Group renews fight to save Vandy student radio - WSMV News 4

Group renews fight to save Vandy student radio

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A new effort has started in the fight to restore Vanderbilt University's student radio station.

WRVU moved online last summer after the Vanderbilt Student Communications Board sold its broadcasting license to Nashville Public Radio.

The station now plays classical music around-the-clock on 91.1 FM.

But a new petition from a group called WRVU Friends and Family claims the communications board never had the authority to sell off the station. The group is asking the FCC to deny a license renewal, saying Vanderbilt's board is not operating the station in the public interest.

"Vanderbilt is still the licensee, but they are not involved, as far as we can tell, in any manner of the broadcast policies or will they be going forward. So what is there for the commission to evaluate?" asked Alan Korn, attorney for the group WRVU Friends and Family.

The sale of the station won't be complete until Nashville Public Radio raises enough money to pay off the transaction in full.

WRVU supporters said students are missing out on learning opportunities and switching the format to music has cut off local access to other programming.

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