Saturday, August 25, 2007

Benefit to the community

I quote you a lot and appreciate your rectifying any statements later found to be in error.
Your broadcasting NPR staples (Morning and Weekend Editions) is a benefit to our entire community.  And, for delight, you give us Car Talk and MPR's A Prairie Home Companion.Thank you, thank you, thank you!

--Shirley Marion, Dayton

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

WMUB is essential

I am a new faculty member at MiamiU, and to my delight I have found WMUB an excellent service.  I am dismayed that the powers that be are considering funding cuts to WMUB.  In an era of media consolidation, lack of media representation for non-corporate entities, and extremely poor coverage of locale events and community concerns, WMUB is essential for the Miami Community, Oxford and the intellectual health of the greater university environment.  Please continue to fund WMUB at or above it current levels.
--Andor J Kiss, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The almost subliminal issues around WMUB and Miami

I have to share with you one of my early impressions of Miami University.  When I first visited the campus, as a client of the DARS software system, licensed by Miami to SUNY College at Brockport, I was very taken by the atmosphere of the Oxford campus.  My first recollection is of walking over the stone bridges on Western campus in early October, 1992, and  thinking, “Wow!  If I could only work here some day.” That image was a drastic jump in quality and impression (an intangible that cannot be bought) from SUNY College at Brockport.
Well, August 1, 1999 found me as a new Miami employee. When I moved to Oxford, I was already in love with Miami, and everything I encountered had that sparkle to it that many new relationships are infused with.  But one of the stronger “over the top” items was when I discovered that Miami had a PBS station – not just a link – but its own station!  WMUB was one item that I used to tell friends and collogues in other places what was so marvelous about Miami – “…and Miami even has its own PBS station!”  As a newcomer I was continually inspired by the obvious “Town and Gown” relationships built and supported through WMUB through how it interacts with the communities of Oxford, Butler County and other areas around Miami.
I think it would be a tangible tragedy if another icon of “The Miami Experience” was to go away.  While I cannot put a dollar value, for me, on WMUB, and I can only rhapsodize about the mental stimulation that NPR and Public Radio in general provides, I can strongly argue that the presence of WMUB contributes in a large, subliminal way to what we all are proud of, and is just another item making our Alumni proud to contribute to the University in many other ways.  
Thank you and I hope WMUB is on the air for many years to come.
--Carlton Ellis, Miami DARS