Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC), the entity created by Vanderbilt to facilitate all Vanderbilt University student media (tv, newspaper, radio, etc) made an announcement this past September 2010 that it would be “exploring the migration of radio station WRVU to exclusively online programming and the sale of its broadcast license”. This sale, as proposed would mark the end of WRVU – a Music City treasure and a vital perfectly healthy student founded and student run organization.

From pirate radio to 14,500 watts of FM power, Vanderbilt University students quite literally built WRVU 91.1 FM from the ground up and made it the cultural treasure to the Vanderbilt student body and the greater Nashville community it is today. Motivated only by a love of radio and a desire to connect with the greater Nashville community, Vanderbilt students of all schools, backgrounds, and disciplines have come together as volunteer DJs, engineers, and staff members at WRVU Nashville. Since its beginning nearly 60 years ago, students have worked around the clock to keep “The Student Voice of Vanderbilt University” On The Air. And until now, they have done so with very little interference from the Administration or the board of the Vanderbilt Student Communications.

The proposed on-air license sale would erase the 60 year combined work of 1000’s of students and community members…

A more complete history of WRVU HERE.

The immediate goal is to prevent the ill-conceived on-air license sale and to ensure that all decisions in regard to WRVU’s future is made by the affected students and not by an over-stepping board or administration.

* To sustain and enhance opportunities in on-air radio broadcasting for Vanderbilt University students and the Vanderbilt University community
* To provide quality radio programming for Vanderbilt University and its surrounding region
* To appreciate and protect the legacy of radio broadcasting, engineering, and pioneering at Vanderbilt University
* To preserve for the future WRVU’s educational mission of providing a laboratory where students can interact with an audience through the medium of broadcast radio and manage the day-to-day operations of an FCC licensed radio station
* To provide guidance to Vanderbilt Student Communications in order to ensure the highest quality stewardship of WRVU. 

The top line of menu items above contain an immense amount of information to make you a veritable expert on all things related to the proposed license sale – the players, the related events, and the status. Start with reading the ‘ F A Q ‘ and then to ‘TIMELINE‘ to become up to speed. Then we highly recommend reading in chronological order the excellent press that this matter has received that is linked in ‘MEDIA COVERAGE‘ where you will find a great overview and excellent analysis (and far better writing!) Chime in with your ideas and thoughts in the ‘LATEST NEW/RELATED‘ section to recent update posts and for general comments hit the ‘Your Comments‘. There is a lot here so be sure to make repeat visits!


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  1. Eloise Orbin says:
    Don’t sell this station!!! It has been a saving grace for me and many thousands of others. Ridding the airwaves of this amazing resource is shameful. I can’t express to you enough how this would deplete the artistic value of your school and this great “Music City”. Please reconsider this choice to sell the station, let the people speak and be heard. Let there be creative funding if necessary, there has to be an alternative to selling out. Please don’t do this, I am begging along with all the many others, PLEASE DON’T SELL IT!!!!
  2. Richard Dabney says:
    During the 1990’s I discovered WRVU while visiting Nashville and was so impressed by its awesome variety of cool alternative rock that I installed an outdoor antenna for the station on my house near Huntsville Alabama and became a regular listener. In 2005 I quit my day job there and now operate two independent rock stations in Colorado and Nebraska. WRVU showed me how radio could be a creative outlet for innovative music, unlike the Top-40 jukeboxes the local commercial stations had become. 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.
  3. Grace Mason says:
    This is the one radio station that plays the interesting variety of music I truly enjoy. Selling the station would deprive me and countless others of a much needed public outlet for artistic expression. I cannot express how much this station is valued, and it would be a terrible shame to see such a great source of entertainment dissolved!

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