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Shame on WYPR

Posted by haplily on 2006.02.22 at 12:59
Current Mood: angryincensed
My local NPR station is seizing and usurping my college radio station. This is the college station where Ira Glass' father, Barry Glass, got his start.


The article didn't mention that WYPR arranged this deal with the FCC to take over WMUC's frequency before talking to anyone at WMUC. And, it glows about Andy Bienstock got his start as a college DJ, and now he's destroying one of the most vibrant college stations in the country.


In the article, in parentheses, it says that the management is willing to "help WMUC get an internet stream," BUT, if they had talked to anyone at the station, they would know WMUC has had an internet stream for years. The radio element makes it special. Radio is intimate, and the FM frequency gives it legitimacy. It's a 5-mile radius, and they're so greedy that they cannot bear to have that listening area, at a 10-WATT power, not serviced by them.

Suggestions for fighting WYPR, opinions on this matter, and anything else are entirely welcome.

If you'd like to write WYPR management, here are their e-mail addresses:
Anthony Brandon, President & General Manager

Andy Bienstock, Program Director

And here is the phone number: (410) 235-1660


Sharky Charming
sharkycharming at 2006-02-22 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
I am a WYPR member and I didn't know anything about this, so thanks for pointing it out. It reduces the power of your argument when you revert to things like calling someone's radio voice obnoxious. I like his voice, actually, and I almost thought of ignoring your post completely based on that statement alone. But I understand that it comes from a place of passion, and I like to stick up for the underdog, so I thank you.
Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know... it was in a fit of rage. It's no longer there. If there's anything you can do to help, like contacting WYPR, or joining the WMUC list-serv, we'd really appreciate it, if you want to help out the station.
Sharky Charming
sharkycharming at 2006-02-22 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
I will definitely let WYPR know that my re-upping my membership in June is contingent on their backing off WMUC. They're really getting power-hungry. It's not pretty in an NRP-affiliate. There's enough aggression in our society already.
sunfell at 2006-02-22 18:16 (UTC) (Link)
It could be worse- your station could be hijacked by a religious conglomerate, like that high school in Mass. had happen.

NPR report
Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
That's pretty bad. At least they have college radio to look forward to, though... or did.

It's most obnoxious because it's public radio. These people in the article especially have ties to college radio and claim to support it. Then they underhandedly talked to the FCC and decided to take WMUC off the air.
henare at 2006-02-22 18:19 (UTC) (Link)

roll your own

when syracuse university took the station it owned, WAER, and converted it to a NPR and Jazz format, the students rebelled and were kicked out. They took WAER, already a low-power AM station, and built it into the #1 station in syracuse!
Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 18:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

So wait, the students took back their station on AM, or they were defeated and the only thing on now is the jazz/NPR station?
henare at 2006-02-22 18:38 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 18:43 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

Thanks for the links. But you never mentioned WJPZ, so I wouldn't have known where to look, unless in the second reference of WAER you meant WJPZ.
henare at 2006-02-22 18:55 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

eep! that second WAER should be a WJPZ ...
Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 19:08 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

Yeah, hopefully if WMUC does lose its FM license, it can get another frequency. But this is the Washington, DC-Baltimore media market, so that probably makes it tougher.
marchenland at 2006-02-22 19:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

"the students rebelled and were kicked out"

That confused me, too.
henare at 2006-02-22 19:36 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

WAER was a student-run station, but the license was held by the university. when the university wanted to change the format to a news+jazz format the students rebelled, and they were locked out.

WJPZ was, at the time, a low-power AM station that was student-owned and operated. they engaged in fundraising, got a frequency allocation on FM, bought a transmitter and rolled their own.
Fuzzy Dunlop
lightfromlight at 2006-02-22 23:49 (UTC) (Link)

Re: roll your own

Aha! I always wondered why SU had two stations. I thought it was because of the broadcasting school; I didn't know that's what happened.

WRVO is the superior NPR station in Syracuse, anyway. But I like "As it Happens" and old-tyme radio drama, so maybe that's just me.

- B'ville native
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Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 18:44 (UTC) (Link)
That would be wonderful. I'll add the link in the body of the post.
The Communicator
weather_fan at 2006-02-22 19:59 (UTC) (Link)
Not that it helps, but the station at my college (WLJS) is both. I host Morning Edition from 5 to 10 AM, then a little PT and Day to Day before the DJs actually start playing music at one PM. While it seems like a nice partnership, I think all it really accomplishes is splitting the audience in two. Commuters, adults and faculty tune in the mornings, then the students and younger folks in the afternoon and evening. So fight this thing tooth and nail if you want your station to retain its integrity.
Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 20:00 (UTC) (Link)
That helps a lot, thank you. The plot continues to thicken...
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Happily misspelled
haplily at 2006-02-22 20:07 (UTC) (Link)
Oh thank you. I mostly use it when I write about something I think is unjust. My friend's birthday party was The Communist Party, and it was right after the 4th of July, so I got the T-shirt at Target for $.75 and worked my magic.
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