Trustees at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, N.C., meet tonight to decide the future of WNCW-FM, which belongs to the school. A sale is unlikely, but the board wants to spend less on the station, reports the Ashville Citizen-Times.
A Dayton Daily News report revisits a year-long dispute between WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and disgruntled listeners who protest the station’s decision to end locally produced jazz and folk programs.
Geov Parrish writes that MITRE’s recent report on low-power FM may mark a welcome swing toward localized broadcasting. “The damage that LPFM would supposedly cause to broadcasters simply didn’t exist, and the case for re-instating the original proposal is overwhelming,” he writes for AlterNet. (Coverage in Current.)
“Their shows are making money, that’s why I air them over and over again,” says a Maryland Public TV pledge producer, referring to pledge programs produced by Long Island station WLIW. Newsday examines the growth of WLIW’s pledge production business.
The University of Massachusetts in Lowell has upset students and community activists by giving 25 hours a week of its FM station’s airtime to a local newspaper, according to the Boston Phoenix. [More coverage in the Lowell Sun and the Boston Globe.]