The traditional role of terrestrial radio is certainly changing in the modern digital world, but as Music City’s only major college radio station, as a centrally important home for non-mainstream music programming, and as one of the oldest FM stations in the area, WRVU is a cultural treasure with deep roots in Nashville’s music and business sectors, and a passionate listenership that extends far beyond the university.
Senior lecturer in Musicology and Ethnomusicology Michael Hime adds a postscript, which includes this plea:
Please don’t silence another indigenous voice or break another living link to our past. You will only rob your grandchildren of the chance to hear Vanderbilt…the real, honest Vanderbilt.
Where is the wisdom in this?
The letter is signed by 42 faculty and students. [WRVU]
* Local musicians — including Stacie Collins, The Worsties, The Cold Stares, The 5 Tones, The Ettes, Meant to Bleed, Icandy, Chris Hurt and Adalene — will take to the Exit/In stage on Thursday, Feb. 17, for a Save WRVU benefit show hosted by Big Poppa's Underground. Donation is $5, but the show is free for Vanderbilt students with school ID. Doors open at 7 p.m. [Exit/In]
* Speaking of local musicians showing their support for 91.1-FM, a Save WRVU Soundcloud page has posted a series of messages from local luminaries including Jason Ringenberg (head Scorcher aka Farmer Jason), How I Became the Bomb, Marshall Chapman, Bill Lloyd, and a musical tribute by the Waco Brothers, embedded below. [Soundcloud]