Dude there were totally still cookies there when the counter-protesters arrived. I saw them with my own eyes.
I thought the "I got mine, screw you, that's how capitalism works" guy was a real Republican! I was like "props to him, that sign IS pretty funny."
"Troopers didn’t believe Meador was a reporter partly because 'he was dressed like most of the other protesters.'” Haha awesome. Most of the protesters were wearing jeans, coats and boots. It was like 35 degrees. Should he have been wearing a string bikini?
However, the alternative "Napolean" hypothesis is very intriguing. "Probably most on this board know little Napoleonic history" -- ZING! Guilty as charged!
"The two sides agreed to negotiate ways to accommodate the protesters while maintaining public safety at the Plaza." The only way to do this is for the police to enforce the law! The Occupation has rules against violence, drugs and other crimes, but we don't have the authority (or the guns) to kick troublemakers off the plaza. Law enforcement could cut safety issues on the plaza down to zero by having one officer on patrol, and responding promptly to 911 calls. Our tax money pays to keep public spaces safe, & if that's "babysitting," I would hate to think how much babysitting Lower Broadway requires on a Saturday night.
I agree that selling the license would be a very poor decision. I have only heard vague things about what good would come to the station from this sale -- what exactly is an "innovative media experience," after all? Whereas there's nothing vague about the privilege and excitement of being able to broadcast on the airwaves all over the city. The staff and DJs of other college stations would kill to have that. (Writing this as a WRVU DJ btw.) If we sell the station, we'd lose a big part of Nashville history, potentially lose a big chunk of our listenership, potentially stop gaining new listeners... and for what? So we can pay for publicity to try & win listeners back?
Having a wide range of listeners from all over Nashville is an important part of the learning experience for DJs. Having "real" listeners off campus increases the pressure to be professional and informative, to impress the listener with your musical knowledge and DJ skills. This opportunity to be a "real" DJ and broadcast to the world is something that, again, other college stations can't provide. I've volunteered at other stations that were online-only (or had tiny ranges), and that need for professionalism simply wasn't there -- most listeners would be other DJs or friends of the DJ. In those circumstances it's much more easier to goof off or feel that the whole station is a joke. We heard often during the "affiliated"/"non-affiliated" DJ debacle that the station's main purpose is to "train" undergrads & teach them about radio. If so, they'll learn much more & get more out of the experience by being on the air.
Also, it's my understanding that undergrad interest is way up this semester, and that we have 70 new people interested in training. I hope the board will listen with an open mind to the listener feedback they get.
This is really pretty cool. I hope he wins.
Really interesting interview. Those guys' mini-set at Grimey's yesterday was great, I really enjoyed it. I wish Cheetah Chrome would do show here in town more often!
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