4 thoughts on “‘Status quo’ no longer feasible for Delmarva’s local stations

  1. WYPR’s Ocean City repeater started operating in 2007… several years before WAMU’s repeater did (in 2010, as the story correctly states).

  2. I would be sad to see local programming gone on WSCL and WSDL. Public Radio Capital stands to profit greatly from being involved in a lease of these stations, therefore they are biased and their analysis cannot be trusted.

    PRC was also involved in the destruction of the great KUSF in San Francisco, and its transformation from a 100% locally-programmed world-class college radio station with significant community input into a classical repeater with no local content.

    Also, the coverage of WYPO as suggested by the map in this article is incorrect. WYPO barely reaches Salisbury, and has a poor signal in some parts of Salisbury. Perhaps its transmitter needs some work. Under 106.9’s previous owners, its signal is Salisbury was also spotty.

  3. It’s a little disturbing how unbalanced this coverage is in favor of the PRC. It is pretty well known in the PubRad world that PRC has a rep of killing local broadcasting in favor of pre-fab. This also doesn’t address the issue of classical music broadcasting in general being marginalized and ghettoized within PubBroad. Classical music has been written off as “dying” for 200 years. It’s still here and going steady. The audience isn’t aging and dying, on the contrary, young audiences who listen to other music usually mature INTO classical listening. How about doing a follow up article that is more balanced?

  4. Up to this point, CPB has sanctioned the predatory actions of large market
    public stations from Baltimore, DC and Norfolk, barging in on small market
    public stations on Delmarva. Not only is that sad, it is wishy-washy policy which leaves CPB open to massive political attacks on Capitol Hill. CPB
    has mud on its’ face because if it weren’t for CPB funding since 1987, WESM, WSCL, and WSDL wouldn’t exist. Now, CPB appears to be treating the Delmarva stations like bastard children in a 1950’s American framework; before the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.

    While the self-appointed “saviors” of public radio at PRC would not want you to think of this battle in a different way, put aside the pros and cons of formats for a second. There is something terribly wrong going on here, regardless of whether the stations affected in Salisbury and Princes Anne are playing Mozart, Monk, NPR-type news programming, World Café fare, or (heaven forbid) something new and innovative. This problem has to do more with the importance of bolstering small market public stations to serve, in nothing else, as an incubator for the entire public radio system, where training of new talent and new programming ideas can have time to develop and even flourish. It is an idea countered by the extreme audience-building mindset, and take-over or merger mania spreading like cancer in the public radio system. It has to be addressed, or the entire system will die from homogeneity.

    CPB can do something. It can require WAMU, WHRO, and other major market players on Delmarva to pay a steep percentage of the revenue it raises on Delmarva to the stations that are based there. That is the only way that locally
    generated public radio on Delmarva will survive, period. CPB can enact such fairness, but up to this point it doesn’t seem like CPB is in the mood.

    It needs to grow a pair.

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