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Dear Chancellor Zeppos: I'm writing to ask that you ensure that WRVU stays on the air as it has been

for so many decades in Nashville. I drive my two sons, 11 and 15, to and from school all the time. They like WRVU because it's different from any other radio station in town. On any given day, we might hear bluegrass, techno, or Gregorian chant. It's fantastic. We talk about all this music as we drive around town--I explain what Gregorian chant is, for example, and they talk me through dubstep. These conversations would not happen if WRVU existed only on the Internet. I grew up here listening to WRVU myself, so it's one of those tender motherhood things to see my two boys connecting with the station the way I did. WRVU is a one-of-a-kind treasure, floating in the air of Nashville, free and available to anybody who chances upon it. It pains me that Vanderbilt is willing to cash out this local institution. My suggestion: just leave it as is. It's no big deal in the grand scheme of what Vanderbilt is up to. But it's a HUGE deal to those who benefit from it. It's not just college students listening to WRVU, I promise. My kids are as upset as I am about the possible sale of the station's license. Many thanks for your attention. Sincerely, Ann Nashville, TN 37215

As a Vanderbilt Alumni, I would like to express my concern over then   news that WRVU might be sold. WRVU provided a unique addition to   my learning experience at Vanderbilt and I do think it would be a   detriment for Vanderbilt students and the Nashville community for it   to go off the air. WRVU provides a unique opportunity for students to communicate with   the surrounding community in a way that cannot be duplicated. It   helps Vanderbilt stay plugged­in with Nashville. I had many friends   with radio shows in my years as a student, and that was a very   important part of their way of expressing them­selves. Even after I   graduated and was a member of the local workforce, I enjoyed listening   to WRVU as it had the most unique and diverse types of music and   shows. When I am able, I still enjoy listening to it on the radio, and I   always look forward to my trips to Nashville & tuning my dial to 91.1. I hope what some people see as only   conservative institution will not limit opportunities for diverse   experiences for students and the community. I have seen the beautiful   student center, and it would not be the same without WRVU. Lisa Class of 1996

To whom it may concern: I don't know how to lead into this, so I'll just say it. I love radio. Steve Allen said it best when he stated that "Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless." If Radio really is the theatre of the mind, then WRVU is the Globe -- an institution. We would never dream of tearing down the Globe or changing it to make it "better". Why are you doing this to my station? This station has brought me more joy and discovery than any other form of aural or visual media. I love that I hear things on this station that I would not hear anywhere else. You have broadened my horizons. Please, I beg of you, stay on the air. My driving would not be the same without being able to listen to you in the car. I know this lone e-mail might not help, but I also know that I'm not the only one who feels this way. Please read and consider this. ~ Adrienne Nashville

To Whom It May Concern: Please keep WRVU on the FM dial instead of selling its broadcast license and switching it to an online-only station. I have already written one letter stating my support of WRVU, but I have joined the Save WRVU group on Facebook and wanted to explain more why I feel so strongly about preserving the station as it is. The work I did for WRVU helped prepare me for my current career as an online content writer and manager. The real-world experience with the media business and marketing in particular taught me how to apply my skills of writing and persuasion. Working for WRVU also improved my organizational abilities, as WRVU gave me the opportunity to help plan a benefit concert and a benefit rave. A radio station isn’t just about playing songs for one’s own amusement -- it’s also about growing an audience and building loyalty among listeners. (Full disclosure: I work in online advertising, so I get the importance of having a large and loyal audience!) Students won’t get that same amount of real-world experience if the station goes online-only. Sure, a few students will gain experience with streaming media, programming, networking and web design, and that’s important, but why not have both? That way, other students won’t miss out on the opportunity to plan events and run a business. Other Vanderbilt student groups offer those opportunities, but few of them offer those opportunities specifically in the media field, and not everyone is interested in working for newspapers. (It could be argued that newspapers will go the way of the dodo before radio, anyway.)

I respect the reasoning behind your investigation into whether or not WRVU should go online-only. It’s always important to evaluate the status quo and to find new efficiencies for your business model. That said, please keep in mind that WRVU is a valuable learning opportunity for students. I would also like to hear exactly where the money would go if you sell the license. As I said above, I work in online media on projects ranging from streaming video to websites to text messaging. So, if you do sell the license, I want to be reassured that the money is going to something that is truly cutting-edge and not just going to fund other VSC projects without asking them to make changes. Finally, if asked, I would donate to keep WRVU going. I have made alumni donations in the past and, if there were a fund set aside for WRVU, I’d flag my cash there. Sincerely, Caroline BA, ‘98 Content Writer, Mullen, Boston, MA

To whom it may concern: As a former DJ at WRVU in the early '90s (with occasional guest shows over the following decade), I know personally the educational advantages of having access to a live, FCC licensed FM radio station. I actually trained at a hometown FM station in high school, and so arrived at Vanderbilt with an FCC broadcast license in hand. Still, there was so much more to learn about running a station, programming, live feeds & remotes, transmitter diagnostics, engineering... The responsibilities of keeping a station on the air (whether or not your replacement shows up to relieve you), keeping listeners engaged, ensuring that what is played is suitable for the airwaves... It seems like a batch of trivial things, but for a lot of students this is the first real responsibility they've been given. It is also their first real-time forum to present themselves to a wide and unfiltered audience. Being able to do this under the umbrella of the University gives them the confidence to know they can screw up a little and still learn lots of skills in 4 years time. There's been a lot of talk about VSC selling the station license. I know some of you on the Board personally and I'll have to say I'm stunned at how those of you whom I know have failed to step up: instead of transparency the community has been stonewalled; instead of reasoned arguments we hear nonsense; instead of answering direct questions we get mostly silence. It is clear from media not controlled by VSC that the community in and around Vanderbilt, and the wider Nashville community are wholeheartedly against selling WRVU's radio license. I've known very few people to watch VTV -- it's never been a "real" television station. Even before journalism moved en masse to the Internet, few people on

campus or off bothered to read the Hustler -- these days it's a pale cousin to a number of blogs that report on Vanderbilt better. WRVU, however, has always been a welcome and noteworthy presence in Nashville. In many ways, for many people (myself included), it's the only radio station in Nashville consistently worth listening to. If WRVU becomes an "Internet radio station" then I recommend you actually don't even bother to set up the computers to run the streams. "Converting" WRVU is just a way to avoid saying "we're killing WRVU". There's been a lot of talk about money over the past year. WRVU was never intended to be a for-profit station. WRVU is an educational asset at an educational institution. From all that's available to read about the licensing debate, it actually seems clear that the only monetary issues of relevance are the amounts paid to VSC staff. Given that the brain trust at VSC can't tell the difference between the value of a print paper few people have ever cared about in a world where print journalism is dead, and the value of a prominent University ambassador to the Nashville community in a world where tens of thousands of people are listening -- it seems there is an obvious solution to VSC's "bottom line" issues: Fire the idiots at VSC. Best, Rick, Engineering '94

Dear Board, I am writing for a second time to say that there is no reason or amount of money to warrant the selling of WRVU's license. First it's one of the best ways that Vanderbilt reaches out into a broader arts, entertainment community, including music professionals and others who value a diverse cultural community. As well as the general community which often perceives vanderbilt as removed from the town itself. Second, the station plays music people cannot hear anywhere else on their dial (or on satellite radio..which not everyone can afford anyway). During an era were large corporations spew top 40 music into communities they've never set foot in, many stations are returning to the local. Music City should have a good music station .. .one that includes everything from Jumpin' Jive to Indy rock to sacred hymns. Third, the knowledge base of the DJs and diversity of the programming is an integrated teaching resource for all of the people who come to Nashville to study and play music -- whether business or artistic aspects. It was a formative aspect of my young adulthood and I can't imagine growing up in Nashville without it. I am proud that WRVU is part of my home town and hope you have the foresight to realize what might seem like a smart financial move is actually a culturally detrimental one. Best wishes, Terri

Hello, Please keep WRVU on the air. The programming is innovative and educational and I listen to it up here in Minnesota! Nashville would certainly be less interesting and culturally diverse without the station. Respectfully, Charisse Grant Writer, Poet, and Blogger

To Whom It May Concern, I am not the best at writing. I am not a college student. I am not a musician, but i am a Nashvillian born and raised on WRVU. It has been the one constant radio station playing a wide variety of great music. It helps educate the music lover by bringing in new music and playing music that is sometimes all to easily forgotten. Selling the station is the worst decision you all can make. WRVU is Nashville history. They are taking away the historic fair grounds, and shutting down the station would be just as heart breaking. Some things need to be kept sacred in this ever evolving city. How can we be looked at as "Music City" if we get rid of all things great in music? I was glued to saturday nights on WRVU as a teenager, and still listen to it as much as possible. We listen to it at work. I listen to it in my car. Perhaps if you invested as much time in supporting it and promoting it as you do on planning to shut it down, then perhaps it can flourish again. There are a lot of people in this city who will do anything to keep this station alive. We the listeners are asking to keep this great radio station alive and for you all to not kill the music. As your faithful listener for 25 years, please do not hesitate to ask on me or those like me to help improve the radio station. Let it live. Let it grow. It has so much history, as well as, high sentimental value for me and others like me. I ask you to hear our cry and pleas to not shut this amazing station down. Where else can you hear blue grass pickin' classics one hour and indie rock the next? Where else can you hear dance music and hear GLBT

issues and information? The people deserve this radio station. WRVU has raised me out of a funk so many times. I can not describe the feeling you get when a NON top 40 song by an artist you love gets played on the radio. To not hear Katy Perry on the radio ten times a day is what radio really is. WRVU is what radio is. I do not know how else to describe my utter most love and appreciation of the station other than the words I have written. Please listen to your hearts and remember the first time you heard your favorite band. It was most likely on a college radio station when nobody else really knew who they were. I can not imagine a day with out the great music played on WRVU. Video may have killed the radio star, but we can certainly not kill the radio! Please. Sincerely, Jessica Nashville

Hi - I was WRVU News Director in 1983-84. I am currently with CNN in London - I got my whole career largely on the back of my experience at WRVU. I am happy to write to who-ever is relevant - I do believe having a broadcast wavelength and frequency, not some internet nonsense, is crucial to real broadcasting in the true sense of that word. The magic is being able to pick up the signal on any old transistor radio..... If anything VSC should be making more of WRVU and its potential for radio & music production and journalism. Those of us who have made careers in the business need to sound up about it. Count me in. Richard Senior Correspondant CNN Host “Quest Means Business”

Please reconsider your decision to sell WRVU. It is my only source for being introduced to music I would never hear anywhere else and would never discover on my own. It provides an invaluable service in this way, and it would be a terrible loss to Vanderbilt and the Nashville community. It is the only connection I have to Vanderbilt and I would hate to lose it. DiAnne Nashville

Greetings, I am writing to express my concern for the sale and ultimate closure of WRVU. It is a Nashville audio landmark and as such, should not be sold. Please do the right thing and ensure that not only do the students of Vanderbilt get to continue broadcasting and learning, but that we an Nashville citizens get to continue to hear the station. Sincerely, CH ---Chris Hollo Photographics, Inc.

As a radio professional and Vanderbilt alumni, I am in considerable  agreement with a recent response to Vanderbilt Student  Communication's questions regarding the sale of WRVU's broadcast  license. It addresses every point I would have liked to make and more.  Please allow me to share a few other thoughts: More so than any other legacy media, public radio has demonstrated  its ability to adapt and thrive in the internet age. Public and  educational stations throughout the country are experimenting with  ways to integrate their terrestrial signal and web presence, recognizing  the two are complementary rather than redundant. Vanderbilt Student  Communications should continue to support this type of activity at  WRVU rather than exploring whether to sell its broadcast license and  condemn it to irrelevancy. Instead of questioning WRVU's value, I would vigorously promote the  iOS and Android apps that deliver its content to mobile devices. The  station and its deejays should be encouraged to engage the listening  audience through social media on a consistent and ongoing basis.  WRVU does and should make itself available as a resource to both the  university and the wider Nashville community, providing air time  otherwise unavailable on the broadcast spectrum. I think it could  further raise its profile by providing live broadcasts of the chancellor's  lecture series, Rites of Spring, and other programming opportunities  unique to Vanderbilt.

There is no shortage of collaborative possibilities for expanding the  station's reach within and beyond the campus without much  compromise to its character as an alt rock/free­form music station. All  these types of activities would provide students a far more enriching  experience at WRVU, especially if they choose to pursue a career in  media. I believe it would also deepen the audience's relationship with  both the station and the university. It cannot be said enough that  WRVU generates enormous goodwill for an institution often perceived  as aloof. By considering the sale of WRVU's broadcast license, the VSC board  has acknowledged that it represents a significant asset. It's  educational potential is worth far more. I will still support Vanderbilt  University regardless of the board's decision, but I would be thoroughly  disheartened if this incomparable resource is cannibalized to support  media that have yet to prove their value. Sincerely, Stephen News Director A&S '93

WRVU and NPR are the ONLY stations I listen to. I will not listen to commercial radio. -Ivan Nashville

How can a city call itself "Music City" and not have one single college  radio station?! IT IS ABSURD. Our mayor has gathered a committee, the Nashville Music Council, to  improve our image of an all­encompassing music destination to non­ Nashvillians. College radio is a necessity for this. WRVU is the ONLY  station on the Nashville­area radio dial where I hear about new,  upcoming and local bands. Many of the other stations are homogenized by ClearChannel and  Cumulus, on which you can hear the exact same radio show in  Anytown, USA. Let's keep Nashville unique. Let's support our local  musicians. Let's be what we say we are. Please listen to your community and keep WRVU on the radio. Sincerely, Jessica Nashville

I've lived in Nashville for almost 17 years and one of my first (and most fond) memories of Nashville was finding WRVU. There is no other place for shows like "Nashville Jumps" (which I've been listening to for over 9 years!!) , the most AWESOME "Vice Chancellor's Show" (which I've been a fan of for over 5 years), "Out the Other" (my favorite source for new music), "The Curse of the Drinking Class" and so many more. Please do not get rid of this very important outlet for creative programming. Please do not silence this integral part of Vanderbilt and Nashville. Best regards, lisa -----------------------------------nashville, tennessee 37204

To Whom It May Concern, I was disturbed to hear that the Vanderbilt Student Communications Board are considering selling WRVU’s broadcast license and making it an online-only station. The way people experience music, including radio, is changing and expanding the station’s online presence and capabilities is an excellent idea. It will help the station grow and reach a wider audience, as well as keep it on the cutting edge of radio. Removing the station’s broadcasting license, however, will severely damage WRVU. The vast majority of our listeners still receive WRVU through its FM broadcast. One thing that makes WRVU unique is its ten-thousand watt broadcasting power, making it one of the most powerful college radio stations in the country. That, paired with its diverse programming, makes it a valuable resource not only to the Vanderbilt community, but to all of Nashville and the Middle-Tennessee area as well. As a DJ for all four years of my time as a Vanderbilt undergraduate, WRVU allowed me to connect with my fellow students AND become a part of the Nashville community in ways that would not have otherwise been possible. Through my work at 91.1, I gained invaluable experience that has helped me in my personal and professional life that, without WRVU, I would have missed. I look back on my time at the station as one of my favorite parts of my college experience. I served as a member of WRVU’s Executive Staff for three semesters, one as the Office Manager and two as the Training Director. Over each semester, I saw an increase in the number of new trainees and applicants. Interest in WRVU is alive and well at Vanderbilt! This is true for the Nashville community as well. WRVU is one of Vanderbilt’s most public faces and serves as a positive representation of the University for many Nashville denizens. I urge you to reconsider selling WRVU’s broadcast license. This station is an important part of Vanderbilt’s rich history. It is a unique and valuable resource that connects the university’s student body with one another and all of

Nashville. WRVU is a perfect manifestation of Vanderbilt’s ties to its home, Music City. Please, keep WRVU alive and well on 91.1 FM. Sincerely, Grant Vanderbilt Class of 2009

To whom it may concern: As an active member of the music community in Nashville, a music professional, and a longtime listener, I implore the Board to NOT sell WRVU's broadcast license and keep WRVU on the air as an FM station. The contributions of WRVU to the Nashville community are unique and unmatched, and I strongly feel that the station should not be silenced. Please keep in mind that WRVU is an outlet into the community, not simply a Vanderbilt enterprise for the profit of Vanderbilt students. I struggled for my first year in Nashville, wondering if I would ever find anything to listen to other than that most ubiquitous Nashville genre: country music. Not even Lightning 100, a purportedly “independent” station, could get away from heavy rotation countryinfluenced pop/rock and into the deeper music that I craved. I fell completely in love when a friend at Vandy switched my car radio to WRVU. I couldn’t stop listening! I listened to my favorite shows every week, from Assorted Fruits and Cheeses and Shalom Nashville to Best of Bread, Curse of the Drinking Class, Camera Obscura, and Grumpstown. I went online to dig through the archives of every show that I found interesting. I even got to guest on a friend’s short-lived show just before the Board ousted community DJs. It was on WRVU that I first heard some of my favorite bands, where I found out about incredible shows from underground acts in town, where I got to hear radio uninfluenced by commercialism (and without commercials!). As a poor college student I could not have afforded to purchase CDs on a whim, just to explore my own musical mind. The exceptional DJs on WRVU offered me a chance to find new sounds on a daily basis, all motivated by our common love of music! In addition, the culturally-specific shows offered by WRVU cannot be beat. Where else can students from Colombia hear the music they treasure from home, except for the Colombian

Party Cartel? What about the Hindi-language show on Saturday mornings? I believe that part of the reason WRVU has lost listeners recently is the fact that community DJs have been largely ousted from programming. Shows that were on air and loved by listeners for years were cut. I can tell you off the bat that once the best shows are gone, the listeners are less dedicated. I understand that the move was made to allow Vanderbilt students greater access to shows. But again, I believe that at its very heart this station is a community endeavor and should be open to the community that loves it. I tell you my story because I have loved WRVU since my first listen five years ago and I think that turning this incredible outlet from an FM station into an onlineonly broadcast would be a great disservice to Vanderbilt and to the Nashville community. The station is still the essential soundtrack to my daily 40 minute commute. I implore you once again, please look beyond profit margins, beyond the bloated figures of what you might be tempted to term “success” in our digital world, and keep WRVU an FM station for Vanderbilt students and community members alike. Thank you for your time, Monica - Nashville, TN 37206

To whom it may concern; Please don't sell WRVU's license! WRVU is so important to the growth and development of new music in Nashville. No other station plays the music heard on WRVU. Over and over college radio has proven itself to be the first place you look to find emerging trends. Without this resource our local music scene will be greatly diminished. There is no room in the commercial landscape for a station to take the place of WRVU. Once it's gone, we will have lost our last best hope of being perceived by the national recording industry as a viable alternative to New York and Los Angeles as a hub for recording and conducting music business. In the eyes of youth culture if you have heard it on commercial radio it is already old. How can Nashville hope to be taken seriously as music Mecca if it doesn't even have a top shelf college radio station? It can't. And Vanderbilt's reputation as a generous contributor to the Nashville community will be tarnished. WRVU is the only connection many Nashville citizens have with Vanderbilt. Why would you willing divest yourself of your clearest and most listened to voice in the community? For the sake of the music community and the preservation and growth of the bond Vanderbilt has with Nashville, please, keep WRVU on the air! Sincerely, Stephen Nashville, TN 37206

To whom it may concern: It would be a mistake to relegate WRVU to the world of internet radio. At a time when independent media outlets (e.g. not under the thumb of ClearChannel/or Comcast etc) are scarce, WRVU is a valuable resource. The students benefit greatly from the hands-on and live-broadcast experience they gain by working at a station such as WRVU. It allows them a way to practice public speaking skills, gain confidence, and learn from one another. A live radio station is not only a great source of education for those interested in the field of broadcast media, but it is also a great source of communication for the community of Nashville at large. As I remember it- it wasn't just Vanderbilt students who were the broadcasters, but members of the community as well. Growing up in Nashville, WRVU was a station I could turn to for not only a great variety in music, but also a great variety of content- a rarity at any radio station nowadays. It would be a shame to let WRVU, a truly unique cultural resource for Nashville fall by the wayside. WRVU is one of the special things about Nashville. Nashville is such a rapidly growing and changing city. Sadly it seems to become more homogenized by the year. WRVU is an oasis of independence, youthfulness, and education. Surely, there must be a more creative approach to solving the University's financial woes. Thank you for your time and consideration, Emelie Native Nashville

To Whom It May Concern, My name is Colin, and I am a lifetime Nashville resident, a graduate of the University School of Nashville -- just across 21st Avenue from your fine institution -- and an ardent fan of music. Please hear me out; I will be brief. I am writing to express my concerns regarding the pending sale of WRVU's broadcast license. To be sure, WRVU is a significant piece of Nashville's cultural puzzle, but I will argue that it is an essential element of Vanderbilt's own cultural fabric, and one of Vanderbilt's greatest contributions to the city as a whole. WRVU helps me to see Vanderbilt in a softer light; not as an institution of higher learning, but as an institution with a higher calling. Saratt inspires and educates; Rites of Spring rocks (for ticketholders); and WRVU transcends cultural boundaries, as often only music can. Its airborne signal reaches us all, in Mercedes or on street corners. It figuratively hangs multicolored stage lights from Vanderbilt's ivory towers -- as Rites of Spring does so literally -- revealing the school in a warmer light. It makes me love Vanderbilt, as no sports team can (and I do love sports). When the women's basketball team takes down the Lady Vols, I'm elated – I love the team. When WRVU makes me laugh, or cry, or compels me to risk life and limb in heavy traffic to call in and find out just what in God's name they are playing -- I love Vanderbilt. I love the idea of universities as bastions of culture, education, and, dare I say, taste. I love Nashville. We in Nashville are fortunate that artists have played such a prominent role in shaping our community. Losing WRVU's unique musical flavor would deprive the city's artists a color, seen only in Nashville, with which we daily paint one of the nation's most vibrant cultural tableaux. In this respect, I see WRVU as kin with the Belcourt Theater, which was so famously saved from a similarly tragic demise. Without the Belcourt, newcomers, visitors, and those otherwise unaware of that singular gem would likely not have felt its absence. A blockbuster at the multiplex would suffice. Take away one star and the night sky will seem just as bright, but it isn't.

VSC's stated goal of endowing future student activities is noble enough. But you know not what you do, and need not what you ask. I and others find it hard to believe that this multimillion dollar institution cannot find the funds to support a full student experience, for which other top universities make room. Without the broadcast license, the student learning experience at WRVU would be no different than any blog or podcast the student could create from his or her own dorm room. The value to the student is demonstrable (just listen to the DJ's wax poetic), and the intrinsic value of the license is priceless, as I've argued. Please help us come together, as a community, through our great university, to answer a higher calling, to preserve an institution and a thread that binds Vanderbilt's beautiful piece to Nashville's sprawling cultural quilt. Yes, I know, quilts are old-fashioned, and an easy metaphor. But aren't some things in life, though old-fashioned, beautiful enough to be worth saving? You have my sincerest thanks for your time and attention. Colin

to whom it may concern – Please do not take WRVU off the air. i have listened to this radio station for the past 27 years of my life. besides being the only decent radio station nashville has to it's name, it has so much more than that. it has history. is there any other radio station in this city can say that? to have been around so long and still be so modern, so progressive and have so much appeal to both vanderbilt students, as well as all ages of the general public of this every growing city is really something to be proud of and when you've got that kind of status, it's definitely something to well, broadcast. no other station in this city plays such a fantastic variety of music. to true music lovers, WRVU makes listening to the radio - an old fashioned, somewhat long forgotten pastime - a joy. it makes sitting in traffic bearable. it's also a playground for discovering new music. there's not a being on this earth that doesn't like some kind of music and i am willing to be there's a greater percentage of the demographic that love music. nashville is, after all, music city USA. WRVU was around and a part of nashville's almost 60 years ago. PLEASE, let's keep it going strong for it's bright future as well. your time and consideration are much appreciated. Thank you, taya Nashville native and 27 year WRVU listener.

I am writing as a follow-up to the numerous e-mails and letters I have sent to various VSC, Vanderbilt University and City of Nashville officials to again express my opposition to the proposed sale of WRVU's broadcast license. I have outlined a number of reasons why this is an ill-conceived proposal in previous correspondence, so I will not cover old ground. Over the past several months it has become obvious that there is overwhelming community opposition to the sale. Also, neither VSC nor Vanderbilt University is in financial straits, so the motives for the sale of a true Nashville treasure are baffling to many of us in the community. I have also learned that little, if any of VSC's board or advisory staff has any broadcasting background. That leads me to believe that there is quite possibly an anti-radio bias among the potential decision makers. In my previous communications I have suggested a number of options to help fund VSC in order to keep all student media outlets viable. I have been a loyal WRVU listener for over 25 years and wish to keep it on Middle Tennessee's radio dial. I respectfully urge VSC and VU to demonstrate their commitment to being fullyengaged Nashville community members by abandoning the proposed sale of WRVU. Sincerely, Terry Nashville

I fear that those radio people would take off my favorite radio shows on WRVU and wouldn't be able to listen anymore for a long, long, long time. Please let well enough alone. Please don't take my WRVU shows off the air because I love those shows. Let there be a possibility that life with WRVU stays put means leave my radio shows on the air. Michael says. Nashville

Greetings, I have recently heard that WRVU is going to be sold. As a long time listener I offer my personal experience with the station. WRVU changed my life about 13 years ago when I was in high school. DJ's like Peanutbutter Wolf (who started the Stones Throw label) gave me an education in music. The station widened my idea of what music could be outside of the mainstream. I not only learned about great new music that had lots of passion, but I learned about all the great old music they were influenced by. People like Galt MacDermont amd Bernard Purdie. Above that I learned about all the local music that was being created around me. WRVU is the only station that plays and supports local music. I really appreciate anyone who promotes support of the local community. Current mainstream radio just doesn't have as much variety, creativity or passion. The only other radio stations I've ever listened to are NPR and the Oldies station and the Oldies station is sadly no more. My fellow listeners and I would be deeply sadden to have the station go. It's been a staple of Nashville music for over 50 years. I urge you to reconsider the decision to sell WRVU. Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Eric

First of all, thank you in advance for considering my opinion. As a Vanderbilt alumnus, I strongly oppose the sale of WRVU's FM license. I am confident that moving the operation of the station to an online-only format will completely kill the station. Anybody can create a podcast of a show whenever they wish in the comfort of their own dorm room, with their music library easily at their disposal. There would be no reason for students, or anyone else, to fill particular slots for whoever might be listening online. Moving the station exclusively online, will also take away the unique opportunity for Vanderbilt students to be heard and play a leadership role in the greater Nashville community. When I was a student at Vanderbilt, I was able to land a great job as a club DJ, because people in the community heard my show on 91. That's how I supported myself through college. There have been plenty of other alums who have had unique experiences with the city's music and entertainment industry, ONLY because people in the community heard them on the radio. I don't plan to continue participating in WRVU by doing my show at 6am on Saturday mornings if it moves to online-only (why should I get up that early to play to one random listener in Singapore?), but it will be the students who suffer most in an online-only move. Alumni and community members have built a following and are more professional because they have years of (real) radio experience. Their listeners will likely follow them to an online format, even if it's done outside the WRVU structure. But students are, by and large, unknown and novice; it takes several semesters to build up professional skills and a following. Students need the chance to be heard by being on a FM frequency, because someone is ALWAYS listening in radio. No one is going to proactively log in online during a particular time of day to listen to an unknown student doing a poor job DJing, simply because he/she is learning. Why would they? There are hundreds of other options online one keystroke away, playing the same type of music and doing a much better job of it. On the FM dial, there is nothing remotely close to WRVU's diverse programming, giving students a voice that someone will always

hear. I appreciate the need to consider all options when it comes to VSC Media and I understand that nothing stays the same forever. But I have to say that the entire "fire sale" or "cash cow" element to this proposal makes me embarassed as a Vanderbilt alum. Vanderbilt is a top university that is constantly building and expanding and it has made real strides to shed the image of being insular and self-absorbed by being an integral part of the greater Nashville community. Broadcating in Music City brings unique opportunities to Vanderbilt students. When I was in Austin recently and tuned in UT's station, I didn't hear any reference to that university shedding a flagship media outlet, pretending that it didn't reside in the "live music capital of the world," or that, somehow, the city in which a university resides doesn't matter to its students. Several years ago the Vanderbilt Register profiled me, and I shared with the reporter that I grew up in Nashville listening to WRVU, and it was the only reason I decided to attend Vanderbilt. That story is true, and I am sure that 91FM is important to many past, current and future students. It would be a real shame for the thousands of future Vanderbilt students in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to never discover the university by "tuning in" and never realize what was once a special opportunity for Vanderbilt students to shine on the FM dial. I strongly encourage you to vote "no" on any proposed sale of WRVU's FM license. Thank you for thoughtfully considering this issue, Marc (A&S '91) Nashville, TN

If you're receiving this, you were on the list of people  who should be contacted about 91 possibly being sold.  I write about radio for; this is my  piece about the station. Those of you that are in the  music, radio, or publishing industries, I'd  particularly welcome feedback from you when it's  convenient for you. Thanks! Jason T 

WRVU 91Rock is part of the Nashville legacy as much as the Cannery or Exit-In or Edmond. I saw Moskow's and Obie's and my flippin' high school (Father Ryan) disappear from the Elliston Place landscape. I lost friends to drugs or senseless accidents. The things I will never ever forget about my late-80s time in Nashville, before I left for college and New York to adventures and love that ultimately brought me back to the Music City two and half years ago, the things that helped define who I am today, center around the music -- Rumble Circus, Wishcraft, The Glass Onion, FUCT, Guilt, Clockhammer, 12th & Porter...and WRVU -- the only station that gave a shit about us, the kids, the future. I got into the music business when I was 15 years old. I was promoting all-age concerts at the Cannery and later at 328 Performance Hall with Steve West and Go West Presents. I can NOT imagine Nashville without WRVU. I used to listen to punk rock, and cut my teeth (literally) on Circle Jerks concerts at the Exit-In. Today, I thank WRVU for my discovering The Protomen. Nashville Jumps is a MUST on my Friday commute to my marketing gig at a classical music distributor out in Franklin. Please don't do this. Don't let internet kill the radio star. Save WRVU. You will be fucking heroes. Sin-cerely, Janet Nashville

To Whom It May Concern: WRVU should not fall victim to shortsighted profit seeking. While economic gain is always a valid motive, it is important to consider the externalities that make WRVU on the radio far more valuable in the long run than any short term gain by sale. Let’s be clear: internet listening is not the same as radio listening. WRVU will get lost among the thousands of internet stations, Itunes, and Rhapsody. Frankly, Pandora alone would likely render WRVU de facto obsolete, regardless of whether the station keeps a website functioning in name. Placing the burden on the listener or potential listener to find WRVU amid the myriad options available on the internet is a move that will kill WRVU, whether Public Relations interests dictate that the VSC board dispute this argument or not. Long term gains are as follows: *Attracting Students*. Having the hippest radio station around sends the message that Vanderbilt University is not only a challenging academic environment with an outstanding reputation, but is also a cool place to be. WRVU helps attract the rare bird: the intelligent and creative types. As important as it is to attract a diverse student body, it is equally important to recognize that the creative types tend to be trendsetters. Let’s face it: WRVU is just cool. And while maintaining the level of academic integrity is something that the administration has a responsibility and a vested interest in protecting, in order to remain competitive in the long term, Vanderbilt needs be on the forefront of “cool.” Squashing WRVU is a move that reinforces the opinion of those who view Vanderbilt as stodgy and outdated.

*Quick access to the campus*. The ability to communicate important Vanderbilt happenings via radio and for free is an option that should not be underestimated. Regardless of whether this has been underutilized in the past, the announcements can be a valuable tool for maximizing turnout at key campus events. Further, should be some emergency, every possible means of communicating with the students should be available. *Reputation in the community*. WRVU radio provides the community with services that would otherwise be unavailable. Non-Vanderbilt community members are grateful to the school for giving a voice to talented dj’s who introduce the listeners to new music. This eases the brain drain that vapid, colorless, meaningless, and uninteresting mainstream drone causes. And while, yes, we can research and buy music online to play while in the car- the place many people do the majority of their listeningwe are no longer plugged in to the Vanderbilt community, and no longer invited to be a proud part of it. As a non-Vanderbilt community member, I want to thank you for providing me access to new music. I have found tons of new music that has served to stimulate my creativity, lift my mood, and warm my perception of Vanderbilt as both an academically rigorous and a valuable and active part of the Nashville community. I would ask you to see this as a value that, in the long term, outweighs any short term monetary gains from sacrificing the station. Best Regards, Kristen Nashville, TN 37221

Hello, My name is Sebastian; I'm relatively new to the Nashville area, and I wish to voice my desire that WRVU not be sold, and instead to be allowed to continue its consistently strange and beautiful broadcasting. I'm 34 years old and came to Nashville to continue my education; I'm a theology grad student at Lipscomb University, and WRVU has pride of place on my radio dial, right there with WPLN (NPR). Through WRVU, I've found countless obscure and remarkable artists whose songs and albums I've then purchased. The station is truly a gem and is always awakening me to the wonder in the world that I would likely never stumble upon otherwise. The DJs have been my guides into the world of this musical landscape. Having this station available to me during my commute and throughout the day is an experience I would sorely miss. And so I beg of you, allow WRVU to remain on the air, comfortably nestled at 91.1 on my radio. ~Sebastian Nashville

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I was a DJ for WRVU from 1991 - 2000. Over the years I saw massive changes in the landscape and population of Nashville, and WRVU remained a relevant, essential resource to its diverse community. One of the shows I created was Radio Exito, which featured various styles of Latin music from the 1920's-1960's. I remember receiving many calls during my shows from individuals in the growing Latin community expressing their gratitude for an outlet for music that was not represented anywhere else on the dial. It provided a community service in the 1990's and continues to do so today. I would say the majority of WRVU listeners do not have regular access to internet radio, so to lose the radio frequency would be to cut off Vanderbilt from the greater Nashville community and to dispose of this vital service it provides. It would further allow Vanderbilt to retreat to its ivory tower and therefore to become less relevant to the diverse population that surrounds it. WRVU is great because people all over the greater Nashville area have the ability to listen to and be inspired and touched by it in the back kitchens of cafes, on construction sites, in their cars, in offices, wherever they may be, and not just through their computers or fancy car stereos. Please do not give up a the wonderful resource of 91.1 FM, but allow future generations of Vanderbilt students the opportunity to connect to the wonderful community of Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you, Emily Vanderbilt University Class of 1997 Akron, OH 44313

Lightning 100 - rubbish! NPR 90.3 - 90.3% lame! Why a single soul would want to rid Nashville of the only quality stop on the dial is totally beyond me. Perhaps there's something in the Vanderbilt water supply that makes you commit horribly spiteful acts against your fellow citizens? Seriously, y'all might as well destroy every transmission tower within 100 miles while you're at it, then go to town on other cultural landmarks like the Station Inn, Robert's, United Record Pressing, etc... thanks for nothing, and sorry that you're lame :( Your Conscience Brian

To All Concerned: I am writing to express my support for WRVU and all those involved in its existence. The importance of truly local radio stations, particularly those affiliated with colleges and universities, cannot be overemphasized. Having lived in Boston, Los Angeles and New York prior to moving to Nashville in 1992, I've relished listening to college stations in each of those cities, as I now relish listening to WVUR. Given the bland alternative of commercial radio, relentlessly peppered with advertising, programmed by non-locals, and sounding the same everywhere across the country, it's refreshing to tune in to WRVU and hear a broad mix of styles, attitudes and opinions. It's also extremely heartening to know that WRVU provides the opportunity for young people to learn broadcasting skills and be heard over the airwaves. While internet radio provides an opportunity to geographically expand one's listener base, I see it as an adjunct to broadcast radio, and under no circumstances as a replacement. Nashville as a city has a wonderfully unique personality. As it continues to grow, it risks loosing some of its uniquness. The role that Vanderbilt University and WRVU play in underpinning what defines Nashville and its values should not be overlooked. I ask that you allow WRVU to continue its excellent tradition by maintaining its presence on the airwaves. Thank you very much for your consideration. Scott C. Nashville TN 37215

It would be a real shame for WRVU to go off the air. WRVU offers truly unique programming that immeasurably enriches the Nashville listening area. I am sure it offers excellent educational opportunities as well for all the students involved. Personally, I have learned about genres of music that I never would have known existed were it not for WRVU. Every week I learn about new artists, whose CDs/albums I seek out. I enjoy life a lot more simply because of WRVU. Please keep it on the air. Thank you, Ralph Nashville

GreetingsI am disappointed with myself for not having written earlier, and to do so now seems to be in vain. I teach art at to high school students (The Webb School, Bell Buckle) and I am always proud to introduce them to WRVU as a wonderful example of student voice and creativity in action. There is no way for me to place a monetary benefit on something as inherently precious as freedom of expression, and I have always taken pride in being able to count on WRVU as our beacon. It is truly sad that only WRVU remains as the truly independent, student run, individually programmed broadcast station in our area. WRVU is so absolutely unique that it sometimes may have an esoteric appeal, but that should not make it any less precious as a artistic manifestation of something that is truly American, our expressive freedom. That this expression can be obtained freely off the air to the ears of all, without need of a computer or other expensive device, makes WRVU even more valuable. Again, this value is inherent to the human heart, not the mercantile. Thank you for taking the time to read this. P. Michael Beechgrove, TN 37018

To Whom it May Concern, I have enjoyed the music of WRVU for over fifteen years as a resident of Nashville. There is no other place to find the variety of programming the WRVU offers, especially while driving. WRVU also seems a priceless resource to those who seek broadcasting experience. Music City would suffer from the loss of WRVU. Please reconsider your decision to sell the radio broadcasting rights. Thanks. Curtis Nashvillian

For years I have listened predominantly to WRVU whenever I listen to the radio. I found the station by accident one afternoon while flipping through the stations in my car. I love having the opportunity to listen to something that I may not have heard before and the variety is amazing! There have been plenty of nights when I was in school and working that WRVU helped keep me awake while driving home. Other radio stations are unbearable with commercials every few minutes. Listen to one of these stations for one day and you will have there commercial line-up memorized. Even other "indie" stations make it very difficult for local artists to get on the air. If WRVU is sold we as listeners will get one more crappy commercial station that we don't need and lose a local treasure that has been around for decades. Please do NOT sell WRVU! The station means so much to so many people! Amber Nashville

Hello, having lived in Nashville for nearly 42 years now, WRVU has played a HUGE part in my life. I started listening in the early 80's, bought the "City Without A Subway" album, and attended nearly every benefit for 91 Rock. In the 90's my own band (Iodine) was being played on 91, and in the 2000's, the band I was in (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals) was being played. My car radio rarely leaves 91.1. I LOVE this station! WRVU plays a big role, not just for Vanderbilt, but for our entire community, and it would be a shame to see it go. I hope you all make the right decision. Thank you for your time! Sincerely, Brad Nashville

Please do not sell this station.  It is the only  radio I can listen to, it is the best Nashville has  to offer. Best Regards, Patricia Nashville

To Whom It May Concern, I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University. It deeply saddens and concerns me to hear news of the possible sale of the university's broadcast license for WRVU. When living in Nashville, this radio station was a comfort and companion when navigating traffic in my automobile, studying, and writing papers. Sale of the broadcast license would be a tremendous loss to the university, and to the greater Nashville community. The sale of the school's broadcast license would also affect my decision of whether or not to support the school with my alumni donations - I would be less likely to donate to the institution if such a sale took place. Please keep WRVU broadcasting over the radio. In our highly-commercialized broadcast radio world, WRVU is one of few places where residents of Nashville can find solace from the advertisements coupled with quality programming. Furthermore, from a perspective of social awareness, taking away the station's ability to broadcast over the radio would render it inaccessible to any portion of the population that doesn't have high-speed internet access. Finally, it would also remove the listenership of commuters, who do not have the internet in their cars. My recommendation to the school and the radio station is to host semi-annual pledge drives for a week each. Students who run the station can solicit peers and attempt to schedule acts from the local community to broadcast during the drives. Is this an option that has been considered, prior to any sale? Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Nathan W., '07

Hello, I will keep this brief with the hope that it will actually be read. I'm not a former or current Vanderbilt student or employee, yet I love WRVU-91.1 FM. It truly is a community asset. Maybe your specific interest in radio isn't the same as mine (or the many others in the Nashville area who are hoping to save WRVU) but there's no denying that this station is truly unique in the Nashville market. It must not disappear. From the university's perspective, I would think WRVU would be heralded as 1) a positive, timely representation of Vanderbilt beyond the boundaries of the campus; 2) an alluring opportunity to prospective students, and 3) frankly, an element that a university with Vanderbilt's size, influence and endowment should have. Please do not sell the station. Thank you for your time, Doug

To those it may concern, As a former Vanderbilt Student and former WRVU DJ, I would like to express my deep concern about the sale of the WRVU. I understand that FM radio seems to be less important in current times, but the Vanderbilt station remains a very important outlet for music in Nashville. So many of my friends at Vanderbilt appreciated the station, and the larger community in the city truly enjoys it. It was also a priceless experience for me to learn how to communicate over the air on a real radio station, as opposed to a web-only broadcast with a much more limited listenership. Please do not let the station die. Our country needs good college radio to continue--otherwise, the FM dial will become entirely corporate and unlistenable. Please, take a stand for the arts and the tradition of high quality FM radio at WRVU! George , PhD Vanderbilt Class of 2003 MD/PhD Student, Class of 2011 University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hello, My name is Stacie and I am writing to you in support of saving WRVU. I live in Nashville and consider Vanderbilt to be a leader in this community. I feel it would be a great disservice to the students of that school if you sell their radio station and rob them of part of the heritage and history that is WRVU. Community is something that is fast escaping our culture and that radio station acts as a beacon of light and connection to society at large. Especially in a town with such diversity in music. Please don't approve the selling of this station there by selling out the students both present and future. Thank you for your time and I look forward to the preservation of this fine station. Sincerely, Stacie Nashville

Please save WRVU! I object to the sale of this station. I am an avid listener of WRVU. I love the music, the shows, the community of young adults and music connoisseurs. I love how down to earth it is, and the genuineness of the hosts. The community service is unparalleled. Because it isn't controlled by a media giant, it's one of the only outlets for music which permits a much wider array of broadcasting. The station offers unique, cultural, one of a kind, music. Everything from rock, to punk, to hip-hop, classical, alternative, pop, blues, folk, country; even cultural music in different languages. WRVU is one of Vandy's greatest assets. It would be an unfortunate and horrible loss to students, parents, kids, young adults and the Nashville community in general if this station was sold. Please save WRVU! Thank you, Samantha Nashville

Dear Lady's and Gent's, My husband and I moved from Ann Arbor, MI last year and one of the sad parts was leaving the station 107.5. It was a local station that played music from the area plus a compilation of new and old music too. Well a month ago we rolled across 91.1 when we went to 90.3 to 92.9. I was SO happy to hear the tunes pumping through my new car stereo!!! The full line up of music that comes from this station is AMAZING!!! I beg you to PLEASE~PLEASE~PLEASE~PLEASE keep this station!! I want my kids to be exposed to this collection of music with out having to pay $12.95 per month to have to flic through SIRIUS/XM. Mind you we do not have kids yet so PLEASE KEEP WRVU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ainsley Nashville

To whom it may concern, I am an avid listener of WRVU music. Having grown up in Franklin, I have always considered Vandy to be the area's trend setter community. I am now in my late 30s and enjoy WRVU most mornings on my way to work from my home in the Cool Springs area of Franklin to Smyrna where I design and build high voltage distribution equipment under the Square D brand for Schneider Electric, this morning, Mojo's message finally stuck with me. I was listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn's version of Jimmy Hendrix's "Little Wing." This is my all time favorite song! I have long assumed, and someday hope to confirm, that angel-DJs in heaven play Stevie Ray Vaughn's instrumentals all day and night. But the song cut out due to a CD player malfunction, shocking me back to reality, and I was left thinking where else I might hear that song in the future. How will I expose my 3 boys to the best that music has to offer, like a live version of "Little Wing" from 1985? The answer is NOWHERE! If WRVU goes away, I'll be stuck without interesting options on the radio in my car. It may not seem like a big deal, but that's an hour of my day, every day, Monday through Friday. It's also the background to quality time with my boys on the weekend. Please keep WRVU on the radio. I love it! Jeff Franklin, TN

WRVU is Nashville's best, most progressive radio station! Please don't deny me, and many faithful listeners, the privilege of hearing music that cannot be found on other stations. Although I also enjoy listening on line, as I am doing right now, there is often no greater pleasure than driving my car and hearing some amazing music when you least expect it. Sunday pointed this out - it was a great day already, but it became even better when I turned on 'Widow's Peak,' a new show to me, but one that was so full of life I felt that I had truly discovered something. Although I have an additional part-time job and have to get up early on Saturdays, this is also made bearable by the pleasure of listening to New Wave Smackdown on the radio as I get ready. This is Music City - help us to fill it with the sounds of great music, whether we're at home, driving, walking around or working out! Seriously, there are no worthy alternatives to WRVU - save the station and keep our ears happy! Linda, VIRG Nashville TN 37212

Save Wrvu! I've been listening for 25  years. It is an important part of our  community. Thanks, Jay Nashville

To Whom It May Concern: I'm writing to voice my objection to the sale of WRVU. We live in music city, and this is the only station in the city that plays original programming; it's the only music station that I listen to. I look forward to getting into my car and hearing music I love, and discovering new music to fall in love with. I don't think I'd get a chance to listen to WRVU if it was just online. Don't throw away the last good station in Nashville, because I fear nothing would ever emerge that was as good as it again. Thanks for your time, Jennifer Nashville

To all who seem to have no concern, It is my understanding that you have already made a decision to put an end to the programming at WRVU. I just wanted to voice my two cents worth! I can only assume that this is a monetary decision? I can promise you___I will never again turn my dial to 91.1 after the change. I moved from Arkansas to Nashville twenty three years ago and have been an avid listener. I understand that some of the music may be less than pleasant to many people, but the absolute treasure of the two hours of Boogie, Blues, Jazz on Friday morning must not be sacrificed!!! I also really enjoy Ken Berryhill and listening to all the old music. I not only listen to WRVU in my car but at work also. It is so refreshing to me, to have the option of hearing new and different music__even when I don't like some of it. It sure beats 107.5___they have about 20 songs in their daily rotation. I beg you to reconsider your decision. Let's keep this 50 year institution alive and kicking! Pretty Please? Thanks for your time and consideration! With Absolute Sincerity, Keith Nashville

After moving to Nashville over a year ago, I had high hopes for FM radio. Seeing as I was in Music City, I expected about 100 radio stations that offered a diverse range of talented, unique and excellent music. However, after driving to work for over a year in Nashville now, each ride with the FM radio on, I have discovered that there is only one station that satisfies my hopes for a great radio. That station is 91.1 WRVU fm. Have you listened to the stations to the right of WRVU? Excuse me for saying, but my god: what garbage. I have heard Rhianna and Keisha until I’ve felt ill. Even the so-called classic rock stations are spoiled with such artists as Phil Collins and Billy Joel. It has now been three days straight that I’ve heard Bon Jovi during my lunch break. It’s enough to make you want to pull out your eyeballs and stuff them into your ears. Luckily, I have 91.1 WRVU to save me from such drastic measures. Once upon a time I was a music director at a college radio station, and reflecting on my years in that position, I believe the musical content and talented DJs at WRVU would’ve made that job a dream come true. That’s because WRVU offers an incredible array of music, music that can’t be heard anywhere else on Nashville radio. Think of a typical day listening to WRVU. You can hear vintage country, indie pop, new wave, electro, death metal, local Nashville music, and so on. They play music that the other stations in Nashville don’t have the (excuse me again) cajones play. They offer music for every strange ear and musical taste that could possibly reside in Nashville. Not only do they cater to countless musical tastes, they play fresh and original music that is worth exploring and knowing about. In short: to take away WRVU would be like stripping Nashville of its

nickname: Music City. WRVU is the only station that lives up to the musical expectations that one has of Nashville. WRVU expresses the thriving musical talent and creative community that exists in our city through what they share with listeners at 91.1 on the fm dial. Thank you for taking the time to read this. More importantly, thank you for saving WRVU and keeping Nashville creative, innovative, fresh, exciting, and musical. Kind Regards, Kristin Nashville

Dear Sirs, I am a Nashville native and have listened to WRVU  since I was in high school which has been for over  twenty years.  While I don't enjoy all the  programming, I do enjoy the variety of the  programming and the many personalities in the DJ's.  Please do not take this community asset off the air!  WRVU being gone will be like losing a long standing  member of our Nashville community and because of  the unique qualities and situation of the radio station,  no one else will be able to fill it's place. Please don't sell out this Nashville landmark! Sincerely, Jonathan D.  Joelton, TN  37080

Good Day, I got your name from the savewrvu website and understand you are listening to the concerns of wrvu listeners. I have been an avid listener of WRVU since I first stumbled upon it on the dial around 9 years ago. I turn to it for many reasons, but I like to hear fresh young people share their zeal of music with a music lover myself. The music is always fresh, the students always uplifting, and that has brightened my mood several times when I was down. It is the ONLY station of its kind in Nashville. If WRVU was off the air, I would believe Nashville would loose a true treasure and my only option would be to turn to commercial radio, most of it having nothing to offer me. I would most definitely turn it off and use my ipod reluctantly. If there is any way you can influence the decision to have WRVU stay on the airways, I would be extremely grateful. And if there is a way I can help, just let me know and I'll do everything I can. Perhaps WRVU could become a community supported station, or some other financial arrangements to keep the quality of WRVU present but sustainable. I appreciate your time. Sincerely, Jonathan Nashville

Hi, I am a Nashville native and long-time listener of Vanderbilt's WRVU. I love turning on my radio and finding a station that I know will be playing songs I enjoy, and for me, WRVU is the only station in town that I can count on for that. WRVU is truly "Music City's Radio Station", because it people can still choose what they want to listen to and it reflects the diverse tastes of the citizens of Nashville. Please consider the wishes of the many listeners of WRVU and the effect that getting rid of this valuable media outlet would have on this city. Thanks Rachel Nashville

Please do not take WRVU 91.1 off the air. It is literally the only station   I listen to knowing I wont be disappointed by or ever become sick of.   There should be more stations on the air like WRVU 91.1 because they   honestly the best music and venture out into different genres instead of   repetitiously playing the same songs over and over again until you then   become sick of which I believe is completely disrespectful to the artists if   you think about it. Also it is such a wonderful experience for the   students at the University.  I love how there are more than one DJ/hosts on the show that all have   their own show and play completely different styles of music, I think   that's the way to run a radio station. It is such a great way to find new   music and hear about amazing local bands you never knew you shared   the same city with. I look forward to listening to WRVU 91.1 every time   I turn it on because it's a chance for a music junkie like myself to   discover new artists and songs and make playlists to share with other   people. Because of the fact that WRVU 91.1 has inspired me I have   considered doing things with my future with music I wouldn't have   considered.. unless this station was here to inspire me from the start.   Countless time I have made mixes for my friends or have just been   playing music and they'll ask me where I find all of the great music I   listen to and I proudly answer, "WRVU 91.1". This station is a   diamond in the rough that I tell all my friends about because it   deserves to be better known.

So all in all please do not take WRVU 91.1 off the air. It's more   important to me than I realize and I think I have probably been taking   it for granted but maybe that's why this issue has come up, to make   listeners realize how unique this station is and how important it is to   them. I hope all ends well and this station stays on the air for a very   long time. Thank you for your time. courtenay nashville

To Whom It May Concern: Please do not sell WRVU's broadcast license.  In this most  recent Nashville snow storm, I had my radio tuned to WRVU  for music and weather updates. Not only does WRVU provide  great music and news to the Nashville community, it is an  invaluable resource for Vanderbilt students.  I am not a wealthy woman or I would write you a check for  whatever amount is needed to save the station. I am also not a  Vanderbilt alum myself, though I have many friends and  relatives that were/are proud to call themselves Commodores.  So I can only ask you to please please please Save WRVU if you  can. Thank you, Laura , Esq. Nashville, TN

As a Vanderbilt alum (BS ’94) and as someone who works in the communications industry, I am deeply distressed to learn of the pending closure/ “migration” of WRVU from the airwaves. My time as a student DJ for WRVU was one of the seminal moments that helped define my professional career. I am thoroughly dumbfounded as to why such a wealthy and prominent university as Vanderbilt would deny a similar experience for future generations of students. Perhaps even more significant for me were the friendships that I formed with my radio colleagues, which would not have happened otherwise. When would I have ever hung out with my old buddy Omar who did the Cuban show after me? At a frat party? When would Omar have ever taught me about Cuban jazz and the longforgotten icons of such a proud musical tradition? I never even saw the kid on campus, but I’ll never forget the spirit and passion he had for his music. The rest of the country would have to wait another 10 years for Ry Cooder and the “Buena Vista Social Club.” When that award-winning album & documentary were released, I was already in the know thanks to Omar; and when I saw the Buena Vista Social Club on tour one summer night in Seattle, I drank a toast to my old WRVU compadre and thanked him for helping to open my ears and eyes to a fantastic culture and musical tradition. I guess that sort of cool stuff won’t be happening anymore. So congratulations, Vandy and “Vanderbilt Student Communications”: you will now have student media/communications operations overshadowed by most state schools. Let’s face it: Vanderbilt is a homogenous community and needs all the creative free-thinkers and cultural influences it can possibly attract to truly offer a worldclass education. With the closure of WRVU, the “Vandy bubble” will simply be capped tighter than ever with no eclectic broadcast voice that once brought world music to “Music City” …and forged a friendship between one white kid from Boston and a Cuban-American with family roots in old Havana.

At a time when cutbacks have left the U.S. education system in a sorry state, I would expect Vanderbilt to be a shining light in the wilderness. So, in conclusion, I promise to donate money to the University of Massachusetts before I ever send a check to Vanderbilt: they have a great Cuban music show on their radio station. But I guess you’d expect that from a mediocre state school in the Northeast. Forget I mentioned it. George, BS '94 Boston, MA

Being a transplant to Nashville, one of the first things I noticed was how surprisingly boring the radio stations in music city actually are. Top 40 (read: 30), country, and Jesus seem to be the only things getting airplay. This is why WRVU is the only station I turn to for music. In the car, at work, wherever, it is consistently interesting. The format keeps genres moving, allows for the true sharing of music and not just the sheeping of a manufactured artist's new single which somebody else wrote for them. There's even charm to the awkward, underpolished DJs that keeps us entertained. Switching to internet radio will kill this. Absolutely. Nobody wants to listen to radio on their phone speaker. It's the very reason Belmont's radio is such a joke. It makes more sense to me to re-tune the broadcasts, make more mention of labels and PROs of the artists played, and continue sharing excellent music than to shut it down. WRVU can actually be even more important in Nashville than it is now but turning it into another cookiecut radio station is only going to make Vanderbilt look like they don't care to be a part of this City's tradition any longer. I really do hope you choose not to sell the station. John Nashville

To whom it may concern, Throughout my life, college radio has served as a one stop shopping spot for new ideas in music and community building. It is one of the few bastions of community run programing that stands in opposition to a corporate owned mainstream agenda. I would never have developed as the artist that I am today if it was not for college radio stations and their influence. WRVU has served a local anchor for me since moving to Nashville 10 years ago. Vanderbilt University has made it a mission to engage the community around it, and WRVU should be an integral component in this mission. Internet only radio shuts out all those who do not have internet access, and those of us whose car radios serve as our path to new music and thoughts. I urge you to please keep WRVU on the air. I strongly believe that it is the interest of both Vanderbilt and the Nashville community at large to keep WRVU on the air. Thanks you, Mark Nashville

To whom it may concern, I was recently visiting Nashville as part of a vacation and came across the WRVU radio station as I was driving into the city. While I have not heard of many of the artists the DJs played on air, I found the vast majority of the programming very entertaining, so much so in fact that, for the several days I spent in Nashville, my radio dial did not leave 91.1 (thus how I heard about the potential removal of the radio station from the air waves). In talks with several coworkers at my company in Madison, AL afterwards, we all feel that, while the Internet is important, continuing to broadcast over the radio is a very important way to enable communication and camaraderie among fellow students. Given that, according to the recent US census, more than half of American households do not have Internet access, removal from the radio would severely impede the station's ability to reach a wider local audience. Also, as I am an aspiring PhD student who came from a university without a radio station, I find WRVU to be a big draw to some place like Vanderbilt. Ultimately, after hearing about the potential sale of the station's broadcasting, I felt it necessary to make an outsider's interests in this station known. In my mind, it would be a shame for such a station to disappear from the air waves. I hope whoever reads this email finds it helpful. Should you have questions, feel free to contact me. -Kindest regards, Cody Madison, AL

Please preserve this important service to the cultural and musical diversity of Music City. We already have a jazz station. We have a classical station, tons 'o country, tired rock, but there's nothing like RVU on the air in Nashville. It really would be a shame to lose this valuable contribution to Nashville's music diversity. Ian Nashville

To whom it CONCERNS, Please, just please, DON'T sell away this station.  Online   only is not the same, and it already is online (which is nice as   well).  I was born here in Nashville, raised here in Nashville,   and currently still live here in Nashville since 1984.  WRVU   has fostered a love of all music within me because of the   unique and eclectic bands and artists that the station offers.   The best part of my work day is when I drive from school to   school and have a precious 20 minutes here and there to   discover yet another amazing song that I would not hear on   any other station.   WRVU IS NASHVILLE.   Stripping the city of this priceless resource would be a great   disservice.  Thank you. Sincerely, Nathan

Why I like WRVU? To begin, I love how personal it is. I like hearing each different dj, and I enjoy listening to their mistakes (as with any college radio station). I like how they keep you informed on upcoming shows, public awareness and new music. I've been listening to WRVU since I was 12 or 13. It was, and remains to be the only radio station I can leave on without hearing the same song 50 times in an hour. Mainly, what I love about 91.1, is the diversity of the music they play. It is never boring. The radio shows are usually pretty interesting and the range of music they play is fantastic. I mean, what other station plays Miles Davis and Joy Division within the same three hours, much less on the same radio station? I'm sure you've felt like or heard people say "the radio reads my mind", when that happens to me it's usually on 91.1. So if this email means anything, just know that this radio station means a lot to me. It provides music not heard anywhere else on the radio and that's why I love it and would be very sad to see it go. Lillian Nashville

It's deeply concerning to me that a station with the community support and exceptional programming is even going through this. Vandy cannot be hurting for funds. So why even go through this? As a transplant from Colorado, I've lived here for nearly 10yrs. I worked at the local "indie" station here but always found myself gravitating to 91.1 because college radio is not afraid to play music that isn't commercially viable. That's what makes it great. Where else in the span of a week can I hear Bill Monroe, Mr. Lif, Mikey Dread, The Mighty Imperials, Skream, etc, etc, etc?? College radio is eclectic. It is the only radio source that truly has an pulse on QUALITY MUSIC. That's not to say I personally like all of the programming but it does open my mind to music I may have never been introduced to. Throughout the years I have been a fan of many shows. DFunk radio (to this day the best radio program I've heard), Concrete Jungle, George the Bluegrass show.... Beyond that, college radio provides and option for students to that not the charter of all educational institutions??? I frankly don't understand the desire of the University to even go down this path. Your frequency may pay more in dollars in the hands of commercial radio but it's value will have been stripped from the airwaves. Long live college radio. Justin Nashville

Good morning, Please keep WRVU on the radio. I would be miserable without Nashville Jumps to listen to on my Friday morning commute. Thanks! Angela Nashville

Ladies and Gentlemen: I am writing to ask you not to sell WRVU. I have been a fan of WRVU since I first arrived at Vanderbilt as a student 50 years ago. I love the eclectic music programs. And I admire and applaud the fact that this station is run by the students. But, my view is not based on preserving an object of my personal pleasure. Rather, it is based on my belief that such a sale would create a terrible precedent and send a very bad message to the Vanderbilt student community. I can appreciate that the station’s license is valuable. But, to sell the assets of a studentrun venture, simply to maximize the value of those assets, is wrong. It is akin to selling the school’s art collection, simply because it is valuable, in order to add to the coffers of the University. Vanderbilt is a well-endowed institution. It can afford to continue its support of this student venture. Thank you for considering my views. Best regards, Will BA ‘65, JD ‘68,

Sender: Charles

“Save WRVU Goddamnit!”

Hello, As a listener of almost 30 years, I believe it would be a   terrible disservice to the community of Nashville to   lose the ability to hear WRVU on the radio.  I can   listen to any other station on the radio, and hear the   same music in any other city across the country.  It is a   unique institution, one that deserves to have its voice   heard. Please reconsider the idea of selling the station. Sincerely, Alison Nashville, TV

To Whom it may Concern: Please do not sell the radio station!!! Every Wednesday morning I look forward to my drive to work from East Nashville to Smyrna because I listen to Sacred Hymns on this radio station. I just lost my Dad last year to cancer and this particular program has been a comfort to me in my sorrow. I will be extremely disappointed and saddened if you sell this station and end current programs including this one. It's nice to have a channel on the radio that offers real diversity to its listeners. Please keep it!!! Sincerely, Elizabeth Smyrna, TN 37167-2015

I wish to express my concern for the safety of WRVU to remain on the air. I live in Monteagle and work third shift in Murfreesboro; I can only hear WRVU on my drives to and from work, with its signal fading out on the 24E, just past Manchester. I can personally say that WRVU saved me from an alcohol addiction as its Wednesday morning program, Sacred Hymns, truly touches my heart. I look forward to hearing it every Wednesday morning on the drive home from work, it is one that, during my week, is worth waiting for, as it's a constant reminder of the hard times I've lived through. WRVU is a work of art. The DJ's are very easy to listen to and the other shows on the air are very exciting and worthy of listening to. As a frequent listener and big fan of the station, I would personally love that it remains on air. It changed my life, I'm sure there are many others who can say the same. Holly Schild Monteagle, TN


I'm making my plea to keep WRVU on the air. It is the only truly independent station for a broad mix of music in the Nashville area. To end this would be a damaging blow to the arts in our city as well as the students who benefit from it's training and credentials. Thank You Ed

To whom it may concern: I just wanted to express my appreciation for this radio station. It would be a shame for the broadcast license to be sold. WRVU offers a real taste of Nashville culture. I hope it will be here to stay for a long time to come. Best to you all, --Josh

Dear Sir or Madame, WRVU is an entity in middle TN that sincerely MAKES the area MUSIC City USA. The musical history lesson that one takes while listening on the radio is worthy of a Masters in Musicology! Honestly, where can you hear music from the 30's surrounded by the latest Pirate metal or Indie rock? Its this variety, along with the wonderful DJ's that make WRVU so special to this area. I've been listening for about 12 years and can't begin to tell you the amount of enjoyment it brings to an otherwise mundane task such as driving. Radio is something unique in that it brings programs to so many people and ties them together in a community. Internet broadcasting, while beneficial in some regards, does not have that ability to tie a community together. Vanderbilt would be turning its back on that community by going online only. Its "jamming " to a great classic country tune on the radio from a student DJ "just down the road" that puts a smile on many peoples face during the day. I can't tell you the number of times this local radio experience has "made my day" by hearing a great tune at just the right moment during the day! Internet radio simply does not have that same "warm, fuzzy...hey we're all in the same boat together " feeling.

Please consider this aspect of a radio broadcasting that is priceless in a sense because of the community benefit that really doesn't have a price tag but in our hearts we know how good it feels to be part of something special. WRVU is special to many people in this area VIA the simple act of turning on the RADIO. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my letter. I can't imagine not having WRVU on the radio, I hope we have many more years together! Thanks again. Sincerely, Mike

I thought I had heard wrong that WRVU was in danger of being sold out. I hate to hear that a university as big as Vanderbilt was even considering selling WRVU, a station that has been a part of my life for years. I vividly remember having my band's music played and the elated feeling I had because I knew no other station would give me the privilege. I cannot tell you the countless hours spent listening to 91.1 and the bands I would have never heard of without this much needed station. Why sell it? Is it money? Is it the time? Is it that people in the upper positions see it as a stain on the college? It teaches students like any other class at Vanderbilt and it is also just as important as professional sports but you don't see the teams being sold. WRVU is a Nashville staple and selling the station will end the dream of countless small bands that get their following from station like WRVU. Please reconsider the sale of this station, this very important, wonderful, awesome, amazing, progressive, enlightening and kick ass station. The students and the residents of the area would be greatly saddened by the loss. Think of those people whose music would never have reached an audience without the help of WRVU. Spin it to your advantage. Much thanks for the ear. Kim Gordonsville, Tennessee (yes I get 91.1 all the way out there and it rocks! )

Please do not take WRVU off the air. Nashville needs the diversity on it's airwaves that only college radio can offer. I listen to it all the time and it is a valuable resource for local and regional music. PLEASE KEEP WRVU ON THE AIR! Thanks, josh nashville

Dear Sirs, I wanted to let your know that I am unhappy about your choice to put WRVU's broadcast license up for sale. I enjoy listening to WRVU for music that never gets played elsewhere. I'd be lying if I said I liked everything that gets played, but it's a great way to be exposed to music from other cultures, as well as genres of music that I might never have heard otherwise. I will be very sad if WRVU is no longer on the air, and hope very much that you won't sell the broadcast license. Sincerely, Carolyn Mae Nashville

Hello,  I'm writing with concern of loosing the only radio station i've  ever enjoyed. This station is an amazing way for people to  become involved with their community.  As Nashville grows the feeling of "community" is fading,  loosing the station would only make this fade faster. Please  do what is right for our community, despite what capital you  may or may not receive from the sale. WRVU is a crucial  part of the music scene as well, how can we call this music  city with out a radio station ran by the people who really do  love the music and aren't in it for the money.  Thank you,  Sara 

I'm sure I don't have to go into every detail in this letter on the history of WRVU and how much it means to the Nashville community, as I know you've all most likely heard that in infinum already. It is worth repeating, however, that ever since the board announced their plans (well after they started making them) the City response has been overwhelming and confused. Whenever I go out wearing my WRVU sweatshirt, I get stopped by strangers with a story of how much they love listening to WRVU and how they originally found out about it. They will ask about DJs and shows both current and past, and remark on how the music they hear on WRVU they don't hear anywhere else, and how refreshing that is. This is not exaggeration, this happens most every single time I wear that sweatshirt out in public, and as an active member of Nashville's music business and concert scene, this is quite a lot. Lately there's been an addition mention though.. I get asked, "what is going on with the station? are they still selling it?" so it seems like most of the public in this city is quite informed on WRVU, which makes it even more telling when the next question is always, "Why?" "Why?" is the question I hear constantly when someone either notices me wearing the WRVU logo, or in conversation about the station, or is someone who knows me and my affiliation with the station, and it is incredibly hard to answer them, when the Why in this situation makes so little sense. Even Chris Carroll and the board members in their statements

to the WRVU staff and the many media outlets that have picked up the story seem to have no idea Why they are planning this sale. The party line seems to be "To create an endowment that will benefit Vanderbilt students in the future." But never has there been an answer for something as simple as what that endowment would be used for. They have no idea. Without WRVU, there is nothing underneath the VSC umbrella that requires an immediate infusion of cash like that which would come from the WRVU sale. There is also nothing that reaches and resonates throughout Nashville and gives students the opportunity to be a part of something so big and so influential either, but that falls under the easy arguments that I'm sure you've all heard a thousand times. What does the VSC need a quick cash infusion for that warrants the loss of an asset so strong and valuable as WRVU? And if they don't need quick cash, and really are planning for the future, well that makes the Why and the timing of the sale even more illogical. We are currently in a strong recession that greatly hinders the market value of an asset like WRVU. The strong listener numbers, community loyalty, existence of the strong signal in a major market, even the spectacular failures of XM and (the late) Sirius to make a dent in FM Radio's viability all make it obvious that the station value isn't going to dramatically decrease any time soon, so why sell with the market at it's lowest point? Not to mention the absolute explosion of wireless technologies in the past few years. Everyone now has a cell phone, wi-fi, 3g, 4g, streaming video, etc. It isn't much of a stretch to think as these technologies continue to expand and be used for more and more traffic, something that could benefit hugely from a signal with the power and established frequency of WRVU, especially in a major metropolitan market, could be in huge demand and the value would jump. Even if the

reason to sell (what reason?) is decided upon by all of you to outweigh the many many established reasons not to sell, to make that sale at this current market point is just foolish. It reeks of seeing other stations do it and turn a quick buck, and then going to jump off that same bridge with them. "Why?" Indeed. Why strip away such a valuable and well, cool, asset from the hundreds of Vanderbilt students that love it. There were 70 NEW trainees the previous semester alone at WRVU. Emotionally, that is a big time interest among the student body, not even counting the pride of the students to have to such a historical and beloved institution to their name wherever they go. And financially, even if we think very conservatively and say that for just 1, just one of those 70 new trainees, the decision of which school to pick (they were accepted to Vandy, you know they had options!) that final little weight that pushed them to Vanderbilt was the opportunity to train and be on-air with WRVU, well, what is your current tuition rate? Pretty high right? Now say that same 1 out of the entire class made that decision the next semester as well, and so on. In very short order we are talking millions of dollars. "Why?" What is worth to so anger and alienate not only your students, but the entire community in which you live. The venerable and in huge demand Hatch Show Print offered to make hundreds of SAVE WRVU posters, at their own cost. Those 100+ posters went up in 100+ businesses around town, willing to stand up and say We Do NOT Want to Lose WRVU. Over 100 companies! In one city. With many going out of their way to display posters prominently where they could put up money making ads, to make offers to host benefits, or to raise money, or make donations. The board told us that raising money wouldn't help save this station, so we haven't asked for donations. But many offered anyways,

and over 100 companies, countless individuals, and VERY passionate alumni all came aboard very publicly to offer their support and wishes that station is not sold. That is a big statement of options IF the board chose to use them, or at the very least, look into them before making a rash and irreversible decision to strip away an invaluable asset beloved within the school and the city, at the bottom of the market. This is already running on way too long, yet not long enough to list the passionate responses I get from everyone who speaks to me about the station. An unequivocal 100% in favor of NOT selling, or at the very least, NOT selling now. But I want to add my own note, from a personal, firsthand experience. I moved to Nashville 4 years ago from New York to attempt to break into the radio business. It didn't work out quite the way I planned, but as a professional with on-air experience in New York, I still fell in love with Nashville, and especially the music. The music scene is so so vibrant here, and getting the opportunity to DJ on WRVU has been unbelievably wonderful. It is fun, it is empowering, and it is helpful. As I've moved up in the industry and made many connections (among those who have recorded promos for WRVU through me are Jack White, Exene Cervenka, Dez Cadena of Black Flag, Andy Shernoff of the Ramones, and many many more) WRVU has been such a positive experience for me, and I have met so many who have lit up at the mention of where I worked. Some even came up through WRVU themselves. We all know WRVUs founder, Ken Berryhill of the Berryhill Radio Network, also Fred Buck, the programming director of Lightning 100 got his start with WRVU, and moved to a great radio career. Don't rob future Vanderbilt students and music lovers of this incredibly

powerful and unique opportunity. Especially when there isn't even a solid answer to Why?" Drew Loud Love Show WRVU 91.1 FM Nashville, TN

In the past couple of months there has been an outbreak of schools selling, or attempting to sell, their college radio broadcast license. In the wake of budget cuts and other effects from a downturned economy, the universities which oversee these stations have realized they are sitting on potentially millions of dollars. The University of San Francisco recently sold their KUSF broadcast license and Vanderbilt University’s WRVU is currently on the chopping block. It’s a continuing trend which absolutely must stop. I will tell you upfront that a few of the writers for TSOI are Vanderbilt University and WRVU alumni, but I am not one of them. When visiting Nashville in the mid-90′s I remember tuning into WRVU and hearing tracks from the recently released Rocket From The Crypt album Scream, Dracula, Scream! before catching their sold out show later that evening. I can guarantee that no other Nashville station would have been playing RFTC that day and that’s what I love about college radio. Having a yearly operating budget that is often less than the cost of running a single ad on a commercial station gives you the freedom to feature a much more diverse range of artists than their commercial counterparts. As a writer for a music site, I’m constantly bombarded with new music sent to my inbox so I no longer listen to the radio that often. But I am in the minority. Nearly 90% of the population still listens to radio on a daily basis. When I do find myself surfing the dial, I always

end up at the local college station (KSPC 88.7) opposed to the other local indie “The Smiths on the hour, every hour” stations. I can definitively say that this website would not exist without college radio. Not only did college radio mold my musical tastes and world view, it was also my first experience in volunteer coordination, event planning, budget writing, fundraising and dealing with an advisory board. I’ve found the skills I gained from working and volunteering for a college radio station much more useful than the ones I received from my completed Psychology degree. Adopting the less popular/more expensive “online-only” broadcast format would greatly diminish the quality of the volunteer experience and do an extreme disservice to the student bodies of these universities. Kevin