WRVU Alumni Speaks Up

WRVU Alumnus Justin Walsh organized a group of WRVU alumni to draft a letter to VSC Chairperson Professor Mark Wollaeger which has been copied to the Chancellor, Dean of Students, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Alumni Relations, Board of Trust Chair, WRVU General Manager and VSC Advisor. The 25 alumni who signed on date back to the 70s and reflect over 130 years of collective experience.

Please read the letter as a PDF.

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4 Responses to WRVU Alumni Speaks Up

  1. Stephen kaludis says:

    I will gladly lend my name to this thoughtful, well written correspondence.

  2. Stephen kaludis says:

    FYI, DJ ’81 to 85, Sports director/Training director 82-84, GM Spring ’85!

  3. Steve Womack says:

    Keep Wrvu on the air!

    As station manager of Wrvu from 1972-73 and a staff member from 1969, I had the honor of being the first voice heard on 91.1 when the station first signed on at 10:30 AM December 3, 1971. The fall semester of 1971 we literally could not be heard anywhere as we waited for the final approval of our broadcast license as we had sold our carrier current equipment that hard wired us into the dorms to Fisk that summer to start WFSK.

    I can tell you one thing, the difference between broadcasting on carrier current or like we did for those 3 months in 1971, just playing in our “electronic sandbox”, and broadcasting over the air is like night and day.

    Broadcasting is public service to a community. Now I understand that the very nature of communication is vastly different today with internet stations all over the web. That is exactly the point. Broadcasting and internet are different forms of communication and it is extremely short sighted for the Vanderbilt Student Communications Board not to recognize that.

    I wonder if they have discussed the savings they could realize by no longer publishing The Hustler or The Commodore and having them available only on-line.

    Universities like Vanderbilt are driven by a print bias that filters into all aspects of the school. Electronic forms are backed up with a printed permanent copy, sources sited in papers or published books are deemed more reliable than internet sites, The Hustler is considered the crown jewel of the Vanderbilt media and WRVU has never been understood by the academic heads of the University since they seldom if ever listen to it since broadcasting is a foreign concept to them.

    Don’t let them sell WRVU’s broadcast license. Let the broadcasts be available on the web and have the best of both worlds. Print is the medium that is dying, not broadcasting. After all I read this story on-line from Macon, GA having only seen The Nashville City Paper one time in print.

    Steve Womack
    Station Manager 1972-73

  4. Ashley Crownover says:

    What an incredible letter. Thank you all so much.

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