Monday, February 21, 2011

Could WRVU Be Saved by an Endowment, or a Purchase by Vanderbilt?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Interesting weekend for WRVU watchers: Orbis, Vanderbilt's progressive-leaning publication, published an article on the possible sale of the station's broadcast license, which includes this intriguing passage:

Director of Student Media Chris Carroll argues that the VSC board worked to exhaust all other options before making the possible sale public — and that even now, they are treading carefully.

"They reached the conclusion at the end of the year that having a public discussion about it to invite all kinds of information would be the wise thing to do," Carroll said.

There was also hope that announcing the possible sale would inspire a large endowment donation, or even inspire Vanderbilt to purchase the radio station, Carroll said. [Emphasis mine.]

That's an interesting wrinkle — as I reported in my City Limits piece in this week's paper, Chancellor Zeppos' office has said, "The university views this as a matter for the board and will not intervene in the process or the decision." Now it would seem that VSC would at least entertain the idea of the university's input, at least if it came in the form of cash. Stay tuned, and if you've got any wealthy terrestrial radio-loving friends or relatives, maybe give them a ring.

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