Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ousted WRVU DJ Pete Wilson Speaks Out Against 'Micromanaging and Censoring' by VSC

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

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In a letter that appeared yesterday on InsideVandy, Pete Wilson — host of the excellent jump-blues show Nashville Jumps and also the last DJ to broadcast on WRVU at 91.1 FM — describes how he was removed from the station. In the letter (which we believe also appeared in print in the Hustler, but we've yet to confirm via hard copy), Wilson says that the station's format — now limited to online streaming or HD radio — isn't the only new thing about what CMJ once called "one of the nation's top college stations." Also new, Wilson says, "is the extent to which VSC is micromanaging and censoring WRVU." To wit:

Along with those of two long-standing “community” (non-Vanderbilt-affiliated) DJs, my application to do a show this fall was rejected by Student Media Adviser Chris Carroll (acting alone). When I discussed this with him, I was told he thought I’d be “toxic” at WRVU because I had often stated publicly that an online-only WRVU would be a poor substitute for an FM station and thus the sale was a bad idea. He claimed I would badmouth the station and poison student morale. (I’m an alumnus and a VU staff member. Before turning in show applications, we’d been told that VU-affiliated non-students’ applications would merely be “reviewed” by VSC and did not need “approval.”)

Further along, Wilson says, "It was also clear that Carroll was retaliating against me for opposing VSC."

When WRVU capped the number of community "non-affiliated" DJs two years ago — keep in mind here that Wilson is a VU alum and staffer — a commenter by the name of "Intern Lance" wondered "if WRFN will wind up as the winner of this situation." In this case, maybe they have: Nashville Jumps now appears on the Radio Free Nashville schedule on Saturday nights from 9-11 p.m. And hey, it's still one of the best radio shows around — no matter where it's beaming from.

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