Bequest prevents layoffs in Tampa


Community-supported non-commercial WMNF-FM Tampa-St. Pete had announced plans to lay off three employees due to budget shortfalls. At the last minute, though, the station got a financial bailout.

“Our family is eternally grateful to the family of the late Rob Meyer. Rob, who lived in Clearwater, passed away on December 12, 2009. Rob loved the station as a volunteer, listener and supporter of many years. He so loved WMNF that he left a legacy gift to us that was significant enough to rescind the layoffs of beloved WMNF employees Lee ‘Flee’ Courtney, Linda ‘Lu’ Reisinger and Miss Julie Scheid,” the stations said on its website. “You will learn more about Rob Meyer in the coming weeks. But the life he lived breathed new life into your community station.”

According to local news reports, Meyer was killed in a motorcycle crash. He was 59.