Ed's Fish and Pizza used to be open late. Maybe it still is. Mary's too. Mack's I will always miss.
I should also add to the above Swan Ball conversation, that somebody said, "I'll give more money to WPLN, if they buy WRVU and play classical 24/7."
In light of comments made about a conspiracy (for lack of a better word) between the Vanderbilt and WPLN boards, let me elaborate. Or perhaps state something that hit me after reading the comments (which I appreciate).
A few years ago, WPLN FM converted to an almost all news/talk format. Prior to that, you'd get your morning and afternoon NPR with plenty of classical music in between. Also around that time, WPLN started up the 1430 AM, which was also all news/talk when is was launched. (And still is).
I heard many complaints from the WPLN community that they were not happy with the classical music format being turned off.
I have a feeling these complaints were heard by the fund-raisers at WPLN. I also suspect, that regular donors (and some big-time donors) held back their financial gifts to WPLN.
I think WPLN head, Rob Gordon, then decided he needed a frequency which would be 24/7 classical to get these donors back into the giving game.
AM was not an option for him (because of hi-fi fidelity issues). So, he (and the WPLN board) began to look for frequencies in the public radio FM band.
Who did they find?
What happened next? WPLN folk made some outreach to Vanderbilt.
Since all these board-members are part of The Swan Ball crowd, a deal was eventually struck.
Somebody said, "I'll give more money to Vanderbilt, if Vanderbilt gives WRVU to WPLN."
Board members at Vanderbilt said, "Ok, let's make a deal."
Hence, WRVU became a pawn in the game.
And another example of the "elite" using a heavy hammer (filled with gold coins) to get what they wanted.
Jim Ridley posted a story below, about the recent death of Walk the West lead-singer, Paul Kirby.
While a DJ at WRVU in the mid '80s, I played the hell of the WTW. So did the staff.
When I set the needle down on that Walk The West vinyl, I knew it was being heard all over Davidson County by thousands of listeners.
I felt like I was part of the music and part of Walk the West.
Rest in peace, Paul.
And long live WRVU (That is what he would want).
I played Walk the West as a DJ on WRVU back in the mid '80s. I think we had a couple of their songs on a "cart" tape (held a single song and worked sort of like a square 8-track). The staff wore that thing out, as well as the vinyl.
The live show was always great. Paul always looked very cool in his broad-rimmed hat. He had "it."
I encountered him a few times at clubs or on the street. He was a kind and warm soul with an inner-edge. He was rock and roll.
The link below takes you to a story on Chris Carroll's involvement with shutting down college radio.
Is he a "hired gun" paid for by public radio? Many think so.
As much as I like public radio (NPR), they have been very aggressive in transferring college stations to their ownership. In my opinion, Chris Carroll is much like a union buster. He is HIRED to come in as an all around good guy, however, he ultimately reports to his real leaders.
In my opinion, it his HIS job to bust up college radio stations, see that they are sold with minimal media reporting, then move on. The Vanderbilt board is in cahoots with the board members of WPLN. Carroll is the "bitch" they have hired to do the dirty work. This has been a long-term process. The long term approach has made it much easier to bury this story. Read the link below, or Google "Chris Carroll College Radio" and you can see how subversive Carroll has been.
Nashville is a small town, getting bigger. At this point, the "powers that be" run in the same circles. Hell, go to any "black tie benefit" and you have been to them all. It's the same people. From Vanderbilt board members to WPLN board members, media people, developers, public relations people -- they are all part of the same clique. And they are all afraid to rock the boat. The fairgrounds supporters realized this and got together. They won at the ballot box. I think those who support WRVU need to get together in the same way. These outsiders are happy to ruin Nashville for their own benefit. It's time to speak your thoughts to neighbors and friends and get behind WRVU.
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