91.1 FM – ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Today, June 7th, 2012 marks ONE YEAR since Vanderbilt University’s beloved radio station WRVU 91.1 FM Nashville was abruptly silenced by Nashville Public Radio.

58 years of student broadcasting came to a sudden halt 2:45 PM CST when DJ Pete Wilson of Nashville Jumps was shuffled off the air by WPLN Engineer Carl Peterson for what he, and the other WRVU DJs, believed was “routine maintenance” on the transmitter. It would not be long, however, until the students were locked out of the studios and DJ HAL (the automated playlist) took over the airwaves for what would be the few remaining hours of 91 Rock.

At midnight June 8th, 2012, a classical music feed provided by Nashville Public Radio pushed its way onto the airwaves and Music City has not been the same since. In one final strike, a yearlong battle to save this cultural has historical landmark was silenced by a wall of smoke and mirrors while the students were far away from Nashville.

Today is a bittersweet celebration as we lament the current condition of 91.1 FM but celebrate the fact that THE SALE IS FAR from over. In a legal sense, it hasn’t even begun. While a contract to purchase the station has been made & VSC is currently leasing the frequency to Nashville Public Radio, 91.1 FM STILL BELONGS TO VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY.

SO WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Regardless of what you have been led to believe, no WRVU license transfer can occur without the above being successfully completed.

1. WPLN must raise $3.35 Million Dollars from its members & supporters. (JUST SAY “NO!”)

2. The Vanderbilt Board of Trust must approve of the sale of “Substantially All” the nonprofit assets of Vanderbilt Student Communications.

3. The Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr. must believe this sale and the conduct of the VSC serves the public interest.

4. The FCC must approve Transfer of Control from Vanderbilt to NPR.

We have many reasons to believe these things will not happen. As such, we have retained communications attorney’s Michael Couzens and Alan Korn to represent our case. We are confidant in their abilities as they have already done a fine job fighting for KUSF at the University of San Francisco. This is a national college radio crisis.

“The Wheels of Justice grind slowly, but exceedingly fine” has become our mantra.

This battle is only beginning & we are so thankful that all of you have kept the faith for so long. In the current edition of the Nashville Scene you will find the latest update on the situation by Music Editor Steve Harush.

Read article HERE

TAKE ACTION TODAY: TELL VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY AND NASHVILLE PUBLIC RADIO (WPLN) WHY YOU HAVE SUSPENDED YOUR GIFTS TO THEIR ORGANIZATIONS & WHY THEY SHOULD RETURN 91.1 FM TO THE STUDENTS WHO BUILT IT NEARLY 60 YEARS AGO.

Keep up the letter writing. VANDERBILT CHANCELLOR ZEPPOS and VANDERBILT BOARD OF TRUST are RESPONSIBLE for EVERYTHING that happens at VU.


Email: nicholas.s.zeppos@Vanderbilt.Edu

* Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor
* Vanderbilt University
* 211 Kirkland Hall
* Nashville, TN 37240
* (615) 322-1813

Vanderbilt University Board of Trust

* Office of the Board of Trust
* Vanderbilt University
* 305 Kirkland Hall
* Nashville, TN 37240

The same tactic might be used at WPLN and WPLN President Rob Gordon…

Email: rgordon@wpln.org

* Rob Gordon, President
* Nashville Public Radio/WPLN
* 630 Mainstream Drive
* Nashville, TN 37228
* (615) 322-1813

IN FACT, why don’t we FLOOD these guys with calls??? !!!

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Contribute to the WRVU Friend and Family Fund. Donate. Get friends and family to donate. Go HERE to donate.

*All donations to the WRVU Friends & Family, a 501©3 organization, are 100% tax deductable to the extent allowed by law.
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We want to keep WRVU 91.1 FM on the radio.
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