLN: Void the Sale of WRVU

Despite the shameless public wide-eyed hand-wringing from, Mark Wollaeger and Chris Carroll – the primary people who pushed for the WRVU license sale on behalf of Vanderbilt Student Communications – we here suspected that these two ‘adults’, of what is supposed to be a student run organization, were advancing a sale deal behind closed doors. Recent revelations of the timing of events have confirmed this to indeed to be the case.

The recent hateful result – the pawning off of WRVU for cash – is simply one that we now have come to expect to come out of an organization lead by Mark Wollaeger and Chris Carroll. What remains the most galling, is the silence and inaction of the good – Vanderbilt University and its Board of Trust, for passively letting these two ‘adult’ fools unilaterally attempt to destroy a much revered and storied student-run organization despite the mountains of protestations from all corners.

As you are well aware, all reasonable appeals to The VSC ended up falling on deaf ears. Efforts are to be directed to the other two players: Vanderbilt University (via Chancellor and Board of Trust) and WPLN.

Even though the criminal poaching of WRVU by Wollaeger and Carroll of the VSC has been public for several months, there has been a conspicuous silence from The Chancellor and the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University. Unless they are outrageously incompetent, they are fully aware of the shameful deeds exacted by recent actions of the VSC. In many ways, Vanderbilt’s cowardly non-stance is almost more disappointing as the appalling treatment of WRVU by the VSC. As such, pressure must be applied to Vanderbilt to step up, and do the right thing – get WRVU back to the students, where it belongs.

HERE ARE THREE OPTIONS TO APPLY RIGHT NOW!
WRITE/CALL CHANCELLOR ZEPPOS and VANDERBILT BOARD OF TRUST!

See an actual recent excellent example of a letter written to Chancellor Zeppos below.

Hello,

I would like to officially state that based on how the university has
handled the closing of 91.1, I have NO intention of ever donating to
Vanderbilt again. I think the actions of the VSC were completely
counter to the educational mission of the institution and served to
disenfranchise students, who should be learning to develop an
autonomous voice. I also think that Chancellor Zeppos’ refusal to
admit that the actions of the VSC were a Vanderbilt issue was
completely disingenuous and again completely counter to setting an
example for how young adults should conduct themselves.

Sincerely,

Click HERE to get started on where to direct your own letter/email.

COPY YOUR LETTER/EMAIL TO USA NEWS AND WORLD REPORT!

Copy your letter to US News and World Report to show the College Ranking report that Vanderbilt is forfeiting a key student benefit that should be taken into consideration in its formulation of rankings. (Note: Most of the ranked peers of Vanderbilt have the sense to maintain their student-run radio stations.)

PLEDGE NOTHING!

*Go to Pledge Nothing Web Site.

Are you looking for an excuse to not feel compelled to donate to Vanderbilt University or to WPLN? Here is your excuse. Both institutions, normally worthy of giving, are complicit in the current attempted destruction of WRVU

. Don’t give them money and tell them why you will continue not to give them money until they right this wrong – Pledge Nothing.

College Update

Supporters of student station WRVU  in Nashville, shorn of any input on the stacked VSC governing board, have continued the battle, releasing the following information:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY FRIEND OF WRVU!!!

This time of year is meant to celebrate perhaps the single most important event in world history — the founding of America in its epoch making declaration of independence. One lesson to learn is that it is vital to rise-up against injustice and tyranny, particularly when the affected parties have been given no say in the outcome, or put another way, let’s call the proposed sale of WRVU by the VSC as ‘poaching without representation.’ You are undoubtedly aware by now, the VSC Board, the entity responsible for the horrid decision of establishing the sale agreement with WPLN, has absolutely no members with real WRVU experience. It continues to be shocking that a small cadre of callous fools (or Benedict Arnolds ?!?) can attempt to pawn off an esteemed student-founded and student-operated 60 year institution like WRVU.

As you all have likely heard by now, WRVU has many reasons to celebrate!

First of all, it appears that the sale of WRVU to Nashville Public Radio has a LONG way to go until it becomes final. We know, of course, that WPLN must raise $3.35 million dollars in the next 18 months to purchase the station. Attached is a letter (below) from Joe Helm J.D., former WRVU General Manager, that proves Vanderbilt University is the sole “member” of the VSC. Because the 91.1 FM frequency is “substantially all” of the VSC assets (see Mark Wolleager podcast) the Chancellor or the Board of Trust will be required to sign off on the deal. If they do not, of course, the whole thing is off the table.

See article in Nashville Scene HERE.

So PLEASE keep the pressure on Kirkland Hall! If you haven’t written a letter to the Chancellor yet – GET ON IT! If you have written before, please WRITE AGAIN. Don’t be afraid to let Zeppos know that you are aware of his role in this saga and of his power to bring it to an end. He has been shamefully ignoring Vanderbilt students and alumni who have been pleading for his help since September. It is time he took a stand.

A PRECEDENT HAS ALREADY BEEN SET!

Jennifer Waits of Radio Survivor has recently sent this information regarding WWPV, the student run station belonging to St. Michael’s college:

In March 2007, WWPV attracted local attention when Vermont Public Radio approached the college’s president, Marc vanderHeyden, and the Board of Trustees with an interest in purchasing the frequency to turn it into a 24-hour classical station.[1] After word of this potential sale became public in the Burlington Free Press and the St. Michael’s online magazine, The Echo, SMC students, faculty, and staff rallied against the sale in an effort to preserve the station as a student-run, freeform college station. Numerous letters were written to the Free Press, [2], posters were put up around campus, and a large Facebook group was created to mobilize students. Because of the outcry, vanderHeyden recommended to the board that the station not be sold, effectively ending the possibility of a deal.[3] Vermont Public Radio instead bought 90.9 FM, now known as WOXR, to run the classical format.

IT CAN HAPPEN IN NASHVILLE!
WPLN CAN FIND ANOTHER FREQUENCY FOR THEIR CLASSICAL PROGRAMMING!

WPLN MET WITH BOOS!

According to sources who attended a live recording of the Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me radio show last week at TPAC, Nashville Public Radio President Rob Gordon was booed off stage when he mentioned “our new classical station, WFCL” !!!

Way to Go Nashville!!! Then, apparently, Gordon shrugged and said “”Yeah, well, we’ll see how it goes.” WPLN must not have realized the huge overlap in WRVU and NPR listeners. No one is happy about sacrificing one station to feed the other. Enough public outcry & again, Rob Gordon can bring this shenanigan to an END!

Again, please remind your friends & neighbors to boycott WPLN, WFCL and all their affiliated stations. Until they release our frequency, do your best to screw up WPLN’s Arbitron ratings and their membership drives. Also, please stay vocal on the Nashville Pubic Radio facebook page. Perhaps one day, within the next 18 months, they will wake up and realize that purchasing 91.1 FM is a very bad idea!

SISTER STATION, KUSF, UPDATE!

In other good news, our sister station KUSF is having some success in their struggle as well. The FCC is concerned about the USF/CPRN lease-purchase agreement, which questions many variables including the educational value the new classical format. You are encouraged to read more HERE about the situation via the link below and look for items that sound familiar.

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WRVU FRIENDS & FAMILY

WRVU Friends & Family has been working with a strong legal team to develop the most effective strategy for getting the station you love back on the air. Those individuals who were once skeptical now believe we have much more than a fighting chance! We welcome your thoughts and comments in the weeks and months to come. As this is likely to be a prolonged battle. To win, we must keep the moral high. Please continue to get the word out that this IS NOT OVER. With your support and encouragement, and that of the Nashville community, WRVU can rise again!!!!! (& just imagine what a story that will be…)

On other fronts, in the continuing struggle to maintain a voice, college radio saw another station fall prey to conglomeration, aided and abetted by the omnipresent Public Radio Capital:.

The $1.1 million sale of Mobile, Alabama’s WHIL (91.3) has closed, and the Tuscaloosa-based University of Alabama has taken the reins at the monster Class C signal. The deal dramatically extends the potential population reach of the Alabama Public Radio, while getting Mobile’s Jesuit-run Spring Hill College out of the radio biz. Spring Hill had worked with a local group to buy WHIL, but when that didn’t happen, the University of Alabama was in line. The March 19 TRI had the story of the deal and now it’s just closed, with Public Radio Capital representing buyer Alabama Public Radio. The AL.com site says the buyer hopes to eventually have a fulltime news reporter to cover Mobile, and it’s meeting with local arts groups. But WHIL’s 22-year-old Radio Reading Service for the blind and visually impaired is apparently now off its subchannel.

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Radio Lightning Rod

For decades DJ Larry Monroe worked the radio trenches. After starting in radio at age 13, he worked at stations in Indiana, Ann Arbor, Detroit & Austin to name a few. While always receiving high accolades, including a “Keeping the Blues Alive” award in 2002, he was the prime example of a journeyman DJ. He put a lot of personal time & effort into his shows, he communicated with his peers and listeners, and he got along with his bosses as well as most of us.

Then in 2009 there was a sudden and unforeseen change in fortune. On July 2nd, just a couple of hours before the start of his long-running Phil Music Program, he was advised by KUT-FM managers that the show had been canceled, being replaced with a generic AAA format designed to bring in new listeners, whoever those might be. That started a long chain of events, part of which resulted in the formation of this site. Larry hung around another year doing his Blue Monday show, but finally called it quits and retired from KUT in August of 2010.

But after a few months of retirement and working on his archives, Larry found a new home at KDRP-FM, a low-power FM station in the Austin area town of Dripping Springs. And it seemed the perfect match. KDRP management was proud to have such a talent on board and all of Larry’s many fans were thrilled to have his programs back on the air. For those out of the over-the-air signal coverage there was both a streaming feed for the Internet as well as an iPhone app. So when he returned to the air in March of this year, his programs were greeted with much praise and a sense that the little guys had triumphed this time.

But now there is another radio controversy in the Austin area, and once again Larry seems to be right in the thick of things. Thankfully, this time it has nothing to do with him personally. Instead it touches on many of the other things that we have been writing about on this site from the beginning: the greed of radio conglomerates such as Clear Channel, the deleterious effect of HD channels, and the hopelessness of the FCC in enforcing their own mandates.

The reason for this is clear, as in Clear Channel. There was a wonderful piece done on this by local Austin TV station KXAN last week (see story here). What has happened is that small-town station KDRP is being bullied by Clear Channel, by way of another entity, Educational Media Foundation (EMF). EMF is a nationwide Christian broadcasting group that had entered into an agreement with Clear Channel, where Clear Channel was able to lease some antenna space from EMF in exchange for some HD radio signals. Remember HD Radio? If so, you may be the only one, as HD Radio has been a debacle and the idea that the conglomerates are swapping them around is interesting in itself.

Trouble is, even though this was done with an OK from the FCC, you now have two stations broadcasting on 103.1 with only 15 miles separating their towers. And the inevitable loss of signal to low-power KDRP is causing major problems for the little community-based station. A lot of KDRP’s programming is typical small-town stuff — church broadcasts and Little League games, community events. The station bleeding over is KVET, an Austin-based sports and talk station that sometimes airs what KDRP listeners consider questionable content. And since it comes in on KDRP’s frequency, they are blaming KDRP for the problem.

For its part, EMF has been mainly conciliatory. According to the KXAN story, EMF’s vice president for signal development has stated flatly that they understand that they can’t interfere with KDRP’s signal, and that they are willing to work with KDRP to resolve the issue. But the big guns are having none of that. Clear Channel has issued a statement stating that their translator is in compliance with FCC guidelines, and that KDRP is “seeking to claim rights to coverage which is outside their FCC protected area.” KDRP has filed a complaint with the FCC, but considering how the FCC has kowtowed to the likes of Clear Channel in the past, it looks like this David is going to have a tough time up against the Goliath.

And in the meantime KDRP will have to try and hang on to its local listening community. As well as pay what will have to be large legal bills just to try to keep up with the attorneys from a large corporation such as Clear Channel. And all of this is just part and parcel of what this site and others have been trying to say for some years now: Public and community radio is on the ropes right now, and there is just no way of battling huge corporations such as this when they decide to come in and run roughshod over smaller stations. KDRP was filling a much-needed service for the people of Dripping Springs; they have been growing with the community for some time now. And because of that friendly energy they were attracting new listeners, as well as known talents such as KVET alumni Sammy Allred and Larry Monroe. They deserve protection from such predatory tactics, and if the FCC has any teeth (or cojones) left at all, it will prevent further encroachment on KDRP’s signal as well as its coverage area. It’s what the FCC was designed to do; if it is no longer capable then it might as well be disassembled, much as an old transmitter from one of the stations it has failed. Stations such as KDRP need their core local audience. And the radio world in general needs an outlet for such talents as Sammy Allred and Larry Monroe.

Which brings us back to our old Radio Lightning Rod, Larry . . . None of this has anything directly to do with Larry; he is just another volunteer working at a community station in this matter. But in Austin his name still carries clout in the music community. So it’s no real surprise that when KXAN did their piece on the troubles the station itself was having, they also did a side piece on Larry himself. Specifically, they did a piece on his dismal treatment by his former employer, KUT, and how he had come to find a new home with the folks at KDRP. It’s well worth a read (or a viewing, here). It’s a great review of Larry’s radio journey here in Austin, some of the ups & downs. A lot of this has been chronicled here before, but it’s good to hear Larry tell the story in his own words. And a big hats off to Jim Swift and KXAN for allowing Larry the forum to do so.

We’ll try to keep up with this story, because for us at this site it pretty much has everything we’ve been talking about, all wrapped up into one doozie of a local story. And with KXAN’s coverage maybe more people will be waking up to the very real problems in radio today. The citizens of Dripping Springs, TX, probably didn’t know anything about translators, coverage areas, HD radio, or Clear Channel until recently. But when questionable material starts coming out of the radio you thought you were supporting for church coverage, it’s a pretty big wakeup call. Let’s just hope it’s not the beginning of a nightmare.
—Rev Jim

The Days the Music Died

Following is an exchange one of our correspondents, author Gwen Fortune, had with “DT” about the state of music in general and NPR in particular:

Gwen:
Thanks, I know NPR affiliation is no guarantee of decent music. Some PBS affiliates do better, but by no means most. There is much PRM and APM programming that is of the highest quality, and a good bit of NPR programming is very good, but the NPR corporate attitude is the pits.

I have told you that at one time I contributed significant sums to WCQS, our local NPR affiliate. Then NPR’s programming changed, not so subtly. There arouse a frequent need for a mute button, and I would often forget to unmute.

When the morning magazine program began to use nasty rock in the interstices in the early AM, and the “music” reviews were nearly always rock, I complained. I wrote many letters with no response from WCQS and only boiler plate from NPR and the person they jokingly call an “Ombudsman.”  I won’t dignify their response to my letters as an “exchange.”

I turned NPR off in my house, permanently, and I stopped contributing. I will not contribute to a station that makes it necessary to carry a remote with a mute button. I record TV and use fast forward through the nasty segments, but I only pay the cable company for that.

Congress wants to defund them. I will not write Congress about that either. I do occasionally write to NPR to remind them of the situation and why they aren’t getting the hundreds of dollars a year I used to contribute. That money goes to my orchestras and local charities now.

Talk about beating a dead horse. I’m almost sorry about the diatribe…
Love
DT

D:
Our experiences with NPR are hand-in-glove. No diatribe. You’re entitled. This is called freedom. Without choice there is no freedom. We have ever decreasing choices.

In the Chapel Hill area I was part of a community group that met with the Ombudsman. A joke. UNC killed all Classical and Jazz  They prefer the banal, non-musical rock-rap  contemporary “pop” because the generation now in power has no cultural continuity.  There God is “the demographic,” kids with even less exposure to anything of quality than they have.

When I moved to Gainesville the station here had seven and one-half hours of classical music weekdays,  carried the Met and other good music. The UF president took control, and it has been downhill for more than two years. I was, again, part of the protest group. We picketed three or four times in front of the Journalism Building — home of the station — and The Alumni Hall where a high-level meeting was to be held. Most of the dignitaries entered by alternate doors, to avoid us.

I have totally given up on this society. A friend accused me of hating the US. I hate the ignorance that has always been a part of any culture — but the rapid “dumbing-down” under the guise and control of Corporate is the social equivalence of an earthquake-tsunami combination, nation-wide.

I left Chicago at the time NPR was forcing its corporate model on WFMT. Citizens bought the station — $$$$ — and it still offers high quality music and commentary. It is on my desktop, playing right now. Just announced a summer festival in Chitown. Watts and the CSO are included. Listening, now, to glorious music of Jonas Kaufman, from “Verissimo.” Oh, how I miss that place.

I wonder what the world will be like for the youth who are continuing the “School music” tradition. UF has excellent music students, and I am sure there are many others in the nation — but their survival is problematic, given sports and BUSINESS.

My seven-year-old granddaughter is in her third year of violin, and loves it. The four-year-old begins this fall, so they can play together, they say. Kids like this are being fed to the barracuda. For shame.

Yes, it is sad.
Love,
Gwen

Collegiate Claptrap

The suits are wildly spinning for ‘GBH in Boston, in wake of the takeover of the student station at Bryant University. Bean counters at Bryant — acting the good industrialist as ‘GBH honchos did in busting up their union — have now begun to put that most favorable light on this latest acquisition, to wit: “Bryant partnership with WGBH provides new tech platforms for student radio station.” This is akin to saying “layoffs create whole new world to experience in unemployment.” The word from Boston is equally giddy in its assessment of the move, which will consign student radio to the purgatory of HD radio and online:

“We are absolutely delighted to be returning to an area with so much vibrant cultural activity, and look forward to sharing it with the rest of the region,” said Benjamin Roe, WGBH managing director for classical services, in a press release.

In related news, doings at WDUQ hit the national radar in Tom Taylor’s newsletter, here:

The feared mass layoff at Pittsburgh’s WDUQ (90.5) is happening, as one poster on the Pittsburgh Board at Radio-Info.com said it would. The new Essential Public Media is buying WDUQ for $6 million and initiating an LMA on July 1. The Post-Gazette confirms that the current staff, more than 20 fulltimers and parttimers, got termination notices. Now the question is — will Essential Public Media re-hire any of them? It’s still going to be doing a limited amount of jazz, as it re-formats to mostly news and talk. The paper’s Adrian McCoy says the buyer is retaining director of development Fred Serino and business manager Vicky Rumpf for the LMA period.

DUQ has been absorbed into the NPR borg, thanks in large part to the machinations (double-dealing, some would say) of Public Radio Capital in its freshlly minted Public Media Co. — a move that slices the hours of jazz programming from 100 to 6, as noted in this blog:

If the online outcry is any indication, there will be a lengthy period of discord over the manner in which the removal of jazz from these free public airwaves is being accomplished. Those who have been most vocal have said that a healthy compromise somewhere between the 100 hours of jazz being aired on 90.5 now, and the 6 that is currently planned for, would be fine with them. Their plea does not appear to be intractable, even in spite of an effort to boycott membership in both stations. Why does WYEP’s silence in response seem that way?…

From the sound of the rhetoric, the management of WYEP has made up its mind, and is not inclined to listen to the pleas of jazz fans around the area to keep more of this music on analog FM. The deaf ear they appear to have turned to the complaints is not in keeping with a community media resource, and has fueled too much speculation along with the bad feelings.

Perhaps they just think that the spectrum is too valuable to continue to commit so much airtime to what they may perceive as a “niche” audience. If that’s the case, their approach is antithetical to their origins. Perhaps they have truly forgotten from whence they came. Too bad.

As this post in March on the Bloomberg Businessweek site, “Making Public Radio a Little More Private,”  notes, the pace for acquisition of the cherry student stations has accelerated in response to perceived threats to federal funding:

Some media executives in Pasadena, Calif., think they may be able to save public radio by making it less public. They’re using business tactics rarely employed in the tame world of local public radio to create a megastation they hope will one day beam its signal from Santa Barbara to San Diego. By building a mini-empire of local stations, they say they’ll be able to better distribute the fixed costs of radio broadcasting and draw on a much larger audience for the donations and corporate sponsorships that could keep them afloat if government funding dries up.

Those plans are taking shape in the $25 million, one-year-old studios of KPCC, the flagship station for Southern California Public Radio. SCPR already owns or operates three stations and is on the hunt for more.

The Southern Cal group, which snapped up beloved station KUSF in San Francisco in its quest to go more corporate, is not shy about its goals:

SCPR’s stations currently reach 14 million listeners, but the board hopes to nearly double that, to 25 million. “If we can buy a station, we will,” says Crawford. “Where we can’t, we’ll build translators to boost our signal. This is a new business model for public radio.”

I’m Sorry. I Can’t Do That, Bob

Despite the underhanded sale of Vanderbilt station WRVU by the suits at VSC, the battle seems far from over. Here is the latest release from the trenches:

Supporters of WRVU,

Despite the strange sounds emanating from 91.1 FM Nashville . . . WRVU-FM is NOT DEAD YET!!!

Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC) has entered a lease-purchase agreement with WPLN 90.5 FM Nashville, a National Public Radio affiliate. In May of 2011, the VSC administration filed paperwork with the FCC to change the call letters from WRVU to WFCL. As you may know, this change became official on June 1, 2011. WRVU DJs did not become aware of this change until June 6, 2011.

For six days, the WRVU DJs announced the improper legal I.D. It was a serious failure on the part of the VSC that the students were not made aware of the call letter change.

Although talks of a frequency sale have been going on for months now, the VSC effectively lied to the students of WRVU assuring them that no sale was imminent and that no major decisions were being made concerning the frequency sale.

When the call letter change was brought to the attention of the WRVU Friends & Family by Kodi McKinney, a reporter from CMJ, General Manager Robert Ackley approached the VSC for more information. After some delay, the VSC finally admitted that it had reached an agreement with WPLN.

On Tuesday, June 7th, WRVU sang out loud and clear. Don Troop, reporter from the Chronicle of Higher Education, listened from afar.  Of Pete Wilson’s final show he said, “It was a playlist for the End of Times.”

Those of you who listened heard Pete say several times during his program that the station would be shutdown at 2:30 for some regular station maintenance. “Not to worry” Pete told his worried listeners, “we will be right back On the Air.”  Pete left the station and just a few hours later the DJs realized they were locked out of the station.

DJs are currently unable to access the station or the online stream. According to VSC Chair Mark Wollaeger, “Angry, Frustrated people and open mics over the airwaves is a Volatile, Dangerous mixture.”

Reactions to WRVU Sale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnMiYlSL-ck

Therefore, if you are attempting to listen to WRVU via Streaming audio or the WRVU app, you are picking the automated DJ the students refer to as DJ HAL.

HAL Wont Open the Pod Bay Door
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkyUMmNl4hk

The student DJs will not be allowed back on the stream until the fall.

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THE DEAL

According to the Tennessean, WPLN has 18 months to come up with 3.35 million dollars. WLPN intends to run a pledge drive to raise these funds. WPLN aired an audio report by Kim Green on June 9th that referenced WPLN President Rob Gordon,

“Gordon says . . . WPLN can’t just write a 3.3 million dollar check to purchase WRVU. The station’s making a down payment and planning a capital campaign to pay off the balance in the next eighteen months. During that time WPLN will apply for an FCC license transfer.”

WRVU Sale Creates Static
http://wpln.org/?p=27797

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THE HOPE

Provided WPLN can actually raise the 3.35 million to purchase 91.1 FM, they will have to apply propose the license transfer to the FCC.  At this point, the public will have 30 days to formally object to the transfer. We, at the WRVU Friends & Family intend to fight this transfer every step of the way!!! We are up against a formidable enemy but we with your help we are strong too. The time is NOW to STAND UP for your frequency!

The VSC has been secretive, underhanded, and dirty throughout this game and now they have hung us out to dry.  WRVU 91.1 FM belongs to YOU, the DJs of WRVU and the students of Vanderbilt University.   FIGHT FOR IT, it is NOT too LATE to get it back!!!

Keep up the letter writing. ZEPPOS and the BOARD OF TRUST are RESPONSIBLE for EVERYTHING that happens at VU. Do not let them get out of this mess unscathed.

http://www.nolo.tv/wrvu/whotolobby/

Keep up the pressure and put your money where your mouth is . . . Let Vanderbilt know this will effect your giving. Promise to donate generously if WRVU is saved, promise to pledge nothing if it is not.

The same tactic might be used at WPLN~

Rob Gordon, President and General Manager
Nashville Public Radio
630 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 760-2020 x222

http://wpln.org/

GET VOCAL WRVU!!! Let WPLN and Vanderbilt University know that this frequency sale is a terrible idea that has spun out of control. DEMAND that they retract the agreement and PROVE that WRVU can arise from the ashes.

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