Monday, June 6, 2011

WRVU Broadcast License May Have Already Been Sold [Updated]

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

CMJ reports that WRVU's broadcast license may have been sold. According to this story posted by CMJ today, the frequency 91.1 FM in Nashville has been reassigned from WRVU to WFCL:

A search of the FCC’s database shows that Vanderbilt’s broadcasting license—91.1 FM Nashville, registered to Vanderbilt Student Communications Inc. (VSC)—is now assigned to the call letters WFCL. The change was made on June 1 and suggests that WRVU’s license may have been sold by the VSC. 91.1 FM Nashville was still broadcasting WRVU’s signal at press time, six days after the call letter change was enacted.

“This is all news to me,” Sharon Scott, interim president of support organization WRVU Friends And Family, said to CMJ of the registration change. “We haven’t heard a thing about this until now.” VSC president Chris Carroll said he was waiting to hear from an attorney that handled the FCC filings and declined to comment otherwise.

We at Nashville Cream are waiting for a response from the VSC board, and will update this post when and if we hear anything more.

Update: We have learned that the new station will apparently be WFCL, Classical 91 One, a new Nashville Public Radio station dedicated to classical music and the arts. More information and the official press release are here.

Perhaps no other issue has generated the volume of mail as the Scene has received expressing opposition to the sale of the WRVU license. Among others, Public Enemy's Chuck D spoke out in support of the station.

If you've been following the situation, you know that things have been in a bit of a holding pattern for a while now. The VSC board announced in September of 2010 that it was exploring "the migration of radio station WRVU to exclusively online programming and the sale of its broadcast license."

It would seem that exploration has led to the end of WRVU 91.1-FM as we have known it.


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