TOADS AT PLAY
Carroll and Wollaeger
We at SaveWRVU received notice of the following entry placed on the WFCL Wikipedia page:
'From 1971 to June 7, 2011, the 91.1 FM frequency was occupied by
Vanderbilt University’s WRVU, a college radio station. The University’s
student communications division made the decision to sell the station
because of poor student participation and interest in WRVU. Nashville
Public Radio, which had long been exploring the possibility of making
WPLN-FM a full-time news and talk outlet, decided to purchase WRVU in
order to air the station’s classical music library, offering area
listeners a choice of formats.'
We all know that the two greasy toads largely responsible for the attempted dismantling of WRVU, Chris Carroll and Mark Wollaeger, are masters of playing fast and loose with the truth. This sort of wiki-nonsense has Carroll and Wollaeger written all over it and could be yet another example of the two toads attempting to whitewash the truth. The fact is, student interest in WRVU, at the time Wollaeger and Carroll decided to poach it for cash, had never been higher, with large student interest and an unprecedented large class of new trainees. Wollaeger was privy to these facts of high student interest at his announcement of the VSC’s decision to pursue offers to buy WRVU’s on-air license.
THE VSC TOAD SQUAD STRIKES
This will not come as a shocker to anyone, but the new-and-diluted WRVU has gone through the DJ selection process, which, and this will come to a real shocker to those who are used to the “transparency” of the VSC, that some former WRVU DJs most vocal about trying to protect WRVU from the ignominious sale, didn’t have their applications accepted and were unceremoniously iced out of the the mail listserve and the station. Explanations given by the VSC? None. Once again, the VSC strains to break the back of what once was (but will soon will be again!) venerable student (not adult toad) run organization. These VSC toads continue to bring shame and embarrassment to the ideals and educational mission of Vanderbilt University.
ARE THERE BIGGER FORCES AT PLAY?!?
A theory that is gaining traction is that there is an entity prowling out there that is systematically lopping off college radio stations for cash. Recent closures of numerous college radio stations like KUSF, KTRU, WDUQ, and others all bear the all-to similar fingerprints of a trained serial killer. That killer now has a name: Public Radio Capital (PRC). Members of PRC seem to mysteriously crop up in and around the decisions of nearly all college radio closures that have occurred over the past few years. Guess what? It appears that one of these PRC toads is involved in the closure of WRVU. William King of the PRC is a board member of WPLN, the buyer in agreement with the VSC to purchase WRVU’s on-air signal. The PRC seem to operate in much the same manner as a bottom feeding West Virgina coal strip mining company – The PRC take public beloved resources/institutions like college radio and concoct lucrative back-door deals, either as buyer, or, as facilitator, and secretively poach these public institutions for cash in such a way that the unsuspecting public is robbed and left with PRC desolation before anyone realizes what has happened. The PRC strip-mine public institutions like WRVU for cash.
A great in-depth report on the PRC, strip-miner of college radio, can be found HERE in the invaluable blog Keeping the Public in Public Radio. In the article, WRVU’s case is highlighted as being the latest in a string of ‘serial killings’.
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