Below is excerpts from a letter to the editor published in InsideVandy on February 16. This articulate alumnus uses words like ‘dumbfounded’ to describe his reaction to VSC’s decision to pursue an on-air license sale of WRVU. (We at SaveWRVU think that ‘Dumbfounded’ can also apply to Vanderbilt’s toleration of this proposal – one that has succeeded in doing little else other than infuriate alumni, students, and surrounding community.)
This letter nicely summarizes what, I suspect crosses the mind of 1000s of alumni when they learn of the WRVU license sale, “Vanderbilt/VSC, What are You Thinking!?!” Note that this letter follows off of the heals of letter submitted by dozens of undersigned students and faculty of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.
As a Vanderbilt alum (BS ’94) and as someone who works in the communications industry, I am deeply distressed to learn of the pending closure/“migration” of WRVU from the airwaves.
My time as a student DJ for WRVU was one of the seminal moments that helped define my professional career. I am thoroughly dumbfounded as to why such a wealthy and prominent university as Vanderbilt would deny a similar experience to future generations of students.
Perhaps even more significant for me were the friendships that I formed with my radio colleagues, which would not have happened otherwise. [...]
So, in conclusion, I promise to donate money to the University of Massachusetts before I ever send a check to Vanderbilt: they have a great Cuban music show on their radio station. But I guess you’d expect that from a mediocre state school in the Northeast.
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