Below is a small sampling of the letters that students, community members, and alumni have sent on behalf of WRVU to prevent the disastrous proposal to sell the on-air license as proposed by the VSC. These are letters that have been directed to the Vanderbilt Chancellor and to the VSC. It is staggering how many points of view can converge on one goal – SAVE WRVU!

Continue to send your letters and emails to the VSC and Vanderbilt. See ‘Home’ or ‘HOW I CAN HELP’ for more info. 


12 Responses to | YOUR VOICE |

  1. Jake says:
    Why would a university as well funded as Vandy consider selling an asset like WRVU? This is one of the Features of Vanderbilt that keep outsiders paying attention to Vandy. This community service is FANTASTIC. It is one of the only outlets for music that is not controlled by a media giant which allows for a much wider variety of programming. It is the ONLY place in Music City to hear some music and would be a terrible loss to future generations of Nashvillians.
  2. Be sure to check out this Post from Keep Public Radio Public. It is worth checking out for the picture alone. Genius!


  3. Brian says:
    I moved (or was moved) to middle Tn in 1988. I was turned onto WRVU in 1989 when I was in high school. I was into all kinds of different music and the radio stations here were LAME. Let’s see…there was country, oldies, country, “classic” rock, country, pop and uh….oh yeah…MORE COUNTRY! Once I found out about WRVU and all the different “shows” that were on there, I was thrilled that I found my saving grace! Listening to WRVU was not only pleasurable, but educational. As with many college stations, the dj’s are able and willing to play a variety of music unlike the mainstream channels who play the same boring song list day after day. My current library of music was nurtured by listening to a certain song, calling in to find out who it was, then going out and finding said artist. I still listen everyday to WRVU. I can’t STAND any other channel in the Nashville listening area. If it’s not on WRVU, it’s a cd or OFF.
    I learned me some drums and joined rock and roll bands some years ago and WRVU is the ONLY station worth a foot that is willing to give local bands airplay. Which turns new people onto your music and creates a fan-base and gets them out to see you at a venue.
    I’m sure the people responsible for wanting to sell AND buy couldn’t care less about all that is being said about how great WRVU was and IS. The bottom line is always money.
    This contributor said it best:
    “If it were shut down local musicians would be deprived of a key source of inspiration and potential airplay that commercial radio won’t provide, and the Nashville music scene will inevitably suffer for it.”
  4. SAVE WRVU FM 91.1!!!!! I’ve been listening loyally since 1987. WRVU IS the gr8est University station in all of our nation!!!!! I contend that NO ONE, BAR NONE, listens to the mighty WRVU than I!!!!!
  5. MORE than I ….. WFW
  6. philip horan says:
    I am fairly new to Nashville, 4 years. I have always been a music fan, enjoying every genre, style,language there is not much I would not listen to at least a few times. My point is that this is truly a unique situation the school has in its lap and is being auctioned off. I realize the economics are true, we are all under the gun to move away from extras that are not as profitable. I am a small business owner, times are tough. My feeling is that first of all these kids are paying a very expensive tuition, and they are probably exposed to one of the greatest education opportunities in the U.S.. Should not the communications majors, music business majors etc. have the same opportunities as the other major areas of study? Why not tie different schools of study and allow the students to see how Nashville can teach it young as the country music industry does. Creative accounting can solve many a problem in an organization your size. DOES NO ONE CARE YOU WILL LOSE STUDENTS AT $60.000/YR
  7. Ralph James says:
    What does Jim Hayes look like? Please where can we see his picture and the rest of the VSC board?
    For information in regard to VSC, the VSC Board of Directors, and VSC Staff Please see:

    VSC Board of Directors and full time VSC Staff

  8. Norma Zopf says:
    This is very interesting because it is a similar story to my favourite radio station in Alberta, Canada. It is called CKUA, and started out as a university, government sponsored station 90 years ago. As the years went on, the government pulled out, and the station in order to continue to function and retain its unique place in the listeners lives, was forced to go ‘public’. That was 10 years ago. They do it by having fundraisers twice a year, similar to PBS TV; they have regular subscrivers, or they have programmes that can be sponsored. The station was commercial free until the last 3 years, when they had to bend themselves a bit by offering up tasteful, unintrusive and meaningful commercial sponsors. Please take a minute to visit the online version to get a history of how this came about and how this little station has managed to survive and thrive; all in the name of preservation of musical integrity and individualized programming suitable to the community and our province, without selling their souls to the huge corporate giants.
    Go to CKUA.com where you can learn how they do volunteer pledge drives, and have a listen to the music.
    Perhaps this could help your little station continue to stay alive solely through the support of its loyal listeners. Good Luck
  9. Samantha says:
    Please save WRVU!
    I object to the sale of this station. I am an avid listener of WRVU. I love the music, the shows, the community of young adults and music connoisseurs. I love how down to earth it is, and the genuineness of the hosts.
    The community service is unparalleled. Because it isn’t controlled by a media giant, it’s one of the only outlets for music which permits a much wider array of broadcasting. The station offers unique, cultural, one of a kind, music. Everything from rock, to punk, to hip-hop, classical, alternative, pop, blues, folk, country; even cultural music in different languages.
    WRVU is one of Vandy’s greatest assets. It would be an unfortunate and horrible loss to students, parents, kids, young adults and the Nashville community in general if this station was sold.
    Please save WRVU!
  10. Cierra L. L. says:
    I truly think this radio station is a big part of Vanderbilt’s history and student media society! We have enough money to keep it, so why take away something so important to so many generations of our students? I’ll be a graduate of 2014 and I can see how great it is for those involved and the faithful listeners. People have worked too hard to put WRVU together in the great state it’s in today for it to just be destroyed.
  11. Deborah Deckner-Davis says:
    My response to Vanderbilt’s ill-time e-mail request for money this moring -cc’d to the board of trust and Zeppos
    I would like to officially state that based on how the university has
    handled the closing of 91.1, I have NO intention of ever donating to
    Vanderbilt again. I think the actions of the VSC were completely
    counter to the educational mission of the institution and served to
    disenfranchise students, who should be learning to develop an
    autonomous voice. I also think that Chancellor Zeppos’ refusal to
    admit that the actions of the VSC were a Vanderbilt issue was
    completely disingenuous and again completely counter to setting an
    example for how young adults should conduct themselves.
    Deborah D.
    [personal info removed]
  12. Mark says:
    By the way, according to Wikipedia, did you know your station was sold due to “poor student participation”? Everything else I’ve read never mentions “poor student participation” but highlights a surreptitiousness a malice of forethought. The Wikipedia listing for WFCL gives the following description… “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.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFCL
    Offering area listeners a choice of formats by eliminating a longtime independent college radio voice?

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