Monday, April 30, 2007

Miami needs WMUB

My feedback regarding the relationship between MU and WMUB:

1. Miami University prizes its status as a '"major league"
institution. Without a public radio station, that status is diminished.

2. There is no other local radio station in Oxford and surrounding
area, thus no other way to get quick information during weather
emergencies, unusual school closings, and other local news. Other
radio stations that claim to be local are parts of syndicates that
actually broadcast from distant counties, are automated, and have
little or no live personnel.

3. WMUB's programming is interesting and valuable, both the locally
produced programs, and the NPR programs. The next closest station is
probably WVXU, which doesn't carry too well this far away. It would
be a huge loss to the community not to have access to the unique
programming. Miami would suffer a serious public relations blow if
the relationship were cancelled.

4. At a time when MU is trying to become more involved in the Oxford,
Hamilton and Middletown communities, losing the radio station would
be very counterproductive.

--Marcia Waller, Miami University, Oxford


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