I have spoken to current Music Director Victor Clarke, and he has agreed to step up and assume the role of General Manager for the rest of the year. I have supreme confidence in his abilities and temperament, and I know he will make an excellent leader. I highly recommend him as my replacement, and while the VSC board makes the final decision, I am confident that they will agree.
Not sure why Taylor is "confident" the board will agree with him on anything, seeing how they have done what they wanted to do, including upholding their decision on the community DJ cap he refers to in the first place. So what's the takeaway here?
1. The general manager of WRVU, Mikil Taylor, is stepping down.
2. Taylor has named his replacement, Victor Clarke, who, at least according to a LinkedIn page with his name, is an intern in the music department at Comcast Entertainment Group.
3. Some people think it might constitute a conflict of interest to have someone who works at a for-profit broadcast company also working as general manager of a nonprofit radio station.
4. That's a reasonable concern.
5. Then again, if it's an unpaid internship, maybe that's no big deal.
6. In any case, the VSC board meets on Nov. 3 and could confirm Clarke as the new G.M. then.
7. In a follow-up, Taylor says, "I will absolutely continue to be involved in WRVU, and making sure that we can stay on the airwaves in Nashville."
8. I forget what 8 was for.
9. The question remains whether a changing of the guard at WRVU will make any difference in the board's decision to sell or not to sell the broadcast license.
10. Ongoing info at savewrvu.org.