WRVU Friends and Family filed a Petition to Deny Vanderbilt University’s WFCL-FM license renewal (it was WRVU until 6/1/11) in Nashville. WFCL is licensed to Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC), reports RadioSurvivor.com.
More from The Radio Survivor story:
“In June, 2011, WRVU DJs and volunteers were told that the station would be sold to Nashville Public Radio for use as a classical public radio station within its WPLN network. Soon after, an operating agreement went into effect and VSC is continuing to rent airtime to Nashville Public Radio over WRVU’s (now WFCL) 91.1 FM signal. Nashville Public Radio currently operates WFCL under Classical 91 One.
“Supporters of the old college radio station WRVU have rallied under the non-profit organization WRVU Friends and Family and have been arguing against the sale since last year. Although the terrestrial signal is being utilized by Nashville Public Radio, students at Vanderbilt are continuing to operate the online-only radio station WRVU.org.
In March, VSC submitted its application to renew the license for the former WRVU. The license is set to expire on August 1, 2012.
According to a statement by WRVU Friends and Family: ‘WRVUFF’s petition insists that the FCC hold Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC) accountable for VSC’s ultra vires actions (actions in excess of legal authority) in initiating the sale agreement with WPLN. The petition implores the FCC to take seriously its legal obligation to consider the public interest when making a license renewal determination. It also demonstrates that recent actions by VSC compel a finding that renewal, at this time, is not in the public interest’.
The Petition to Deny points out that when Vanderbilt Student Communications was incorporated in 1967, it made clear that it was founded for ‘the purpose of the operation, publication and dissemination of student communication media at Vanderbilt University…’
A Bylaws Appendix from 2002 further adds that, ‘Critical to all facets of the VSC mission is, above all, the preservation of a core set of student media outlets…’”
RBR-TVBR observation: Nashville Public Radio doesn’t need two full-power FMs. All too many times college radio stations have sold to the NPR affiliate machine. Some markets end up with two, three and four NPR-affiliated stations receivable in the area that play nothing but news, talk classical and maybe jazz (there are fantastic exceptions, of course, like KCRW-FM LA). It has decimated variety on the dial in many cities. Students aren’t behind the mic and listeners no longer get music discovery over FM. This is clearly not why WRVU was founded and is in violation of the bylaws. The phenomenon is one of the reasons—market after market—that younger demos have resorted to the internet to get access to varied and new music.