If you have been following the events around WRVU over the past year or so, you know that the Chris Carroll-led Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC) is in the midst of a bald attempt to gut a Vanderbilt student-run organization, WRVU, by poaching-for-cash WRVU’s on-air license. This ‘reap-and-run’ selling of all of WRVU’s substantial assets, of course, is at the expense of the Vanderbilt students that the VSC is, by their own mission statement, charged to protect. [Apparently, the ‘Student’ in ‘Vanderbilt Student Communications’ is there for irony.] The greater Nashville “Music City” Community also stands to be robbed of a revered music institution.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY
WRVU Friends and Family is leading a sophisticated legal appeal directly to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the organization that administers the allotment of airwaves for public use. These recent petitions to the FCC spell out VSC’s failures in being a responsible steward of the WRVU on-air license. Due to VSC’s dubious handling of the on-air license, the VSC has no business selling it, and certainly has little grounds for justification of how the public can possibly be the benefactor of such a shameless cash-grab.
Here are the legal moves that have occurred in the past several weeks:
WRVU Friends and Family Issue Petition to Deny. See HERE. VSC Responds with Opposition Reply. See HERE. WRVU Friends and Family’s Reply to Opposition to Petition to Deny See HERE. Petition to Deny Assignment of WFCL (formally WRVU) License to Nashville Public Radio..
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The proposed sale of WRVU to WPLN is not serving anyone well, least of all Vanderbilt students and the Nashville Community. This sale can be stopped. That is why we need you to donate. Can you help bring WRVU back to the students and to Nashville? With your help, we can. If you think student/community radio is important, not just in Nashville, but everywhere, than you want to help save WRVU, if nothing else to send a signal to future vulture’s to say “Not so Fast!”. Please DONATE and get a beautiful hand-printed ‘bring WRVU back to its true glory’ memento as a reminder to your contribution to save WRVU!.
Vanderbilt’s student-run radio station WRVU 91.1 FM is in danger of permanently going off the air. The VSC, the board that claims ownership of WRVU has recently reached an agreement with WPLN, Nashville NPR affiliate, to sell the station’s broadcasting license. This sale would mean the loss of Nashville’s only major college radio station. Explore this site to learn more to get WRVU on the air!