TROLL-IN-CHIEF CARROLL LORDS OVER ‘NEW’ WRVU
Chris Carroll. Please. Go. Away.
CENSORSHIP BY PRIOR RESTRAINT
As noted earlier, Carroll and the Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC) – wholly deprived of representatives of WRVU – continues to have an overbearing role over what is now, in name only, a student run organization. Carroll has made it a career at Vanderbilt to wrest control of basic responsibilities out of student hands and, now, continues unabated, with a new string shameful deeds as the
neutered new WRVU starts its ‘reboot’ semester. The latest Carroll dictate is making sure that DJs, who rightly aired grievances with the recent deplorable actions of the VSC and its dishonest handling of the proposed sale of WRVU over the past year, be subjected to an unprecedented VSC ‘screening’ process. Troll-in-chief, Chris Carroll, unsurprisingly, is rejecting applications of DJs who have not proved sufficiently submissive through the recent Carroll-led attempts at poaching of WRVU to pay for Carroll and VSC ‘adult’ salary bloat.
A letter the editor from one such victim, a 10+ year WRVU DJ of a long-running highly popular show and current Vanderbilt Staff Member wrote the following:
VSC REVOKES VU STAFF MEMBER'S DJ PRIVILEGES
[...] my application to do a show this fall was rejected by Student
Media Adviser Chris Carroll (acting alone). When I discussed this with
him, I was told he thought I’d be 'toxic' at WRVU because I had often
stated publicly that an online-only WRVU would be a poor substitute for
an FM station and thus the sale was a bad idea. He claimed I would
badmouth the station and poison student morale. (I’m an alumnus and a
VU staff member. Before turning in show applications, we’d been told
that VU-affiliated non-students’ applications would merely
be 'reviewed' by VSC and did not need 'approval.')
I said that when I decided to do a show again, I determined to
do what I could to improve WRVU in its new form. Why would I sign up if
I wanted to sabotage WRVU? I promised not to 'editorialize' while working,
and suggested that at the first questionable syllable they could can me.
I pointed out that no WRVU staffer had expressed resentment of my
comments — we’d been on the same side. None of this made a difference. I
think Carroll just doesn’t want me to have any chance to state my
opinions publicly. This seems a clear example of censorship by
It was also clear that Carroll was retaliating against me
for opposing VSC. He claimed that giving me a show would be like
inviting someone to your house for dinner after he had insulted you.
Carroll said that he would rather run automation, which
currently fills much of the schedule, than give a show to someone
whom he sees as a potential troublemaker. This was not the will
of the station staff. General Manager Robert Ackley enthusiastically
invited my continued participation and that of the two other rejectees
(for whom I do not speak here, by the way). [...]
I believe Student Media Adviser Carroll is imposing his
will on the station for reasons of censorship and retaliation
(against me in this case). I feel I’ve been wronged, but I
write also because I think Carroll is behaving unethically to
disempower opposition to the license sale — which by the way
is not yet complete — and establish greater control over WRVU.
Once again VSC makes clear that the interests of WRVU and
its student staff are not a priority.
Does this mean students shouldn’t support WRVU? Of course not.
It’s more important now than ever. WRVU is still a golden
opportunity for students and a part of Nashville culture, whether
on the airwaves or not. Keep your eye out for ways to show your
support, and become a DJ yourself — it’s your right as a student,
and fun as hell. This is a crucial moment and you can be a
part of it.
Read full letter HERE. Related article in InsideVandy can be read HERE .
Note that this letter to the editor is posted on InsideVandy also under Carroll’s purview and unsurprisingly, readers have found it difficult to get their responses to show in the comments section. Hmmmmmmmm.
Better yet, it is advised to check out the excellent coverage provided by the Nashville Scene. They have a comments section that actually works! See Nashville Scene article HERE .
The real shocker is that this Troll overlord is operating unfettered, at the obvious expense of the students, with full complicity with the Vanderbilt administration, who ostensibly should be functioning on behalf of the students and keeping a check on these ‘adult’ trolls gone wild.
ARE THERE BIGGER FORCES AT PLAY?!?
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’.